In the British port of Whitby, the Sarens crew was asked to for launch the new Guiding Light trawler. This 26m long, 8m wide and 12m high boat weighing more than 250t required the use of a Demag TC2800-1 lattice boom mobile crane.
Indeed, the narrow limits of the site required the use of a powerful machine, stable and with a small footprint. The TC2800-1 was equipped with a 42 m main boom, a 30 m superlift back mast and a 200 t superlift counterweight.
Once the official launch ceremony was completed, the TC2800-1 lifted the entire mass of the trawler with its 200T superlift counterweight. The load was then slowly and precisely slewed anti-clockwise until it was directly above the water. The trawler was slowly lowered into the water, releasing the weight from the crane and completing a safe and successful lift.
The heavy lift specialist Ale was contracted to lift modules, ranging from roof panels to plant modules including several items that were weighing up to 300t each (330 US tons) as a part of a bigger construction project for a new steel mill plant in Silao, located within the northern state of Guanajuato, Mexico. To execute this lifts Ale used a Liebherr LR11350 crawler crane, maximum lift capacity of 1,350 ton, with P boom. According to the heavy lift services provider, by using this configuration, they were able to minimise congestion on site and enable construction work to continue. As the client to continue other work without crane pad interfering, overall project costs and build schedules were optimized.
Industrial installation company, Lifthing NV, has recently completed the installation of proton therapy units at the University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven), Belgium’s first proton therapy center. Due to the space restrictions at UZ Leuven’s Gasthuisberg campus, Lifthing decided to use its Enerpac SBL500 gantry to install two 57-ton synchrocyclotrons and a 75-ton therapy unit. They were first skidded along the gantry’s skid tracks and then lowered into the research bunker and clinical treatment bunker respectively.
“Gentle and accurate handling was essential when handling the synchrocyclotrons and therapy unit,” said Pieterjan Van Iseghem, Managing Director of Lifthing NV. “The Enerpac SBL500 gantry, equipped with header beam, powered side shifts and wireless control, gave us the lifting capability and precise positioning we needed for this important project.”
The proton therapy center is scheduled to begin treating patients in the second half of 2019.
The heavy lift and transport specialist Ale has recently expanded its Mega Jack 300 fleet. Launched in 2018, the system was designed in-house by Ale’s R&D department for a cost-effective solution to jack-up heavy modules on sites where space is restricted or congested in short periods of time. According to Ale, the latest jacking innovation is a compact and versatile system that enables site optimisation and project efficiency, offering a superior solution to traditional climbing jacks, in a wide variety of applications.
This innovation has already been used to jack-up hundreds of pipe rack modules over 5m high in Kuwait.
The system will be delivered to Ale’s UK branch, expanding the global fleet of the group to over 20 towers.
“We are delighted to have this innovative system operating in the UK. We have secured several civil projects where this system is ideally suited; it will demonstrate the system’s strength and capabilities to optimise project schedules,” said Russ Jones, Director-UK.
In Navarra, Spain, ALE has been requested by Nabrawind Technologies to find a bespoke engineering solution in order to heighten the prototype of the Nabralift self-erecting tower, one of the world’s highest wind towers. To move this 160m high and 450t tower, ALE used 12 axle lines of SPMT and 3 strand jack units for the heightening. “By providing this customised solution, our client can now how the means of developing onshore wind farms in the most cost and time effective method ever through possible. This is game-changing technology, specifically for those located on difficult-to-reach islands or mountainous sites. From our findings, we are already developing engineering processes to fulfil the requirements of future large-scale installations with an aim to develop two towers a week,” explained Project Engineer David Arias Blanco.
This project ended in September with ongoing discussions about future use of this prototype and technology. ALE was working alongside the client to develop the methodology used for this prototype for the future production of ind towers from 2019.
