Appointed by Daher Projects GmbH, Collett delivered two 335 t transformers from Cruise Terminal 1 at the Port of Dover to Sellindge Substation, United Kingdom. Once at the Port, the Collett Team discharged the first transformer, lifting it from the hold of the vessel to an awaiting 14 axle SPMT and stooling off for storage portside. The second transformer weighing 335 t was lifted from the vessel directly to their Scheuerle girder bridge trailer. Once safely secured to the 79.5m long trailer, at 10pm the Team made a 30 mile trip from the Port of Dover arriving six and a half hours later at the Sellindge Substation site in Ashford, Kent.
Once at the site, the girder bridge was unable to navigate the site roads due to its 79.5m length as well as ground loading restrictions. The Collet Team had to transfer the cargo from the girder bridge to an awaiting SPMT. Equipped with a power pack module, they utilised a 4-file 10-axle configuration and began the transhipment operations. With mats, supports and beams positioned under the transformer Collett Heavy Lift employed the hydraulic capabilities of the girder bridge, lowering the cargo to the supports and allowing the side decks to be autonomously driven clear. Then, utilising climbing jacks, raised the transformer to a sufficient height allowing the 10-axle 4-file SPMT to be driven underneath. Once jacked down to rest on the SPMT, the Team manoeuvred the 335 Tonne transformer to a temporary plinth before jacking & skidding to final position within the substation at a later date.
Collett followed the same procedure to successfully deliver the second transformer.
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.
The heavy lift and transport specialist Mammoet has successfully installed three modules to support a new generator and turbine at the Arcellor Mittal Dofasco steel plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. To ensure proper operation, the equipment used had the capacity to move the modules and didn’t wright so much that it overloaded the foundation. Through careful analysis and a close collaboration with module’s designers, Hatch Limited, Mammoet chose the Titan Tower system as the best solution. It was able to disperse the weight of the modules so that with its own weight, it didn’t overload the foundation. All the steps of the operation were executed using SPMT, Hillman rollers and a Gantry system.
The Titan Tower system is made up of huge steel stools stacked and fastened together to reach a certain height requirement. Towers are also reinforced with cross bracing to provide a strong platform. The titan Tower was assembled on top of a skidding system, then loaded and moved along the skid track with the modules. It crossed over an open pit area using roro ramps and was placed inside the existing plant. Moreover, the client constructed permanent steel supports underneat the modules. Finally, Mammoet teams jacked down the modules onto the supports and removed the Titan Tower system, in order to install the turbine and generator underneath.
The heavy lifting and transport specialist Al Faris has recently completed the loading and transportation of a turret type buoy, one of the biggest and heaviest buoy in the world to be carried on road, from Dubai to Jebel Ali Port. The load, weighing 455t with a 18.3m diameter and 16m height, was transported using 4 files of 16 axles Goldhofer SPMT (self-propelled modular transporter) and was loaded by the self-jacking system of the trailer. The biggest challenge during the transportation was maneuvering the SPMT with the load in narrow routes, bottles necks and sharp turns as well as significant diversions and managing temporary traffic routes.
Sarens, the Belgian heavy lifting specialist, has transported a 580t pile template in Wallsend, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. The work was done on behalf of a client Van Oord, who is responsible for installing 102 three-legged jacked foundations for the Scottish Power Renewables (part of the Ibedrola Group), which is building the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm in the North Sea. The project equipment included 3×6 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporter, a 400t and a 220t mobile crane and 21m bridge beams (converted to link spans). Most equipment arrived from the UK, while the link spans were delivered from the Netherlands to the UK via the client’s barge. It took one day to set up all of the equipment and prepare it for the operation.
The Turkish construction company Limak Insaat has just contracted Mammoet to carry out the transport and installation of 804 concrete elements for a new $4,3bn terminal construction project at Kuwait International Airport on behalf of the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works.
This state-of-the-art terminal should expand the airport and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf, increasing passenger capacity to 25 million per year. Mammoet’s task will be to install all the concrete elements of the terminal’s main structure, weighing between 200 and 360t. To complete the operations, Mammoet will use nine crawler cranes with capacities from 600 to 1600t and 72 axle lines of SPMT.