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US company deals on Adelaide firm.

Demag Cranes & Components celebrates 50th anniversary, appoints new CEO.

A relic from Scotland lifts the Port of Bunbury.

Heavy lift and transport contractor Jumbo earns its stripes on the Gorgon project.

LSM Technologies provides the solutions to sharpen your business.

Australia’s largest single slew ring crawler crane joins Tutt Bryant.

When you’re working at the big end of the big lifting business it takes big ideas to revolutionise the industry.


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Resources sector giving Sarens a lift THE Australian resources sector has provided heavy lifting specialist Sarens Australia with $65 million worth of contracts including work for Chevron’s Gorgon project and services to Bechtel for the three LNG projects on Curtis Island near Gladstone. The heavy cranage and transport works contracts were awarded in the last few months and will be carried out over the next three years. Sarens’ LR1750 crane is on GeoSea’s jackup barge for the HPX3 project and it will work on BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi’s Hay Point coal expansion stage 3, both projects in Mackay. To service the contracts, Sarens Australia will increase its fleet with two 600-tonne crawler cranes, two 250t crawlers, 72 axle lines of self-propelled modular trailers and about 60 telescopic cranes. “With Australia currently being the fourthbiggest LNG exporter in the world and the mining sector being a significant primary industry, it is not surprising these high value investment projects need state of the art construction equipment like cranes and heavy

ECR equipment in operation at Peak Downs in Queensland.

Lifting an ALE Sarens Australia has $65 million worth of contracts in Australia thanks to the resources boom.

transport machinery,” Sarens Australia country manager Gert Hendrickx said. “We are all very pleased to see our ongoing efforts have resulted in these multiple contract awards.”

Down under claims Konecranes safety award THE Australia-New Zealand division of Konecranes has claimed the company’s global safety award for outstanding performance, beating 46 countries to the title. The award is the major safety achievement in the entire Konecranes organisation – the largest crane service organisation in the world. Konecranes Australasian managing director Brad Hyem said it was a tremendous result. “Konecranes has a worldwide culture of safety as a first priority for all our customers and our staff, so getting this award for the very first time against such competition is just fantastic,” he said. Hyem added that the award reflected the culture of Konecranes and acknowledged its efforts in making the workplace safer.

The Australia-New Zealand division of Konecranes claimed the company’s global safety award.

Konecranes has more than 410,000 cranes of all makes under service contract worldwide.

HEAVYLIFT and transport company ALE and Australia-based heavylift, haulage and crane company ECR have formed a joint venture. Called ALE ECRHeavylift, the venture will offer a heavylift and transport option throughout Australia. Under the agreement, ALE ECRHeavylift will have a single point of contact for customers. ECR was established in 1995. The Gladstone-based company has operating centres in Biloela and Moura and owns a fleet of cranes ranging from 7 tonnes to 500t. It also has a fleet of hydraulic modular trailers and specialised jacking and lifting equipment. The company works predominantly within the heavy industrial and mining sectors. ALE was formed in 1983 and has more than 20 offices worldwide. It works in the offshore, oil, gas and petrochemicals, civil, nuclear, power generation, renewable and shipbuilding industries. The company has a range of heavylift solutions, including the world’s largest capacity land-based crane fleet and the Mega Jack, which can lift more than 60,000t.

Robway attracts US buyer ADELAIDE crane safety systems specialist Robway is now operating as LSI Robway after its sale on October 2, 2012 to US-based wireless crane technology company Load Systems International. LSI said Robway had been a market-leading manufacturer of crane instrumentation since 2

1977, with core markets in Australia and Asia. “This acquisition will increase LSI’s market share in the fast-growing Australasia marketplace, as well as provide LSI global customers with cable-based instrumentation solutions for customers who prefer cable technology,” LSI said.

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Manitowoc at home in Adelaide Manitowoc got into the thick of the action at the 2012 CICA Conference held in Adelaide recently. Several members of the senior management team at Manitowoc, including executive vice-president crane care Bob Hund and president and general manager Eric Etchart were in attendance. Etchart took part in the manufacturers’ panel which discussed the market outlook for the crane industry. The firm laid on its own networking dinner during which nearly 100 customers mingled with Etchart, Hund and other Manitowoc employees and dealers. Manitowoc’s dealer for Manitowoc’s offering at the Grove cranes in Western 2012 CICA crane display. Australia, WATM Crane Sales and Services, sponsored the conference’s official lunch on Friday. WATM also had a product booth at the conference featuring its most recent offerings for cranes and service. Manitowoc had on display a 100-tonne Grove GMK4100 all-terrain crane and a 60t RT765E-2 rough-terrain model.


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Tadano sets up in Sydney Tadano Sydney office head Graham Cooper outside the new branch.

CRANE manufacturer Tadano Oceania has opened a sales and services office in Sydney. Tadano said it had received market requests to enhance its presence in Australia’s largest city. “We service a large customer base from Sydney and now we can provide a professional sales and service operation that is commensurate with the Tadano brand,” head of the Sydney office Graham Cooper said. “The market requested that we have a strong presence in Sydney and we have responded in a timely manner. We’re confident that the market will embrace and support our initial offering to enable it to grow quickly.” The new Tadano branch office is located close to Sydney’s airport and is reportedly equipped with administration and meeting facilities, undercover crane storage and workshops. The Tadano range includes all-terrain cranes, truck cranes, rough-terrain cranes and Tadano Mantis telescopic boom hydraulic crawler cranes.

Amalgamated sees the light THE LD range of large digit displays from Amalgamated Instrument Company is now available in high contrast red or green LED display variations. The displays Now you see me. are designed to be viewable even in bright sunlight and offer an alternative to flip digit displays for use in many outdoor applications. Models will cover most industrial applications, including measurement of weight, pressure, rate, total and height. The company said that initially these displays would be available in the 100mm digit height models, but that 38mm, 58mm and 200mm displays would follow. The 100mm digit height displays are IP65 rated and supplied in either a powder-coated steel or stainless steel enclosure. In addition to the high brightness option, the new range of load cell/ analog input displays will be available with up to four separate inputs and offer optional load data logging. The range will also offer optional communications via ethernet, RS232, RS485, RS422, USB, WiFi or Bluetooth. The data logging option comes with Windows-compatible software. Amalgamated said the records from the software could be exported in a comma-separated format compatible with spreadsheets such as Excel. When the serial communications option is fitted, the displays can be remotely configured and calibrated using free Windows-compatible software. November 2012 CRANES & LIfting


Wireless and Cable-Based Instrumentation for Crane & Lifting Applications On October 5th, 2012 Load Systems International acquired the assets of Australia’s Robway Crane Safety Systems PTY. The new company now operates under the name of LSI-Robway. Users can now choose either wireless or hardwired technology for any crane safety requirements.











