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June 2014


Tianjie’s big bridge roll
26 June 2014 Guangdong Lift Engineering Machinery (GPEC) used Tianjie SPMT’s on the transportation 3200t giant bridge section roll-on barge for Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project in Zhongshan, Guangdong province.

Honolulu highway
26 June 2014 Kiewit Bridge & Marine used various Enerpac hydraulic systems on the West Oahu Farrington Highway project in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Crossing the Euphrates
26 June 2014 Turkish contractor Gulsan used two 10t two MC 235 Potain tower cranes to build a 610m long cable-stayed bridge connection across the Ataturk Dam Reservoir on the Euphrates River in southeast Turkey. The cranes w ere worked for 10 hour s a day at the 30 month project.

The Yangzte bridged by SCM
26 June 2014 Two Sichuan Construction Machinery (SCM) cranes worked on the construction of the 4th Nanjing Yangtze Bridge. The 16t SCM-C7022 and the 18t SCM-P300 tower cranes worked predominantly on the structure's south tower.

Tasmanian rebuild
26 June 2014 Pfeiffer Cranes used two all terrain cranes from Grove to dismantle and rebuild a 92m bridge in Tasmania in three days. The GMK5220 and GMK5100 worked in windy coastal conditions to remove old sections of a railway bridge and put 30t concrete spans in place.

Bridging the continents
26 June 2014 Endem Construction used six Liebherr cranes to construct the access roads for the Third Bosphorus Bridge in Turkey. Four 8t capacity high-top 132 EC-H 8 litronic units, and two fast-erecting 8t 120 K.1 cranes that can lift 1.45 t at a maximum radius of 50m are being used on the site.

Potain cranes in Basholi Bridge build
26 June 2014 Two Potain MCi 85 A tower cranes are working on the $32m Basholi Bridge construction project in Jammu, India. The 5t capacity cranes are working 12 hours a day performing general lifting duties and pouring concrete.

XCMG’s two bridge lifts
26 June 2014 XCMG cranes have worked on two different bridge projects in China. The manufacturers cranes worked on the Yunmengshan Bridge on the Chaobai River and the Qingshan Railway Bridge Project at Hongshan, Wuhan.

Universal building bridges
26 June 2014 Australian crane rental firm Universal Cranes used several Manitowoc cranes on two bridge projects in Queensland and Brisbane, Australia.

An autobahn intersection
26 June 2014 MSG-Krandienst GmbH from Kehl in Baden used two Liebherr all terrain cranes the LTM 1750- 9.1 and a LTM 1500-8.1 on the erection of a new bridge structure on the A5 autobahn at the Darmstadt intersection. Part of the project involved the installation of massive steel girders for the new bridges on the A672, which crosses the autobahn.

Tongling Bridge
26 June 2014 Yongmao cranes worked on the construction of the Tongling Bridge In the Wuhu municipality on the Yangtze River. The bridge is 640m long and has a side span of 240m. Yongmao 1000T-M and 420T-M luffing jib tower cranes were used for the hoisting of the p ylon rebars, templates, and other materials.

Abidjan’s airport link
26 June 2014 Sarens used a modular barge to assemble a 1.5km bridge in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The bridge links the city with the air port consists of 30 spans, all made out of 2 pre-constrained 1,000t concrete beams. The beams were made on site and then installed by Sarens.

Odin’s voyage from China
26 June 2014 MT Højgaard was contracted by the city of Odense to build and install a new swing bridge across the central canal in the city. The double swing bridge was 2m x 100m long and 28m wide, with each of the two parts weighing 1,950t. The bridge was loaded at ZPMC quay in Shanghai using two floating cranes with a lifting capacity each of 1,600t.

Bridging the clouds
26 June 2014 The China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group (CRMBEC) used six Potain tower cranes to build two 280m tall bridge pylons for Chishi Grand Bridge in southern China. The cranes on site included two MC 200s and two cranes that mix the mast of an MC 480 with the jib of an MC 320 K16.

Competing on the global stage
26 June 2014 At this year’s ConExpo, Will North spoke to senior staff of crane manufacturers around the world, about the market for their products, and their strategy for the coming year. From Terex, Manitowoc and Link-Belt in the US, via Liebherr in Europe, to Zoomlion in China and Tadano in Japan, all our looking to increase the global spread of their sales, and often production, as individual regional markets remain unreliable.

Under the Sennebogen pyramid
26 June 2014 The German crane manufacturer Sennebogen has over 60 years worth of experience in the industry. Recently, it opened a new training facility in Staubing, Germany. Zak Garner-Purkis went to the launch of the new company’s new centre to hear about Sennebogen’s plans for the future.

Liebherr’s Powerboom debuts in Bremerhaven for Mammoet
26 June 2014 Mammoet has used the 3000t Liebherr LR 13000 crawler crane on the installation of legs of the 940t 87m long Aeolus jack-up vessel. The parallel boom of the LR 13000, referred to as the PowerBoom, was used for the first time on the job in Bremerhaven, Germany.

April 2014


Launching in April
17 April 2014 From headphones to tower lift systems this month sees many exiting new products being released. Cranes Today looks at the new products that are making waves this month.

Samoter returns
17 April 2014 The 2014 edition of Samoter is this year hosted by VeronaFiere. The show attracts a broad specturm of the construction industry.

Middle East Project round up
17 April 2014 This month we review projects from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Energy keeps the Gulf going
17 April 2014 Energy and industrial customers have kept the regional lifting market buoyant particularly for mobile cranes, and rebounding construction is stimulating the tower crane segment. Bernadette Ballantyne reports.