April 6 - ALE has unveiled plans to launch a new 8,000-tonne capacity crane, the AL.SK700.

ALE will combine two AL.SK cranes into one heavy lifting system that is able to lift loads weighing up to 8,000 tonnes with a load moment of 708,000 tonne-metres. The system will operate with two 4,000-tonne capacity winch systems and two hook blocks.

The double boom system will be operated from one control room by a single operator, and it will be possible to containerise the crane for shipment to various locations across different market sectors.

According to ALE, the AL.SK700 will be ideally suited for lifting super-heavy modules found in the offshore and shipbuilding industry.

"At present, our AL.SK350 has the lifting capacity of 5,000 tonnes and a load moment of 354,000 tonne-metres," explained Giovanni Alders, sales manager for ALE's global projects division.

"We are receiving requests to lift up to 7,000 tonnes, particularly in the shipbuilding and offshore sector with the integration of heavier FPSOs and LNG modules onto newbuild hulls."