May 12 - To lift a large 75ft (22.8 m) Riviera motor yacht onto a container ship, Australian stevedoring specialist Patrick hired a 145-tonne capacity spreader beam and two 80-tonne capacity round slings from Kennards Hire Lift & Shift.

"Being a container terminal we normally handle containers day-to-day, however we also need to lift other items such as boats for our customers from time to time," said Kennards operations manager Jayn Sharrock. "Normally the boats we need to lift range between 15-30 tonnes, which is well within our boat beam capacity. This was an unusual lift due to the size and weight of the boat, which was approximately 67 tonnes."

Kennards' beam has a maximum load of 145 tonnes at 60 degrees up to 13.5 m and is capable of lifting a 76-tonne load at 60 degrees at 20 m long.

The boat was secured in a purpose-built cradle, which was pre-slung before delivery to Patrick. It was then loaded onto the ship.

Kennards Hire Lift & Shift have an extensive range of both lifting and spreader beams available for hire across Australia, which it says are ideally suited to projects across the mining, oil and gas industry, as well as major civil construction and infrastructure developments and shipping ports.