Tanks for the lift: No job too heavy for crane company

03 May 2018 | Web Article Number: ME20189745

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Tanks for the lift: No job too heavy for crane company

BABCOCK’S plant hire business recently received two orders from Air Products South Africa to install two 88-ton cryogenic tanks at its plant in Newcastle.

Following the first successful, incident-free heavy lift in 2017, Air Products contracted Babcock to undertake the transport, cranage and rigging to install a second cryogenic tank at the same plant this year. The cryogenic tanks are used to store CO₂.

The second installation will be undertaken by the Liebherr LTM1500 500-ton mobile crane and multi-axle trailer, which was also used for the first lift. Despite it being an extremely large crane used for heavy lifts, the Liebherr LTM1500 is quick and easy to erect.

Michael Hawkins, Heavy Lift Manager at Babcock, said the first tank was installed within four hours using a team of four Babcock employees and six rigging specialists.

“The first installation for Air Products went so well that they requested we manage the entire project for the second tank, including transporting the tank from Germiston to Newcastle, cranage and rigging,” Hawkins said.

Air Products manufactures, supplies and distributes industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals to customers in South Africa and internationally in the steel, stainless steel, chemical, petrochemical, and engineering industries.

Hawkins said that in addition to providing incident-free heavy lifting services to Air Products, Babcock had successfully completed various other heavy lifts in the last few months. The company’s safety record currently stands at 20 years without a single product fail or injury.

In February 2018 Babcock received an order from Transnet to upright an 180-ton electric locomotive that had derailed in Katu. As the line could only be isolated for three hours, the recovery of the locomotive was undertaken utilising a Liebherr LTM1400 and LTM1500 in tandem to place the locomotive back on the tracks.

“Babcock provided the cranage and rigging and the successful outcome has since resulted in Babcock receiving further orders for locomotive recoveries from Transnet,” said Hawkins.

Earlier this year Babcock was called on by Sappi Ngodwana to install 10 evaporator columns, ranging in mass from 36 to 74 tons, as well as the offloading of a complex cooler weighing 95 tons. These lifts once again utilised the 500-tonne Liebherr LTM1500 mobile crane.

During Sappi Ngodwana’s annual shutdown in May, Babcock will be removing an existing cooler and installing a new cooler using a Liebherr LG1550; a 600-ton lattice boom crane with 200-ton counterweights on the carrier deck.

Babcock is the largest empowered mobile crane and plant service provider in South Africa with a fleet of cranes with lifting capacities from eight to 600 tons. The company specialises in the provision of mobile crane services, rigging equipment and expertise, abnormal transport, and welding and mechanical construction plant.

Babcock has a combined inventory of more than 40 000 items, distributed nationally and within the other South African Development Community countries, for a wide range of contracts ranging from infrastructure projects and mines to wind farms and marine projects.

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