Floating challenge for Terex luffers

By Euan Youdale14 December 2009

Terex Cranes has installed two 10 tonne capacity Terex CTL 140-10 TS21 luffing jib tower cranes on a floating dock in the harbour of Ølen, near Haugesund, Norway.

The cranes have been customized for the requirements of Norwegian offshore and maritime service facilities provider Westcon.

"The old cranes had to be replaced and the new cranes had to adapt to an existing quay portal set-up consisting of a floating dock and travelling unit equipped with rails at two different heights," said Arne Matre, Westcon operations manager.

Francesco Valente, application engineering manager at Terex Cranes in Fontanafredda, Italy explained the challenge was to provide a reliable and safe crane for a very tough environment with a constrained dockside. "Both [cranes] are equipped with legs of different lengths so that they fit perfectly to the existing floating dock," said Valente.

The cranes were delivered to Ølen on 11 August 2009 and were fully operational by 24 August, said Matre. "With the two CTL 140 cranes we more than doubled our lifting capacity and work radii at the dock. We will realize enormous savings in crane hours and know that the Nordic Terex Cranes team in Helsingborg, Sweden is only a few hours away to support us if needed."

With a 1.6 to 2.1 m wide tower, 30 to 50 m jib length and 8 to 10 tonne maximum load capacity, the Terex CTL 140 TS is suited to sites with little room for slewing, added Terex.

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