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August 19 - Florida, USA headquartered crane and rigging company Beyel Brothers has taken delivery of a new Terex AC 250-1 all terrain crane.

The AC 250-1 has a lifting capacity of 250-tonnes and at 80 m it has the longest boom configured for the road, says Terex. The crane has already proven to be a valuable addition to the company's fleet says Steve Beyel, vice president of Beyel Brothers: "We don't have to use the jib as often as with other cranes which makes us more flexible and saves us time at the job."
The AC 250-1 is being deployed on projects ranging from cell towers, downtown building hoists to cruise ship maintenance. "Even though the crane offers big lifting capabilities, it's compact so it can maneuver city streets," says Matt Beyel, crane operator for Beyel Brothers.
According to Terex, the AC 250-1 offers the market's longest main boom in a roadable 12-tonne axle load configuration. With its 15.7 m transport length, the AC 250-1 is one of the most compact 6-axle cranes and offers the most compact working area in its class. The crane has a maximum 113 m system length with up to 36 m extendable swing-away jib.
The new crane was recently mobilised from the Kennedy Space Station to Port Canaveral, Florida in order to complete installation work on Disney Cruise Lines' Disney Dream cruise ship.
The AC 250-1 was tasked with hoisting and placing 9-tonne panels that cover the exhaust stacks around the top of the ship. The crane was also used to install the radar dome atop the vessel.
Beyel Brothers equipped the AC 250-1 with only the main boom. Crews used all of the flat counterweights and one cheek weight per side for the lifts. Using a smaller crane would have delayed the project; if the main boom were too short then the Beyel team would have needed to add a jib to finish the job. "Installing a jib would require an extra truckload of material, assist crane for assembly and about two hours of rigging time on the front and back end of the project," said Steve Beyel.
"We had to lift 54.9 m in the air to reach both sides of the ship, but we were able to do it with only the main boom," he added. That saved the crew and customer the time and extra expense associated with rigging the jib.
Beyel Brothers completed 25 individual lifts and the job was completed in in less than one day.
After the cruise ship project the AC 250-1 was mobilised back to a water tower installation at Kennedy Space Center. Filled with 37,854 litres of water, the towers supply water to sound suppression systems at the space shuttle launch pad.
The crane was supporting the repair of the tower's bracing, lights, ladders and handrails.

"It just so happened that we had a scheduled down day at the space center when the Disney Dream project came up, so we decided to mobilise the AC 250-1 for that job," explains Matt Beyel. "We quickly pulled the crane's counterweights and boom and moved it the short distance to Port Canaveral."

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