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Heavy Lifting and Abnormal Loads

Lifting company deploys new crane for French hospital expansion

24th May 2024 French lifting company AUTAA – which is a subsidiary of transport and logistics company Charles André Group (GCA) exceptional lifting and transport segment – announced, in a press release last month, that it is deploying its new Grove GMK6300L-1 all-terrain crane for the expansion of the Saint... 

Fleet grown with new cranes, jobs boosted

24th May 2024 UK-based lifting solution company Southern Cranes has enhanced its business and work opportunities following its acquisition of ten new cranes for its fleet, the company announced in a press release last month. The new cranes will comprise a combination of various all-terrain Grove crane models... 

An image of the Grove cranes with Southern Cranes branding
GROVE CRANES Southern Cranes will improve its work opportunities and efficiency with its new range of Grove cranes

SaaS platform appointed headline sponsor at lifting event

24th May 2024 Professional body Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) announced, in a press release last month, that it has appointed critical asset management software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider RiConnect as the headline sponsor for LEEA’s flagship event LiftEx, which will take place at the Olympia... 

An image of people networking at LiftEx 2023
CORE CONNECTIONS Attendees and exhibitors at LiftEx engage in networking for the purpose of imparting valuable information that may be beneficial for their respective disciplines in the lifting industry

Global crane leader Sarens thriving in changing industry

19th May 2023 SARENS, a family-owned business founded in 1955 and headquartered in Belgium, has undergone a significant transformation in recent years that has allowed it to decentralise its way of working, expand geographically, and provide heavy lifting and engineered transport services to a variety of... 

Left to right:
Liande Pienaar – SHEQ Manager
Jacques Giezen – Fleet Manager
Tim Biesemans – Regional Director
Philip van Niekerk – Regional Finance Manager
Hans De Langhe – Regional Fleet and Operations Manager
Deon Van Der Pas – Regional HR Manager
Left to right: Liande Pienaar – SHEQ Manager, Jacques Giezen – Fleet Manager, Tim Biesemans – Regional Director, Philip van Niekerk – Regional Finance Manager, Hans De Langhe – Regional Fleet and Operations Manager, Deon Van Der Pas – Regional HR Manager

Proper planning limits load-based risks

By: Sabrina Jardim     19th May 2023 To ensure that heavy load deliveries are made safely and on time, heavy lifting and rigging specialists Lovemore Bros conducts thorough route planning to mitigate risks associated with transporting heavy loads. “If we do not plan correctly, we risk collision with structures such as bridges which... 

An image depicting a helicopter being transported
FLYING HIGH Lovemore successfully delivered a helicopter to the Durban port from Pretoria

Lifting, rigging solutions for wildlife

19th May 2023 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s dedicated lifting and rigging division has been involved in important projects recently, including the lifting and moving of wildlife. “A challenging task for the team was assisting a game farmer [in relocating] three young giraffes from a game reserve in... 

An image of a wildebeest being lifted
GOING WILD BMG’s dedicated Lifting and Rigging division has been involved in important projects recently, including the safe lifting and moving of wildlife

Automated cranes gain traction despite concerns

By: Sabrina Jardim     19th May 2023 Amid increasing automation in Africa’s overhead crane industry, local crane manufacturer Condra Cranes has noted a significant increase in the number of tender documents specifying provision for crane automation post-installation, owing to the potential of automation to increase productivity and... 

An image depicting an orange crane
RISKY BUSINESS Automated cranes offer an increase in production and improve performance while ensuring less risk of injury to people should an automated crane malfunction

Mobile robots drive flexible logistics, warehouse solutions

19th May 2023 Automation specialist Omron recently launched the HD-1500, the strongest and newest addition to their series of mobile robots, boasting a heavy payload capacity of up to 1 500 kg. The company notes that it is “ideal for today’s factories”, where autonomous materials handling solutions must manage... 

Heavy-duty forklift trucks offer notable payloads

29th April 2022 Heavy lifting solutions provider Criterion Equipment’s versatile range of forklift manufacturer Toyo Carriers Manufacturing (TCM) forklift trucks comprises robust machines for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications, says Criterion Equipment MD Brenton Kemp. He explains... 

