ESTA is the leading European association for the abnormal road transport and mobile crane rental industry.

ESTA Awards Winners 2018


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AWARD ONE: COMBINED TECHNIQUES


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Stijn Sarens (right) from Sarens BV

WINNER 

Sarens B.V. for lifting a 1,550 tonne pylon for a steel bridge over the river Wear in the UK, using barges, SPMT, jacking systems, winches and a ballasting system.



AWARD TWO – TRANSPORT JOB OF THE YEAR (UNDER 120t CGW)

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Monika Rybka (centre) from OL-Trans receiving the award from ESTA Director Ton Klijn (right)

WINNER

OL-Trans, transported a delicate spruce tree 2,650 km from Poland to the Vatican in Italy for Christmas, a 16-day journey.


AWARD THREE - CRANE JOB OF THE YEAR (TELESCOPIC), lifting capacity more than 120 tonnes

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Gerben Elferink(centre) from Wagenborg Nedlift

WINNER

Wagenborg Nedlift, for a tandem lift using 500 tonne wheeled mobile cranes to place four beams weighing 78 tonnes for a Dutch housing project.


AWARD FOUR – SAFETY AWARD

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Harrie Smetsers (right)from ALE receiving the award from Fabio Potesta, one of the judges

WINNER

ALE for its safer, more accurate and reliable route survey tool, which is also a quicker alternative to traditional methods.


AWARD FIVE - INNOVATION: END USER

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Paolo Cremonini (right), Fagioli receiving the award from Rainer Sasse of Tii Group

WINNER

Fagioli for its innovative gantry launching system used to install 19 gates, each weighing 450 tonnes, in Venice.


AWARD SIX - CRANE JOB OF THE YEAR (TELESCOPIC), lifting capacity under 120 tonnes and knuckle boom of any capacity

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Roel van der Heide of Schot Verticaal Transport

WINNER

Schot Verticaal Transport for its project to remove and replace cooling towers, eight floors up at an airport, using a wheeled mobile folding crane.


AWARD SEVEN – TRANSPORT, TRAILER AND LOAD OVER 120 tonnes gross weight

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Andreas Kahl from Kahl & Jansen

WINNER

Kahl & Jansen for moving a transformer 82 kilometres in Germany using a high girder bridge in a 93.5 metre long total combination weighing 592 tonnes.


AWARD EIGHT – LATTICE BOOM CRANE JOB OF THE YEAR

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Erik Kroes (right) of Mammoet receiving the award from ESTA President David Collett

WINNER

Mammoet Europe used a 250 tonne harbour crane and its twin ring super heavy lifter, working in tandem, to remove components weighing up to 345 tonnes from a floating vessel.


AWARD NINE – INNOVATION: MANUFACTURER

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Koos Spierings (right) of Spierings with ESTA President David Collett

WINNERS

Spierings Mobile Cranes and its SK487-AT3 City Boy, the first crane with hybrid drive for diesel-electric operation or fully battery-powered in urban areas.


AWARD TEN – SPMT JOB OF THE YEAR

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Marlis Lübben (centre) and Ad Bakkeren (left) of Wagenborg Nedlift receive the trophy from ESTA Transport Executive Łukasz Chwalczuk (right)

WINNER

Wagenborg Nedlift for the transport of the 120 metre Bokfjord bridge from Germany to Norway, including roll-on, roll-off operations, rotation of the bridge, and installation. 


GINO KOSTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AWARD

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Carl Sarens, right, accepted the Gino Koster Award on behalf of Benny Sarens from Ton Klijn, ESTA Director


The Gino Koster Award for 2018 was awarded posthumously to Benny Sarens, who died suddenly in December 2017. A pioneer in the crane and heavy lifting business, Benny Sarens started working at Sarens, now a leading international specialist in heavy lifting and engineered transport, in 1972. In the intervening years he built up the technical solutions department of the Belgium-based family-owned business. Benny was instrumental in developing a world class technical team of experienced problem solvers, capable of designing and executing the most challenging engineered lifting projects. His lifetime achievement, in addition to the design of alternative lifting systems, was his leading involvement in pushing the development of the family of Sarens cranes known as “Big Benny” (the SGC 120) and Big Benny XL, the recently-launched SGC 140.






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