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JUMBO successfully completed the transition piece (TP) installation for the Anholt offshore wind farm off the Danish coast in September. Jumbo’s DP2 heavy lift vessel Jumbo Javelin installed the 111 TPs with a record-breaking installation rate of three per day. The TPs, weighing up to 180 tonnes each, were loaded in Aalborg, Denmark, and transported to the offshore location on board the Jumbo Javelin. At the field, the heavy lift vessel positioned itself on dynamic positioning and lifted the TPs from its hold to place them on the pre-installed monopiles. The transport, installation, access to the TPs and grouting was done without any lost time injuries. During mobilisation from the end of March till mid-April, the Jumbo Javelin was outfitted with job-specific equipment. This included a motion compensated walkway to provide safe access to the TPs, a grout plant and Jumbo’s temporary accommodation unit. This offshore approved unit accommodates up to 50 people and can be placed on all J-type vessels. The Jumbo Javelin was also equipped with in-house developed passive heave compensators (with a 2.5m stroke and a safe working load of 300t) and two job-specific, remote-operated spreader bars to lift the TPs. The Jumbo Javelin was able to carry up to nine TPs at a time, stowed vertically in its hold. The vessel is free floating and uses its DP2 system combined with a Taut Wire reference system to position itself. It has a transit speed of up to 17 knots and can sail with open hatches. The Anholt offshore wind farm is being built by DONG Energy. Jumbo was contracted by Danish contractor MT Hojgaard, which is in charge of the foundation installation work.

Demag celebrates 50th anniversary DEMAG Cranes & Components is celebrating its 50th anniversary of operating in Australia and will move forward with a new chief executive at the helm. The global lifting company has grown from strength to strength since opening its first branches in Sydney and Melbourne in 1962. To celebrate the milestone, the company hosted a gala function in Sydney, where outgoing CEO and managing director Ron Tennant announced his replacement, Joerg Stojan. “After 43 years with the company and more than 25 years as a director of Demag Australia it is time to hand over to my successor for the next important chapter in our history,” he said. Stojan joins Demag Australia from Germany, having worked for companies such as KHD, Lurgi and SMS Demag. He is an experienced engineer and manager with a strong customer service background, said Demag. In an interview with Industry Update magazine, Stojan revealed the major challenges for Demag and his future vision for the company. “The major challenge facing us is to 6

Entertainers String Diva with Demag executives (from left) Lars Brzoska, Joerg Stojan and Ron Tennant.

increase our market share in the mining industry – this is the one issue we really have to focus on,” he said. According to Stojan, training and safety would also be at the heart of Demag’s future,

especially now that Terex is the majority owner of the company. The group generated total sales of nearly $1.3 billion last financial year. The company operates in 60 countries. November 2012 CRANES & LIfting

India’s vertical record THE world’s two tallest cooling towers have been built in India. Part of an $800 million power station project, the towers are 202m high – 2m taller than the previous record set at Germany’s Niederaussem power station. The Kalisindh thermal energy plant, 12km from Jhalawar in northeast India, is expected to produce up to 1200 megawatts upon completion. With such an important project, unusually tall cranes were required, as well as an international effort. Spanish manufacturer Linden Comansa provided Indian contractor BGR Energy Systems with two 21CJ290 tower cranes from its Chinese subsidiary, Comansa Jie, to assist with the project. Once deployed on the site, the Sino-Spanish 18-tonne capacity flat top cranes required a few adjustments. As it was, the cranes’ 74m long jibs allowed them to reach the towers’ base diameter of 142m, but they had to be jacked up with a hydraulic cage at different phases until they reached 217m in height. To assure performance and stability at such a height, the cranes were rope-anchored to the shell wall towers. June marked the completion of the first tower, and the start of a new challenge – getting the crane out of its 202m high prison. The crane couldn’t be dismantled with a mobile crane due to the concrete fortress that surrounded it. Instead, the company relied on a Linden Comansa dismantling device which allowed the disassembling of the jib sections that were then hoisted down inside the cooling tower. After dismantling the first jib sections, the jib length of the 21CJ290 was decreased to 35m. This allowed enough space for the crane to jack down with the hydraulic

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Historical cranes

Great Scot The now-bustling city of Bunbury, in the South-West of Western Australia, may be the last Australian port to house a century-old William Arrol gantry crane. That it has survived industrial modernisation is a remarkable feat. Marion Lopez reports


fter erecting London’s Tower and Forth bridges, then building the ill-fated Titanic, William Arrol’s gantry cranes made their mark in Western Australia by playing a vital role in Bunbury’s timber exportation business. In 1911, two cranes were shipped in pieces from Glasgow, Scotland, to Fremantle Harbour, where they were reconstructed and used as templates for building three identical cranes. Once built, the three new cranes and their parents were sent down to the Bunbury jetty in WA’s South-West to help with cargo operations. It was there that they perched for decades to come. But time eventually rendered the cranes ineffective and so it was that only one escaped the blade. Bunbury Timber Jetty Environment & Conservation Society president Phil Smith said he felt it was important to preserve the crane. “It’s probably the only one of its type left in Australia,” Smith says. “As these electrical cranes ceased to be used and were taken over by other cranes, they just got demolished and cut down for scrap – we got this one just in time.” Luckily they did, because cutting it down would have been like erasing the last standing icon of Bunbury’s history as a working port. Retired crane operator Ron Swansen worked for 35 years at the Bunbury Port Authority and is the last person to have driven the crane. He told Cranes and Lifting how special the crane was to him. “They do have a lot of history [the cranes] and it was great to be a part of it all,” Swansen says. “We used to load timber of all different lengths and sizes on English ships for them to use in London for building the railways. “We also loaded timber on ships leaving for India and Africa, where they used long timbers to hold the mines up – we even loaded timber for Mount Newman in the Pilbara in the ‘70s.” Wood was undoubtedly the prime commodity that was loaded on and off the jetty. But Swansen recalls handling loads of other things as well, including bagged wheat and potatoes, bucketed sulphur, and steel shipping containers. Swansen said that three separate direct 8

The last of the William Arrol gantry cranes left in Bunbury, Western Australia.

current (DC) motors used to fire the three-tonne capacity crane into life. The main motor, with a 40-horsepower DC motor of 440 volts, was designed for hoisting and lowering of the load and jib.

“We used to load timber of all different lengths and sizes on English ships for them to use in London for building the railways.” – Retired crane operator Ron Swansen The second motor, a 10hp 440v DC motor, enabled the swirling of the crane, while the third motor enabled the crane to travel along the tracks at a slow walking pace. Swansen said the motors would never start again, unless someone transformed the power station’s alternating current (AC) back into the

old DC. This was unlikely to happen given that the costs far outweigh the benefits. The former crane operator said the cranes stopped being suitable for major operations in the 1980s, when ships started changing, especially in size. “Ships were getting wider and higher and because the cranes only had a 39-feet jib on them, which is about 20 feet off the ground, they couldn’t reach any longer into the ships,” he says. “They weren’t suitable anymore.” Nonetheless, he’s pleased the Arrol gantry crane has been spared as part of Bunbury’s treasured identity. “I think it’s great that we’ve still got some history there because the whole five of them did a very good job,” Swansen says. The city of Bunbury is likely to include the crane in the heritage and historical interpretation of the jetty, to showcase old engineering to visitors and help them get an appreciation of the jetty’s workings in the early to mid-1900’s. C L November 2012 CRANES & LIfting

