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Keeping Bilbao's Traffic Moving — and Leaving Spain's Natural Beauty Intact →

The growth of Bilbao's port has been a real success story for Spain in recent years. But the increased traffic to and from the harbor had become a problem for the city's ageing roads and was leading to frequent congestion. A new relief road was planned but required Mammoet's specialist help to construct while preserving the ecology along the route through the scenic Bolintxu valley. Relieving Congestion in Growing Bilbao Bilbao is established as one of Spain's busiest ports and has in the past two decades seen continued expansion with shipping traffic heading to Europe and further afield.  Click for more...


Michael Dawson Announced as Marketing Specialist at Link-Belt Cranes →

Michael Dawson has been named marketing product specialist of lattice crawler and telescopic crawler cranes at Link-Belt Cranes. In his new role Dawson will provide marketing and sales support to all lattice crawler and telescopic crawler products for Link-Belt Cranes customers and personnel. Dawson has experience in the heavy equipment industry dating back to 2007, when he became a service representative for former Brazilian distributor, Brasil Máquinas de Construção.  Click for more...


VIDEO: Series of Updates Transforms Manitowoc's Model 999 Into MLC250 →

The Manitowoc 999, regarded as a contractor's choice in the 275-ton crawler class for more than two decades, extends its reign to the next generation with the introduction of the new MLC250. The new MLC250 includes significant updates while retaining the characteristics that have built the 999's reputation in the infrastructure, refinery and commercial building end markets. The improvements are designed to make operators and service technicians work more efficiently — and in greater comfort.  Click for more...


Link-Belt 348 Moves 16 Times in Four Months →

TMC Cranes LLC of Monroe, Ga., recently took ownership of a new 300-ton Link-Belt 348 Series 2 lattice crawler crane for precast tilt panel business in the southeastern United States. "Since we took delivery of this 348 four months ago we have moved it 16 times," said crane operator at TMC Cranes, Matthew DeLoach. "We have an H5 [348 H5] we moved 41 times last year. We have the crew and experience to break these cranes down very quickly and get them on the road, we can breakdown a 348 with 150 ft.  Click for more...


EPRI Demos Link-Belt Cranes for Hoisting Group →

Sixty-five members of the 2022 Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) Hoisting and Rigging Cranes User Group attended a five-day conference at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown in Lexington, Ky. The group also conducted hands-on demonstrations at Link-Belt Cranes on Link-Belt's 120-ton 120|RT and 75-ton 75|RT rough terrain cranes, as well as group discussion on industry specific topics like nuclear plant maintenance and best practices.  Click for more...


Ring Power Crane Opens 5-Acre Branch Campus at New Location in Aiken, S.C. →

Ring Power Crane recently opened a branch location in Aiken, S.C. The "branch campus" consists of five buildings situated on a 5-acre parcel of land and was selected for its geographic positioning in the state of South Carolina. Prior to becoming a Ring Power Crane branch, the property selected housed the operations of a major local construction company. The facilities and acreage represent about a 50 percent increase in size over the previous South Carolina location.  Click for more...


Merkel Autokrane Selects Pair of Grove Cranes for Complex Tandem Lift →

German crane services company Merkel Autokrane selected two of its 275.5 ton Grove all-terrain cranes for a challenging tandem lift in the Bamberg area of Lower Franconia. The GMK5250XL-1 and GMK5250L were called in to build a multi-story parking lot for one of the world's largest online retailers of musical instruments. Dieter Popp, regional sales manager of Manitowoc, said existing infrastructure at the job site necessitated the innovative two-crane solution.  Click for more...


Benchley Cranes Adds New Tadano GR-1000XLL-4 Rough Terrain Crane to Lifting Fleet →

If it's one thing Benchley Contracting & Rental Corp., dba Benchley Cranes, knows, it's how to grow business. The Forestville, N.Y.-based company's roots trace back to 1957 with just a single crane, dragline and dozer. Today, the company has a large lifting fleet of all terrain, boom truck and rough terrain cranes with capacities reaching 400 tons to serve customers in the Buffalo and western New York markets.  Click for more...


VIDEO: Mega Fleet of Manitowoc Crawler Cranes Creates New Chapter in History of Iconic Florida Bridge →

The Howard Frankland Bridge has been an iconic Florida landmark for more than half a century, carrying 132,000 vehicles along I-275 between Tampa and St. Petersburg daily. However, its infamous traffic jams have resulted in the bridge becoming a major chokepoint, and multiple expansions since its opening in 1960 have proven only partially successful in reducing congestion and traffic accidents. Once again, the bridge is undergoing a major upgrade — and an army of Manitowoc cranes is almost exclusively providing the heavy-duty support necessary for the Florida Department of Transportation's largest-ever plan to cater to future growth in the Tampa Bay area.  Click for more...


Manitowoc MLC650 Makes Turbine Installation a Breeze On South Korean Wind Farm →

The first Manitowoc MLC650 outside of North America to feature its 11.5 ft.-wide boom insert kit option has begun work on a large wind farm installation in southwestern South Korea. Owned by Shinui Petra, a leading equipment rental company and long-time Manitowoc customer, the crawler crane arrived at DaeMyung Energy's mountaintop site in Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do on June 1. Main contractor DongBang Co.  Click for more...


