Last chance to take part in IC's TopLift competition
By Euan Youdale13 September 2010
The 12th annual TopLift contest is here. And readers of International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine are asked to choose their favourite lift of the year from our selection of 10 spectacular lifting projects carried out over the last 12 months.
You can read a short synopsis of each project below and view their corresponding picture to the right.
You can register your vote electronically by clicking here and then following the instructions once you are linked through.
The closing date for votes has been extended to Friday 5 November. All entries must be received by this deadline.
ENTRY 1: Rig innovation
EQUIPMENT USER: Fagioli
LIFTING EQUIPMENT USED: Strand jacks, lifting towers, skidding systems, cranes, SPMT
Fagioli performed the lifting and final installation of a 2,400 tonne drill rig tower standing 95 m tall on top of a 50 m high floating offshore platform in Palermo. Equipment used included a 600 tonne capacity crawler crane, skidding and elevator systems plus 120 lines of SPMT.
ENTRY 2: Pair on pair
EQUIPMENT USER: Atlântico Sul Shipyard
LIFTING EQUIPMENT USED: Two Manitowoc Model 18000 crawler cranes
A pair of 600 tonne capacity Manitowoc Model 18000 crawler cranes were used to erect a pair of 1,500 tonne capacity gantry cranes at the Atlântico Sul Shipyard in Ipojuca, Pernambuco State, Brazil. The first stage of the project was to unload 22 components, weighing up to 530 tonnes, from a ship.
ENTRY 3: Careful replacement
EQUIPMENT USER: Al Jaber
LIFTING EQUIPMENT USED: Terex CC 8800-1 crawler crane
Al Jaber replaced a cryogenic heat exchanger refinery column at Das Island, United Arab Emirates. Completely dressed the column stood 59 m tall, 12.5 m in diameter and weighed 455 tonnes. The centre of gravity was offset from the geometrical centre of the column.
ENTRY 4: Top turbines
EQUIPMENT USER: Sarens
LIFTING EQUIPMENT USED: Terex CC 9800 crawler crane
Sarens Group lifted 6 MW Enercon E-126 wind turbines, some of the biggest in the world, at the Port of Hamburg. The turbines are just under 200 m tall, with the upper part weighing a total of 650 tonnes. The hub alone weighs 303 tonnes.
ENTRY 5: Khalifa pinnacle
EQUIPMENT USER: VSL Switzerland
LIFTING EQUIPMENT USED: 3 x SLU 220/550 strand jacks
LOCATION: Dubai, UAE
The heavy lift department at VSL positioned a 450 tonne, 143 m pinnacle at the top of the world's tallest, the Burj Khalifa. The jacks were pre-assembled on the ground, including 120 m long strand bundles and jack support beams, before being placed 585 m above ground to perform the lift.
ENTRY 6: Innovative solution
EQUIPMENT USER: Wagenborg Nedlift
LIFTING EQUIPMENT USED: Terex AC 500-1 all terrain crane
LOCATION: The Netherlands
Wagenborg Nedlift used its 500 tonne capacity Terex-Demag AC 500-1 to lift a Spierings SK1265-AT6 mobile folding crane to the top of the 47 m high LUMC (Leids University Medical Centre). Counterweight was removed from the 72 tonne Spierings to reduce the load to 64 tonnes. The AC 500-1 was rigged with 30 m luffing fly jib, 180 tonnes of counterweight and 30 degree SSL superlift.
ENTRY 7: Double the power
EQUIPMENT USER: Zongyuan Construction Co. Ltd
LIFTING EQUIPMENT USED: Terex CC8800-1 Twin crawler
A 3,200 tonne capacity Terex CC8800-1 Twin crawler crane was used to lift a 1,046 tonne, 21 x 14 x 21 m module on to a 10 m high foundation as part of the first phase of the Power Project in Haiyang, Shandong Province. The Twin used super lift and a 69 m main boom, at a 34 m radius.
ENTRY 8: Expansion series
EQUIPMENT USER: Eurogruas
LIFTING EQUIPMENT USED: Liebherr LR 1350 and Terex CC 2800-1 crawlers, Liebherr LTM 1400 wheeled mobile
Repsol Energy is building an extension to its refinery in Cartagena. Eurogruas transported and lifted more than 50 units weighing up to 1,306 tonnes. The heaviest, a reactor represented Spain's biggest ever lift. A 1,350 tonne Liebherr LR 11350, a 600 tonne Terex Demag CC 2800 and a 400 tonne Liebherr LR 1400 were used.
ENTRY 9: Floating removal
EQUIPMENT USER: Barthel Schwimmkrane
LIFTING EQUIPMENT USED: Sheerleg, crane barge
The 200 tonne capacity sheerleg Grizzly and the 300 tonne capacity crane barge Atlas, both operated by Barthel Schwimmkrane, in a tandem lift operation removed a 87 m, 450 tonne railway bridge on the river Donau (Danube).
ENTRY 10: Combination installation
EQUIPMENT USER: Mammoet
LIFTING EQUIPMENT USED: Liebherr LTM 11200-9, sheerleg, barge crane
LOCATION: The Netherlands
Mammoet Nederland used a Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 telescopic crane, the sheerleg Amsterdam and a 300 tonne capacity barge crane to install the three-section Muider bicycle bridge. Each section weighed about 500 tonnes and was more than 100 m long.