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Postcard from Adelaide CICA shines in the city of churches. By Jon Cuthbert


aving never attended a Crane Industry Council of Australia conference before, it was hard to know what to expect. My colleagues at Aspermont told me that previous conferences were terrific, but I thought I would reserve judgement until it was over. It didn’t exactly get off to the best start, with our afternoon landing at the Adelaide Airport far from smooth. Some of the windiest conditions I have ever experienced rocked our plane and had us hanging on for dear life. The pilot did well to line up the runway, given 10

the circumstances; footage of our plane on the 6pm news bulletin later that night confirmed that. After unpacking at the comfortable Hotel Grand Chancellor, we walked over to the Adelaide Convention Centre to briefly set up. Cold, rough winds spelt trouble for the crane display and we wondered how it would go the next day. But the exhibition opening and the networking dinner later that evening lifted my spirits. I was beginning to get a feel of what the conference was all about. After a good night’s sleep, Thursday morning

television showed images of fallen trees and rough seas – the damage wreaked by overnight storms. There were strong winds and a chill in the air as I walked to the Adelaide Convention Centre. But once inside the building, the weather outside proved inconsequential. The vibe was upbeat, with a record 430 delegates in attendance and 50 exhibitors on hand in Hall H. LSI Robway, Terex, Liebherr, Bearing Thermal Resources, LSM Technologies, The Baden Davis Crane Connection, WATM and Zoomlion were just a few of the exhibitors. November 2012 CRANES & LIfting

Former Australian Test cricketer Damien Fleming. (Pic courtesy of Rix Ryan photography)

Some good weather finally broke through at the crane display.

In Hall J the conference sessions were in full swing. Following the official conference opening by Paul Heeks, Cheryl Woodhart (or Woodhouse as she was affectionately introduced) and CICA president John Gillespie, former Australian cricketer Damien Fleming took the stage. He regaled stories from the successful teams of the 1990s and 2000s and what made the Australian team so successful during this period. He had the packed hall in laughter, but ultimately his message was that it was the team’s ability to improvise and back itself which saw it become so successful – a message not CRANES & LIfting November 2012

lost on the audience in these uncertain times. During the morning conference session the new CICA board members were announced – Cheryl Daley, Jeff Sibbick and Bart Sutherland were all elected to the board. A short presentation by platinum sponsor Finlease wrapped up the morning session, with delegates greeted by teas, coffees and snacks in Hall H. The morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas were extravagant affairs throughout the event. There was an amazing spread of food available.

Some wheeling and dealing at the Tadano stand.

Patrons used the opportunity to have a chinwag and, hopefully, avoided adding an extra pound or two! Meanwhile, squalls continued to push through outside, threatening the viability of the crane display. When the weather broke, we seized the opportunity to pay a visit to Torrens Parade Ground. Australian Crane & Machinery, Manitowoc, Gleason, Tadano Oceania, Liebherr and DRA Engineering were just some of the 26 exhibitors. DRA had its Humma on display and Fleurieu Cranes reached for the sky with their 11

CICA REVIEW 2012 350-tonne Terex AC350/6 all-terrain crane. Manitowoc displayed a 100t Grove GMK4100 all-terrain crane and a 60t RT765E-2 roughterrain model. A family of ducks decided to check out the display, walking boldly through while cranes were being set up on the bitumen. Fortunately, they had good road sense and made it through unharmed. Afternoon tea concluded the day’s proceedings, signaling the beginning of the crane manufacturers’ dinners. Manitowoc, Tadano and Terex hosted a dinner each, with Terex roping in Australian rock legend and former Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss for the ride. My ticket, though, was with Liebherr, a night which promised a visit to the panda enclosure at the Adelaide Zoo as well as live entertainment. At 6pm a bus arrived at the Adelaide Intercontinental Hotel to pick up guests. And after a short drive through the Adelaide suburbs we arrived at the zoo before being escorted to the panda enclosure. The pandas thought it was time for bed when an unscheduled power outage blacked out the venue. But a continuous stream of drinks and hors d’oeuvres (horse doovers in Australian slang) kept the crowd going until the power was established 10 minutes later. Plenty of snaps of panda’s Funi and Wang Wang ensued before we moved to the Adelaide Zoo function room (fortunately bereft of any wild animals) for a gourmet dinner. Entertainer Marty Coffey wowed the crowd with his knife and chainsaw juggling prowess and live music added a great atmosphere. But just when it seemed the night couldn’t get any better, the raffle delivered the result I had hoped for; like a kid in a candy store, yours truly took home the ultimate prize – a Liebherr model crane. It was hard to contain my excitement, but with poise I held my nerve and collected my reward. Best function ever! The following morning featured some tired eyes and sore heads, but nonetheless the sessions got under way. First up, Craig Kittle from Terex focused on the safety issues associated with operating pick and carry cranes on side slopes. No doubt the consensus from the CICA Conference was that safety is the most important consideration when operating a crane, and the presentation offered some excellent advice on how to avoid accidents. Following Kittle’s presentation, the CICA Conference manufacturers’ panel delved into the big questions. Kevin Bradley (Terex Cranes), Eric Etchart (Manitowoc Cranes), Christoph Kleiner (Liebherr), Alexander Knecht (Tadano Oceania) and Bill Stramer (Link Belt) gave their perspectives on the global crane industry. Though the general consensus was that a 12

Pretty as a picture: The gala dining room. (Pic courtesy of Rix Ryan Photography)

Cranes and Lifting sales rep Gerry Howard (left) with Holmesglen industrial skills manager Barry De La Haye, who won Cranes and Lifting Magazines’ $150 prize.

Out and about: Terex manufacturing and engineering manager Craig Kittle at the crane display.

slowdown in China, the threat of European contagion, as well as the health of the US budget were issues which must be monitored, they expected that the local demand for cranes in Australia would continue. By 11.30am the weather had finally began to clear, allowing more delegates to get down to the crane display (some tyre kicking even resulted in some deals being struck – a great result in an uncertain market). By 3pm, with the conference sessions drawing to a close, it was time to draw the winner of the Cranes and Lifting $150 Red Balloon voucher. That responsibility went to former National

The weather was good for some ...

Funi the panda hooks into some bamboo at the Adelaide Zoo.

More wheeling and dealing.

Basketball League star Paul Rogers – an honourary WATM representative for the event – who drew Holmesglen industrial skills manager Barry De La Haye’s name from the hat. The educator was ecstatic with the win and promised to put it to good use. Congratulations Barry — I’m sure you will. With the event all but wrapped up, conference chair and South Australian Crane Association president Cheryl Woodhart gave her take on the event. “I am very proud of the Adelaide conference and thank everyone in our industry for their record level of support,” she said. CICA chief executive officer Alan Marshall November 2012 CRANES & LIFTING

was equally pleased with the event. “Based on delegate feedback, overall the event was a real winner,” he said. “We had to reschedule some aspects due to the weather, and not everything went to plan, but the strong industry support was always going to make the event a big success,” he said. In a fantastic achievement by event attendees, it was revealed that during the course of the conference more than $11,000 was raised through raffles and donations for the Beyond Blue organisation. Beyond Blue works on raising community awareness of mental health issues such as depression. With the conferences done and dusted, there was only one thing left to do – get ready for the renowned gala awards dinner. At 7pm the doors opened and guests were treated to snacks and drinks. A packed room enjoyed the live entertainment by “unusualist” Raymond Crowe, who put on an amazing shadow puppet display to Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World. A sensational dinner followed and then the moment everyone had been waiting for finally arrived — the CICA awards. The coveted Lift of the Year Award sponsored by Cranes and Lifting was taken out by John Holland Group for its lift in the over 130t category, while Gillespies Crane Services won the Category B award for its lift under 130t.