Registration Now Open for Seventh Annual NCCCO Foundation's Industry Forum →

Free registration is now open for the annual event focused on the qualifications of crane operators and those who work with and around lifting equipment. The Seventh Annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications is scheduled for Oct. 20, 2022, as a hybrid event to be held in person in Phoenix, Ariz., as well as via Zoom. For the fourth year in a row, Scott Ketcham, director of OSHA's Directorate of Construction, will provide the keynote address at the event.  Click for more...


Grove's Heavy-Duty Jib Equips GRT9165 Rough-Terrain Crane for Precast Work →

Grove is offering a new heavy-duty jib extension for the Grove GRT9165 rough-terrain crane that increases the 165 ton crane's utilization abilities. The jib is 12.5 ft. long and designed with two sheaves, for up to four parts of line, and is hydraulically offsettable from 0 to 50 degrees. The compact but stout jib has a max lifting capacity of 68,600 lbs. The new jib has up to 20 percent greater capacities on average than its closest competition.  Click for more...


Kris Koberg Named Chairman of SC&RA Outrigger Mat Resource Task Force →

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) has named Kris Koberg, CEO of DICA, as chairman of its new Outrigger Mat Resource Task Force, which is part of the Safety Education & Training Committee. The objective of the task force will be to advance awareness of existing standards and regulations. It also will provide information related to different types of supporting material and best practices for selecting and using outrigger pads and mats.  Click for more...


Grove TMS800-2 Boosts Productivity With Easier Roading, 'Big Crane' Features →

As the successor to the Grove TMS800E truck crane, the TMS800-2 adopts technology and features developed for larger truck-mounted and all-terrain cranes and packages them into an easily roadable 80-ton unit. Boasting a wide range of enhancements covering load charts, powertrain and setup, the updated four-axle crane is ideal for a range of taxi applications covering renewable energy, cell tower installation, and road and bridge work, according to the manufacturer.  Click for more...


ASME B30.5 Standard Sets Requirements for Mobile Crane Rigger Qualification →

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has released an updated standard on mobile and locomotive cranes that includes a clear definition of the role a qualified rigger plays in a lifting operation. The standard now requires the presence of one qualified rigger any time a mobile crane more than 2,000 lbs. capacity is at work. "Having a qualified rigger present on a job site during a lift is not just a good idea; it is also an OSHA and ASME requirement when mobile cranes are involved," said Tony Fiscelli of Lifting Gear Hire (LGH).  Click for more...


Nordic Crane Buys Five Grove Five-Axle Cranes →

Scandinavian rental company Nordic Crane has taken delivery of five new Grove all-terrain cranes — all five-axle units — to supplement its regional fleet. Four are based at the company's Norwegian operations, while one is at the company's Swedish facility. There are two 165 ton capacity GMK5150L-1 cranes and three 275 ton capacity GMK5250XL-1 cranes. The crane in Sweden is a GMK5250XL-1.  Click for more...


VIDEO: Florida Manatees Gain 'Lift' From Shuttlelift SCD09 Industrial Crane at ZooTampa →

To support its successful manatee care and rehabilitation program, ZooTampa has purchased a new Shuttlelift SCD09 carrydeck crane, replacing an older Shuttlelift crane that served the program's staff for more than 20 years. These increasingly threatened, gentle sea mammals have endured habitat loss, dangers such as cold stress and red tide poisoning, and many are hit by boats navigating Florida waters, sometimes leading to animal fatalities.  Click for more...


Atlanta Pedestrian Bridge Construction Puts Crane Between Railroad Tracks →

Making it easier for pedestrians to walk from downtown Atlanta to the Castleberry Hill historic arts district required only a simple pedestrian bridge to span the five railroad tracks that divide them. Building that bridge? Well, that required a little artistry, too, in nestling a 900-ton capacity crane among those tracks. The task fell to ALL Crane Rental of Georgia, a member of the ALL Family of Companies.  Click for more...


First Potain MDT 489 in North America Goes to Compass Equipment →

Compass Equipment purchased the first MDT 489 M25 topless crane in North America. The company sent the crane to work at the Las Vegas Strip in July. Compass Equipment is a longstanding and loyal Potain customer investing in both self-erecting and top-slewing cranes. The company works with Potain to routinely invest in the updated technology and features that new crane models offer to keep their fleet young, generating jobsite benefits that have helped the company grow its rental and sales business.  Click for more...


New Boom Inserts Expand Manitowoc MLC300 Reach for Wind Turbine Work →

Manitowoc is expanding its boom insert offering with the new wide boom plus kit for its MLC300 lattice-boom crawler crane. The new inserts will give crane operators extra reach by lengthening their booms up to 429.8 ft. (131 m) when used in combination with the VPC-MAX and extended upper boom points. They will be particularly useful for assembling wind turbines, according to the manufacturer. The height of utility-scale, land-based wind turbines has increased nearly 60 percent in the last two decades, reaching an average of 295 ft.  Click for more...



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