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January 2018

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XCMG cranes used in Antarctica
15 January 2018 Four XCMG truck cranes are being used for the reconstruction of the Brazilian scientific research station Comandante Ferraz in Antarctica, which burnt down in 2012.

Sarens performs four heavy lifts in Egypt
15 January 2018 Sarens has lifted four absorbers weighing around 384mt each, at the West Nile Delta Project in Egypt for Bechtel Overseas Corporation.

3D printed offshore crane hook passes test
15 January 2018 In the first week of 2018, the world’s first 3D printed offshore crane hook— manufactured by Huisman—successfully passed its load test (80t) and all associated quality control checks.

Mammoet and Stoof’s vision comes into focus
15 January 2018 Piet Stoof first talked about his idea for a new design of very heavy lift crane with Cranes Today in 2013. Now, Mammoet has further elaborated the concept and is ready to build it. Stoof and Mammoet innovations director Wessel Helmens explain an extension of the original concept that will allow the giant crane to be assembled vertically in cramped spaces at working refineries. This effectively has led to two new types of crane. Will North reports.

Hitachi Sumitomo in Switzerland
15 January 2018 Swiss contractor Gebr. Brun has invested in a new Hitachi Sumitomo SCX800A-3 to replace one of its existing crawler cranes. The company’s fleet includes three KH180-3s and one KH150-3.

Potain used for Malaysia’s largest mall construction
15 January 2018 Construction firm CB Construction, based in Sereban, Malaysia, is using a Potain MC 310 K12 tower crane to construct the country’s largest shopping mall for retail group AEON.

Cometto MSPE trailers for Navantia
15 January 2018 Spanish company Navantia recently received nine modular combinations of self-propelled MSPE 48t trailers from Cometto. adding up to a total of 46 axle lines.

Aertssen Group to take over Michielsens
09 January 2018 Contracting, crane and transport company Aertssen Group, with headquarters in Stabroek, Belgium, is planning to take over the activities and personnel of fellow Belgian crane rental company Michielsens.

Kobelco launches new crawlers
09 January 2018 Kobelco Construction Machinery has launched new hydraulic crawler cranes with a maximum lifting capacity of 300t (330USt) for standard crane and 350t with an SHL specification. The models are CK3300G-2 (North American model), CKE3000G (European model) and CKS3000 (standard model).

Orders and deliveries
08 January 2018 This month’s fleet updates include orders and deliveries of Liebherr, Grove, Demag, Terex, Fassi, Kato, Tadano, Kobelco, Potain, Zoomlion and Spierings.

New Enerpac low-height skidding system
08 January 2018 Enerpac Heavy Lifting Technology has introduced the Low-Height Skidding System, expanding the jack and slide options for heavy lift and rigging contractors and machinery movers.

Liebherr luffing jib cranes in Bangkok
08 January 2018 Thai Obayashi is using two Liebherr 160 HC-L cranes and a Liebherr 125 HC-L to construct the Samyan Mitrtown project in Bangkok’s central business district.

Hiab launches Cyclone oil tank
08 January 2018 Hiab, part of Cargotec, has launched a new oil tank for its loader crane and forestry crane models which uses cyclone technology.

Interkran erects five Raimondis in Schaffhausen
08 January 2018 Raimondi Cranes agent Interkran, based in Lachen, Switzerland, has erected five tower cranes in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen. The jobsite is a mixed-use project based in Schaffhausen’s old steelworks, and will include residential, commercial and office space.

Mammoet powers Seattle
08 January 2018 Mammoet has completed the setting of three transformers for Seattle City Light at the Denny Substation, which is now under construction in Seattle, USA. Mammoet is part of a network of contractors working closely together.

ALE completes topside load-out in Russia
08 January 2018 ALE has completed the load-out of a satellite platform topside, weighing 3,200t, for the Korchagin oil field development project in Russia.

December 2017

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First new Liebherr rough terrains delivered
12 December 2017 Bergheim-based crane hire company and dealer Wasel has become the first company to receive cranes from Liebherr’s new LRT series of rough terrain cranes.

28 Faymonville vehicles for the Capelle Group
12 December 2017 Capelle Group, based in Vezenobres, France, recently placed an order for 28 Faymonville semi-trailers to strengthen its fleet of vehicles.

Terex CTL 430-24 at Vancouver Public Library
11 December 2017 Vancouver-based Smith Bros. & Wilson (SBW) is using a Terex CTL 430-24 tower crane, during the demolition and reconstruction of the 8th and 9th floors at the downtown Vancouver Public Library (VPL).

Modulift beam lifts tunnel boring machine from underwater
11 December 2017 Modulift provided a custom lifting beam, slings and shackles as specialist pipeline contractor Stockton Drilling completed multiple lifts of a 28t, 18m-long tunnel boring machine (TBM) that was working subsea at the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm / Direct Pipe Landfalls (BOWL) project at Portgordon, Scotland.

HMF invests to boost production capacity
11 December 2017 Danish family-owned crane manufacturer HMF has invested heavily in automated production processes to meet increasing international demand.