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The official magazine for LEEASA (Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of SA)

Chaining for the future

Lifting for the future

MAR/APR 2021

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Contents Super-span maintenance crane for platinum concentrator


Chairman’s Desk


Chaining for the future – synthetics leads the way


Konecranes Static Weighing System lifts port productivity


Properly resourced and organized lifting operations to ensure safe and efficient execution


Lifting for the future


New generation rotary telehandler range from Bobcat


Demag® CC 3800-1 lattice boom crawler crane


Mission (im)possible: how a Potain crane landed in one of the most remote job sites on earth


30 years in the ground – LTM 1500-8.1 removes 104-tonne tower crane foundation


100 years of history – 1921 to 2021


Radio Controls that suits your needs


Tiger CSS clamps


The right MEWP for the right application


The Crosby Group lifts wind energy


Safer and faster Chain Cutting with Enerpac Electric Cutters


New DaVinci Lift: The Performance You Demand


Market insights a look at Telematics


Mega Jack 800 fleet expansion supports smarter project efficiencies


TCM T5C forklift trucks get the job done


Impacts of COVID-19 on Ports & Harbours


Enerpac SBL1100 makes light work of generator lift for Global Freight Transit 42 JCB appoints new dealer in key South African market




Condra (Pty) Ltd, +27 11 776 6000,, Lifting Africa Managing Editor Surita Marx Tel: +27 (0) 87 153-1217 Cell: +27 (0) 83 281-5761 Email: Web: Sales: Lusana Mrkusic Email: Sales Assistant : Megan du Plooy Email: Sub-Editor: Debbie van Rensburg Production Manager: Xane Roestroff


African Maritime 33 Artisan Training Institute 43 Condra Cranes & Hoists OFC,OBC Demac 19 Giovenzana 23 J Express 15 Kemach Forklifts 13 LEEASA 35,41 Liebherr Africa 31 LiftEx IBC Shosholoza 39 ST Cranes 27 Tshwane Cranes & Engineering 21 Van Beest IFC

Disclaimer: Opinions in this Publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of this publication, its editorial board, its editor or its Publishers LEEASA. The mention of specific products in articles and advertisements does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by this Publication or its publishers in preference to others of a similar nature, which are not mentioned or advertised. Reliance on any information contained in this journal is at your own risk. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of editorial board makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the correctness or suitability contained and/or the products advertised in this publication. The Publisher shall not be liable for any damages or loss, howsoever arising, incurred by readers of this publication or any other person/s. The Publisher disclaims all responsibility and liability for any damages, includes pure economic loss and any consequential damages, resulting from the use of services or products advertised in this publication. Readers of this publication indemnify and hold harmless the publisher, its officers, employees, and servants for any demand action, application or other proceedings made by any third party and arising out or in connection with the use of any services and/or products or the reliance on any information contained in this publication.

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Super-span maintenance crane for platinum concentrator Condra has followed deliveries of customised cranes for injection-moulding and shipboard maintenance applications with a third overhead machine of unusual design, this one sporting an exceptionally wide span of no less than 35 metres. A span of this magnitude is more than double the average of fifteen metres, and approaches the manufacturer’s record of 42 metres. Not only is Condra’s newly completed crane unusually wide, but it is also large from an overall perspective, with box girders the height of an average man, and a 20 ton two-speed hoist mounted

on a seven metre-wide crab with a wheel base of six metres. A working platform of opengrid walkway and solid-forge handrail runs the full length of the machine. The crane will be delivered to a platinum concentrator for maintenance duty. Weighing in at 33,3 tons, it has a lifting height of 18,7 metres and is controlled remotely by

radio. There is a pendant back up. During the crane’s design phase, the very large size of this machine dictated careful consideration of wind loading. Condra’s engineers included the company’s patented storm brake to counter wind forces anticipated at the installation site. The storm brake is activated by anemometers in two stages, the first sounding a siren when the wind speed reaches 30 km/h, and the second automatically engaging the brake at a wind speed of 50 km/h. At this point, any crane operation is de-activated and the machine automatically secured against all movement. Condra completed final assembly, alignment and testing of the concentrator maintenance crane in the last week of March. No less than 260m2 of factory floor space was set aside for this phase of manufacture. Transport to site will require three specialised vehicles: two horse-and-dolly movers for the two box-girders, and one flat-bed trailer to be loaded with the hoist, crab, end-carriages, bottom-block, panels and ancillary equipment. Installation and commissioning at the concentrator will be undertaken by an independent contractor with Condra engineers in support.

