A self-erecting mobile tower crane overturned onto the roof of a famous hotel/restaurant in France on Monday, after one of its outriggers punched through the tarmac drive into an underground void. Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident and the crane operator was well away from the crane at the time, operating it via the remote controls, which is just as well, as it looks as though the elevating operators cab took most of the impact and was buried in the roof. We do not know if mats were used to spread the load on what are clearly … [Read more...]
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In a bid to diversify its product base, concrete pump manufacturer Schwing Stetter (India) has decided to enter the tower crane market. The company will start with two models, a 35 metre high five tonne model – the XGT63YD (5013-5) and the 50 metre six tonne XGT100YD. The cranes will be supplied by Chinese equipment manufacturer XCMG, which holds a 60 percent stake in Schwing Stetter’s German parent, the Schwing Group. The cranes will be branded Schwing-XCMG and will initially be imported complete from China, but the intention is to … [Read more...]
Liebherr has won the contract to supply four HC-L series tower cranes to the Kingdom Tower project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Three 280 HC-L 16/28 cranes and one 357 HC-L 18/32 Litronic will be supplied to the project, with jib lengths of 40 - 45 m and lifting capacities of 11 - 12 tonnes at a radius of 35 m. The 280 HC‑L luffing cranes will be used to build the side wings of the Kingdom Tower, with hook heights reaching some 400 m. The 357 HC-L will be on the main tower, with a hook height of some 1,000 m. To reach these heights the cranes … [Read more...]
Gammon Construction has purchased two Liebherr 380 EC-B 16 Litronic flat-top cranes to assist construction of the Midfield Concourse project at Hong Kong International Airport. The 16t cranes are being used as part of the HKD6.2bn ($800m) contract awarded to Gammon by Airport Authority Hong Kong, and were delivered to Gammon by Liebherr's Hong Kong distributor Shriro Machinery Co. The project involves the construction of a new passenger concourse, to increase the number of passenger aircraft stands and meet future demand at the … [Read more...]
Porr is using two 12t Wolffkran cranes to assist construction of a bridge on a new national motorway in Germany. The High Mosel Bridge is part of the Bundesstrasse 50, a project established by the German state that will connect the Benelux countries with the Rhine-Main region of Germany. The bridge, which is 1.7km long and 158m high, is being constructed over vineyards in the Mosel Valley region. The project required contractor Porr Deutschland to expand its fleet with the two Wolff 6031.12 flattop trolley jib cranes, and to commission … [Read more...]
Liebherr has introduced its 172 EC-B 8 Litronic flat-top crane, based on the established 160 EC-B model. Lifting capacity has been increased by 15%, with the 172 EC-B 8 capable of hoisting 2,100kg at the jib head at a radius of 60m, and an 8t maximum capacity. The new model also features a new jib erection concept. The load hook and trolley remain on the jib pivot section during transport, eliminating erection work for the trolley. The hoist and trolley travelling ropes can also be easily reeved, a particular benefit when erecting the … [Read more...]