First sale of Hyundai HX900 L excavator in Europe

The British demolition company ABLE UK has made the first European acquisition of the Hyundai HX900 crawler excavator model. Distributed by the official dealer of the brand in Europe, Taylor & Braithwaite, this 90-tonne machine is currently working at ABLE Seaton Port. The HX900 L is equipped with a 10 tonne Fortress Shear for tough demolition work and a 4.85m³ bucket for excavation use.

“The company were looking for a machine to speed up the process of metal recycling as their workload had significantly increased. They needed an excavator which was capable of working in tough environments and could cope with heavy duty tasks,” said Chris Jordan, Taylor & Braithwaite Sales Manager who secured the deal with ABLE.

Groupe Cayon relies on Cometto MSPE to move 85t transformer

Groupe Cayon used Cometto MSPE to transport a 85 t heavy and 6.4 m long transformer to the transformer substation in Gennevilliers for the French electricity generator group EDF.

The load made its first part of the journey by water on the Seine and then from the docks in Gennevilliers the transport was on land. Due to several obstacles on the short route, the final stage took three days.

“As a 6-axle version with power pack, the Cometto MSPE picked up the transformer on arrival at the quay. Thanks to the overall length of just 11.45 m, we had no problem getting to the ship’s mooring position,” explains Matthieu Lapczynski, project leader for special transport at Groupe Cayon. “The self-propelled vehicle also left behind various obstacles on the first section of the route.”

The freight was then reloaded onto a 4+6 low bed semi-trailer to go past the passage of two low bridges. Afterwards, the transformer was loaded back onto the Cometto MSPE to cover the final metres.

Liebherr sells five Generation 8 crawler excavators to Meyer Erdbau GmbH & Co. KG

Meyer Erdbau GmbH & Co. KG, active in the cities of Berlin and Brandenburg, has purchased five new Liebherr Generation 8 crawler excavators. These models, one R 926, one R 930 and three R 938 will join the fleet of the company located in the Berlin region.
The machines are equipped with an undercarriage with 3 metre wide mono block boom, as well as the LiKUFIX quick coupler system.

From left to right: Ulrich Klar (Liebherr-Baumaschinen Vertriebs- und Service GmbH), Martin Schickel (Liebherr-France SAS), Jan Liebherr (Liebherr-International AG), Thomas Meyer (Meyer Erdbau GmbH & Co. KG), Marcus Morgner (Liebherr-Baumaschinen Vertriebs- und Service GmbH in Berlin), Till Triqueneaux (Liebherr-France SAS), Koessinger Frederik (Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger GmbH).

Mammoet deploys a new location in Antwerp

In order to support the growth of the largest European oil and chemical cluster on the Port of Antwerp, Mammoet has decided to install a new facility. The site is adjacent to the large deep-water Liberty-dock (Bevrijdingsdok). Thanks to this new location, Mammoet Belgium will be able to offer services with a fleet of new cranes ranging from 40-ton to 500-ton, tower cranes and SPMT’s, followed by an increase of its workforce in Antwerp.

Paul Van Vuren, Managing Director for Mammoet Belgium explains, “It is our strategy to continuously build on our offering to our clients and deliver efficient and cost-effective solutions. We aim to achieve this in Antwerp by investing in people and resources to maximize the potential of our new dock-side location.”

The construction of the highest wooden tower in France has started !

Eiffage Construction has officially started the construction of Hyperion in Bordeaux, France. Once completed, this tower, which will culminate at 57m, will be the tallest wooden building in France.
With around 1,400m3 of solid wood installed, this tower will be able to store the equivalent of 1,000 tonnes of CO2, a volume comparable to the CO2 emissions from the energy consumption of such a building for more than 9 years. The realization of this tower, made possible in particular by a BIM design, will bring together no less than 1,500 pieces of wood assembled on site within 5 months. Hyperion should be delivered in May 2021.

Hyster launches new top lift container handler

Hyster Europe has launched a brand new top lift laden container handler. The new Hyster H40-52XM-16CH series is available with either gantry style carriage or a dedicated carriage, both are equipped with full CANbus control and automatic locking twist locks. The spreader mounted underneath the gantry carriage is connected with four hangers and is available with mechanical pile slope or powered pile slope. Thanks to the powered pile slope, the spreader adapts better to containers on trailers or on uneven ground surfaces. The gantry carriage also allows a large side shift of 400 mm. The dedicated carriage option, an innovation created by Hyster, consists of a spreader mounted on the upper side. Its reduced weight compared to the gantry carriage reduces the front axle loading by approximately 7%. This helps to reduce tyre wear and therefore operating costs.