Condra's factory - hoist (yellow) nearing completion, overhead crane above it 4

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Johannesburg-based Condra boasts a manufacturing pedigree going back more than 50 years. The company claims the highest


Super-span maintenance crane for platinum concentrator local content of any overhead crane supplier in the central and southern African region, allowing it to deliver overhead cranes with the lowest possible lifetime cost, supported by a comprehensive back-up service and rapid spare parts delivery.

Customised Condra portal crane at diamond mine

All Condra products are manufactured to ISO 9000 standard, with the full range of cranes and hoists encompassing capacities from 250 kg to 500 tons. A fully automated option is offered on all machines. The company’s success in securing significant orders against determined competition from other major market participants continues.

Condra (Pty) Ltd, +27 11 776 6000,, Lifting Africa - Mar/Apr 2021



LEEASA NEWS Just over a year now since Covid-19 hit our rainbow nation causing chaos in just about every imaginary form possible. We do not know when a third wave will hit us and if the governments vaccination plans will succeed in limiting the spread of the virus but one thing for certain as South Africans, we will stand united and ready to tackle any problems that come our way. It has not been an easy year for

anyone. Some have lost their jobs, businesses have closed and loved ones have been lost. At LEEASA we have also faced our own set of challenges and, a decline in membership was expected due to the loss of income experienced in our members. We would like to thank all the members who have paid up memberships or committed to payments in the upcoming months once finances improve. We request

any members facing financial difficulties to approach us for assistance with there membership fees if required. Although our membership base is growing by the day, we are still facing some challenges on the membership front. Please remember to send back your completed and up to date application forms to update our records. This information is needed to enable us to issue the LEEASA ID Cards as advertised with the relevant LMI and Scope information as well as ensure record advertised for companies on our New and Improved Website are up to date and accurate. For those who have not submitted yet, please submit as soon as possible so we can get your ID cards delivered. The application form is easily downloaded on our new website at We are going to be releasing our new and Improved MOI for Member comments shortly and the details you have submitted with your membership application will enable s to ensure it reaches the required membership base. We will vote on it electronically before the scheduled AGM. We will be having an AGM on the 25 June 2021 at a venue / web session to be communicated on shortly where our current financial situation and New vison will be announced. Quiz Nights – Be Named the Lifting Champion! We would also like to encourage you to attend the upcoming quiz nights which


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We have also planned future LEEASA Conference and seminar dates to look forwards too. Please diarise and attend as required. We will be holding two golf days in 2021, one in Gauteng at ERPM Golf Club and the other in KZN at the Kloof Country Club. These events are free to paid up members and you can bring a plus 1. Feel free to bring along one of your top customers or somebody you would like to introduce as a new member to LEEASA. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact us for further information. LEEASA will also be holding two conferences this year. One in KZN at Westville Country Club and the other in Gauteng at Birchwood as BAUMA Africa has been cancelled until 2022. ECSA has started sending out there annual LMI invoices. Remember if you are a paid-up member, you are eligible for a discount with ECSA for your annual membership fees. Ensure you request it from them if not already applied to your invoice. SABS - has announced that it will continue to host virtual meetings into the foreseeable future. Due to the target date that has lapsed, the amendment of SANS 1594 – Manually operated chain blocks, SANS 1595 – Forged steel lifting hooks for use with steel chains of strength M(4),

P(5), S(6), T(8) and V(10), SANS 1637 - Reconditioned manually operated chain lever hoists, SANS 1638 - Pneumatically powered chain hoists. Have been cancelled. Any queries in this regard can be addressed to Ms T Malumane Email: thero.malumane@sabs. LEEASA is also proud to announce that it will be launching a new Vetting Guide which is an amazing tool to ensure that users of lifting equipment and lifting equipment entities alike can ensure they comply to the relevant legislation, standards, DMR 18 etc and that the LMEs, LMI’s that they use for supply and services are compliant and have the relevant scope of work to fulfil the obligatory requirements. The DEL endorsed the use of this guide and it will be made available to members free of charge. OHSA & Lifting Registers – LEEASA has stock of full versions of the OHSA and Lifting registers for sale at economical prices which can be couriered straight to your door. If you would like to purchase a copy, please feel free to email and we will make the necessary arrangements.


were a huge success in the past. We will be holding a total of five quiz nights online with the overall winner winning a weekend away for two during September 2021.

