100th jack-up for ALE’s Mega Jack 300

ALE’s Mega Jack 300 completed its 100th jack-up on the Al-Zafour refinery project in Kuwait, which is expected to become one of the largest in the world. ALE is providing the full onshore heavylifting solution for the Fluor Daweoo and Hyundai JV’s module strategy, performing the jack-up, transportation and installation of 188 modules.

The Mega Jack 300 was launched last year and with its 300t capacity it is the latest edition to ALE’s Mega Jack fleet. The Al-Zour Oil Refinery is its first operation. The Mega Jack 300 commenced work on the project in 2018 and previous lifts have included the longest and highest module ever jacked-up and installed in Kuwait.

Sarkis Juvelekian, Project Site Manager, explained, “The Mega Jack 300 is an ideal lifting solution for projects like this that need flexibility and speed from onsite equipment. The system is performing well, even in conditions with high utilisation in environments as harsh as Kuwait’s extreme heat and dust.”

The Al-Zour complex is divided into three projects and includes a refinery, liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing facilities, and a petrochemicals complex. The Al-Zour Oil Refinery’s completion is planned for 2020 and it is expected to deliver 615,000 barrels per day.

ALE tests world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine

ALE has recently used its expertise in heavylifting operations and helped GE to unveil and test world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, the Haliade-X 12 MW, capable of powering 16,000 European households. Featuring the world’s longest blades, it has a rotor span of 260m.

Transportation of the first Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle took place at its factory in Saint-Nazaire, France. It was moved via SPMT approximately 200m, from the factory in which it was manufactured to the yard. Two nacelles in total were transported by ALE and then loaded onto barges for shipment to Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Blyth, UK. Here, each nacelle will form part of a test installation – one on land, one at sea. The weight of the nacelles was borne by 32 axle lines of SPMT in a 16 x 4 file configuration.

ALE has also completed lift operations to test the yokes that are used to install the Haliade-X 12 MW blades at sea. The yokes – known as Blade Eagles – are 170t and have dimensions of 32m x 10.5m x 14m. To perform this testing, ALE provided a 150t-capacity LR1600 crane and a load cell in slings.

This testing lasted for three days in total, following which the blades were placed back into support frames and the Blade Eagles placed on the quay for later collection by a vessel.The Blade Eagle yokes will be used for all offshore installations of the Haliade-X 12 MW. The turbine as a whole will undergo testing with an aim of mid-2021 for its first commercial production.

Modulift Spreader Beams now for use in subsea

To meet customer demands within the subsea industry and as part of the company’s innovative new product development strategy, Modulift has made changes to their standard range of Modular Spreader Beams so that they can now be used in water up to a depth of 150 mtrs. The main benefits of this improved product, which still has the modular design, is that now it can be used onshore, offshore and subsea with no need for additional Spreader Beams. Available in a series of four MOD 70, MOD 110, MOD 250 and MOD 400 there are three applications per product: 50m, 100m and 150m.

“Our standard spreader beam is highly efficient owing to their shape. This makes them perfect for subsea application as circular shape minimizes the water drag and maximizes the buoyancy which is an ideal requirement,” said Sue Spencer, Modulift’s technical director.

Fagioli installs Syncrolift platform in Genova

Fagioli has recently completed the final installation of a Syncrolift platform in Genova. Platform dimensions were the followings: length 84m, width 22m, height 2m. The 900t structure was transported from manufacturing area in Brindisi onto a dedicated barge by means of 4 x 10 axle lines SPMTs and sea transported up to Genova port. According to Fagioli, the most challenging part of the job was the load in operation of the platform. SPMTs configuration was changed twice in order to allow the structure to be loaded onto the quay. First the platform was moved ahead with the trailers positioned on the bow of the barge keeping the weight on the SPMTs positioned on the stern. The SPMTs were re-configured in order to move the platform in parallel to the barge axis. The platform was unloaded from barge and laid onto dedicated stools. No. 4 EZ-600  +  No. 4 Enerpac SBL1100 gantry lifting systems were used to connect the platform and execute the lowering operation and complete the installation. Fagioli engineering department was also involved for the operations of ballasting, lashing, securing and mooring.

