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Wor ldwide Panorama

features (i.e. depth, substrate type) but with very sparse

to no seagrass present.

The translocation has been undertaken on a small

scale in order to test the viability of the project in

Bahrain. ByrneLooby will be monitoring the growth

progress over the coming months in order to assess the

success of the project for future environmental

compensation opportunities and to find the best loca-

tions for long-term transplanting programmes.

If the results are successful, Ms van der Merwe says

the environmental team at ByrneLooby will look at doing

the relocation on a much larger scale.

BryneLooby

Canada

Rental Firm Chooses Modulift Spreaders

to Lift Kiln Sections

Canadian crane rental company Guay

Inc. used Modulift spreader beams be-

low-the-hook of two Manitowoc crawl-

er cranes during installation of a

six-section clinker kiln at the McInnis

Cement plant development at Port-

Daniel-Gascons, Québec.

Lifting operations were carried out

in early spring but equipment still had

to withstand extreme weather on the

Canadian coast, including heavy snow-

fall. Lift planning had to account for

the changes in conditions and con-

stantly evolving jobsite environment.

The plant is one of the most impor-

tant industrial projects currently under

development in Canada, scheduled for

completion later this year.

Initially the six pieces were assem-

bled in pairs at ground level before the

resulting sections were lifted and as-

sembled in three subsequent lifts. Two

were carried out by a Manitowoc 16000 MAX-ER and

the other by a Manitowoc 2250. Lifting operations con-

cluded with a tandem lift utilising both cranes to align

the three sections in their final positions.

A pair of MOD 250/300 beams were used at spans

of 12 m (approx. 40 ft) for each lift, including the heaviest

kiln section that was 280,320 kg (618,000 lbs) and 85 ft

(approx. 26 m) in length. The Manitowoc 16000 was

rigged with a 177-ft (approx. 54 m) boom and 150,593

kg (332,000 lbs) plus 54,431 kg (120,000 lbs) counter-

weight, with 231,967 kg (511,400 lbs) on the wheeled

MAX-ER.

The Manitowoc 2250, meanwhile, had a boom length

of 170 ft (approx. 52 ft) in Series 3 with 113,035 kg

(249,200 lbs) plus 54,431 kg (120,000 lbs) counter-

weight. Both cranes worked at approx. 30 ft (approx. 9

m) radius to lift the heaviest loads.

Rafael Palomar, team leader of Guay’s technical de-

partment, said:

“Our scope of work for the project covered all

lifting-related requirements, including selection

of cranes and rigging equipment, ground

preparations and logistics, in addition to lift

coordination and supervision. Given the

demands of the project combined with the

weather, selecting suitable, durable equipment

was essential to delivering our commitment to

the landmark project.”

Palomar explained that the Modulift beams were

chosen because of their capacity and span plus the ease

with which length could be adjusted onsite.

In order to lift the sections to their final positions at

the right angle, rigging equipment had to be adjusted

according to the centre of gravities, as calculated during

the planning stages of the project.

Modulift

Guay Inc

The Manitowoc 16000 and MOD 250/300 beam

combine to lift a clinker kiln section at the McInnis

Cement plant, Port-Daniel-Gascons, Québec.

This is a 618,000 lb., piece representing the second

of the six sections lifted.