A Fassi crane Multi-Tasking on Mont Blanc
|Video © 2015. Funivie Monte Bianco Spa|
The new Mont Blanc Cable-Car System went into operation in June. This €105m project has taken four years to construct and connects a departure station at Pontal d’Entrèves, close to the motorway, with the arrival station at Punta Helbronner at an altitude of 3,466 metres up in the mountains.
This pioneering work was carried out by the Cordée Mont Blanc consortium on behalf of Funivie Monte Bianco S.p.A.. The consortium led by Cogeis S.p.A., a long-established Canavese company,that specialises in major projects both in Italy and abroad.
It was Cogeis S.p.A. that selected Fassi Gru as a technological partner, thanks in part to the support of the Turin branch and of its manager, Marco Linguanotto, at the specification stage.
Rossano Ceresoli, head of research & development of Fassi Gru explains:
The aim was to identify a crane configuration that would meet the specific needs of the construction site, taking full advantage of the versatility of the machine.
As well as using it on the Mont Blanc construction site, the customer had requested that the crane could be subsequently installed on a commercial vehicle. This is how we identified the best solution to be the F425RA.2.24 e-dynamic crane model coupled with the L324 jib and equipped with winch and platform.
Apart from the engineering works, there were many other challenges facing contractors on the the project - high altitude, extreme weather, demanding logistics and a tight schedule.
The high-altitude construction site needed a crane to handle materials at the upper station and to install the metal structures, complementing the heavy lifting duties carried out by two tower cranes from the Spanish company, Saez, that had to be assembled by helicopter.