ALE claims world record lift

By Alex Dahm30 March 2017

ALE claims the world's heaviest lift with this FPSO job in Brazil weighing more than 3,000 tonnes

ALE claims the world's heaviest lift with this FPSO job in Brazil weighing more than 3,000 tonnes

The record for the world’s heaviest commercial lift using a land-based mobile crane has been claimed by ALE. The UK-headquartered heavy lifting and transport specialist lifted a module weighing more than 3,000 tonnes for an FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel integration project in Brazil.

A 5,000 tonne capacity AL.SK350 super heavy lift crane was used to lift the M9 module using 130 metres of boom and a 4,000 tonne capacity winch system at a radius of 86 m. It was rigged in its current biggest configuration, ALE said, with 49 m ballast radius and 4,000 tonnes of ballast. The crane’s maximum load moment rating is 354,000 tonne-metres.

Earlier lifts on the project included 2,073 and 2,089 tonne modules. They were part of the four-month project to lift and install around 40 modules, altogether weighing more than 36,000 tonnes.

Michael Birch, ALE regional director – UK & Projects, commented, “It’s not by luck that we have reached this milestone; we have a market-leading engineering and operations team, and it is testament to their hard work and skill that we have achieved a 3,000 tonne lift in this environment.

Birch went on to say by using this method money was saved, the schedule was shorter and fewer man-hours were needed, “This has definitely set the benchmark,” he concluded.

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