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Universal’s Ship to Shore capabilities

Universal Cranes provided equipment transportation, manned crane hire, and lift engineering for the Ship to Shore Crane Assembly.

In early 2021, Universal Cranes completed a project for its client Wm. O’Brien and end customer. The project involved the installation of Liebherr Container Cranes. The Project involved ship to shore crane assembly at Port of Brisbane and Port of Townsville.

The Scope of the project included:

  • Transport equipment
  • Manned crane hire + riggers Supply of miscellaneous equipment (temp rails etc).
  • Lift Supervisor on site for duration of project

The project was finished early 2021 with a variety of Universal’s cranes used including the Liebherr LR1300, Liebherr LTM1130-5.1 and Grove GMK5220.

The critical lifts and assembly sequence was as follows:

  1. Place main beam on end carriages
  2. Preassemble C1-C4 legs on ground and stand legs
  3. Preassemble C2-C3 legs on ground and stand legs
  4. Install landside and seaside carrier beams
  5. Lift main beam
  6. Lift machine house
  7. Install A-frame and pendant
  8. Lift Derrick boom

Townsville:

The installation at Port of Townsville is the final element of the $30million upgrade to its multi-user cargo handling facility. Standing at almost 100m, the blue and gold corporate colours of the Liebherr Super Post Panamax Ship to Shore Crane transforms Townville’s skyline.

Universal Cranes North QLD supported the assembly over several months, swinging into action the Liebherr LTM1120-4.1 (120T All Terrain Crane) for its first job. Universal Cranes North QLD was tasked with positioning the crane on the wharf and conducting a series of safety, compliance and operational checks. For the dual lift, Universal Cranes used the following: Liebherr LR1300 (300t Crawler Crane) configured to 124T CWT + 57T Carbody CWT with a 47m Main Boom + 20m Luffing Fly and our Liebherr LR1300 (300t Crawler Crane) configured to 124T CWT + 57T Carbody CWT with a 68m Main Boom.

Two key challenges arose during this lift. During the standing of the C2-C4 legs it was discovered that there was an uneven load distribution with one leg being heavier. There was also unlevel ground 56m bog mat runway with less tracking to stand on. Thus the boom clearance used was LF 1.5m to allow for clear access ways and platforms.

While lifting the main beam, the crew had to add more lift points for more equal load share. Boom clearance also had to be altered to allow for a safe lift.

Brisbane:

Brisbane welcomed the first of its kind in Queensland, the Liebherr LPS 550 rail mounted harbour crane. The new Liebherr can be seen from sky and sea at the Patricks Terminal at the Port of Brisbane.

Taking approximately 14 weeks to complete, Universal Cranes brought in its Liebherr LR1300 (300t Crawler Crane) configured to 124T CWT + 57T Carbody CWT with a 47m Main Boom + 20m Luffing Fly to assemble. The Liebherr LTM1130-5.1 130T All Terrain assisted with this lift.

Both cranes at the ports are fully operational and have greatly increase productivity and lifting capacity.

Key equipment utilised:

Primary Cranes

  • Liebherr LR1300 (300t Crawler Crane)
    • Configuration:
    • 124T CWT + 57T Carbody CWT
    • 47m Main Boom + 20m Luffing Fly
  • Liebherr LR1300 (300t Crawler Crane)
    • Configuration:
    • 124T CWT + 57T Carbody CWT
    • 68m Main Boom

Support Cranes

  • Liebherr LTM1120-4.1 (120T All Terrain Crane) **FIRST JOB AFTER TAKING DELIVERY
  • Liebherr LTM1130-5.1 (130T All Terrain Crane)
  • Grove GMK5220 (220T All Terrain Crane)

 

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