Crane by plane

By Alex Dahm05 August 2008

Havator used a Terex Demag CC/PC 6800 crawler to lift a bridge in northern Sweden on 11 August 2008

Havator used a Terex Demag CC/PC 6800 crawler to lift a bridge in northern Sweden on 11 August 2008

Parts of a 1,250 tonne capacity crane were moved by air to complete a bridge installation in Sweden.

Havator Group is responsible for replacing the existing bridge, weighing 200 tonnes, with a new one weighing 320 tonnes. The new Nyköping railway bridge spans the river Nyköpingsån. It is 51 m long, 8 m wide and 9 m tall and was installed on Monday 11 August.

The 60 tonne superstructure of the Terex Demag CC/PC 6800 lattice boom crane arrived at Skavsta Airport aboard an Antonov 124 heavy lift transport aircraft. The Ukrainian-built AN124 is one of the world’s biggest cargo aircraft and has a maximum payload of 120 tonnes.

Other parts of the crane were transported by road to the bridge site. Total weight of the crane is 1,200 tonnes and was moved from the Terex Demag factory in Zweibrücken, Germany.

“Through this special transport, the Havator Group plans to ensure that this complex project keeps to the timetable. We are transporting it this way rather than by road to ensure that we can keep to the timetable. The roads on the continent are busy during the holidays” explained Lars-Olof Carlsson, Havator project manager.

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