Important Dates to Diarize Council Meetings • 2021/05/07 • 2021/06/04 • 2021/06/25 - AGM • 2021/07/02 • 2021/08/06 • 2021/10/03 • 2021/11/05 • 2021/12/03 Quiz Nights (18:00) • 2021/05/28 • 2021/06/11 • 2021/07/09 • 2021/07/30 • 2021/08/13 Conferences & Gold Days • 2021/05/21 – LEEASA Golf Day ERPM • 2021/09/16 – LEEASA Conference – Westville • 2021/09/17 – LEEASA Golf Day Kloof Country Club • 2021/10/14 – 15 LEEASA Conference Birchwood

We are also looking for industry experts to head up various sub committees within LEEASA and if you would like to volunteer some time to a great cause that will bring long term benefit to our industry, please feel free to contact me directly on 082 856 0966 for a brief chat on what expertise or involvement you could offer.

Feel free to reach out to the council members if the need requires.

Here are some important dates to diarise. Until next time…

Ordinary Members: Andries Agenbag | andries@leeasa. Francois Blignaut | francois@ Ian Gerrard | Kyle Graham |

Chairman: Ashley Davis | Vice Chair (Treasurer of Finance Committee): Surita Marx | Second Vice Chair: Ken Greenwood |

Yours in SAFE LIFTING, Ashley Davis and the rest of the LEEASA team Lifting Africa - Mar/Apr 2021



Chaining for the future – synthetics leads the way

Bigger, heavier, higher – this is increasingly the reality lifting and lashing experts need to deal with while increasing productivity and not compromising safety. Synthetic link chains have marked a massive leap forward for lifting and lashing technology. Lifting Africa finds out more. Ask Roan Retera, Van Beest general sales and marketing manager, why to opt for synthetic link chains and the answer are quick. “They are soft, quiet, easy to handle, and safe.”

The company manufactures Green Pin Tycan – a synthetic link chain created from the world's strongest man-made fibre, Dyneema.

is light enough for one person to work with all day long allowing one to use staff more efficiently across operations.

“It really is the next step in the evolution of chain,” he said during a recent online event where he highlighted why more and more operators were considering a move away from traditional chains.

Retera said that companies who had made the switch to synthetic chain were reporting reduced sick leave, fewer delays and lower transport costs.

According to Retera, the synthetic product has all the performance and flexibility of a steel chain but at a fraction of the weight. Noncorrosive, non-conductive and completely waterproof, it even floats. Features of synthetic chain “Synthetic chain allows companies to achieve a safer working environment for their crew. The soft touch and light weight reduce the risk of bad backs, cuts, bruises or hearing damage," said Retera. “They are also not as noisy to work with and therefore any potential hearing damaged is also reduced.” Easy to use and up to eight times lighter than a steel chain of comparable strength the product 8

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“Ten meters of steel chain with a load limit of five tons when weighed comes in at 38kgs. The same ten meters of synthetic chain with the same load limit only weighs 6kg. The impact on the workers carrying chains on site all day is tremendous.” Describing it as the next generation lifting equipment Retera said products made from Dyneema were also waterproof and did not absorb water and resistant to UV, oil, dirt, diesel, grease and non-oxidizing chemicals. “It can easily be cleaned with a high-pressure hose. These synthetic chains offer all-round easy use. It does not rust or corrode; it is rugged and makes for much easier working conditions.”


Case studies Seaway Heavy Lifting opted to use the synthetic chain as lashing for the transportation of 85 piles each weighing in at around 150 tons and 16 meters long. According to product manager Erik-Jan van Lit, the weight of the chain used for the job came in at only 10kg making it a much easier operation all round. “This resulted in much higher productivity as it was so much easier to work with. They also did not require a crane on sight to lift the chain as would have been the case if they used traditional steel chain,” he said during the same online event. “The synthetic chain turned out be to faster and could be thrown by hand over the piles instead of having to be lifted by a crane. There was also no need for ladders to be climbed to guide the chain over the piles. It was therefore a much safer operation as well.” Van Lit said Seaway also found no damage to the piles on completion of the job. “Steel chain on a metal pile could have resulted in some scratching of the cargo,” he explained. Another company that has opted to use a synthetic chain instead of steel was a bulk terminal operator in Amsterdam. “The cargo is removed from the ship with a grabber but they have to use telehandlers to empty at the bottom of the vessel. These telehandlers are lifted into the hull of the ship and predominantly steel chain was used. One can imagine the noise of dropping and dragging chain on a steel bottom vessel,” said Van Lit. “The telehandlers are now lowered into the vessel hull using synthetic chain and again the damages have been reported to be significantly reduced not to mention that noise pollution is far less.” Benefits According to Retera, these are but two examples of many. “The two biggest benefits to users of synthetic chain are efficiency and safety. Due to the lightweight and softness of the product injuries are reduced, while the efficiency gains

