The Ghanaian heavy transport specialist Monpe Ventures has recently transported a 125t suction pile over a distance of 3 km using ModulMAX axle lines from Faymonville. The major challenges of this project were the weight and the dimensions as well as the request to move the 16 m high suction pile in a vertical position. To build the ideal transport configuration, 16 modular axle lines from Faymonville were assembled side-by-side in a 4-file configuration, a solution that was defined together with the constructor. “Their engineers came up with this solution. At first, the tipping limits were barely acceptable, so we added 44t counterweights, which reduced the height of the center of gravity a lot and thereby extremely improved these values,” said Peter Everett from Monpe Ventures. The piece was fabricated by Belmet 7 inside Takoradi Port. Monpe Ventures transported it from their yard to the quayside from where it was loaded on a vessel to be dropped on the sea bed to be used as an anchor for the FPSO (oil platform) in the Ghana’s oil and gas fields.
This system, named Navineo, was developed by Engie Ineo (part of the French Engie Group). Designed to offer a better experience for travelers, Navineo will transmit the real-time location, on-time performance and punctuality of the 66 light rail vehicles to the Control Center (including the extension) to facilitate the real-time monitoring of the rail fleet. An automated passenger counting system will also be implemented to better adapt the transport offer to the uses revealed by more than 51 million trips made by citizens of the Rabat Salé agglomeration each year.
This system will be in place for 2020.
Faced with a recent increase in demand for internal airport logistics in the Middle East and Africa region, the manufacturer of heavy-duty and special transport vehicles Goldhofer has opened a new sales and service center for its Airport Technology division in collaboration with ALS Logistic Solutions on 11 December 2018 in Dubai.
In addition to its sales and service activities of its Airport Technology division, the new location also provides various services for the Transport Technology division in the region. This new sales and service center will be located in the Jumeirah Lake Towers in Dubai City.
To cope with its rapid growth in South Africa and neighbouring countries, the Dutch group Magna Tyres has announced the opening of a new regional office in South Africa. “The new Magna Tyres office will play an important role in enhancing the Magna Tyres brand image and strengthen our commitment to all customers in the region,” said Michael de Ruijter, CEO of Magna Tyres.
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has recently delivered a total of 18 forklift trucks to the Algerian company Entreprise Nationale des Travaux aux Puits (ENTP). Created in 1981, ENTP is a subsidiary of Sonatrach and the leading drilling contractor in the country with a market share of close to 45 percent.
The Kalmar G-Generation forklifts have a lifting capacity of 14 tons and are ideal for handling heavy, bulky loads such as a section of pipe or pieces of drilling equipment. They are equipped with a variable hydraulic fan that according to the manufacturer keeps the engine and hydraulics cool even in the most extreme operating conditions. Kalmar has also adapted the machines according to the customer’s unique requirements, which included fitting the machines with a spark arrestor system to prevent any sparks from the machine’s engine from accidentally igniting flammable materials in the immediate vicinity.
The forklifts were delivered during the third quarter of 2018 and are deployed at the company’s site in Hasse Messaoud, Ouargla in eastern Algeria.
“We are delighted that ENTP has chosen our next-generation forklifts to support their drilling in Hasse Messaoud. They are the ideal choice for ensuring optimal performance in precisely the kinds of tough desert conditions that ENTP operates in, where extreme temperatures, sand, and dust are a constant challenge. This deal also marks a further step forward in our strategy to focus on new industrial segments, building on the excellent market share we already enjoy in the cargo-handling sector in Algeria,” said Alejandro Martinez, Mobile Equipment Solutions Sales Manager at Kalmar.
Sarens has just signed a new partnership between Sarens South Africa and Shumba, a family-owned company specialising in earthworks and civil engineering works in the Zambian city of Lusaka. Indeed Sarens provides a good prospects for growth of the city including the establishment of a taxi rental depot or the implementation of SHEQ. In the long term, Sarens is planning various projects in the Copperbelt region as well as long-term projects in other provinces.
Mammoet continues its development in Africa with the opening of a new office in Accra, Ghana. This new agency is expected to advance Mammoet’s offerings of specialist services in engineered heavy lifting and transport to the West African market. The official opening of the office was marked with an opening ceremony and an exclusive reception held at the residence of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana, His Excellency Ron Strikker. At the opening ceremony, the Ambassador congratulated the Mammoet team and approved the Embassy’s support for the new office.
South Africa’s ZLT Tower Cranes Pty Ltd, founded by Roy Cook and Mark Bates, has been named Raimondi Cranes official representative for 8 African countries. ZLT Cranes will be Raimondi’s exclusive distributor for South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, as well as the Republic of Mauritius, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They will propose manufacturer’s luffing and topless cranes as well as its crane accessories.
“We expect that the Raimondi MRT159 in eight and 10 tonne options will be the star of the show across our territories. A combination of factors including the competitive pricing strategy and the varied tower and jib configurations make this machine extremely suitable for many of the region’s biggest operations and jobsites, “said Rob Cook , Director of ZLT Tower Cranes.
The Swiss forwarding and logistics services provider Panalpina has expanded its Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport facilities by 1,500 square meters in order to strengthen its position in the country. “ This facility will provide many business opportunities for our customers in Kenya, the region and the world, and that is what we are looking to achieve – solutions that foster growth for our customers, Panalpina and the communities where we operate, “ said Stefan Karlen, President and CEO of Panalpina.
The company started operations in Nairobi in 2015 with a team of five people and grew to 350 people with the acquisition of Airflo in 2015 and Air Connection in 2017.
At the inauguration of the new facilities, Captain Gilbert Kibe, Director General of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, emphasized that the Kenyan government “remains committed to ensure that Kenya has an integrated and interconnected world-class transport infrastructure that facilitates sector growth and accelerates national economic development.”
Panalpina aims to grow its business in Kenya from the current 65,000 tons to more than 80,000 by 2020.
Photo from Kenya airport: Jimmy Kibati – KAA General Manager Marketing and Business Development; Jonny Andersen – KAA Managing Director; Peter Kristensen – Panalpina Country Manager Kenya; Stefan Karlen, Panalpina President and CEO.
On November 15, 2018, the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, inaugurated the new northern Ouagadougou interchange.
The project was launched in December 2015 to relieve one of the most congested areas of the capital of Burkina Faso. This contract, worth € 102 million, was entrusted to Sogea Satom by the Ministry of Infrastructure. This project consisted of 14 engineering structures, several of which had deep foundations and two were located above a railway line in operation.
The Sogea Satom teams worked on a very urbanized ground with a very dense traffic. It took them 35 months to complete this project.