As a part of the Al Zafour Refinery Project EPC 2 and 3, Ale is providing onshore heavylifting solution that includes receiving pre-assambled pipe rack modules from barges at the project’s construction dock, where they are transported on SPTs over 4km to a staging area. Once at staging, the modules are raised to various heights using the new Mega Jack 300 system, which has 300t capacity per tower. According to the heavy lift specialist Ale the components of this system are compact and easy to handle on site, meaning that the re-configurations are made in as little time as possible. In addition, the jacking time has been reduced during the development phase, resulting in jack-up operations taking one or two hours.
“It was a proud moment for all of us to utilise this state of the art equipment in the Middle East for the first time. As it is compact and very effective, with high capacity, this opens a lot of opportunities in the region using this innovative technology,” said Binu K.T., Installation Manager for ALE’s Middle East branch.
A total of 188 modules, measuring up to 40m in length and weighing up to 2,100t, will be delivered to site.
Sarens has mobilised 17 cranes to help building the Al Bayt Stadium, one of the eight stadiums of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, hosted in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. This operation was made possible by Sarens’ crane rental division represented by Qatar Al-Attiyah International Group, which has been working closely with Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy on the construction of Qatar’s eight major World Cup stadiums. In collaboration with the Salini Impregilo Group and Galfar and Cimolai joint venture (GSIC JV), along with Cimolai S.p.A., Sarens has provided cranes for the construction of the Stadium in the City of Al Khor.
A total of 17 mobile and crawler cranes are deployed on-site over a period of 18 months, including a Demag CC 6800, Liebherr LR 1750, Liebherr LR 1400, Liebherr LR 1300, Liebherr LR 1280, Liebherr LR 1250, Liebherr LR 1200, Liebherr LR 1160, Liebherr LR 1130, Liebherr LR 1100, Liebherr LTM 1500, Liebherr LTM 1350, Liebherr LTM 1250, Liebherr LTM 1160, Liebherr LTM 1070, Kobelco CKE 1350 and a Tadano GR 800 EX.
The stadium’s design is inspired by traditional Bedouin tents. Once completed, the stadium will host 60,000 football fans in an area of 200.000 square meters. The preparations for the 2022 World Cup also include construction on the Doha Metro System, new orbital highways and expressways.
Following previous operations on the Dubai Metro Lines, the heavy lifting and transport specialist Al Faris, based in Dubai, handled the loading, transporting and lifting of precast girders weighing 426 t.
After careful calculations and precise analysis, it was decided to use a gantry system for lifting the girders due to problems caused by the confined space restrictions. At first the precast girders were loaded using a SBL900 gantry system on its 19-axle Goldhofer THP / SL trailer connected to a 680 horsepower heavy duty prime mover. The gantry was set up with a Liebherr 100t all terrain crane and forklift. The precast girders were then lifted and erected on the metro column by a 650t crawler crane with SSL2 configuration and 42m main boom. All the operations were performed at night to avoid road traffic and other obstacles.
Ale has completed the delivery of two transformers, weighing 75t each, through a 2,000km route to Al Farsha Substation in the south west of Saudi Arabia. The main task of the heavy lifting contractor was to find a feasible solution for transporting the transformers to the power station as the route had never been attempted before. Ale has been the first company to provide the client with a solution, previous attempts had been made by other companies, but was deemed infeasible and only reached Baish, 700km from Jeddah. The final route selected presented many different challenges, such as traversing across 13 cities and towns, climbing to a high-altitude height of 2,500m, descending 1,500m downhill through mountainous passes, negotiating 21 tunnels, performing civil works and working in unpredictable bad weather conditions. Ale has completed this task within eleven days.
ALE has recently completed the lifting and load-our of four suction anchors for the Zohr gas project, located in the Egyptian sector of the Mediterranean Sea.
The various manoeuvres took place in the Port of Alexandria where the four suction anchors were stored near the dock. Each of the columns had different weights and dimensions, ranging from 185t to 220t. The anchor parts were moved using a crawler crane with 850t capacity and a radius of up to 30m. In addition to these pieces, ALE has loaded-out other less imposing pieces such as a 65t circular hub and a 95t rectangular ladder piece. The ALE team completed the installation of all parts safely and within the deadline set by the client.