are a direct result of the higher productivity that is achieved.” Several end users had reported that due to the lightness of the chains jobs previously reserved for two riggers was now easily be accomplished by only one. “These chains are proving to be very cost effective as well.” Retera said four sizes of the chain

was currently available in their range with steel fittings developed and designed along with the synthetic product. “There are special connecting links that have to be used with the synthetic chain,” he concluded. Van Beest,, Lifting Africa - Mar/Apr 2021



Konecranes Static Weighing System lifts port productivity Maritime regulations are becoming increasingly stringent to mitigate any potential risk to cargo ships, as well as their freights and crew members - out at sea and in port. In line with new amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations, the shipping and freight industry are now required to provide carriers with a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) for each loaded container before it can be placed onto any ship. Konecranes, as a leading manufacturer and supplier of cranes and heavy lifting equipment, and supplied by EIE Group in South Africa, has launched its first-ever digital static Weighing Systems Solutions for use in South African ports. While already proving effective in reducing weighing times, the system is currently being reviewed for accreditation by the South African National Accreditation


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System (SANAS). Key Accounts Sales Manager at EIE Group’s Heavy Lift division, Lenny Naidoo, says the Konecranes Static Weighing System offers reliability and increased productivity for port operations. “The Static Weighing System allows reach stackers to hydraulically measure the weight of lifted containers, with 1% full-scale accuracy achieved in less than fiveseconds.” Naidoo adds that the system is simple to operate, with the operator initiating the weighing process from a multi-touch control display inside the cabin once the container is lifted into its transport position. “The VGM container data is then sent to the in-cab modem which,


in turn, shares the data specific to that container. This data is then automatically transferred and stored in the customer portal cloud-based service, allowing for seamless integration between the weighing systems and users’ Terminal Operating System (TOS), Transport Management System (TMS) or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. Finally, a report is created through the TRUCONNECT system.” The weighing system reports on detailed information such as gross container mass, exact container ID, time and date stamps on each container, operator details and lift truck data. In addition, the system detects the location of the container, making for easier container picking and loading. With social distancing in mind, the Konecranes Static Weighing System allows operators to connect and share reports at the touch of a button instead of via

physical meetings. “Importantly, utilising the system will allow customers to comply with SOLAS regulations, while also reaping the benefits of improved operational efficiency and productivity. As the industrial revolution impacts all sectors, the seamless and technologically-advanced Konecranes Static Weighing System is just another way we see our industry solutions benefiting our customers’ operations, making their lives easier and their businesses more profitable,” concludes Naidoo. The Konecranes Static Weighing System is now available in South Africa.

EIE Group, +27 (0)11 395 0600,, Lifting Africa - Mar/Apr 2021



Properly resourced and organized lifting operations to ensure safe and efficient execution

At Axess, our lifting operations are fully focused on carrying out these three important things: planning, risk management, and execution. Safe use of lifting equipment is likewise imperative, as set forth by the NORSOK R-003 standard used in lifting operations in the petroleum industry. The purpose of this standard is to help “establish, maintain, and further develop an acceptable level of safety personnel, environment, and material values in the planning and execution of lifting operations.” While we must have prior knowledge about the governing rules related to lifting operations, we believe that it has to be applied the right way by taking into account best practices and risk mitigation. Axess Engineering has, over the years, built a competent group of engineers, riggers, and operational 12

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personnel. Whether it is on an offshore installation, a refinery, floating production storage offloading (FPSO), or a semisubmersible, our experienced team of experts tackle field projects equipped with the know-how and proficiencies in carrying out field projects. Offshore Lifting Operations Offshore lifting operations are often faced with technical and environmental challenges.

to name a few. Our engineers, surveyors, and specialists have a high level of experience in offshore operations. They have expertise in related regulations and solutions for lifting equipment, suspension points, and lifted objects. We provide certified custom-design equipment to solve challenging tasks within the requirements that apply.

