Search for crane companies?
Need to hire mobile cranes?
International crane hire directory »
Crane CAD blocks
Mobile crane CAD blocks of all current types of cranes for your CAD based crane lift plans. Check our stocklist »
Mobile crane load chart book
Mobile crane load chart book for 240 mobile cranes from 6 up to 1250 tons.
Need to hire access platforms?
Need to hire access platforms nationwide or worldwide?
Three Potain tower cranes mounted on 10 m tall portal bases are building an office complex in Geneva, Switzerland. The 25 t capacity Potain MD 560 B cranes are erected on the custom-made 10 m wide bases to allow easy access for other equipment within the congested jobsite, saving time and expense at the €200 million project.
The three MD 560 B tower cranes are rented to main contractor Implenia by Stirnimann, one of the largest construction equipment companies in Europe and Potain’s official Swiss dealer for more than 25 years. Stirnimann said the high-capacity crane was surprisingly compact for its size, as Pascal Buffat, regional head at Stinimann, explains.
“We are working in central Geneva near the United Nations, space is limited and the project has a demanding schedule,” he says. “We needed a crane with a compact footprint that could handle demanding loads. We designed the portal base to ensure site traffic could flow freely, so the crane gives us optimal reach and capacity without an encumbering size.”
The three Potain MD 560 Bs arrived in April 2013 and will work at the site for 18 months. They were fitted with portal bases at Stirnimann’s workshop in Olten before being erected at the congested jobsite. The tower cranes, which stand at heights of 48 m, 68 m and 88 m, are building the new headquarters of an international company.
The cranes are working eleven hours a day, six days a week. They are predominantly used to lift formwork and pre-cast concrete structures. As the project progresses, the cranes will place much of the 5,600 t of steel and 16,500 m2 of glass needed for the structure and façade of the nine-story building.
Situated between the United Nations building and Lake Geneva, the striking 25,000 m2 development will accommodate approximately 2,000 employees. The project also includes a day-care center for employees’ families. The project will be completed by the end of 2015.
The MD 560 B is among the largest standard top-slewing cranes from Potain. It has a maximum jib length of 80 m and a tip load of 5.4 t.
Stirnimann operates an extensive fleet of machinery, which includes hundreds of tower cranes and mobile cranes. In 1969, the company bought its first Grove mobile cranes. Potain tower cranes followed 25 years ago. The company services the majority of the cranes it sells and rents throughout their life.
Main contactor Implenia is Switzerland’s leading construction and construction services company. The company employs more than 6,500 people.
Antwerp terminal operator Zuidnatie nv has inaugurated two new Terex Gottwald Model 8 mobile harbour cranes from Terex Port Solutions (TPS) at the Belgian port.
With a maximum lifting capacity of 200 tonnes each, the large cranes in the G HMK 8710 variant will help Zuidnatie to efficiently handle containers and general and project cargo, said Terex.
For handling particularly heavy project loads weighing up to 400 tonnes, both of the cranes will be equipped with the Terex Gottwald tandem lift system, which will allow the cranes to perform full 400-tonne capacity tandem lift operations and avoid capacity reductions.
“With the Model 8 cranes, our fleet is not only becoming more powerful but also more flexible,” said Marcel Dubourg, ceo at Zuidnatie. “Because both cranes in combination can deal with loads up to 400 tonnes, we are in the position to offer our customers new handling solutions.”
Zuidnatie’s crane fleet currently comprises nine mobile harbour cranes from TPS.
Marc van Peel, chairman and alderman of the Antwerp Port Authority, added that the upgrade of the Zuidnatie fleet sets new standards for mobile harbour cranes and therefore “must also be seen as an upgrade of the entire port of Antwerp”.
Liebherr Maritime Cranes has received an important order for its mobile harbour crane range from Algeria, Africa. A purchasing association of Algerian port operators has opted for 20 Liebherr mobile harbour cranes (LHM).
The purchasing association consists of seven Algerian port companies, which decided to invest in port equipment.
The mobile harbour cranes will be delivered to various destinations at the Algerian coast, which are Algiers, Annaba, Béjaia, Ghazaouet, Mostaganem, Oran and Skikda. The tasks of this mobile harbour crane fleet will include the handling of general cargo, dry bulk operation and container handling. All of the 20 LHMs will be operational in 2014.
“Liebherr turned out to be the best supplier for us. Short delivery times, local staff and state-of-the-art equipment convinced us. Moreover, Liebherr had the right solution at hand for each port operator involved in this large order,” said a representative manager of the Algerian purchasing association.
Preferred choice of the Algerian ports involved is the LHM 280 model. Eleven units of this type will be delivered and each of above-mentioned ports will soon operate at least one LHM 280. This mobile harbour crane model is well-proven across the globe with deliveries to more than 25 countries.
Two ports will add even more capacity to their operation, opting for Liebherr’s newest model, type LHM 420.
Entreprise Portuaire de Skikda has ordered two LHM 420s and another unit of this series will soon start operation for Entreprise Portuaire de Béjaia.
Moreover, Entreprise Portuaire d’Oran has opted for four LHM 120s and will soon operate a total fleet of six Liebherr mobile harbour cranes, designed for state-of-the-art cargo handling. Entreprise Portuaire d’Annaba has ordered two additional LHM 120s which will work side-by-side with the new LHM 280.
