Latest news from Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International Magazine

Vanguard crane rises to the occasion

May 14 - South African heavy lift and relocation specialist, Vanguard, has used its latest major capital investment - a GTK 1100 crane - to install a wind turbine as part of the first phase of the first commercial wind farm at Port Elizabeth.

The crane arrived in the country just in time to erect the wind turbine. "The GTK 1100 was ideally suited for this assignment and is a major breakthrough in the heavy lift crane market. It was designed to lift ultra heavy loads to extreme heights and its potential lies in being deployed in facilities such as wind farms, power stations and refineries," said Bryan Hodgkinson, managing director, Vanguard. 

The V90 2.0MW wind turbine has a blade diameter of 90m, a hub height of 95m weighing 97 tonnes and has three blades, each 44.5m wide. Following discharge at Coega harbour; the shipment was loaded onto four trailers and transported to construction site, where it was lifted in sections, starting with the four tower sections being positioned on a pre-set platform. The nacelle and hub were connected on the ground, creating the heaviest weight of 97 tonnes. It was then lifted into position as a complete unit. The blades were lifted into position separately. 

According to Vanguard, the GTK 1100 features a number of unique innovations. A key benefit is its fast set-up. Thanks to the vertical rigging of the self-erecting tower, it can be operational in just four to six hours. The crane has a small footprint of 18 x 18m (including the boom set-up) and its self-levelling functionality results in minimal ground preparation.

Vanguard says that this is the seventh crane of its type in the world and the first and only one on African soil.

Heavy Lift | News

Challenges facing towage and offshore operators thumbnail image

Challenges facing towage and offshore operators

September 20 - Sandro Lipani, director chartering and operations for Malta-based Augustea Maritime Transportation, discusses some of the challenges of operating in the towage and offshore support sector.
Views: 381
Allseas wins decommissioning work thumbnail image

Allseas wins decommissioning work

September 20 - Allseas has been awarded a contract for the removal, transfer, load in and disposal of the Gyda platform in the Norwegian part of the North Sea.
Views: 265
Innovation overhauled thumbnail image

Innovation overhauled

September 20 - DEME’s offshore installation vessel Innovation has undergone a major refit at Damen’s Verolme shipyard in Rotterdam.
Views: 296
Sun shines with Chipolbrok thumbnail image

Sun shines with Chipolbrok

September 20 - Chipolbrok has delivered a range of heavy and oversized components using its vessel Chipolbrok Sun, including 56 wind turbine tower sections in Piteå, Sweden.
Views: 267

Heavy Lift Across The World

Discover heavy lift and project logistics industry news from around the world by region.