As such, our services must verify compliance with international standards while guaranteeing tolerable risks.

To achieve effective logistics, proper storage, and control of lifting equipment, Axess has purposebuilt containers with lifting gear for offshore projects.

We tackle projects concerning the main structures of fixed offshore platforms and subsea facilities,

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Lifting for the future Customisable, smarter and greener. That is what lifting equipment operators are calling for as the trend towards digital integration and Industry 4.0 shows no sign of slowing down. Lifting Africa finds out more. Progressive industrial crane manufacturers know that ongoing equipment development is non-negotiable. Meeting the demands of modern fleets is no easy undertaking. What does the modern machine look like? What should it look like? Will it stand the test of time in a rapidly changing world? These are but a few of the questions that are grappled with daily. According to Alexandre Saubot, CEO of Haulotte, one of the world’s largest access equipment manufacturers, now more than ever before original equipment manufacturers need to listen to their clients very carefully. Long gone are the days where manufacturers deliver equipment without considering the customer. It is all about creating equipment that meets – and exceeds – the needs of the customer, he says. “It is critical to have a very clear understanding of what customers want, but also what they are expecting of that machine. Around the world we are seeing this trend develop.” This, he says, is often a delicate balancing act because what 14

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customers want and expect are not necessarily the same thing. A machine that meets the environmental regulations, for example, might very well be what the client wants, only to realise on delivery it was operationally no longer doing what they were expecting. Smart machines Saubot says the pressure is on manufacturers to deliver the smartest machines possible with the emphasis very much on enabling customers to collect more data from their machines to increase efficiency and provide safer working environments. Whilst the basic keys to unlocking productivity are much the same - speed, reliability and availabilitymaking lifting equipment smarter are now at the top of the agenda. According to Kai Schliephake, managing director, PartnerLift, it is all about the ability to gather data as this allows for better, faster decisions based on evidence. It improves the total cost of ownership, explains Saubot. “The better the information the more complete the overall picture is

and troubleshooting becomes easier. It reduces incidents where a technician is sent out to a machine only to find that the fuel tank is empty or the battery needs to be charged.” Telematics technology, says Schliephake, is of increasing importance. These systems produce valuable data that can affect many areas of crane ownership, including fleet management, remote diagnostics, GPS tracking and even safety. Whilst industry was slow at first to take advantage of what it offers it has been gaining momentum and is now considered a must. “At least 90% of machines manufactured in Germany have telematics technology installed from the get go,” he says. Lance Sullivan, general manager at GMG, has experienced the benefit of telematics firsthand. “We did a large telematics deployment on our fleet and the benefits were seen very quickly.” The company that runs quite a large rental operation found that one of the immediate benefits was not having to handle a piece of


equipment as much. “We were no longer trying to call customers to try and get hours off the equipment during their operations, but found that the information we required was now at hand.” He said the ability to measure a host of different things was just as beneficial. “From a mechanical stand point of service on our rental equipment it certainly made a difference. There are always things that are going to need to be greased, some engine components that have to be changes and yes, while the move towards electric and hybrid technology will lesson to some extent, the introduction of telematics allowed us to monitor our equipment far better.” Green is the new black Environmental regulations are on the increase and companies around the world are having to meet stricter regulations. It is no different for the lifting industry, says Schliephake. “The demand for diesel machines is decreasing quickly. We can see the move to electric vehicles clearly and the industry is moving this way more and more.” He says the conversion of old machines to electric was also on the rise. According to Saubot, Haulotte took a strategic decision some five years ago already that any new machines put out to market would either be electric or environmentally sustainable meaning very low emissions.

He said there was a real understanding of the impact the transition to a green machine had on operators who were suddenly faced with complications due to having different machines in their fleets and efforts were made to address this. There was no hiding from the fact though that around the world governments were coming down hard on pollutants and regulations were getting stricter. It was no longer about lower emissions but rather zero emissions. Bespoke solution According to Saubot, manufacturers

are being asked to introduce more customizable elements into machines. “For us as a company this has meant that we have needed to rethink our machines. We cannot operate like in the past. One has to deliver a product that will achieve the performance required by any given customer.” Sullivan believes this new approach will allow for the overall experience for the manufacturer and the customer to be improved and better going forward.

