Al Faris Group relies on Enerpac’s low-height skidding system to move large ceramic presses

The Middle Eastern heavy lift and transport specialist Al Faris Group has used Enepac’s LH-400 low-height skidding system to complete the move of large ceramic presses from RAK Ceramics.

The ceramic presses were located in a pit in a workshop. Once the Al Faris team had jacked up each press, they had to be skidded out of the production building. As the presses had to be manoeuvred around other plant equipment, the company could not use its in-house skidding system. “We needed a fresh approach and selected Enerpac’s LH-400 low-height skidding system,” said Mr. Kieve Pinto, executive director of Al Faris. “We were pleasantly surprised by the speed with which we could move the presses along the skid track and quickly dismantle and re-arrange the track in different directions to move the presses out of the shed.”

According to the constructor, the LH-Series Low-Height skid beams can fit in tight spaces, as small as 92mm, while still offering up to 400 ton skidding capacity with two push-pull units. The modular design comprises a series of skid beams allowing quick setup. Loads are moved by hydraulic push-pull units, travelling over special PTFE-coated pads placed on the skid tracks to reduce friction. The skidding system’s push-pull cylinders are powered by a standard Enerpac split flow pump, that also allows bi-directional operation. The LH-Series skidding system has several options for controlling, including manual control and wireless control allowing the operator to view the skidding operation.

 

Two Raimondi luffing jib cranes in action at the Abu Dhabi Corniche

Nurol Construction Co., part of the Nurol Group of Companies uses two Raimondi luffers on the Corniche Tower jobsite in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. The two machines are the Raimondi LR165, part of Nurol’s existing fleet, with a 55m jib length and a HUH (Height Under Hook) of 45m that will be climbed to 172m and the recently purchased luffer LR213 with a 55m jib length and a HUH of 45m that will be climbed to 187m.

“Raimondi Middle East supported Nurol with the sale of the LR213 equipped with the Deluxe R16 Crane Cabin. As part of the contractor’s fleet upgrade, the luffing LR213 was chosen for its maximum lifting capacity of 14t and its versatility in areas with difficult to obtain fly-over permissions. This jobsite has multiple security restrictions together with an extremely congested set of high rise developments, so much of our team’s support focused on site planning ahead of the installations,” explained Wael Hasan, Middle East Commercial Director, Raimondi Cranes.

Raimondi has provided Nurol with a three day crane operator training sessions and the jobsite is also subscribed to the monthly maintenance program offered by Raimondi Middle East.

The consortium of EDF Renewables and Masdar will build a 400MW wind farm in Saudi Arabia

A consortium of two experts in the renewable energy sector, the French EDF Renewables and Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC), has just won the tender for the Dumat Al Jandal wind farm in Saudi Arabia. Their offer was pre-selected in Riyadh in July 2018 thanks to its best cost competitiveness ($ 21.3 / MWh). Located 900 km from north of Riyadh in the region of Al Jouf, this wind farm with a capacity of 400 MW, the first of Saudi Arabia, will be the most powerful in the Middle East.

Volga-Dnepr Airlines transports a 40-ton Alstom pump in less than 7 hours

The carrier of oversize and super heavy shipments by air Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) and Kintetsu World Express France (KWE) have recently transported an 11,000 hp Alstom motorised pump from Paris-Vatry to Damman in Saudi Arabia. The 40-ton pump, measuring 651x274x311 cm, was carried onboard of Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100 ramp aircraft just seven days after the initial charter request was received from the customer. To ensure a seamless and intact loading process at both the departure and arrival, Volga-Dnepr’s team used loading equipment such as rail system, extension ramps, skate beams as well as mobile cranes.

“This transportation showcases the benefits of airfreight solutions over other logistics modes, as we were able to deliver this essential spare part back to Saudi Arabia faster than other transport companies. The whole delivery took 6 hours and 45 minutes whereas with sea freight transportation the customer would have waited 20+ days (…),” said Ekaterina Andrea, Deputy Commercial Director, Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

DP World and SMS group form joint venture to improve container handling in ports

DP World has created a joint venture with the industrial engineering specialists SMS group with the aim to improve containers handling in ports. Originally developed by AMOVA, a subsidiary of the SMS group, this new high bay storage system continuously processes metal coils weighing up to 50 t in racks as high as 50 m. Instead of stacking containers directly on top of each other, which has been global standard practice for decades, the system places each container in an individual rack comportent. The containers are stored in an eleven-story rack, doubling its capacity compared to a conventional container terminal. This new system will be used for the first time at Jebel Ali Terminal 4, just in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair.

Goldhofer partners with ALS Logisitic Solutions for the Middle East and Africa

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.

Manitowoc marks 50 years of partnership with its Israeli Grove dealer

Manitowoc Cranes has celebrated 50 years of collaboration with Israeli dealer Levinson Brothers Engineers. Established in 1930, Levinson has imported and sold Grove all-terrain cranes as well as provided aftersales support to Grove customers across Israel since 1968. To make the occasion, Manitowoc gifted Levinson with a golden Grove crane model and a trophy at the dealer’s headquarters in Holon, Israel.

Photo: Klaus Kröppel (Vice President Sales Mobile Cranes Europe & Africa at Manitowoc Cranes), Seffi Levinson (Levinson), Elisio Rangel (Regional Sales Manager Ibérica, Israel & Angola at Manitowoc Cranes), Kobi Mesika (Levinson) and Doron Levinson (Levinson)

UAE’s port operator orders a new Demag

Sharjah Seaports Authority, based in the United Arab Emirates, has recently ordered a new Demag AC 100-4L all terrain crane through the Terex Cranes distributor Al-Bahar.

“We have chosen the Demag AC 100-4L because of the excellent reputation of this brand, which with the made-in-Germany seal, stands for high quality around the world,” explains Eng Ahmed Bin Ahmed, Marine Engineer and Head of Plant at Sharjah Seaport Authority.

The new crane will operate at the Sharjah Port Khalid.

 

Photo left to right: Sahil Sharjah (Sales Manager, Terex Cranes), Mr. Eng Ahmed Bin Ahmed (Marine Engineer and Head of Plant, Sharjah Seaports), and Hazem Mousa (Account Manager, Al Bahar)

The first of the six Raimondi topless tower cranes erected in Turkey

On the jobsite of Downtown Bursa, a town located in the South of Istanbul which will gather residences and facilities, the Turkish agent of Raimondi cranes Akem Group has just erected the first  MRT159 topless tower crane of a total of six planned for this project. With its 48m height under hook and a 65m boom length, it can lift until 8t of maximum load. With two collars, its final HUH reaches 98m. Currently at work, the flat-top crane will do so during a period of 20-28 months. Among the five other topless cranes, four MRT159 with a 8t capacity and a HUH of 60m are also expected. The last one, a MRT152, also with a 8t capacity, beginning with 54m high will reach a final height under hook of 80m with one collar.

ALE’s Mega Jack 300 performs in Kuwait

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.