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Largest crane in Australia wraps up on WGTP bridge works

Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift & Shift's Tadano CC88.1600-1 in action on the West Gate Tunnel Project.

Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift & Shift’s Tadano CC88.1600-1 crawler crane has lifted the final steel beam onto a new bridge as part of the West Gate Tunnel Project in Victoria.

TBHLS’ Tadano crawler crane is the only one of its kind in Australia, making it the largest in the country. Featuring a colossal 1600-tonne lifting capacity at its minimum operating radius of 1m, the Tadano CC88.1600-1 can lift at a maximum hook height of 205m and possesses a maximum lifting radius of 174m. Additionally, the crane possesses a maximum load moment of 27,456tm.

The 1600-tonne capacity crane has been building the new bridge crossing the Maribyrnong River piece by piece over the past 17 months, with approximately one million hours worked by the crew across the period’s duration.

The main bridge over the Maribyrnong River will create a second river crossing from the West of Melbourne. It will span 760m once built, feature three lanes in each direction and allow motorists to travel from the twin West Gate tunnels to CityLink and the city.

In addition, two smaller bridges over the Maribyrnong River will provide a direct entry and exit into the Port of Melbourne taking 9000 trucks a day off local roads.

With the final steel beam installed, crews will continue building the road deck and installing barriers, lighting and traffic signs structures and urban design features.


The news comes after Western Australian construction giant Monadelphous announced it was expecting to take stock of a Tadano CC88.1600-1 in July 2024, where it will be deployed for approximately 12 months on the BHP Car Dumper 3 Replacement Project.

The $10 billion West Gate Tunnel Project is still underway, with works expected to wrap up in November 2025. The project will seek to reduce approximately 9000 trucks a day from the streets of Melbourne’s inner-west, while cutting down on travel by 20 minutes.