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Uses Three 600-Ton Liebherr Cranes (20-11-2019)
Crane and heavy transport contractor HKV Schmitz+Partner GmbH, based in Cologne, used three 600-ton Liebherr cranes to transport a gas turbine from the port at Chempark Dormagen to a new-build power plant at the neighboring site occupied by INEOS Köln GmbH. Two LTM 1500-8.1 mobile cranes hoisted the turbine out of a freighter onto a heavy haulage vehicle and an LR 1500 crawler crane then placed it on a prepared site once it had arrived at the INEOS plant.
# Two LTM 1500-8.1 cranes and an LTM 1500 machine transport 100-tonne gas turbine
# HKV provides engineering and crane services to support power plant construction
# LR 1500 proves invaluable in a constricted space
Chempark Dormagen is a 360 hectare site in Dormagen and Cologne-Worringen, which is occupied by dozens of businesses from the chemical industry. Immediately next door to it is the site owned by INEOS Köln GmbH, part of the INEOS Group, one of the largest petrochemical companies in the world. A new gas and steam power plant to cover the site’s own demand is currently being built at the Cologne plant. This project is being supported by HKV Schmitz+Partner GmbH, which is in charge of both the engineering and the crane work. From a site inspection and demand analysis to computer-aided planning using CAD, HKV is in charge of the technical review and drawing design of the procedure and the corresponding risk assessment to ensure that the work can be carried out both effectively and safely.
Transport involving obstacles
The first gas turbine for the power plant has now been delivered by freighter. The two LTM 1500-8.1 cranes had been set up with their maximum ballast of 165 tonnes to hoist the turbine out of the vessel and position it on a low loader trailer operated by Viktor Baumann GmbH & Co. KG based in Bornheim. Supporting the LTM 1500-8.1 cranes on the quayside was a challenge as the outriggers had to be positioned towards the ship over a rail used by a port crane. This meant that an extremely precise calculation of the transmission of the support forces and a special structure had to be built over the track.
When the turbine was driven into the INEOS plant, it had to pass under several pipe bridges. The low loader trailer, which could be lowered to an extreme degree, proved to be the ideal heavy haulage vehicle. Hoisting the load and placing it on the prepared area of the site proved to be nothing more than routine for the LR 1500. Positioning the turbine in the power plant at a later date will be a more challenging task for both the crane and operator.
HKV purchased the LR 1500 in March this year, the first crawler crane in the history of the company. The main criteria behind the purchase included its short set-up times and high lifting capacities despite its very compact design. Managing Director Michael Schmitz, who is responsible for the project at INEOS, is delighted that the decision to buy the LR 1500 was the correct one. He commented: “Whilst planning the gas and steam power plant project, which we started well over a year ago, we decided that the Liebherr LR 1500 would be the perfect crane for the job. We had to transport heavy loads over a bongossi track and hoist them into the site. That meant we needed a crawler crane. The power provided by the LR 1500 together with the ease of operation and safety of the crane are paying dividends for this project. It also means that we can provide our customer INEOS with the most modern crawler crane in this class, and therefore the best tool for the job.”
Rolf Weyers, who is responsible at HKV for the project and the completion of the crane work, agrees: “The challenge is to plan all the hoists on the site safely with a minimum space requirement and to plan the operations in the flow of the job site. Unloading the turbine was the first heavy hoist for which we used our LR 1500. And it is always a challenge regardless of how much experience you have – the turbine has an asymmetrical center of gravity which is why planning the lifting tackle was so important. It was perfectly suspended on the LR 1500 after it had been unloaded from the low loader trailer whilst it was transported over the site as planned.”
Kandla Cargo Grows with a Refurbished LTM 1750-9.1 (19-11-2019)
Kandla Cargo Handlers, based in Mumbai / India, took delivery of a refurbished LTM 1750-9.1 in April this year. The nine axle crane is the largest machine in the fleet of the crane rental company now and will be used mainly for industrial and wind power installations. After the trainings on the LTM 1750-9.1, the first job is now taking place.
The decision to go bigger was made a couple of months before purchasing the LTM 1750-9.1 by Mr. Bajranglal Agarwal, Partner of Kandla Cargo Handlers.
“The LTM 1750-9.1 is the best crane in its capacity class from our point of view. It is a very strong crane with high lifting capacity as well as highest level of versatility in boom configurations, which will help us in the different industrial and wind power applications. We bought the used crane due to the fast delivery time and the overhauling of the crane was done in Liebherr’s main manufacturing plant in Ehingen, Germany”.
The nine axle giant is now fitting in at the upper end of the lifting capacity of the Kandla Cargo Handlers crane fleet that consists of roughly forty cranes. The LTM 1750-9.1 joins a fleet of other Liebherr cranes with lifting capacities ranging from 160 to now 750 metric tons.
When Kandla Cargo Handlers opted for the used LTM 1750-9.1, a couple of further key points were quite important for the company. “Liebherr is the most technologically advanced crane brand in the world and we have a lot of Liebherr telescopic cranes in the upper end of our crane capacity fleet, starting from the LTM 1160 all the way up to the new LTM 1750-9.1. And with a large crane like this, you need a strong and reliable partner. The quality, reliability and service from Liebherr is important for us, so this crane was for us the logical choice”, adds Agarwal.
On the first job, the 750t crane was used with the telescopic boom in “T” configuration. The crane worked in a restricted and confined construction space in the middle of a crowded city and just a short distance away from the central railway station, while handling a heavy critical load of 120 t.
Kandla Cargo Handlers is a crane rental company based in Mumbai, India. Founded in the year 1989, the company today employs around 150 people with a fleet size of approximately 40 cranes, including heavy handling equipment. The aim of Kandla Cargo Handlers is to be the most trusted and dependable professionals in the Indian lifting industry.
A five axle All Terrain crane overturned near Sande - due south of Drammen, Norway on Tuesday – November 12th - crushing two vans from a tower crane company and narrowly missing a truck cab. Miraculously no one was actually hurt in the incident.
The incident occurred at the Nordre Jarlsberg Brygge harbour on the south east side of Sande on Tuesday morning around 8:30. It seems that the crane, a Grove GMK 250L owned and operated by Drammen based Mikkelsen Kran og Transport, had arrived on site to install a tower crane from Craneway, it had just unloaded the main components and was lifting a jib section - said to weigh less than 1,000kg - when the 250 tonne crane lost stability.
We have no idea if the crane was short rigged, as the outriggers most likely retracted as the crane went over, or if the ground gave way under the rear jack. Most of the crane’s seven section boom was extended, but it was working without counterweight.
As the crane began to go over the operator screamed a warning, the truck driver, who had just delivered the tower crane components had started to reverse into a turn to drive off site, when he saw the crane begin to tip and thankfully put his foot down and backed away as fast as he was able, the boom nose struck his front bumper!
The tower crane erectors had parked their vans close to the crane, both vehicles were crushed as the crane went over. The erectors were fortunately well away from the crane when it tipped.
The local police carried out an investigation , while the Labour Inspectorate will be looking into the cause. – Mikkelsen chief executive Bent Mikkelsen speaking to a local reporter said: “An incident like this is a crane owner's biggest nightmare I very happy that no one was physically harmed. Human lives have not been lost and we are very happy about that. There is material damage but that can be repaired. We have no idea why this has happened, but our technical staff are investigating along with our insurance company, while the police and the Labour Inspectorate have als done their investigations. We hope we find out and that we can learn from this.”