The outlook for the remainder of 2018 in the crane industry is certainly promising across most states. Crane hirers are experiencing demand for services at levels not consistently seen for almost a decade with engineering construction, particularly government-funded infrastructure on the east coast, generating immediate activity along with confidence to upgrade and expand crane fleets.
UK lightweight gantry and davit crane manufacturer Reid Lifting (Reid) provided a custom version of its 1000kg capacity Porta-Gantry system to a wastewater treatment facility in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. The Porta-Gantry was used to lift 600kg blower motors free from acoustic housings for maintenance, repair and replacement.
A pair of pair of Huisman cranes, the main one of which will lift 2500t, will be fitted to Jumbo’s new DP2 Heavy Lift Crane Vessel (HLCV).
Russian crane service provider M-Kran has placed an order with Terex Cranes for a 1600t capacity Demag CC 8800-1 lattice boom crawler crane with a Boom Booster Kit. Read more
Italian crane contractor Gradito Oleodinamica used its 500t capacity class Liebherr LR 1500 crawler crane to dismantle a large tunnel boring machine (TBM) on the Italian island of Sicily.
Heavy lift and transport specialist ALE has used its latest marine investment, the Sarah S barge, for its inaugural job. It is currently transporting transition pieces (TPs) as part an offshore wind project in the UK.
Despite being 94 at the time, the person known as “Sully” to his friends and acquaintances within and outside the crane industry probably surprised many with his mortality. He had survived the vices that claim lesser mortals for so long that many probably thought he was bulletproof, writes Greg Keane.
A new smartphone app launched by Manitowoc is now available for iOS and Android devices. The app promises to increase crane uptime by enabling customers to diagnose technical issues without third-party assistance, leading to faster repairs and maintenance.
Queensland authorities are planning to look closely at firms with vehicle loading cranes (VLCs) and related equipment due to recent fatal incidents and other accidents highlighting safety and compliance issues with the machines in the state.
After a detailed and lengthy investigation, a crane driver has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a construction worker in 2016.