Category: Cranes

Articulated Balance Crane, New Concept

Liftech developed a new crane concept, the Articulated Balance Crane (ABC), with smaller wheel loads and tie-down loads for the stowed condition. For stowage, the crane upper structure rotates about hinged connections at the upper waterside legs. As the boom and the trolley girder between the legs rotate up, the girder backreach, including the machinery house and stowed trolley, lowers…

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New Cranes Arrive at TECON Santa Catarina, Brazil

TECON Santa Catarina is building a new terminal in Itapúa, Brazil, and purchased four ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and eleven rubber tire gantry (RTG) cranes from ZPMC.  The STS cranes are conventional single lift, rope trolley type cranes that were manufactured at ZPMC’s Changxing Island and Jiangyin facilities near Shanghai.  The Liftech team provided crane procurement services to TECON SC, including…

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New Crane Arrives at Dutch Harbor

High winds caused the dockside crane at the APL Dutch Harbor terminal in Alaska to collapse in December 2009 and a replacement crane was required. The best option for APL was to modify and transport a late 1980’s vintage MES post-Panamax crane with articulating boom from APL’s Kaohsiung, Taiwan, terminal to Dutch Harbor.  The wharf was also modified to suit…

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1,700 ton Floating Crane Arrives for San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction

Liftech provided design assistance and review services to American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises for procurement of the shear leg derrick that arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area on March 12, 2009. Fabricated at ZPMC in China, the derrick will be used to erect the major components of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge self-anchored suspension span. The crane equipment will be responsible…

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Two Bridges in One Day

On March 5, 2005, two ZPMC cranes aboard the Zhen Hua I vessel passed under the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridges to journey to their new home, Port of Oakland’s recently strengthened Berth 32.

Liftech Crane Cruise

On the morning of Flag Day, June 14, 2002, Liftech invited local clients, consultants, and friends to take a cruise on the Bay.

Cranes Go Under Bay Bridge

On the first day of May, eastbound traffic on the Bay Bridge halted to minimize bridge deflection while giant cranes passed underneath with only 5 feet to spare.

Under the Golden Gate

Four container cranes from China made the headlines when they slipped under the Golden Gate bridge with only 11 feet to spare. The next morning, on October 25, 2000, the cranes went under the SF Bay Bridge, this time with only 25 inches to spare.