One of Al-Mesallam's two Grove GMK6300L all terrain cranes at the Manitowoc stand. It is joined by (

One of Al-Mesallam's two Grove GMK6300L all terrain cranes at the Manitowoc stand. It is joined by (from left): Mohammed Himmo, Kanoo Abu Dhabi; Ibrahim Abdullah Al Mesallam, Al Mesallam Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian rental giant Al-Mesallam celebrated its purchase of two 300 tonne capacity Manitowoc Grove GMK6300L all terrain cranes at the Intermat Middle East exhibition in March.

Company leaders joined Manitowoc dealer Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Al-Mesallam at the manufacturer's booth to mark the sale, which represents the first GMK6300Ls to appear in the Middle Eastern market. They are already being used for a range of tower crane erection and precast concrete jobs.

Al Tamini, another crane rental company in Saudi Arabia, has also purchased a GMK6300L as has Sinan Heavy Lifting, based in Oman.

According to David Semple, vice president of sales for Manitowoc in the Middle East and Africa, the GMK6300's lifting height is comparable to much larger cranes in the 400 - 500 tonne segment and is ideally suited to the Middle Eastern market.

With its 80 m boom, the six-axle GMK6300L can reach places where other cranes might need a jib, he added.

"Not having to rig a jib saves time and money, allowing operators to provide better service. It also makes the crane ideally suited to common applications in the Middle East, such as the fast erection or dismantling of high capacity tower cranes, or for maintenance operations on oil and gas facilities."

The Twin-Lock boom with patented Megaform design has a 117 m maximum reach at which it can lift two tonnes. A 37 m jib is also available, as well as a 38 tonne heavy duty jib.

Allison transmission, combined with Grove's Megatrak independent suspension system is designed to provide optimum on and off the road performance.

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