McGovern Crane Hire, located in Derbyshire in central England, has successfully raised a 21-tonne generator on the grounds of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. This lifting presented a major challenge. The team could have used a large crane with a minimum lifting capacity of 350 to 500 tonnes but the extremely tight space conditions, an aisle of the hospital, made impossible the use of a crane with sufficient performance for a lifting of this weight. The solution found by the Mc Govern teams was using a Demag AC 220-5 all-terrain crane that was compact enough to fit in the driveway, yet with the innovative IC-1Plus control system, it offered sufficient lifting power with asymmetrically configured outriggers.
In order to lift the load with its weight of 22 tonnes, including hook block and lifting tackle, the AC 220-5 was equipped with a counterweight of 51 tonnes. The outriggers were set to meet the needs of the job site. Thus, it was possible to lift the generator at a boom length of 33.3 meters and a radius of 15.0 meters off the lowbed trailer in the driveway to a height of 10.0 meters. It was then lifted over adjacent buildings by slewing the crane directly over the front right rigger which was fully retracted, the crane continued slewing right on the right until over the back right rigger which was extended to three quarters and easily lowered down at the desired location with a final radius of 19.7 meters.
“Thanks to the IC-1 Plus, however we were able to configure the crane to carry out the lift utilizing only 84% of the rated lifting capacity while using reduced counterweight, ”
ALE has recently completed the lifting and load-our of four suction anchors for the Zohr gas project, located in the Egyptian sector of the Mediterranean Sea.
The various manoeuvres took place in the Port of Alexandria where the four suction anchors were stored near the dock. Each of the columns had different weights and dimensions, ranging from 185t to 220t. The anchor parts were moved using a crawler crane with 850t capacity and a radius of up to 30m. In addition to these pieces, ALE has loaded-out other less imposing pieces such as a 65t circular hub and a 95t rectangular ladder piece. The ALE team completed the installation of all parts safely and within the deadline set by the client.
The Blackpool Zoo, located in the seaside resort of Blackpool in the north of England, has purchased a Bobcat T590 compact track loader for its new Project Elephant, a state-of-the-art pavilion that has been built to house a breeding herd of Asian Elephants. Thanks to the low ground pressure and stability of the tracked undercarriage, the new T590 has proved to be the right machine for working on the deep fine sand that covers a large part of the floor surface of the new elephant enclosure.
“The machine will be used for hay and straw unloading, feed deliveries and moving animal crates, grounds work in the animal paddocks and clearing out animal bedding as well as maintenance work around the Zoo ground,” says Zoo’s Head Keeper, Luke Minns.
The tower crane manufacturer, after many years of using the Linden Comansa brand name, has decided to return to its original name: Comansa. This change will apply across the full range of products and at the company’s headquarters in Spain as well as in the United States and China.
As a result, cranes manufactured in Pamplona, previously marked under the Linden Comansa brand, and cranes manufactured in Hangzhou, China distributed under the name Comansa CM, will be know from now on as Comansa.
“The Linden brand and system, and all they entail, are part of our DNA. In fact, Comansa is the only manufacturer whose range of horizontal jib cranes consists solely of flat-top, pendant-free design, which was undoubtedly one of Linden’s most outstanding features. And, if there is one think that characterises Comansa cranes, it is their outstanding modularity, just like Linden cranes. That is why Linden is still very much a part of the philosophy of all our products, even though it no longer appears in our brand name,” explains Alberto Munárriz, CEO of Comansa.
Crane service provider Wiemann, based in Dortmund, has expanded its fleet with a new Demag AC 100-4L all terrain crane for its location in Gierstädt. This machine, with a capacity of 100 t and a main boom of 60 m (with a boom extension of 19 + 8 m), is one of the most compact cranes in its class. “With a width of only 2.55 meters, the AC 100-4L is the most compact crane in its category, making it ideal for work sites where space is tight,” explaining his purchase decision General Manager Martin Wiemann, who has received the crane together with employees Georg Ruhe and Mario Bley at Terex Cranes in Zweibrücken.