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New generation rotary telehandler range from Bobcat The Latest Product Expansion from Bobcat’s ‘Next is Now’ Campaign. Inspired by the company’s ‘Next is Now’ philosophy, Bobcat has announced a major new development from the company in the telehandler market. Bobcat has collaborated with Magni TH of Italy, to launch an expanded line of new generation rotary telehandlers for markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Russia and the CIS countries. The new Bobcat rotary telehandler range includes ten Stage V compliant models for the European market, with lifting heights from 18 to 39 metres and lifting

capacities from 4 to 7 tons. These are complemented by another four Stage IIIA engine powered models aimed at the Middle East, Africa and Russia/CIS regions with lifting heights from 18 to 25 metres and lifting capacities from 4 to 6 tons.

expanded model selection and increased lifting heights and lifting capacities. The new range offers cutting-edge technology that continues the theme of reinvention that is at the core of our ‘Next is Now’ philosophy.

Olivier Traccucci, Bobcat Telehandler Senior Product Manager, said: “Our new rotary telehandler range offers an

As a result, they offer enhanced 360° performance to create the ultimate tools for even the most complex site handling jobs. A big choice of over 20 attachments and various options also ensures that working at height has never been so versatile, efficient, comfortable and safe.” Available to order now with some of the machines already delivered in Europe, the new rotary telehandler range from Bobcat was introduced at an online launch event held on 2nd December 2020. This was a continuation of the Next is Now strategy presented for the first time in EMEA and Russia/CIS at a previous online event in October 2020, where Bobcat launched 48


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products in 12 different categories. A Growing Market for Rotary Telehandlers The rotary telehandler market continues to grow worldwide. In Europe, for example, the market has increased over the last five years by 23% and, in 2019, it reached over 3000 units for the first time. 85% of the global market volume is in the EMEA region. Invented in the early 1990s, rotary telehandlers feature a rotating turret and four stabilizers, which enable them to work solidly in place with full operating capacity. The 360° turret rotation allows the machines to handle loads everywhere in the working envelop without needing to move. This is an ideal solution in urban areas where spaces are tight and manoeuvring is limited. Their ability to work from a single point to cover all of a site and the fact that they can be used from the first to the last day of a construction project have made them an increasingly attractive machine for construction sites. Rotary telehandlers are often called 3-in-1 machines as they combine the attributes of a telehandler with those of an aerial working platform and a crane. Applications are therefore mainly in construction (80%) but also in industrial maintenance. Unbeatable Cab experience As in all Bobcat products, operator comfort is a prerequisite in the new rotary telehandlers and the innovative patented design of the cab is key to working safely on-site, providing: • A fully pressurized environment • 100% air filtration • Heating and air conditioning (except TR40.180) • Large windows for optimal visibility • ROPS/FOPS certification • An easily adjustable steering column • A comfortable, fully adjustable seat In the cab, all Bobcat rotary telehandlers are equipped with a large, bright touchscreen display

with intuitive machine controls. Machine settings are managed over five different pages. Navigating between these pages is extremely easy and intuitive using the touch screen or the jog shuttle. Attachment Versatility In Bobcat rotary telehandlers, attachments are almost as important as the machine itself, as they provide the versatility needed on site. The attachments are usually forks (supplied as standard), crane jibs, winches or jib winches, man platforms and buckets. Most of the new Bobcat rotary telehandlers are equipped with a remote control to operate the machine from the man basket when elevating people as well as operating the machines remotely to enhance visibility and precision at work. Easy to Use and Safe Bobcat rotary telehandlers automatically recognize the attachment they are being paired with using RFID technology, which also uploads the corresponding load charts onto the display. As a result, the machine is ready to work safely within seconds and the touchscreen displays a dynamic load chart which allows the operator to keep an eye on the load’s centre of gravity. The Limit page also allows the operator to restrict the working zone in three dimensions and limit working speeds for maximum control and safety.