A side view of a yellow Criterion TCM forklift which is used to lift heavy loads
KEEP LOADING LOADING LOADING The TCM range of forklifts are prime for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications

Lifting project comes to a close

By: Halima Frost     29th April 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros has successfully concluded a longstanding contract with a global pulp and paper company based in South Africa. The contract, initially signed in February 2019, commenced in May 2019 and concluded in February 2022. 

A night time photo of a large truck mounter crawler crane, lifting boiler plant elements for the refurbishment of a boiler plant at a paper mill in  South Africa
HOT N HEAVY The heavier elements of the boiler refurbishment were undertaken by Lovemore Bros

Auctioneer sees increased crane demand from India

23rd April 2021 According to machinery and heavy equipment auctioneers Ritchie Bros, India is emerging as an important buyer market for used Middle Eastern mobile cranes and heavy lifting equipment. 

Load turning with maximum safety

23rd April 2021 Periodically, users of indoor cranes are faced with the complex task of not only lifting and horizontally moving heavy components such as press tools, machine beds or special containers, but turning them, too. 

NEW FUNCTION Demag has introduced a load-turning function to its Universal Crane range in order to achieve maximum safety as an optional feature
NEW FUNCTION Demag has introduced a load-turning function to its Universal Crane range in order to achieve maximum safety as an optional feature

Supplier sends hoists, girders to motor company

23rd April 2021 Motorsport company Bischoff + Scheck AG approached industrial equipment supplier Demag to supply a lightweight crane system that would not damage the newly installed, solar-paneled roof of its new assembly facility. Demag suggested DMR rope hoists and double-girder overhead travelling crane with... 

NEW INSTALLATION The new V-type girder design with diaphragm joints reduces the equipment's weight
NEW INSTALLATION The new V-type girder design with diaphragm joints reduces the equipment's weight

Company provides crane replacement, refurbishment solutions

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     24th April 2020 The options of replacing or refurbishing an overhead crane both have advantages, and they should be considered very carefully, says crane manufacturer and refurbishment specialist Condra MD Marc Kleiner. “To help customers with this decision, we supply a range of solutions offering varying... 

BIG JOB
Refurbished 20 m span Condra crane for Implats
BIG JOB Refurbished 20 m span Condra crane for Implats

Manufacturer achieves AoM certification

24th April 2020 Leading supplier of maritime ropes and heavy lift slings Lankhorst Ropes is the first fibre rope manufacturer to achieve DNVGL Approval of Manufacture (AoM) for its LankoForce heavy lift slings. Achieving DNVGL-CP-0173 AoM certification shows that Lankhorst’s sling production process has been... 

Steppingstone
The certification is an important steppingstone in the wider market acceptance of heavy lift, fibre rope slings
Steppingstone The certification is an important steppingstone in the wider market acceptance of heavy lift, fibre rope slings

Long-term rental agreement for 43 machines

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     24th April 2020 Materials handling equipment supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has delivered 43 machines on a 60-month, long-term rental contract to tyre manufacturer Sumitomo Rubber Industries. The machines are used at Sumitomo’s manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Holistic approach to lifting projects saves time, money

By: Shannon de Ryhove     19th April 2019 Germiston-based mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire tells Engineering News that the heavy lifting capacity of the company’s modern mobile crane is transforming industrial project roll-out. “Twenty years ago, our heavy-lift fleet consisted of 350 t mobile cranes, which were the biggest... 

PRECISION PLANNING Johnson Crane Hire heavy lift and support cranes were used for the installation at height of heavy equipment, requiring precision planning and lifting on a confined site
Photo by Johnson Crane Hire
PRECISION PLANNING Johnson Crane Hire heavy lift and support cranes were used for the installation at height of heavy equipment, requiring precision planning and lifting on a confined site

Versatility key to Vanguard embracing Industry 4.0

By: Thabi Shomolekae     19th April 2019 The heavy lifting and abnormal loads sector has embraced Industry 4.0 and incorporated many new technologies, such as three-dimensional (3D) modelling of heavy lift solutions and real-time data monitoring, says heavy rigging and lifting company Vanguard lead sales and project manager Dale Huddy.... 

Oxygen tanks successfully installed

By: Thabi Shomolekae     19th April 2019 In February machine moving and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros successfully installed new oxygen tanks at 27 provincial hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, after removing redundant oxygen tanks. Lovemore Bros was awarded the contract from gas supplier Afrox and industrial gas supplier Air Liquide in... 