Cornesy’s All Star Rock Band bangs out some tunes at the CICA gala dinner. (Pic courtesy of Rix Ryan photography)

The Bill Shaw Memorial Award (and perpetual cup) for Best Overall Lift across Category A and B was presented to John Holland Group, and accepted by Stuart Edwards. “The Lift of the Year Awards program recognises and celebrates all the industry nominations – each being interesting, quality lifts in their own right,” Marshall told the packed room. “On behalf of the CICA board, the judging panel and the industry, I congratulate all the nominations and, of course, the winners,” he said. With formalities out of the way, music filled the hall as guests got out their dancing shoes to dance the night away. For me, it was back to the hotel to pack for

the early flight back to Perth. On my trip to the airport I reflected on what had been. Three days before I had been unsure of what to expect. But now I knew what made it such a great event. Despite the weather, it was the warmhearted, close-knit crane community, prepared to help each other out and progress the industry without selfishness which shone through. And CICA is a dedicated group of individuals who are prepared to work together to get the job done. On my flight home I penciled in my dairy September 11-13, 2013, at the Hotel Grand CL Chancellor Hobart. Bring it on!

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Cranes in Action: Western Australia

A caisson a day Heavy lift and transport contractor Jumbo has smoothly delivered 25 concrete caissons that will form the base of the material offloading facility at the Gorgon LNG project on Barrow Island, Western Australia. By Noel Dyson and Marion Lopez

Lowering one of the 25 caissons at the Gorgon project in Western Australia’s north.


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hipping heavy equipment to an environmentally sensitive area, in a remote part of the world, for one of the world’s largest natural gas projects, could be more than a little daunting from a contractor’s perspective. Not for Jumbo though, the heavylift shipping firm eagerly grasped a DB Schenker contract on behalf of Saipem Leighton Consortium to deliver 25 concrete caissons to the Gorgon project off the coast of Western Australia’s north. It has since etched its name as one of the best. From December last year until July 2012, the Jumbo Jubilee brought 25 caissons,

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which weigh 600-700 tonnes each and stand up to 16.8m high, from a yard in Port Klang, Malaysia, to Barrow Island in four shipments. In an amazing display of skill and expertise, Jumbo Jubilee’s crew accomplished a discharge rate of one caisson per day and completed the job with zero time lost and no safety or environmental incidents. “Due to the enormous hold capacity of the Jumbo Jubilee and its ability to sail with open hatches, it was possible to transport seven material offloading facility caissons simultaneously, while maintaining a minimum ship draft,” Jumbo said. Jumbo increased the ship’s shallow draft capability and workability by discharging


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Barrow Island is located 55.5km from mainland Australia. The port of Barrow Island is located on the east side of the island.

all of its tweendecks and hatch covers, minimising the vessel’s weight. Once transportation was ensured, the Jumbo Jubilee’s crew had to focus on how best to undertake the cargo operation while overcoming environmental and technical challenges. Jumbo project manager Maarten Nijman said the ship had to adhere to a strict government’s environmental compliance program to respect the environmental quarantine status of Barrow Island. This meant the crew had to develop a special ballast water management plan before unloading the caissons on the island. “The development of our ballast plan was challenging because we were restricted in exchange of ballast water at port – that means taking in and pumping out ballast water,” Nijman said. “As you can imagine, our vessels perform heavylift operations with our heavylift cranes and a vital element of a cargo operation is to transfer ballast water to absorb the load during the cargo operation. “So we had to develop a plan to take in quarantine approved ballast water, keep it on board, and maintain minimum ship’s draft while still being able to discharge the cargo at a shallow draft location.” 16

The ballast water management plan took four weeks to complete and with that in hand the crew could get around discharging the caissons. Or they could have if they had something to moor to. “There were no mooring points to moor the vessel,” Nijman said. “We had to develop a mooring spread so as to facilitate the vessel’s movements in the port and keep our vessel safe from quickly deteriorating weather and changing wind conditions in the area.

“There were no mooring points to moor the vessel.” – Jumbo project manager Maarten Nijman “The mooring spread had to have a certain capacity to hold the ship in position and developing it I think was one of the most challenging engineering tasks of the project. November 2012 CRANES & LIfting

The caissons weigh 600-700 tonnes each and stand up to 16.8m high.

“It took the capacity of our engineers during the preparation and execution of the project.” Despite these hurdles, the Jumbo Jubilee managed to safely discharge the 25 MOF caissons on Barrow Island, with the help of its two Huisman 900 tonne capacity heavylift mast cranes, which according to Nijman can work in tandem to lift up to 1800t at once. In addition to the delivery of the caissons, DB Schenker awarded Jumbo another Gorgon contract to ship three 1175t amine absorbers and a 444t regenerator. Jumbo’s involvement in the Gorgon project formally finished in the second half of October but Nijman believes there are other opportunities for the firm. “[Whether for] transport services or other, the Jumbo Jubilee has been rewarded by DB Schenker for its performance on the quarantine compliance program as well as our performance for handling the cargo,” he said. “We performed with zero quarantine and safety incidents, so we have an excellent track record and I’m confident that we can facilitate the project on more items.” With all the caissons for the structure successfully discharged, Chevron said they were now being filled with solid ballast to lock them in position. After this watershed project for Jumbo, the firm will turn its attention to heavier cargo operations thanks to a new generation of ships and improved capability cranes. Nijman said the K3000 vessels, currently being assembled in Croatia, will feature two similar mast cranes but with the capacity to lift up to 3000t in one go. The ships will also be ice class 1A certified to lead cargo operations in the northern hemisphere’s icy waters. According to Chevron, Gorgon’s natural gas fields have an estimated economic life of more than 40 years. CL It is the largest single-resource investment in Australia’s history. CRANES & LIfting November 2012

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HUNDREDS of workers occupied a John Holland Group construction site in Perth in September following a major crane accident at the new children’s hospital in Nedlands. Construction ceased following an incident which saw a tower crane rope break, sending 50m of rope and a 2-tonne crane block crashing to the ground. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union claimed the block and rope only narrowly missed nearby workers. Two tower cranes at the The CFMEU alleged it entered children’s hospital site in Perth. into a verbal agreement with JHG to gain an independent engineer’s report into the crane incident and the operation of a similar crane on the site to ensure future safety. The union said workers onsite had reported other operational problems with one of the cranes for more than a month but no investigation had been conducted into these issues. It claimed that a few hours after reaching an agreement for the report, JHG reneged, saying any requests for information should be made through the company’s industrial relations department. CFMEU state secretary Mick Buchan said the firm treated any requests for union involvement in health and safety issues with complete contempt and had a total disregard for the safety of its workers. But JHG managing director Glenn Palin said the company had a clear conscience. According to The West Australian, Palin said the accident occurred within a designated safety exclusion zone and was immediately reported to relevant workplace safety authorities. He said JHG would pursue any measures necessary to prevent unlawful industrial action at the site. C L

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hen English novelist George Orwell introduced the concept of Big Brother – a theory which sees the state monitor our every waking and sleeping moment – in his iconic 1948 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, he could not have realised just how vital some of that technology would prove circa 2012. Far from the invasive technology which sought to leverage power for the ruling elite in the epic, these days Big Brother has a conscience, particularly when it comes to operator safety. It comes in the shape of Brisbane-based LSM Technologies’ Safety Trax/DDM (driver distraction monitoring) unit and it is proving a game-changer for good. LSM Technologies’ business development manager (vehicle protection solutions) Brendan Villiers explained to Cranes and Lifting that SafetyTrax|DDM was a dash-mounted, infrared illuminated camera with intelligent video software which monitored driver fatigue and distraction. He said built-in video analytics were selfconfiguring and worked by tracking the driver’s


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“We are talking about the only integrated, in-cab safety system which is linked live to the fleet manager.” – LSM Technologies’ Brendan Villiers “SafetyTrax|DDM automatically adapts to all cabin environments and driving conditions for constant driver protection. “Driver distraction is similarly monitored based on the percentage of time the driver’s eyes are focused directly in the direction of the vehicle’s travel.”

