Brazilian heavy lift specialist, IV Guindastes, has supplied a LTM 2500-8.1 with a maximum capacity of 500 USt and an LTM 1220-5.2 with a lifting capacity of 242 USt. The firm specialises in the lifting and moving of heavy loads and owns a large fleet of Liebherr wheeled and crawler cranes.

The Anhangüera Highway, one of the main arterial routes in São Paulo, is being upgraded by CCR Autoban working under ARTESP (Agencia de Transporte do Estado de Sao Paulo), between kilometres 13 and 19. The project includes the building of three new cloverleaf interchanges, the upgrading of two others, and the construction of 14km of slip roads, with an investment of $150m from ARTESP.

The two Liebherr cranes are being used for lifting the pre-case concrete and steel bridge beams into position to form the interchange. The cranes are being supplied for the $24.39m budget CCR Autoban where the introduction of a cloverleaf interchange will ease the flow of traffic.

Site project manager for IV Guindastes, Lupercio de Almeida Filho, said the cranes are handling loads of us to 80 USt, for the largest of the beams, with smaller beams weighing around 60 USt.

The eight-axle LTM 1500-8.1 is equipped with a seven-section, 84m telescopic boom. The lifting capacity is increased considerably due to the lattice-jib-suspension that, reaching lengths of up to 91m, extends the operating range to 145m hoisting height and 108m reach.

The LTM 1220-5.2 is a five-axle machine ranked at 242 USt capacity. The crane has a 60m telescopic boom and 42m of fixed jib, and is able to reach a height of more than 100m.