The assembled superstructure and carrier, weighing 85t, was trasnported from the Zweibrücken factory to the Port using an eight-axle lowbed semi-trailer. The transportation took three nights to complete. The crawler tracks, weighing 47t each, were transported on two six-axle lowbed semi-trailers. A total of 27 trucks delivered remaining components.

On-site support for this first lift was provided by experienced Demag service technician Ingo Heyde. At the work site at the Port of Magdeburg, the four-person Bender team, supported by Heyde, took three days to set up the crane using an assist crane provided by logistics company Bruns. The crane was set up with an SL configuration and 36m main boom, 180t of central ballast, 100t of Superlift counterweight, and eleven-part reeving.

“It was the first time we’d set up the CC 2800-1, and everything went smoothly. And thanks to its ease of assembly, we’ll be able to do it ourselves without any assistance in the future,” said Bender technician Markus Hofmann.

A custom V-shaped spreader beam with four attachment points was used to deal with the uneven weight distribution of the 93t slag pot carriers and dimensions of 17.8 x 5.5 x 3.65m. “Since the carriers’ centre of gravity was not in the middle of the vehicles, the attachment points had to be distributed unevenly,” Hofmann explained.

Within half-an-hour of commencing the operation the CC 2800-1 had lifted the first carrier 15m, moved it 90° into position, then set it down on the barge. The same procedure was completed an hour later for the second slag pot carrier.

“It’s worth keeping in mind that this was our first lift with the CC 2800, so we were really kind of on the edge of our seats. And we’re tremendously happy with how everything turned out: We completed the two lifts smoothly and managed to stick to the tight schedule. Basically put, things couldn’t have gone any better,” said Peter Bender, general manager at Spedition Bender.

The Demag CC 2800-1 will remain at the Port of Magdeburg.