Designed for port applications, the small footprint of the Hyster H40-52XM-16CH series and its reduced turning radius allows for significant acceleration of container handling operations. In addition, its fuel tank with increased capacity reduces refuelling intervals and downtime. The new container handler stacks up to 6-high and makes first row handling faster in container block stacking applications and when shuttling containers.

“One of the key challenges for ports and terminals continues to be achieving efficiency in the face of growing demand,” explains Chris van Werdt, Product Strategy Manager EMEA Big Trucks of Hyster Europe. “This can be achieved through increased productivity and lowering operating costs, which the new Hyster Laden Container Handler is designed to deliver.”

Engie acquires all shares of Cofely BESIX Facility Management

The Engie Group, active in the energy sector, has acquired all shares of Cofely BESIX Facility Management (CBFM), a leading provider of customer solutions and energy services in the Middle East. With nearly 2,000 employees in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman, the CBFM, created in 2008 through a partnership between Engie and the Belgian construction group Besix, is working on several emblematic sites such as Dubai Mall, Abu Dhabi’s Zayed University and the Quatar Foundation. “This move is strategic to Engie in the Middle East, because it provides direct access to the clients’ needs. It integrates into our portfolio a technical services team with a strong local reputation and provides a robust platform for future development in the region,” said Paulo Almirante, Engie’s Executive Vice-President and Group CEO.
In order to confirm this takeover, Cofely BESIX Facility Management changes its name to Engie Cofely.

Eiffage wins contract for the Moray East offshore wind farm (U.K)

The French group Eiffage, through its Belgian subsidiary Smulders, has won a contract with GeoSea (subsidiary of DEME) to construct the Moray East offshore wind farm in the north-eastern coast of Scotland. The value of the Eiffage contract is worth more than 250M €.
This wind farm project, with a capacity of 950 MW over 295 km2, involves the manufacturing and installation of 100 jacket foundations of 85 meters high and weighing 1,000 t each. 55 foundations will be built in the Smulders and Eiffage Métal reaffirms in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Poland.

Hyster begins development of electric reachstacker for Port of Valencia

Hyster Europe is currently developing a zero-emission reachstacker featuring a hydrogen fuel cell for the port of Valencia, as part of the European Horizon 2020 programme and H2Ports project.

“An on-board Hydrogen fuel cell will charge the battery on the forthcoming fully electric Hyster Reachstacker,” said Jan Willem van den Brand, Director Big Truck Product Strategy and Solutions at Hyster Europe. “As the first of its kind, we expect the new Hyster Reachstacker will be able to support continuous operations while providing zero emissions and achieving comparable full shift performance to a conventional IC reachstacker,” he added.

According to Hyster Europe noise levels will be low, and users can expect a reduction in energy costs. The company also expects reduced vehicle maintenance costs thanks to the elimination of the engine, transmission and other mechanical-driven components.

“Achieving zero emissions for container handling equipment at seaports is a substantial challenge.The highly demanding and varied duty cycles in these intense operations make battery recharging time a critical factor.  These and other technical limitations have obstructed the electrification of container handlers or large lift trucks until now,” concluded van den Brand.

The new reachstacker is expected to enter operation in 2021 at the MSC Terminal Valencia (MSCTV) in Spain, where it will undergo thorough testing handling laden shipping containers alongside several existing reachstackers.

Ale contracted to lengthen a cruise ship in Palermo, Italy

Ale has been tasked to lengthen the Grimaldi Roma cruise ship in Palermo, Italy. To install the new section, weighing around 2,540 t, Ale deployed skid shoes varying from 500 t – 1,000 t capacity, along with 96 axle lines of SPMT in a configuration of 4 x 2 file 24. The new section was transported by SPMT’s, while the ship cut section, weighing around 10,500 t was skidded across skid tracks so the new section could be installed. The ship originally measured 225 m and once the new section was installed another 30 m was added onto the ship.
Ale has been contracted to lengthen two cruise ships, the Grimaldi Roma and Barcellona. The project started in late 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019.