“Due to this huge investment in advanced port equipment, Algerian ports will significantly increase their competitiveness in the maritime industry, ensure smooth flow of cargo and are well-prepared for future challenges,” the representative manager added.
“We succeeded in a number of comprehensive tenders in the past, but this order is really unique. It underlines the current market situation, which is treating us very well. We look forward to a great 2014 year,” said Matthias Mungenast, Sales Director for Liebherr mobile harbour cranes.
In March, the Burger Boat Co. contracted with Ideal Crane Rental to rotate the hull of The Fisheries Research Vessel ARTICUS. The 136,000-lb. hull was built by Burger Boat Co. upside down, and it needed to be rotated 180 degrees to build the rest of the ship.
The lift was carried out initially with two cranes on one side and one on the other. After the hull reached a vertical position, the single crane released the load and moved to the other side to reposition between the other cranes. The three cranes then continued the rotation, and the vessel was set on its keel. The vessel was braced and released by the three cranes. The hull measured 26 ft. wide by 78 ft. long. The rotation was completed in under four hours.
The cranes involved with the rotation were a 100-ton Grove, 200-ton Liebherr, and 350-ton Grove. There were three operators, two oilers, and multiple lifting specialists with Ideal Crane Rental supporting the logistics of the lift. This is the third boat hull that Ideal Crane Rental has assisted Burger Boat Company in rotating.
The Fisheries Research Vessel arcticus will replace the existing R/V GRAYLING and will be a member of a five vessel fleet owned and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey’s, Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The primary mission of the center’s fleet is to provide offshore work platforms for the support of fisheries related research projects.
The primary area of operation for the vessel will be Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The vessel will be based at the Cheboygan Vessel Base and will operate across three state boundaries, Canadian waters and treaty waters. In addition, the vessel may occasionally operate or transit on Lake Superior. The vessel will typically operate from April through November but should be capable of year round operations.
The introduction of a new series of load distribution products at ConExpo-Con/Agg in March by DICA Outrigger Pads has attracted the attention of the crane rental industry for their superior ability to support all types of equipment, even in poor soil conditions.
Designed to improve stability for the largest cranes under maximum loads, FiberMax Mega Duty crane mats offer a new solution for cranes working on most ground conditions and soil bearing capacities. Made of fiber reinforced polymers, the crane mats are strong and rigid like steel, but at 50 percent of the weight. Featuring high compressive and flexural strength, FiberMax crane mats can distribute concentrated loads over large areas to safely reduce ground-bearing pressure more effectively than wood or steel. This is critical when needing to spread loads over large areas to reduce the pressure being exerted by large equipment.
In addition, FiberMax’s engineered material is not affected by the elements or prolonged use. The technology was first developed for building pedestrian and vehicle bridge systems as a lightweight, long-term replacement to heavy steel structures and rotting wood structures. The result is that the FiberMax mats won’t rot, delaminate, rust or decompose like wood or steel.
“The reception of the FiberMax products by crane rental companies has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Kris Koberg, CEO of DICA Outrigger Pads. “Crane rental companies are known to invest in some of the highest capacity cranes featuring the longest boom configurations. They have been looking for a company that has the credibility and industry knowledge to provide them with an engineered product that would significantly reduce transportation costs and provide the performance that is needed to meet today’s stringent guidelines and safety concerns.”
FiberMax Heavy Duty and Super Duty products have a very high concentration of fiberglass reinforcements, which creates a crush strength in excess of 400,000 psi and an average flexural yield strength of 60,000 psi.
Three Categories of FiberMax Products for a Variety of Applications
The FiberMax line is made up of three categories of products for different outrigger reaction loads and soil bearing capacities.
The Heavy Duty FiberMax Outrigger Pad line is similar to the Heavy Duty Safety Tech® line. It is a different material with higher rigidity properties that some customers may prefer to Safety Tech engineered thermoplastic material. Measuring 3/4-inch thick, Heavy Duty Outrigger Pads are appropriate for all different types of outrigger-stabilized construction equipment requiring up to 16 square feet of support.
The Super Duty Crane Pad line is specifically designed to provide the support mobile cranes need on softer soil or poorly compacted ground. Measuring 1½ -inch thick, they provide an extremely rigid base for equipment needing 9 to 16 square feet of area.
The Mega Duty Crane Mat line, available in standard thicknesses from 4” to 10” can be FIT® to every crane currently manufactured. They are especially well-suited to cranes rated from 100 tons and up. These mats are specifically designed for cranes and equipment that require large load distributing footprints due to high outrigger reaction forces or lower soil bearing capacities at roughly 50% the weight of steel constructed mats. This weight reduction has been proven to reduce the transportation costs for crane rental companies.
A man trimming trees around power lines from a utility type truck mounted boom lift/bucket truck, was critically injured in Las Vegas on Friday, after he was thrown out of the platform when the booms knuckle was struck by a passing furniture removals van. A witness said that the knuckle of the articulated boom was swung out over the live traffic lane, and the driver of the high sided removals van did not spot it.
The man reportedly works for West Coast Arborists which was subcontracted to NV Energy Officer and fell from a height of around six meters or so onto the road. At least one cone had been set, but it was very close to the side of the truck.
A photo taken shortly after the incident occurred
The man was not wearing a harness or lanyard, had he been he would almost certainly have suffered only minor injuries as the bucket truck, an insulated Terex Ranger, appeared to have suffered only minimal damage and remained perfectly stable.
The post Arborist Thrown From Platform appeared first on Crane Accidents.