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11 April 2008

A pair of Crane Rental Corp's mobile cranes were central to a smooth barge offload at an industrial facility near St. Petersburg, Florida, US.

A Grove RT875E rough terrain and a Grove GMK5200 (GMK5240 in the US), belonging to Florida-based Crane Rental Corp, were chosen for the job. The GMK5200, which has a 200 tonne (240 US ton) maximum lifting capacity, ensured the barge remained stable while a pair of 500,000 pound (223 tonne) generators were unloaded.

The RT875E loaded and unloaded welding equipment and water pumps for the ballast crew on the barge. The 68 tonne capacity crane also placed Crane Rental Corp's 12 m barge ramp between the barge and the edge of the dock.

“We used the Grove GMK5240 as a deadman to steady the barge during the offload while the RT875E loaded equipment for the ballast crew. Moving any heavy load from water to land requires close control and detailed planning,” said Jeff Fisher, Crane Rental Corp project manager.

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