Villiers said the technology was vital, especially given the amount of distractions to which drivers were exposed. “Each year, more incidents involving distracted drivers who are texting, operating mobile phones, or otherwise not paying attention to the road, are reported. “SafetyTrax|DDM provides direct feedback to the driver. “This improves his ability to make safe driving choices.” All up, SafetyTrax|DDM gives the driver up to three warnings. On the third warning it contacts someone in the chain of responsibility, giving them the same feedback. “This is when a phone call is made to the driver saying it is time he or she pulled over and had a rest,” Villiers said. “It is real-time monitoring to prevent something occurring while it is actually occurring.” “We are talking about the only integrated, in-cab safety system which is linked live to the fleet manager. “This system is a significant step forward November 2012 CRANES & LIFTING

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“It provides a film around the inside of a tyre and prevents the normal rate of decompression,” Villiers said. “Instead of the treated tyre losing 10psi over a month, depending on temperature it won’t lose more than 1-2psi,” he said. “Perhaps most importantly, the treatment also dynamically seals a puncture, preventing a potentially dangerous incident.” One of the other key products in the LMS range is its SafetyTrax IVMS. The SafetyTrax IVMS is a powerful, webbased fleet-monitoring and management solution scalable from a single vehicle up to thousands. Villiers said the SafetyTrax IVMS had been designed to provide specialised vehicle monitoring interfaces such as tyre pressure and temperature monitoring, and the DDM, both of which are exclusive to the SafetyTrax IVMS. He said SafetyTrax IVMS was also an ideal solution for proactively monitoring and improving fleet efficiency. “We are talking about major benefits such as monitoring critical safety and vehicle usage and events and enhancing fleet management with live visual monitoring of vehicle location and status,” Villiers said. “It can also manage your occupational health and safety requirements, with driver behaviour monitoring and reporting for improved safety. “Even better, it can help you reduce the significant overheads of fuel and maintenance and improve overall fleet efficiency. “It also works for your customers by providing a more accurate estimated time of arrival for deliveries as well as accurate billing for travel and time onsite.” Villiers said SafetyTrax IVMS had been designed to help increase productivity by providing critical support to dispatchers and fleet managers. He said among those key features it delivered the real-time GPS location and status of any vehicle instantly on an easy-to-read map. “A multitude of fleet management reports are available which will display speeding issues based on company policy, stop durations, route replays, and daily summary reports on all vehicles,” Villiers explained. “It also assesses driver behaviour, including speeding, harsh braking or cornering, harsh acceleration, digital inputs and power takeoff - giving company’s the opportunity to both educate and monitor drivers.” The system’s enterprise dashboard is another real-time feature providing individual vehicle – and fleet wide – visual summaries of commonly tracked features such as distance travelled, idle time, speeding, stops and engine on/off reports. Yes, if Orwell were here today, then perhaps his famous work Nineteen Eighty-Four might be called Twenty Twelve and Beyond and would be the ultimate safety and service manual for the CL modern transport industry. CRANES & LIfting November 2012

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ig cranes usually attract big opportunities and Tutt Bryant’s new toy is no exception. The firm’s latest acquisition has done more than just bring opportunities to the table, it has actually opened new markets for the company and placed it in a strong position in the heavy lift industry. Introducing the 1600 tonne capacity TerexDemag CC8800-1 crawler crane – the first of its kind in the country and the largest available on the Australian market. Featuring a flexible pick-and-carry and highavailability design, the CC8800-1 reportedly offers the edge when it comes to the erection and installation of large-scale facilities, especially when compared to alternate methods such as ring lift cranes and jacking towers. “It’s easy to put together, there’s less cost in transportation and it allows significant savings that can be passed on to the end-user,” Tutt Bryant’s Heavy Lift & Shift national operations manager Malcom Smith said.

“This gives us the ability to be cost-effective on the tendering of projects because the crane is in Australia – some of our competitors’ cranes are imported from overseas. “Some of the other cranes are two cranes joined together and they’re significantly older – they’re very old technology that’s been around for about 20 years. “[The CC8800-1] certainly gives us market advantage.” The arrival of such a big crane meant the company couldn’t fly under the radar, especially in Western Australia, where large-scale projects are booming and in need of high-capacity machinery. And recent events have proven Smith right that the CC8800-1 would give Tutt Bryant a market advantage – the company was recently awarded contracts from two of the world’s largest minerals and resources companies. From September, the crane has been commissioned to work for two months at BP’s Cracker project in Perth before moving November 2012 CRANES & LIfting

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“We’ve tendered a number of other projects throughout Australia for the crane,” Smith said. “There are several projects now that the crane could go to but it’s just a matter of when they take the next step and make a decision as to who’s going to do the work.”

“This gives us the ability to be cost-effective on the tendering of projects because the crane is in Australia.”

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What is certain for now is that the crane has opened new doors for Tutt Bryant and that it will play a critical role in strengthening the company’s position in the heavy lift market. Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift & Shift general manager Rob West said he was pleased to be in possession of Australia’s first 1600t crawler crane and looked forward to providing efficient CL solutions for heavy lift and shift projects.


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Successful stab When you’re working at the big end of the big lifting business, it takes big ideas to revolutionise the industry. By Andrew Mole


ooking more like a Lego pancake, its hard to believe a lightweight, 10cm thick non-slip outrigger pad signals the future of the heavyweight crane industry. Unassuming it may be, but Bearing Thermal Resources’ product, made from high-density polyethylene joined under pressure with a thermoplastic elastomer, may have changed the game. Developed to provide a firm footing for any lifting appliance, BTR business development manager Craig MacGibbon said the StabPad was the brainchild of BTRs national sales manager Stephen Mooney. And with outriggger stability a critical issue, MacGibbon said a solution was desperately needed. “Unfortunately, this essential factor is not always given the attention it merits, and in all too many cases its absence results in the collapse of the equipment under load,” MacGibbon said. “And in the majority of cases that is due to insufficient support for the outrigger feet. “Apart from the fact all operators of mobile cranes should be aware of their responsibilities, the insignificant cost of providing stable support for outriggers when compared to the


high capital equipment costs involved also makes good sense. “An average of 10 fatalities per year, together with a much higher number of capsized cranes, has led to a need, and demand, by crane operators for an outrigger pad manufactured from material tough enough, light enough and economical enough to fulfil this vital task.”

“It might seem a simple idea, even a small one, but it is taking off big time.” – Bearing Thermal Resources business development manager Craig MacGibbon Mooney and the BTR team worked with the wider industry for more than two years to develop the Stab-Pad. BTR was launched in 1999 after the breakup of the old BTR Nylex group and MacGibbon said Mooney spent a lot of time in front of the drawing board, first with his concept and then with support from other BTR team members, coming up with a viable alternative to the traditional timber dunnage.

