Eiffage wins contract the for 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.

Sarens installs two steel supports in Belarus

Sarens has just installed two steel supports for drilling shaft machines in Luban, Belarus. These two structures, designed to be as heavy as possible, consisted of 10 modules weighing between 40 and 178 t each. It took two months to carry out this operation undertaken on behalf of client JSC Promtechmontazh. Sarens used a Demag TC2800-1 truck crane, whose configuration had to be changed 3 times on this site, as well as a Grove GMK all-terrain crane delivered with 25 different trailers from the town of Grodno located 350 km away.
“The Sarens team successfully completed the installation according to our wishes. We hope for further productive cooperation,” said Vladimir Matrenkin, director of the JSC Promtechmontazh Soligorsk department.

DP World acquires P&O Ferries

Dubai-based port operator DP World has just announced the acquisition of the British ferry company P&O Ferries and its logistics branch P&O Ferrymasters for GBP322 million (about EUR369 million). With its fleet of 21 vessels, P&O Ferries offers more than 30,000 connections per year between Great Britain, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium while P&O Ferrymasters provides supply chain solutions in 19 European locations. This acquisition is expected to be earnings accretive from the first full year of consolidation and is expected to achieve DP World’s return targets.

Comansa will exhibit the new 50-tonne flat-top tower crane at Bauma

The Spanish tower crane manufacturer Comansa will be exhibiting at Bauma its latest model, the 21LC1050 flat-top tower crane. This model can load up to 50t and has a maximum radius of 80m.
Available for purchase since September 2018, the 21LC1050 has been designed to work in large industrial or infrastructure projects as well as in construction with heavy precast or steel structures.

The 21LC1050 is delivered equipped with the new CUBE cab in its XL size. It has a fully glazed front and offers excellent working comfort. It will be exhibited at ground level for all visitors to see its ergonomic qualities and usable space.

CUBE cab of COMANSA’s cranes

Extension at Monaco sea: One-third of the concrete caissons in place

On Wednesday, February 13th 2019, Eiffage Génie Civil Marine teams successfully completed the installation of the sixth out of 18 concrete caissons for the future offshore extension of Anse du Portier in Monaco.
It was necessary to respect a tolerance of 15cm to install the caisson of 11 000 tons. It’s length and width measure 30m, which culminates to 25m of height: the equivalent to a building of 8 floors high.
In the long term, this extension will gain around 6.5 hectares of new land into the sea.

Christine Cabau Woehrel leaves her post as CEO of the Marseille Fos port authority

After having spent 5 years at the head of the Management Board of the port of Marseille Fos, Christine Cabau Woehrel will leave her position as CEO with effect from March 12,2019. She will then join the CMA-CGM shipping company, where she had already held several positions between 1987 and 2011, to become director of assets. The appointment of her replacement will take place in the coming weeks.


“During the past five years, thanks to her outstanding professional qualities and flawless dynamism, Christine Cabau Woehrel has implemented an ambitious development plan that has resulted in a diversification of activities, the creation of new traffics, a spectacular improvement of all the financial indicators and a decisive step towards the ecological transition, “ commented the Chairman of the Marseille Fos Supervisory Board, Jean-Marc Forneri.

Goldhofer relocates its Airport Technology production facility to Nürtingen

The German trailer manufacturer Goldhofer has just acquired a 30,000 m2 site in Nürtingen to relocate its Airport Technology production facility in Ostfildern. Construction of the new plant is scheduled to begin in 2020 for delivery in 2022.
“ As part of our global growth strategy in the Airport Technology division, we continue to focus on bundling our production capacities in Germany with our twin locations in Memmingen and Ostfildern or, in future, Nürtingen. That is the key to maintaining the consistently high quality of our ground support vehicles and creating the capacities needed to achieve our targets for future growth,” says Lothar Holder, Member of the Board at Goldhofer AG with responsibility for Airport Technology.

P&O Ferrymasters launches new intermodal services

Logistics solutions provider P&O Ferrymasters has recently launched the new intermodal services from the Turkish ports of Pendik, Ambarli and Mersin to the Free Port of Trieste in Italy. The new services will have departures six times a week in both directions and will be connected with rail links from the port of Trieste to P&O Ferries’ continental hubs at Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.


P&O Ferrymasters’ customers will be supported by one of the company’s local customs experts in Turkey to help facilitate the import and export of goods to and from the country. It will be possible to transport hazardous cargoes with a load of up to 25 tons.


Wim Blomme, Intermodal Director at P&O Ferrymasters, said: “We are continuing to expand the reach of our services into Eastern Europe and Asia, to where many customers have moved their centres of production. This new link between Turkey and our European network will give them certainly on transit times and reduce their transport costs because of the partnerships we have put in place.”