Large Choice of Options and Hightech Features To provide customers with the ideal machine for their needs, Bobcat can offer a large choice of additional options many of which are unique in this market, including: • Remote control with drive function. This provides radio control equipped with a screen, that allows the machine to be driven remotely and the stabilization phases to be managed directly from the basket. This results in increased productivity and efficiency in winch, jib and main platform operations (among others). • The Twin Power allows the machine to be used without starting the diesel engine keeping the emissions on zero levels and providing noiseless operation. By connecting the machine to an external electricity supply (380 V), provides power for the machine, allowing it to perform all normal lifting and load positioning operations. A 15 kW electric motor and a 90 litre/min piston pump guarantee the performance and precision required for every movement. Taking the TR60.250 model as an example, Bobcat rotary telehandlers are named according to the product line [(T)elescopic (R)otary], lift capacity (6.0 tons) and lift height (25 metres).

Bobcat, +27 11 389 4400,, Lifting Africa - Mar/Apr 2021



Demag® CC 3800-1 lattice boom crawler crane

A challenging job at a power plant work site in the United Arab Emirates. As part of a power plant expansion, one of the jobs for Al Faris was to install 16 double-wall heat recovery steam generators, which will be used to recover the gas power plant’s waste heat and improve its efficiency. The company used its own Demag® CC 3800-1 lattice boom crawler crane as the main crane for the job. “After considering the load weights and the required performance

characteristics, it became clear that only a crane in the 650-ton class would be able to get the job done. And the reason we ended up deciding on the Demag CC 3800-1 was that it met every single requirement better than all other machines, not to mention that we’re very familiar with its high reliability and incredible capabilities,” Al Faris founder and Managing Director Hilary Pinto explains. It took a seven-person setup team made up of a crane operator, a supervisor, and five assembly technicians 20 hours to set up the crane with an SSL resp. SWSL configuration. “That really was a pretty amazing feat by our people. After all, the 66-meter-long boom couldn’t be assembled on the ground due to the SSL configuration and the limited space available, so they had to do it at height,” Hilary Pinto says while praising his team. The project took a total of


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six months and consisted of transporting and setting up various power plant components, such as condensers, boilers, HRSG modules, generators, and tanks. To take care of this, Al Faris used a whole armada of special-purpose vehicles, including hydraulic trailers and various all-terrain and crawler cranes. Main lifts with SWSL configuration The heaviest and most challenging lifts by far involved the 28-meterlong heat recovery steam generators, which weighed up to 80 tons. These HRSG units had to be brought to a height of just under 60 meters at a radius of 40 meters so that they could be installed. To do this, the Al Faris team used an SWSL configuration with a 48-meter main boom, a 36-meter fly jib, a Superlift counterweight of 165 tons with a radius of eleven meters. For the 16 lifts, the Demag CC 38001 was assisted by a 250-ton crawler crane from Al Faris’ fleet: The latter


picked up the heat recovery steam generators from one end so that the CC 3800-1 would be able to bring them to a vertical position. After this, the 250-ton crane “unhanded” the load so that the CC 3800-1 would be able to travel under load with the corresponding HRSG unit and place it into the desired position. A job well done The Demag CC 3800-1 took about two months at the worksite to complete these 16 lifts, as well as all other lifts, with an SWSL configuration. “And in hindsight, the biggest challenge was the tight space conditions during setup, conversion, and disassembly. Handling the long boom components in particular really demanded a great deal of our team, but they were able to take care of that smoothly, and not in small part thanks to the crane’s ease of assembly,” Hilary Pinto says while praising both his team and machine.


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Mission (im)possible: how a Potain crane landed in one of the most remote job sites on earth For an experienced erection team on a regular job, assembling a Potain MCT 58 city crane is a straightforward task that can be completed with a mobile assist crane in just four hours. But this was not a regular job. When your job site sits at the top of a hydroelectric dam; which itself sits at the foot of a volcano; there's no access for vehicles bigger than a small car, and you're on a remote island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, you know you're going to need to think differently about placing your crane on the project. Yet this was the challenge faced by Manitowoc and local dealer GLI (Grues Levages Investissements) when tasked by energy company EDF (Électricité de France) to replace an old Potain 427 E maintenance crane at its SainteRose power station on the French overseas department of La Réunion. Christophe Chappaz, technical director at GLI “We love difficult briefs,” said Christophe Chappaz, technical director for GLI. "And this was a tough brief. We knew that cranes from other brands were not feasible 20