He said timber has been the traditional material for supporting outriggers but it brings too many inherent problems with it – from weight to water absorption to inability to evenly spread the downward pressure. Steel plates fall into the same problem area, most obviously for weight. “Stab-Pads are 75 per cent lighter than steel,” MacGibbon said. “We have been in talks with one guy from Queensland who asked us about Stab-Pads 1m x 1m x 100mm and we told him we could provide those at sub-100kg,” he said. “When using steel he had needed a 10-tonne truck just for the dunnage, which also meant in addition to the crane driver and dogger he had to employ a third person to drive the truck. “With Stab-Pads the dogger can carry the pads in the back of the ute – he was rapt.” MacGibbon said a feature of Stab-Pads was its nipple locking, just like Lego, which allows easy stacking and assures non-slip during transport – unlike plain plastic surfaces. However, the real key to the studded surfaces, which he said created an endless series of “hills and valleys”, was that they evenly distributed the downward pressure of November 2012 CRANES & LIfting



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The BTR team worked with the wider industry for more than two years to develop the Stab-Pad.

the outrigger pads to every square centimetre of the Stab-Pad. He said a flat pad concentrates the load in one area, but the Stab-Pad spreads the load, making it a far more effective option. “By pressing the two products together we have created an incredibly strong product, much better than simply pouring into a mould, that gives you canoes not pads capable of carrying a seriously big load,” MacGibbon said. “We currently produce them from 40mm to 100mm with pads between 40mm and 60mm good for seven to 50 tonne loads, while 60mm to 100mm are calculated on an individual basis for the really big machines,” he said. “You only need one for each outrigger pad and you are covered. We are also in the process of developing chocks to be used on sloping or undulating sites.” The production run produces sheets 2m x 2m so size can also be negotiated. Or two or more pads can be interlocked to achieve the same effect. MacGibbon said they were open to negotiation with customers for size and colour. He said they already had approaches from companies wanting Stab-Pads in company colours and he said that was also available provided the order equalled, or exceeded, the 1000kg used for a master batch in the production system.

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“Stab-Pads are also being engraved with serial numbers on the flat between the studs, making it hard for people to erase,” MacGibbon said. BTR is also working with global chemical giant DuPont to develop and analyse new products for pads and chocks and is looking forward to receiving test results, which will be matched to Australian standards.

“You only need one for each outrigger pad and you are covered.”– BTR business development manager Craig MacGibbon After a soft launch in recent months, MacGibbon said BTR was “smashed” with a rush of initial orders which emptied their inventory almost overnight and they now have a waiting list for future production runs. And it doesn’t stop here. MacGibbon will be in South America early next year exploring export opportunities to the booming mining and construction industries. “It might seem a simple idea, even a small one, but it is taking off big time and now we will be going flat out to make sure BTR stands by the crane industry, and the crane industry CL stands on Stab-Pads.”

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Trinkor ties knot Codipro swivel lifting rings have made their way onto the Australian market through an exclusive partnership with third-party supplier Trinkor. Marion Lopez reports


t’s in a company’s best interests to look after their clients’ needs. The benefits are three-fold – it drives profits, heightens brand recognition, and promotes customer loyalty. Even when the benefits are not immediately clear, it pays for businesses to go above and beyond the call of duty. Just ask Western Australian spare parts and equipment supplier Trinkor. What began as a routine client request has turned into an exclusive deal distributing


renowned Codipro swivel lifting rings in Australia. Trinkor’s procurement specialist for Codipro products Katheryn Parkinson told Cranes and Lifting the deal presented many advantages for the company, its clients and the Australian lifting market. “We’re thrilled; it’s absolutely fantastic and a wonderful fit for us,” Parkinson said. “It’s a relationship that we came across after we were asked by an end-user to go and source a Codipro product.

“We got in touch with them [Codipro] and we thought it was a quality product which was not available in Australia. “So we went to source it in Europe and talked about becoming a distributor for them.” It’s only a few months since Trinkor struck the deal, but Parkinson said the company could already see costs dropping and competitiveness ramp up inside Australia’s lifting industry. “Now that we’ve got this arrangement we’re able to be much more competitive in the market,” she said. November 2012 CRANES & LIfting

“It’s becoming much more cost-efficient to be a distributor and bring in stock that we can keep, rather than each time going over to Luxemburg and pay the freight cost on top of the cost of the product. “It really was killing the market.” According to Parkinson, another reason for Trinkor wanting to be a permanent distributor was the apparent industrial shift towards building increasingly complex structures in the mining and oil and gas sectors. This movement has spilled over to the lifting and engineering industries, which are now faced with the challenge of developing or sourcing new products to cater for their clients in the mining and oil and gas fields. Marand Precision Engineering’s recent tooling upgrade is a reflection of that shift. The company had to purchase six Codipro rings – four large units with 25 tonnes lifting capacity each and two smaller ones able to lift 12.5t each. “I searched for a product that had a combination of a smallish size, had a threaded connection and was able to swivel or pivot to go in line with the load and the lifting chain,” Marand Precision Engineering project manager Steve Wilkie said. “The Codipro product we found was able to meet those requirements and had a local supplier.”

“It’s a relationship that we came across after we were asked by an end-user to go and source a Codipro product.” – Trinkor procurement specialist for Codipro products Katheryn Parkinson Wilkie said the company needed the rings to carry on with its production of portal wheel lathes for one of Rio Tinto’s workshops in Karratha, Western Australia, where the mining giant re-works its train wheels. “We needed some lifting tools so we could cope with moving the large pieces of machinery around while we were fabricating our machine,” he said. “The rings also assisted when we needed to put the machines onto a truck when the job was finished. “It was a flexible solution to be able to do more things with them in a conventional lifting eye.” Designed for use at temperatures of -20-200 degrees Celsius, Codipro swivel lifting rings comply with European safety standards and are forged with fatigue-resistant alloy steel. According to Parkinson, the rings are specifically designed for turning charges and solve many of the issues associated with fixed lifting rings, such as unscrewing, twisting or breaking during operation. This means Codipro swivel lifting rings can be used in all directions.

Parkinson believes being able to distribute Codipro rings will give a real punch to the market, especially with regards to safety. “A lot of companies now are looking for certification requirements, so when they place an order they want to make sure that every product is traceable and accountable – from a safety perspective that is something that Codipro has,” she said. “I think this will bring a lot of peace of mind to industries, especially now that we’re able to meet their needs immediately.” She said the deal had placed Trinkor in a unique position on the Australian lifting market. “This is another highly respected partnership, it gives us the opportunity to increase our input into a local market – we’re bringing something in and we’re able to get it into a niche market here,” she said. “Codipro is such a trusted name and a brand that people in the industry are aware of and I think that if people are aware that it’s available it will be very well received.” Inquiries for Codipro swivel lifting rings have so far come from WA, the Northern Territory CL and Queensland.

