January 16 - Modulift says that it has manufactured its largest ever spreader beam, which can lift 1,500 tonnes at a span of 20 m, for Netherlands based equipment and service provider to the marine industry, Safe Lifting Europe.

The MOD 800X/1500 is the second spreader beam Modulift has manufactured in the last three months with the capacity to lift over 1,000 tonnes. Modulift claims this is reflective of the super heavy lift sector continuing to demand higher capacity equipment.

The latest beam received DNV design approval and DNV GL CG3 certification; the latter certifies that DNV carried out a full survey during the manufacturing and testing process, as well as approving the design.

The beam took eight weeks to manufacture and was tested in a purpose-built compression test rig. The rig had to be upgraded so Modulift could apply a proof load of 1,650 tonnes to the spreader beam.

Sue Spencer, technical director at Modulift, said: "Despite the economic backdrop to marine and offshore markets, we are continuing to buck the trend and deliver landmark orders for customers who are looking for efficiency, flexibility and state-of-the-art engineering to support activities related to super heavy lifts."

Jacques Vroegop, technical director at Safe Lifting Europe, a sister company of Euro Rope Nederland, said: "We are working in a market that is showing unlimited potential in terms of capacity; we could be talking about much heavier lifts becoming commonplace."