The list of finalists for each category of the ESTA Awards 2019 are below.
1. Combined Techniques
Jan Sarens (left), Sarens’ Group Equipment Trading Director, with ESTA Director Ton Klijn
A pair of 1,600 and 1,250 tonne capacity crawler cranes were used with 44 lines of SPMT, strand jacks and other equipment to load in and load out transition pieces and monopiles weighing up to 1,100 tonnes in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The heavy transport, lifting and installation of a 375 tonne generator for a new power plant in North-Western Greece involved SPMT, a rail wagon, strand jacks and towers, plus gantry lifting and skidding systems.
Installation in Germany of a 180 metre long river bridge weighing 1,000 tonnes using 52 axle lines of SPMT with a JS-500 jacking system.
Renewing a 512 tonne railway underpass structure in Germany in a narrow space and with a minimal closedown period required 1,000 tonne jacking and an 800 tonne skidding system.
2. Transport - trailer and load under 120t GCW [Gross weight]
Peter Klanderman, Managing Director, HLS, with ESTA Director Ton Klijn
Heavy Load Service (HLS)
Transporting a special train for Swiss railways was quicker on SPMT by road than using the local rail system.
3. Cranes telescopic lifting capacity > 120 t
Marc Sarens (left), Sarens Board Director, with awards host Alex Taylor
A lack of available height made it difficult for a trio of cranes lifting together on a narrow quay to lift a 55 metre long ship's hull weighing 244 tonnes.
Three large wheeled mobile telescopic cranes were brought in to overcome logistical challenges, including a distinct lack of space, to install three truss girders each 40 metres long and weighing 80 tonnes.
Changing a tower crane's counter jib weighing 8 tonnes part way through a building renovation project required a 700 tonne capacity mobile crane to be set up in one of the busiest places in Antwerp, Belgium.
Co-ordinating two pairs of 500 and 400 tonne mobile cranes working in conjunction with SPMT was a challenge on a project to install a bridge weighing more than 200 tonnes in Germany.
Christoph Kleiner, Managing Director of Sales for Liebherr (right), with awards judge Fabio Potestà
The single line guiding system (SLGS) using the crane's boom was developed in-house to make it easier to install wind turbine blades without needing conventional tag lines.
A series of initiatives under the banner "Driven by Safety" was devised to improve road safety with large vehicles and included minimising blind spots, installing lane departure warnings and emergency brakes.
Mitigating risks in a project to demolish an old 96 metre high gas tank in Stockholm required an holistic approach to consider all aspects from method to equipment choice and execution.
Implementation of a new e-learning platform with multi-lingual modules that all new employees are required to pass and then annually thereafter.
5. Innovation - End User
Jan Holland (left), Project Manager, Wagenborg Nedlift with Steve Filipov, President of awards gold sponsor Terex Cranes
Helping to develop a special lifting frame for tilting up and installing 50 façade columns as part of a project to construct an education and culture complex in the Netherlands.
A stacking and de-stacking operation on a 997 tonne load achieved by lifting the module and then skidding it while it was hanging from the tower lift system.
Relocating harbour cranes using a new 3,600 tonne capacity modular beam with smart couplings developed in-house to increase flexibility and improve efficiency.
Building a 5,000 tonne capacity crane with a maximum load moment rating of 250,000 tonne-metres and the ability to be relocated on site while fully rigged.
6. Cranes telescopic lifting capacity ≤ 120 t
Raymond Langelaan (left), Project Manager for Mammoet Europe with awards host Alex Taylor
Mounting a mobile folding tower crane on a 10 x 8 metre platform atop a 20 metre high gantry allowed component exchange work to be done as part of a turnaround project at a live refinery in the Netherlands.
Hoisting a replacement cooler unit onto a building's roof in confined space with the crane on a public road with underground car parks each side at Copenhagen's waterfront.
A modernisation project in Germany where the building remained occupied and the roof had to be kept in place so the cranes had to reach in almost horizontally with their loads.
7. Transport - trailer and load over 120t GCW [Gross weight]
Enrico Frigni (left), Operations Manager for Fagioli, with Christoph Kleiner, Managing Director Sales for awards gold sponsor Liebherr
Two 170 tonne rotors were taken with six trucks on modular trailers in a 450 km journey from Genova to Premadio, 1,250 metres above sea level up in Italian mountains.
A 24 axle girder frame trailer and two Trojan trucks were chosen for a transport job in Scotland of a transformer from port to installation site where challenges included steep gradients, three bridges and a remote location.
Moving an 875 tonne transformer using a modular girder bridge with two pairs of 10 axle lines of SPMT at each end, two 450 hp power packs and a heavy duty truck tractor.
More transformers on the move, from the Netherlands to France, in a project with major challenges that included an impending tourist season and the theft of a vital component.
Aleksey Slabikov (right), Managing Director Mammoet Russia, with ESTA President David Collett
Choosing one of its PTC 35 super heavy lift lattice boom cranes instead of a smaller crawler crane to launch a 600 tonne replica of Peter the Great's Poltava battleship in St Petersburg, Russia, allowed savings in time, cost and the amount of physical work required.
Installing a 450 tonne bridge using a pair of 650 tonne capacity crawler cranes at Tournai in Belgium presented a number of challenges, including a narrow platform for manoeuvring, close proximity to water, and an ongoing excavation project.
Kynningsrud Nordic Crane
A beech tree in Gothenburg, Sweden, moved using a 600 tonne capacity crawler to make way for a new railway station, was claimed as the largest tree move ever done in Northern Europe.
Two large crawler cranes worked together with six other crawlers, plus other mobile cranes and transport equipment, to lift an offshore jacket weighing more than 1,000 tonnes, raising it 90 metres into an upright position.
9. Innovation - Manufacturer
Koos Spierings (right), Commercial Director of Spierings Mobile Cranes, with ESTA President David Collett
Spierings Mobile Cranes
A new concept for crane stabilisers, called Intelligent Foot Print Outrigger Technology, which allows a larger base for a 50 % lighter construction.
An improved low loader semi-trailer design with force-steered and friction-steered pendular axles giving a series of advantages.
The new 800 tonne capacity LR 1800-1.0 lattice boom crawler crane boasts a series of practical improvements, including to increase lifting capability, making transport easier, reducing component weight and dimensions.
Building on its predecessor to create a new city class crane with more performance from a smaller package.
10. SPMT job of the year
Fabrizio Ferrari, Global Head of Sales, Technological Division, Fagioli
Load out of 42 jackets weighing up to 950 tonnes in Spain using a tailor-made jacket system transport structure on 46 axle lines of SPMT.
Winners (well, most of them) on stage
Five slug catchers, each weighing 2,000 tonnes and measuring 43.7 metres long by 9.4 metres wide and 11 metres tall, were a spectacular sight as they moved through the Spanish city of Gijon.
Portowy Zaklad Techniczny
Transporting five pre-assembled ship to shore container cranes each weighing 2,220 tonnes and standing 135 metres high in the Port of Bremerhaven, Germany.
Jacking and installation of a 950 tonne, 108 metre-long S-shaped bridge for buses over a railway station in Zwolle, Netherlands.
The awards are organised jointly by ESTA and International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine
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