Johnson Crane Hire

12th April 2019 Ranked among the top crane hire companies in the world, Johnson Crane Hire operates the largest mobile crane fleet in Africa. The company has an acknowledged track record for delivering appropriate solutions to the mining, petrochemicals, power and civil infra­ structure industries throughout... 

Johnson Crane Hire

Haulage company offers discounted rates

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Standard and specialised load transportation company Transcon Haulers is offering a haulage discount rate on specific national routes in South Africa. “The special rates offering is aimed at maximising fleet productivity by securing useful loads for return journeys, for trailers that would... 

LONG-LENGTH LOADS
Transcon Haulers demonstrates its long-length load capability
LONG-LENGTH LOADS Transcon Haulers demonstrates its long-length load capability

Heavy capacity lifting equipment in high demand

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Heavy lifting equipment suppliers must sustain investment in the upgrade of lifting equipment fleets and other resources if they wish to remain competitive, advises lifting solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire sales executive Peter Yaman. “The South African economy is experiencing a slight... 

BIG LIFTS CALL FOR BIG EQUIPMENT Johnson Crane Hire's 750 t Liebherr LG 1750 lattice boom all terrain crane doing a wind farm installation
BIG LIFTS CALL FOR BIG EQUIPMENT Johnson Crane Hire's 750 t Liebherr LG 1750 lattice boom all terrain crane doing a wind farm installation

New heavy-duty jib put to the test

20th April 2018 Heavy lifting solutions provider Ale has used its heavy duty jib with the the AL.SK350 crane while performing its inaugural lift, weighing 1 276 t, of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) module integration project in Nigeria. The world’s largest capacity land based crane, the... 

EXTENDED LIFTING CAPACITY Ale’s modular jib can lift up to 3 400 t and be configured up to 100 m long
EXTENDED LIFTING CAPACITY Ale’s modular jib can lift up to 3 400 t and be configured up to 100 m long

Skills shortage a concern for industry

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 The lack of adequately trained professionals presents a significant safety concern for the South African heavy lifting industry, says Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of South Africa (Leeasa) chairperson Arnold Sommer.  

SKILLS SHORTAGE 
South Africa’s heavy lifting industry needs qualified riggers and operators who have a higher level of competence which would lead to with a wealth of experience in the future.
SKILLS SHORTAGE South Africa’s heavy lifting industry needs qualified riggers and operators who have a higher level of competence which would lead to with a wealth of experience in the future.

Adhesive for heavy, abnormal loads applications launched

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Henkel South Africa, the local subsidiary of Germany headquartered Henkel, launched a new range of Loctite universal structural bonders that expands the capabilities of traditional adhesives. 

LOCTITE UNIVERSAL STRUCTURAL BONDERS
Loctite demonstrates the strength and speed of the new bonders range by performing a vertical 8.1 t weight lift
LOCTITE UNIVERSAL STRUCTURAL BONDERS Loctite demonstrates the strength and speed of the new bonders range by performing a vertical 8.1 t weight lift

New concept crane being developed

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet and engineering specialist Stoof Engineering and Innovation (E&I) are joining forces to develop a containerised heavy lifter named Focus.  

FULLY ASSEMBLED
Mammoet uses a jacking system to lift the dragline and place it on a specialised transport system to move it to its new location
FULLY ASSEMBLED Mammoet uses a jacking system to lift the dragline and place it on a specialised transport system to move it to its new location

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

IN-HOUSE PROJECTS
Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift has added the ML1812R variable reach truck series to its heavy-lifting equipment range, which has a lifting capacity of 18 t and operates swiftly in confined spaces, including warehouses and cargo vessels. 

ML1812R MECLIFT
The variable-reach truck is designed for swift, efficient and safe handling of heavy loads in diverse industries
ML1812R MECLIFT The variable-reach truck is designed for swift, efficient and safe handling of heavy loads in diverse industries

Company benefits from strategic positioning and branch network

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire believes that its fleet of 250 cranes, a network of 13 branches throughout major cities in South Africa and a business branch in Gaborone, Botswana, have led to its success in various heavy lift applications over the years.  “Our branches are... 