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VCA Crane Safety Bulletin with Brent Stacey

Three strikes a charm WITH the football season now done and dusted for another year, it’s time for many in the community to focus on another passion, horse racing and all the colour that the Spring Carnival brings, especially in Melbourne. Thoughts of winning a few dollars on a rough outsider may be somewhat related to luck, but as this week’s bulletin demonstrates, the theory of luck coming in three’s may just be a timely omen for those who enjoy a punt. Three separate images and stories below illustrate that on some days, some people just manage to get out on the right side of the bed. In the first instance, a 55-year-old crane operator was rescued after his rough terrain crane overturned while working on the top of the Toppu Dam wall in northern The outriggers on this crane were a lifesaver. Japan. (Pic courtesy of VertiKal) Thankfully, the crane’s outriggers hung up on the guardrail, preventing the crane from dropping down into the river some 80m below the dam wall. The rescue was said to have taken three

hours and the crane operator was unharmed. I think our crane operator must be considering himself very lucky after being perched 80m upside down above a concrete sheer wall with a river on one side and over 20 tonnes of crane precariously balanced on the other. What caused the crane to topple is not known. Case study two is a remarkably similar incident, this time in the US. A small pickand-carry deck crane was operating on the edge of a building Timber! The boom saves an operator from a potentially site in California. fatal accident. The boom was (Pic courtesy of VertiKal) reportedly fully extended when the crane suddenly overturned. Unfortunately for the west Hollywood operator, a serious leg injury occurred. On a positive note, the boom luckily stuck into the ground and did not collapse, preventing the crane from falling 6m into the excavated site – which could have seen a far worse result. The final “escape” sees us travel to the Netherlands, where an 26m boom lift dropped

What lies beneath? A hole! Thankfully the nearby trees cushioned the fall. (Pic courtesy of VertiKal)

into a void hidden beneath the cobblestone street pavers. The operator was working 13m above the ground and reportedly not wearing a harness. Luckily, the trees appear to have provided some cushioning to the fall. The operator was later rescued by the fire brigade. As can be seen, all of these stories involve luck. And if luck really does come in threes, it’s clear that the risky choice you consider at work; or in the betting ring, should not be taken this CL week, next week or ever.

Stable safety STRONG foundations are critical for any structure, be it a small shed in the back yard or a modern skyscraper which challenges the clouds. Either way, if the foundations are not correctly laid, the chances of the new building suffering structural failure are high. The different cranes that the construction industry uses, as well as those that a great many other industries rely on, all require a solid foundation from which to work. These foundations can range from the natural ground in its unaltered state, through to a prepared earth pad that has been calculated to have a certain ground bearing capacity. Foundations can be viewed as the roads and structures that we drive the cranes upon, or the base that is established on a site where a tower crane is to be located. But what if we go back a step for a moment and think of what would be the requirements for a solid foundation for industry? Many will immediately think of safety being the No. 1 foundation requirement for the crane 36

industry – and so they should! afety has deservedly become the No. 1 priority for the huge range of employers, clients, employees and other industry stakeholders. In other words, when the foundations that a crane is either erected on, or set up upon, are shaky, the principles of safety are also likely to be challenged. At some point, the cost of any industry needs to be examined and there needs to be recognition that the industry needs to be profitable, not for the very least reason of keeping it safe. Having a competent workforce is another massive foundation stone for a safe industry. Training the right people for the right jobs, and identifying where each company has strengths and weaknesses is a key step along the road to getting the industry’s foundations right. Finally, the people in the industry need to keep abreast of the development and changes to the varying legislations, codes and standards to enable the future success and growth of the crane industry.

A solid foundation creates a stable and strong platform from which to work.

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CICA Industry Report

From the president ROAD user charge is a term the crane industry in Australia probably doesn’t know too much about. That is about to change! The draft New South Wales long-term transport master plan was released in September to provide a framework for addressing the transport challenges in that state for the next 20 years. I would like to focus on Chapter 10 of the daft master plan entitled: “Funding”. In part it states: “Consideration of the benefits of more efficient road user charges for high productivity vehicles and users with pricing and revenue reforms that better reflect the costs of providing well maintained roads; the level of road use; and the safety and environmental performance of vehicles.” The plan states that although there is substantial investment in maintaining, upgrading and operating the road and traffic network in NSW, the current level of road funding is not sufficient to upgrade and maintain the road network over the long term. The plan also makes many references to increasing productivity by the possibility of opening up the road network to bigger and heavier vehicles with improved technologies and safety features. Again quoting from the draft master plan, it states: “The NSW government will continue to make a strong case for national charging and investment reforms to ensure NSW receives heavy vehicle revenues based on heavy vehicle use of the NSW road network”; and “Building on recent moves by the Council of Australian Governments to introduce heavy vehicle charging and reform, NSW will seek more direct charging of heavy vehicles for the roads that they use.” Although this is only a draft document out for

CICA president John Gillespie.

comment at the time of writing, I think that the intention is very clearly focused on having more efficient productive and safer vehicles on the roads, and those vehicles paying for full cost recovery for the use of the roads. What we hope this means for the crane industry is that larger and heavier mobile cranes will be able to travel without the need for trailing boom dollies and counterweights and other crane components can be moved on few support vehicles. We will be paying for this through RUCs based on mass and distance travelled. RUCs have been in use in New Zealand for several years and the crane industry is

an enthusiastic supporter of the charges, particularly since a recent review of the charges for all terrain cranes. An example is the seven-axle crane with a RUC weight of 88 tonne – the RUC is NZ$3.348 per km. The equivalent crane in Australia requires the additional purchase of a fouraxle dolly and the possible removal of extra weight from the crane in order to achieve road registration in most states. The Crane Industry Association of NSW is a supporter of RUCs, provided that the charges are fully justified and allow for heavier and more productive cranes up to and including the largest all-terrain cranes travelling at 12 tonnes per axle, and the crane support transport also carrying increased weights. The CIA of NSW originally submitted a draft proposal for RUCs to the previous government in order to promote discussion on the concept of RUCs that is now supported by the current government. I encourage you to review the draft NSW long-term transport Master plan, available on: John Gillespie, CICA president Editor note: The CIA of NSW submitted its comments on October 26.

CICA Board John Gillespie – president, Gillespies Crane Services Danny Black – vice president, Terex Cranes Jeff Brundell – director, CraneSafe Andrew Esquilant, Liebherr Australia Nick Morris, Universal Cranes Albert Smith, Smithbridge Malcom Smith, Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift & Shift Cheryl Woodhart, RMB Service Group Ray Brenton, Thiess Cheryl Daley, Boom Logistics Jeff Sibbick, LSI Robway Bart Sutherland, Complete Crane Hire

CICA Office Alan Marshall, chief executive officer Lisa Legge, CICA administration manager Simone Hill, CICA administration assistant Steve Kalpins, IT manager Brandon Hitch, CraneSafe engineer Kylie Charrett, CraneSafe administration manager Tracey Watson, CraneSafe administration officer Unit 10, 18-22 Lexia Place, Mulgrave, Victoria 3170 (PO Box 136, Mt Waverley Vic 3149) Phone: 03 9501 0078 Fax: 03 9501 0083 Email: Website: Larger cranes in New South Wales could soon travel without a trailing boom dolly if reform occurs.

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Lift of the Year Awards

John Holland Group’s Stuart Edwards (left) shakes hands with your’s truly. John Holland Group won the Category A Lifts over 130t award.


