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)
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)
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 firstMRT159 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.
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.
Few days ago, during a groundbreaking ceremony organized in Somaliland, the first phase of the building of the Berbera port’s expansion has begun. It has been officially launched by the President of the Republic of Somaliland Muse Bihi Adi and the DP World Group CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem. This step will gather a 400m quay, 250 000 square meters of expansion and a free zone dedicated to create a new regional trading hub. To carry out this construction, DP World Berbera chose its partner Shafa Al Nadha Contracting, which have been involved in the Port of Dakar expansion in Senegal as well as the Port of Maputo expansion in Mozambique.
Photo: Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World Group
In UAE, to build its container terminal in Khalifa Port named the Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), the port company Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has chosen Konecranes to supply 54 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry cranes. The Finnish manufacturer has been already selected by ADT to deliver 52 ARMG cranes for the first phase of the KPCT in 2012. The machines have a lifting capacity of 40t and can stack one over six containers high. “Thirty of the cranes will be nine-wide, and twenty-four will be eleven wide,” added Konecranes company. The new order will be booked in the fourth quarter 2018.
Sarens has mobilised 17 cranes to help building the Al Bayt Stadium, one of the eight stadiums of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, hosted in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. This operation was made possible by Sarens’ crane rental division represented by Qatar Al-Attiyah International Group, which has been working closely with Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy on the construction of Qatar’s eight major World Cup stadiums. In collaboration with the Salini Impregilo Group and Galfar and Cimolai joint venture (GSIC JV), along with Cimolai S.p.A., Sarens has provided cranes for the construction of the Stadium in the City of Al Khor.
A total of 17 mobile and crawler cranes are deployed on-site over a period of 18 months, including a Demag CC 6800, Liebherr LR 1750, Liebherr LR 1400, Liebherr LR 1300, Liebherr LR 1280, Liebherr LR 1250, Liebherr LR 1200, Liebherr LR 1160, Liebherr LR 1130, Liebherr LR 1100, Liebherr LTM 1500, Liebherr LTM 1350, Liebherr LTM 1250, Liebherr LTM 1160, Liebherr LTM 1070, Kobelco CKE 1350 and a Tadano GR 800 EX.
The stadium’s design is inspired by traditional Bedouin tents. Once completed, the stadium will host 60,000 football fans in an area of 200.000 square meters. The preparations for the 2022 World Cup also include construction on the Doha Metro System, new orbital highways and expressways.
Following previous operations on the Dubai Metro Lines, the heavy lifting and transport specialist Al Faris, based in Dubai, handled the loading, transporting and lifting of precast girders weighing 426 t.
After careful calculations and precise analysis, it was decided to use a gantry system for lifting the girders due to problems caused by the confined space restrictions. At first the precast girders were loaded using a SBL900 gantry system on its 19-axle Goldhofer THP / SL trailer connected to a 680 horsepower heavy duty prime mover. The gantry was set up with a Liebherr 100t all terrain crane and forklift. The precast girders were then lifted and erected on the metro column by a 650t crawler crane with SSL2 configuration and 42m main boom. All the operations were performed at night to avoid road traffic and other obstacles.
The British group Air Partner, supplying global aviation services, has recently completed a cargo flight to transport airport equipment from the Brno-Tuřany airport in Czech Republic to Al Abraq International airport in Libya. The cargo weighing 1,100kgs contained of radio communication equipment, weather stations, antennas, runway lighting equipment for the ongoing work to update Libya’s airport infrastructure. Air Partner successfully arranged a non-stop charter flight on an Antonov An-26. Mike Hill, Director of Freight, Air Partner stated : “we were pleased to complete this important flight as a significant step in the renewal of airport services in eastern Libya.”
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.