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Eilbeck Cranes’ custom gantry cranes extract TBM ‘Vida’ on WGTP

Two of Eilbeck Cranes’ custom gantry cranes are currently being dismantled after they successfully extracted and dismantled TBM ‘Vida’.

Needing to be pulled out after completing its 2.8km journey on the new inbound West Gate Tunnel, TBM ‘Vida’ needed to be dismantled using custom-made full portal cranes. With the TBM weighing in at 4000 tonnes and being 90m long, the portal cranes manufactured by Eilbeck in its Sydney yard featured maximum rated capacities of 250 tonnes and 500 tonnes respectively.

The cranes went to work dismantling TBM ‘Vida’ over the last few months, pulling the excavating machine out part-by-part. After this work was complete, the custom-built full portal cranes pulled out the back-end gantries operating in tandem with TBM ‘Vida’.

Road closures are abound in the West of Melbourne as the custom-made gantry cranes are now being dismantled and packed off to a different location.

According to Eilbeck Cranes, the two machines were 100 per cent designed and fabricated by the company in Sydney, Mackay, Melbourne, and Perth, before being completely machined in Eilbeck’s Sydney Machine Shop. Furthermore, both the 250-tonne and 500-tonne full portal cranes designated specifically for the West Gate Tunnel Project were designed, built, and delivered within 10 months of the order being received from leading contractors John Holland and CPB as well as the West Gate Tunnel Project.

Operating in tandem with TBM ‘Bella’ which is excavating the outbound tunnel on the West Gate Tunnel Project, the machines have excavated 1.5 million cubic metres of rock and soil from the tunnel to make space for the new project.

The $10 billion West Gate Tunnel Project will seek to reduce approximately 9000 trucks a day from the streets of Melbourne’s inner-west.


Eilbeck Cranes has been operating as a family business since 1907, consistently specialising in devising innovative engineering solutions, with Eilbeck Cranes’ custom gantry cranes playing a pivotal role across Australian infrastructure projects since its inception.

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