Legend: Left to right: Helge Prüfer (Sales Manager, Terex Cranes), Georg Ruhe (Crane operator, Wiemann), Mario Bley (Technical Field Service, Wiemann), Martin Wiemann (General Manager, Wiemann) and Christian Kassner (Senior Manager Sales, Terex Cranes)
Jacques R. Saadé, the Founding President of the CMA-CGM Group, a global shipping giant, has passed away on the 24th of June at the age of 81. After leaving Lebanon with his family during the Civil War, Jacques R. Saadé founded the Compagnie Maritime d’Affretement (CMA) 40 years ago, on 13 September 1978.
He began with four collaborators including his brother-in-law and right-hand man Farid Salem, initially with a single ship and only one maritime service between Marseille and Beirut.
Over the years, he developed his company to become one of the leaders in container shipping.
Among the major stages of the group’s development, there was notably the acquisition of the Compagnie Générale Maritime in 1996 and Delmas in 2005. Two acquisitions that allowed CMA -CGM to reach the place of the third largest container shipping company in the world, a place that the group has never left since. A man with strong ties to the city of Marseille, where the Group was founded, Jacques R. Saadé built the CMA CGM Tower in 2006, the new headquarters of the Group and now a symbol of the city of Marseilles.
In 2015, Jacques R. Saadé, was conferred the title of Commander of the French Legion of Honor by the President of France.
On 7 February 2017, on his 80th birthday, he appointed Radolphe Saadé to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group and then appointed him Chairman of the Board of Directors on the 24th of November, the same year.
The German family business Zapp Group, supplier of advanced metal products, just signed an agreement for the acquisition of the stainless wire business of Sandvik, a global engineering group, named « Materials Technology ». The deal « includes the production unit in Sandviken, Sweden and the global sales organization, along with selected trademarks and patents, in total approximately 145 employees », as stated the Swedish group. The divestment is expected in the third quarter 2018.
The operation involved receiving six crew boats, 22-meter long, less than 6-meter wide and 9-meter high, from Ex Works a shipyard in Singapore, to the specially chartered heavy lift vessel. Each crew boat had to be transported on their cradle, with a total weight of 45 tons. The main challenge for Bolloré Logistics Singapore was to meet the very short deadlines for the preparation of operations and the coordination between the various stakeholders.
As the boats could not be “self-navigated” in Singapore waters and could not be wet-towed by local tugs from the shipyard to the chartered vessel, Bolloré Logistics Singapore had to mobilize the barges which allowed a load out in a very narrow location.
Although the preparation took place very shortly before loading, Bolloré Logistics Singapore was able to quickly mobilize its teams of specialists. They have come up with a large number of innovative solutions which were then offered to the customer. Once the plans were fixed and agreed, the entire operation was smooth and the vessels were loaded without delay or Lost Time Injury (LTI).
In the northwest suburbs of Tehran, Iran, the first Palazzani Spider lift took a part in the construction of the Iran Mall. The machine Ragno TSJ 35, that was recently supplied in crawler version and ECO (Diesel+AC) power option, already operates inside a specific location of the shopping mall, called Car Show. The machine, all-electric, operates indoor with zero emission for the finishing of the special glass roof covering this site and will be used for the cleaning and maintenance operations afterwards. With ten thousand workers and two billion dollars spent only to build the load-bearing walls, the Iran Mall, hosting as many as 1000 shops, 2 hotels, cinemas, a fairground, offices, a cultural center and sport complexes including an ice-skating rink, will be one of the world’s biggest commercial mall, two and a half times the one in Dubai.
Congo Retread & Tyre, an exclusive Magna Tyres distributor in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was engaged to supply heavy duty machinery tyres for the construction of one of the largest copper mine sites in the country. Selected for a test period, the 29.5R25 Magna M-Terrain tyres for articulated dump trucks benefit from the suitability of the conditions in which they are used and from the decrease of customer’s cost per hour.