“It will allow us to significantly increase our capabilities in the upper lifting capacity segment,” said managing director Werner Schmidbauer.

“The crane is absolutely ideal for use in industrial facilities and in work with large wind turbines. In addition to the fact that we got the CC 6800 with the maximum level of equipment available, we also ordered the pedestal crane version with star-type outriggers. This way, we are also perfectly equipped for operations that don’t require travelling with loads.”

Schmidbauer has already used the high-capacity crawler to replace an old railroad bridge in Trier, Germany with a new steel bridge.

The CC 6800 worked solo to remove the old bridge, which weighed 148t, at a reach of 24m, while a 400t CC 2400-1 crawler was brought in as an assist crane during the installation of the new 210t bridge. For this operation, the CC 6800 worked with a 54m main boom, 42m Superlift mast and a 240t Superlift counterweight. The CC 2400-1 worked with a 42m main boom, 30m Superlift mast and Superlift counterweight of 240t.

The CC 6800 had already worked to slide the steel replacement bridge out over the river and position it on temporary supports until ready to be installed. At this stage it was equipped with an additional 80t of Superlift counterweight.

Ainscough Crane Hire has recently bought a CC 6800 as part of a new fleet of six 500t-plus crawlers, which it intends to use to take advantage of opportunities arising from wind and nuclear energy developments.