October 8 - Barnhart Crane and Rigging has signed an agreement with the Tulsa Port of Catoosa for crane services, while the port upgrades its current crane infrastructure.
Barnhart will position a high capacity crane at the port for a limited time. "The timing worked out really well," said Bob Portiss, port director, Tulsa Port of Catoosa. "Barnhart is handling the logistics for components that will be utilised as part of an upgrade to a power plant in eastern Oklahoma. Over a period of several months, those components will be barged up the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers to the Port of Catoosa, where they will be off-loaded by a Barnhart crane for overland transport to the plant.
"During that period, the crane will be available to our customers who require crane service while we are refurbishing our main dock and making upgrades to our existing overhead crane," said Portiss.
Barnhart, which has handled projects transiting the Port of Catoosa for more than 20 years, said it will position a Demag CC2600 at the port's Low Water Dock. The crane is mobile and can be relocated to other areas within the port when necessary.
"The crane will be in Superlift mode, which will allow us to lift components of up to 600 tonnes," said Bob Possel, Barnhart project manager. "We will be offloading a number of heavy components, including heat recovery steam generators, a steam turbine, steam generator, combustion turbine, combustion generator and several steam drums, all of which will be used to upgrade a power plant to a combined cycle. The largest component we are currently scheduled to lift is the combustion turbine, which weighs approximately 331 tonnes."
Jeff Latture, Barnhart senior vice president, added: "With a few days' notice, we should be able to accommodate lifts for other Port customers. This will allow the Port Authority to carry out its expansion work and upgrades without any loss of service for shippers who need heavy lift capabilities. Because the crane is mobile, it can be utilized to off-load barges at the Low Water Wharf Dock, load rail cars north of the Main Loading Dock or load over-the-road trucks almost anywhere within the Port."