ANOTHER year has passed and the judges for the Cranes & Lifting Lift of the Year Awards thought it was appropriate to give some tips to next year’s entrants and to those contemplating whether or not they should enter. The first and most important message is that too many entries are neglecting the “background” information requested. Too much emphasis is spent on the actual lift itself and not enough is going into the real effort that must be done in the planning and execution of the lift. Go to the CICA office and look at the detail given by the previous winners if you haven’t had a look at the conference (you are not allowed to copy or take these out of the office). It is quite evident when you look at the often different results between the “popular” votes at the conference versus the actual judges’ decision. The delegates spend five minutes looking at the video or power point presentations of the lift, while the judges most certainly look at the promotional material and the how and why with which the lift was carried out. What may look as a great job at the conference may very well be quite dangerous

when all of the OH&S and planning issues are taken into account. All entries are judged by the material provided. The judges are not allowed to guess what was intended – they can only judge what they see and read from the entry provided. Make sure you include actual documents used for the entry. Don’t use a generic Safe Work Method Statement. One entry in the past had a SWMS signed off a month after the job was completed. The judges have no choice other than to mark this as a zero. There are 16 point-carrying issues requested for Category A lifts. Use these as the basis of the entry and address each of them individually. Convince the judges that you are indeed conforming to every issue highlighted. This method will improve your chances considerably. In the case of Category B entries, use the same principles as Category A. Leave nothing to chance or assume that the judges will know what you mean. There is no latitude to do this. CL The judges.

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CICA Industry Report

Cranes ‘storm’ Adelaide THE Crane Industry Council of Australia’s annual conference held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on September 5-7 broke the attendance record. As usual, the event was well-supported by the industry members, exhibitors and sponsors, led by 2012 platinum sponsor Finlease. A record 430 delegates attended the conference, along with 34 exhibitors across 50 booth spaces. There were 27 cranes on display. Despite the challenging weather, which included strong winds and heavy rain, the overall event was very good. . While not everything went to plan, delegate and exhibitor feedback r indicated the event was an outstanding success. Highly respected industry member Paul Heeks was the MC and the introduction of shorter speaker sessions worked well. Highlights of the conference included the special video opening; Damien Fleming as keynote speaker; the international manufacturers’ panel; major technical presentations; various workshops; the CICA Lift of the Year Awards; the networking dinner at the Adelaide Oval; the $11,000 raised for Beyond Blue (championed by Craig Membrey); and the gala awards dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The dinner was a wonderful conclusion to the event and special moments included “unusualist” entertainer Raymond Crowe; Lift of the Year winners; Danny Black receiving the Con Popov Memorial Award; SACA president Cheryl Woodhart (2012 conference chair) handing the mantle to VCA president Brenton Salleh for the 2013 conference in Hobart; and, of course, the CICA industry forum and the CICA AGM. John Gillespie (president) and Danny Black (vice president) were re-elected as CICA office bearers, while new directors who joined the CICA board included: Bart Sutherland (Complete Crane Hire), Jeff Sibbick (LSI

Increased investment in the CICA training CD program CICA president John Gillespie was pleased to highlight and promote to conference delegates the CICA board’s recent decision to develop the CICA training CD program. CICA estimates it will invest a further $170,000 over the next 1-2 years to expand the training CDs. A record 430 delegates attended the conference.

Robway) and Cheryl Daley (Boom Logistics). SpanSet wasannounced as the 2013 conference platinum sponsor. The 2013 conference will take place in Hobart next September 11-13.

Brandon Hitch appointed CraneSafe general manager CICA announced during the conference that the CICA board had approved Brandon Hitch’s promotion from CraneSafe engineer to CraneSafe general manager, effective from October 1, 2012. Brandon has worked hard to develop and deliver the important CraneSafe assessor audit program since joining CraneSafe in 2011. This promotion reflects Brandon’s great progress and significant respect within CICA and the industry.

CICA presents first ‘Gold Plate’ CICA’s major inspection verification, the “Gold Plate”, was presented to Universal Cranes at the conference making them the first recipient of the stringent inspection certification. The Gold Plate is issued following a CICA desk-top audit of the major inspection reports to verify conformation to Australian Standard, Crane Codes of Practice, OH&S regulations and sound engineering principles. Please refer the CICA website for more information.

Industry member Paul Heeks did a sterling job as the CICA conference MC.

This commitment, funded by the successful CraneSafe program, will include several new CD topics as “Safe use of VLCs”, “Safe methods for erecting pre cast panels”, “Safe lifting of bridge beams”; along with some new short videos for tool box safety meetings. Alan Marshall, CICA chief executive officer

CICA Lift of the Year Awards 2012 (sponsored by Cranes and Lifting magazine). Category A (Lifts over 130t)

Nominations 1. Gillespies Crane Services; Rail Underbridge, Roseville NSW 2. Aztec Analysis; Shiploader Boom, Adelaide Brighton Cement, Birkenhead SA 3. Aztec Analysis; Stove Stack Repair, OneSteel Blast Furnace, Adelaide SA 4. Thiess VEC Joint Venture; Brighton Beach Bypass, Hobart Tas 5. John Holland Group; Coal Export Terminal, Newcastle NSW Winner: John Holland Group; Stuart Edwards accepted the award. Runner-Up: Aztec Analysis, Stove Stack Repair; Craig Blandford accepted the award. CRANES & LIfting November 2012

Highly Commended: Thiess VEC Joint Venture; John Foster accepted the award.

Category B (Lifts under 130t)

Nominations 1. Fullers Mobile Cranes; Aardvark Steel, Eastern Creek NSW 2. Gillespies Crane Services; Spit Bridge, Roseville NSW Winner: Gillespies Crane Services; John Gillespie accepted the award. The Bill Shaw Memorial Award (and perpetual cup), for Best Overall Lift across Category A and B, was presented to John Holland Group and accepted by Stuart Edwards. 39


It’s gold for Universal UNIVERSAL Cranes claimed gold at the CICA Conference in Adelaide in September. The operator was the first in Australia to be issued with a CICA major inspection verification Gold Plate for its Liebherr LTM1080/1 crane after it was deemed to conform to all the major operating standards. A CICA Gold Plate verifies that a vehicle conforms to Australian standards, crane codes of practice (including the new Safe Work Australia copy), OH&S regulations and sound engineering principles. If used on the same duty basis, the crane will be immune from major inspections until December 2021. The strip down and rectification was supervised by M&I Inspection Services. The crane has completed 14,429 upper hours and has travelled 121,206km since its manufacture in 1999. CICA is at the forefront of the industry, ensuring major inspections meet the requirements of Australian standards, existing codes of practice and the expectations of the various regulators. But there are still some operators who try to cut corners.


A guide to major inspections was written by CICA in 2006 and, while it is still the biggest downloaded document from the CICA website, there are still some in the crane industry looking for the cheapest possible solution. Single-page documents are still being issued with minimal justification for approving the crane as safe for continued operation. These types of approvals are the reason why the CICA major inspection verifications program has been implemented. CICA will desk-top audit major inspection reports to verify that they conform. In some cases, many of the inspection requirements will have been carried out but not documented correctly, which will preclude the owner from obtaining the Gold Plate. Our process allows for additional information to be provided that will enable a competent CICA engineer to reassess the original submission, and if the extra information received is in accordance with the four main criteria, a Gold Plate can be issued. The cost for this verification is $1500 plus GST for CICA members and $1800 plus GST for non-CICA members. – Jeff Brundell

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