Enerpac expands hydraulic gantry lifting options

Enerpac Heavy Lifting Technology has expanded the hydraulic gantry lifting options for industrial movers. In addition to fixed lifting lugs, it now offers modular electric powered, header beam side shift units for its entire telescopic gantry range from the SL100 through SBL1100. The modular side shift units allow gantry users to customise the ‘below the hook’ distance to suit header beam dimensions and project requirements. According to Enerpac it also requires less space above the header beam compared to hydraulic powered side shift units.

Controls for the electric side shift are integrated within the gantry base units and wireless control system. The side shifts are available with extension bars and sling guides providing more lifting options. 

The Enerpac powered side shift can also be used on other manufacturer’s gantry systems and fixed beam lifting and hoist systems by using a stand-alone electrical panel with pendant control.

Mediaco and Capelle take over AlteAd

It is finally the joint offer of Mediaco-Capelle that was retained today by the Commercial Court of Paris for the takeover of the AlteAd Group, effective from 1st August.

Mediaco therefore integrates the lifting branch of the AlteAd Group with 190 cranes, 470 people and 15 agencies in France. This acquisition allows Mediaco to increase its equipment and its national presence. With this integration, the group Marseillais has a fleet of 800 cranes from 35 to 750 tonnes of capacity, 75 branches, 2,000 employees and a consolidated turnover of 260 million euros, taking the 3rd place in European lifting.

AlteAd’s Transport business will join the Capelle Group on 1st of August as well. The specialized fleet of 390 tractors, 680 trailers, 580 people and 8 establishments reinforce the position of the Capelle Group allowing it to become the European No. 1 in exceptional transport, with a fleet of 1250 tractors, more than 2350 trailers and 1800 employees achieving a consolidated Transport turnover of € 265 million. This major step will enable the Capelle Group to increase its operational capacity in its growth and development strategy.

The recovery of industrial and central services is carried out through joint ventures in JVA.

“The Capelle and Mediaco Groups are proud and pleased to welcome more than 96% of Altead employees into their respective structures. Both family groups have strong historical ties. This merger reinforces the partnership established between them and preserves the synergy of transport and lifting professions by two professionals, leaders of their market “declare the two groups in a joint press release.

Mammoet announces the acquisition of ALE

The two companies specialized in engineered heavy lifting and transport have just announced the signing of an agreement for the acquisition of ALE by Mammoet.

Paul van Gelder, CEO of Mammoet, said: “We are very happy with this agreement. Mammoet and ALE complement each other in geographical presence on all continents. Together, we have a well-balanced portfolio of activities worldwide. This enables us to improve our service proposition and create synergies, as we are able to mobilize equipment and personnel swiftly anywhere. Last but not least, Mammoet and ALE both have a strong legacy in innovations which, once combined, will enable us to grow as a technologically leading player.

Mark Harries, Group Managing Director of ALE added: “Mammoet and ALE share a strong ambition to be leading in the engineered heavy lifting and transport sector. Both companies have a strong track record and are renowned for their craftsmanship, innovations and fleet of equipment. We both have shaped the profession of heavy lifting and transport through numerous innovations in the past decades. The prospect of the two companies joining forces is very exciting.”

The closing of the transaction is subject to approval of the relevant competition authorities. Until then, the two companies will continue to operate strictly independently.

Sarens installs two 1600t bridges in Belgium

Sarens recently completed the installation of two new bridges across the Kieldrecht Lock (Belgium). This lock, also called the Deurganckdok lock, is the largest in the world since its opening in 2016, and allows access to the Port of Antwerp. In order to transport and install the two elements Sarens used the barge “Caroline”. Thanks to this method, the lock was blocked only a minimum of time. Each of the two bridges measured 100m long by 15m wide and weighed 1600t. Dimensions that limited the working space on the barge. However, it took several manoeuvres to rotate the two bridges while they were on the barge. Finally, the strict tidal restriction for one bridge was also a crucial factor. The Sarens team used its CS1000 jacking system, steelworks, and SPMTs as well as the barge and various related marine equipment. Thanks to the careful planning and execution of the different stages, Sarens was able to successfully transport and position the bridges across the Kieldrecht Lock on time.