Acquisition in line with expansion plan

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane manufacturer Condra in February became the majority owner of Cape Town-based crane manufacturing company BB Cranes. The acquisition stems from a long-standing relationship spanning more than 22 years and is in line with Condra’s expansion plan. “We feel that BB Cranes is one of the few... 

METICULOUS 
Condra is involved in projects with highly specialised machinery and equipment that requires time to ensure quality and durability
METICULOUS Condra is involved in projects with highly specialised machinery and equipment that requires time to ensure quality and durability

Renewable energy project successfully completed

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Integrated heavy lifting, transportation and installation solutions provider ALE South Africa completed the handling and transportation of 56 wind turbine generators in February for the Amakhala project, in the Eastern Cape. The generators are made up of 10 components each comprising three... 

GIVING RENEWABLE ENERGY A LIFT ALE successfully transported and handled 56 wind turbine generators for the Amakhala project
GIVING RENEWABLE ENERGY A LIFT ALE successfully transported and handled 56 wind turbine generators for the Amakhala project

R&D ensures growth for heavy lifting company

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Owing to ongoing research and development (R&D), rigging and lifting equipment provider Kelmeg Lifting Services has expanded its product offering, which resulted in significant growth over the past five years, says Kelmeg factory manager Rodney Young. Kelmeg is a division of equipment supplier... 

INCREASED PRODUCT PORTFOLIO New rigging products allow for achieving a sustainable footprint in all markets
INCREASED PRODUCT PORTFOLIO New rigging products allow for achieving a sustainable footprint in all markets

Kalleb Rigging Services

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th April 2016 With general, structural and maintenance rigging being its core focus, structural rigging services company Kalleb Rigging Services has grown from strength to strength as it has expanded into other industry-related areas. This allows the company to offer more comprehensive solutions and with... 

 Kalleb Rigging Services

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist - Mammoet completed the recovery of ‘Big Bertha’ ; the world’s largest boring machine, which was built in 2013 specifically for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel in Seattle, Washington. 

THE BIG LIFT 
Mammoet’s lifting tower system was custom-built to recover Bertha
Photo by Mammoet
THE BIG LIFT Mammoet’s lifting tower system was custom-built to recover Bertha

Vanguard completes turnkey project at two peaking power plants

17th April 2015 International heavy-lift, abnormal transport and installation specialist, Vanguard, has been active in two vital power generation projects in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, which are set to supply South Africa with more than 1 000 MW of power during times of high electricity demand or supply... 

Vanguard loads a 230 t generator with its 800 t hydraulic lift system
Vanguard loads a 230 t generator with its 800 t hydraulic lift system

Crane specialist completes first water-desludging project

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th April 2015 Local crane manufacturer Demag Cranes and Components completed the installation of its first locally manufactured water-desludging bridge crane in December for water utility Rand Water. Demag South Africa national product and sales manager Wynand Andeweg tells Engineering News that the project... 

ONE OF A KIND
Demag was contracted by Rand Water to design, manufacture and install two water-desludging bridge cranes for the Zuikerbosch pumpstation
ONE OF A KIND Demag was contracted by Rand Water to design, manufacture and install two water-desludging bridge cranes for the Zuikerbosch pumpstation

Tank replacement project progressing well

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th April 2015 Transport and heavy lifting services provider Mammoet Southern Africa’s tar separator tank replacement project for a petrochemicals refinery in Secunda, Mpumalanga is going well and is set to meet the expected completion date in May next year. Mammoet Southern Africa marketing and business... 

TANK REPLACEMENT Mammoet Southern Africa’s multi-axle trailer on route from the tank manufacturing plant to the refinery
TANK REPLACEMENT Mammoet Southern Africa’s multi-axle trailer on route from the tank manufacturing plant to the refinery

Crane specialist completes Zim project, invests R600m in fleet revamp

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th April 2015 South Africa-based mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire’s (JCH’s) heavy-lifting division in January completed a heavy lift project at platinum mining major Impala Platinum’s Zimbabwe-based subsidiary Zimplats’ Selous Metallurgical Complex for global engineering company FLSmidth. JCH’s... 

HEAVY LIFTING Johnson Crane Hire is committed to providing the latest heavy lift equipment for local clients
HEAVY LIFTING Johnson Crane Hire is committed to providing the latest heavy lift equipment for local clients
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