November 5 - Aberdeen-headquartered ASCO has invested GBP2.6 million in two new Sennebogen 6130 HMC cranes at its offhore supply base in Peterhead, UK.

The Sennebogen 6130 mobile harbour crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 84 tonnes and a hook height of 49 m, with a working radius of 45 m.

ASCO's site in Peterhead is prone to high winds and is quite exposed so the new Sennebogen cranes, which can operate in winds of up to 20 m per second, have given the company better operational flexibility, says operations manager, Duncan Bell.

"The cranes are a lot quicker to move from berth to berth and their manoeuvrability means that we don't have to clear the quay. They can turn in a far smaller radius," added Raymond Stephen, ASCO's cargo operations supervisor.

Sennebogen's area sales manager, Christian Strasser, also commented on the investement: "With this project, we worked with Sennebogen UK and Eire dealer, E H Hassell & Sons Ltd and Duncan Bell and his team at ASCO in Peterhead to ensure we supplied the correct machine for this very demanding application."