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25 April 2008

Fagioli PSC was awarded a contract to erect the new 300 tonne capacity Konecranes goliath crane for Dubai Drydocks at its facility in Dubai. The crane comprises a twin girder arrangement spanning 73 m and is 57 m high to the top of the girder. Local rental company Al Faris used two 400 tonne capacity Liebherr LTM 1400 wheeled mobile telescopic cranes to erect the 165 tonne fixed leg and the 90 tonne hinged leg. Four Fagioli PSC L50 strand jacks were attached to each leg for guying. The same Al Faris cranes were used to place the 78 tonne upper and 38 tonne lower trolley onto the main girders. The main girders and trolleys, which together weighed 418 tonnes, were lifted simultaneously using eight Fagioli PSC L100 strand jacks.

The erection of the crane was completed in six hours with 12 smaller strand jacks acting as emergency storm guys should a major storm have broken during the operation.

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