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because of the load capacity limit of 1-ton on the helicopter. We collaborated closely with Manitowoc to adjust the capacity, technology, warranty and erection plan to meet EDF's needs for this MCT 58 and combined with our experience, we were able to assure the client we could complete the task safely.” Invaluable experience Another reason GLI felt confident with the job was that the company had installed the original crane at the EDF site by helicopter 30 years ago. Several of the staff responsible for that project were still employed at the company, so could advise on its disassembly and replacement. This experience gave GLI the edge when tendering for the project. GLI was also able to match the capacity of the 427 E with a new MCT 58, which is conveniently manufactured in sections weighing

less than the maximum payload of a commercial helicopter. Also, when it comes to assembly, the MCT 58 is among the quickest and simplest to put together. Close collaboration Christophe Chappaz maintains a strong relationship with Manitowoc, having worked for the company in a variety of technical support, aftermarket and Lift Solutions roles before moving to La Réunion to join GLI in 2012. For this project, he liaised closely with the Manitowoc Lift Solutions team, to ensure every section of the MCT 58 came in at less than 1-ton and that the slinging points were optimally positioned for the helicopter lifts. Corrosion-resistant paint and stainless-steel casing for the electrical components were also specified to provide maximum durability in the damp environment on top of the dam.


Practice makes perfect After manufacturing, the crane was shipped to the GLI yard on La Réunion, where the erection team practised assembling and disassembling before installing it, to be sure of the weight, slinging points and work plan. On the day of the erection, the components were transported by road and arranged in a field five minutes by helicopter from the job site.

critical,” Chappaz said. The four GLI technicians on the project communicated constantly with the helicopter pilot by radio to ensure the process went exactly to plan. The social distancing required as a result of COVID-19 restrictions posed an additional challenge, but the team adapted to complete the job safely and professionally.

The erection of the new MCT 58 was completed in 26 flights, each lasting approximately 15 minutes. Total erection time was around six and a half hours, which GLI spread over two days. The vertical and rotating elements went up on the first day, with the horizontal parts and finishing wrapped up on the second.

dismantle the old 427 E crane, carry out general maintenance on the 3-ton cofferdams and 1-ton water intake grid, and support a dam reinforcement project.

The crane was secured using static fixing angles and erected at a height of 19.7 metres with 30 metres of jib. The maximum load is 3 tons at 20.7 metres and 1.96 tons at 30 metres. EDF will operate the crane by radio remote control to help

“The rotor blades on the helicopter induce a swirling wind, which is difficult to manage, so it was important we took things slowly and steadily. You cannot rush a project like this when safety is

“I am very proud of what the GLI and Manitowoc teams managed with this challenging task. The crane is working well and EDF is happy with the result. Good project organisation and close collaboration and communication were the key to success!” Chappaz concluded.

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30 years in the ground – LTM 1500-8.1 removes 104-tonne tower crane foundation For over 30 years, there has been an enormous concrete foundation under the floor slab of a department store in Herne. It was rediscovered when the building was demolished. • Demolition – 104-ton concrete foundation over the underground railway tunnel removed in full • Crane and heavy haulage specialist Autokrane Schares GmbH uses Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 mobile crane As the foundation was above an underground railway tunnel, it was not possible to crush it in situ. Therefore, a 500-ton LTM 1500-8.1 mobile crane from the crane and heavy haulage specialist Autokrane Schares GmbH based in Bocholt was used to remove the foundation and place it in an open space, where it was then crushed using heavy machinery.At the end of the 80s,

an enormous top-slewing crane was erected in Bahnhofstrasse in Herne for the construction of a department store. A square concrete foundation with a side length of 5.5 metres and a depth of 1.4 metres ensured its firm footing. After the construction work had been completed, the 104-ton colossus was left under the floor slab of the building. When the department store was demolished recently, the foundation reappeared.Normally it would have been crushed in situ by the demolition contractor using hydraulic hammers. However, as it

was located immediately above an underground railway tunnel, that method was simply not possible. This meant that a powerful mobile crane had to be brought to the site to remove the enormous foundation in full. Schares sent its Liebherr LTM 1500- 8.1, which was then ballasted with 105 tonnes of counterweight at the site. The telescopic boom was extended to a length of 31.7 metres to hoist the foundation out using a radius of 13 metres and deposit it in an open space, where the demolition machines could finish the job.

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100 years of history – 1921 to 2021 This is the first in a series about the 100-year history of Scaw Metals Group, which began with Haggie as the frontrunner. (The Barnes Group acquired Scaw Metals-Haggie in 2018.) “Thus it is that March 7, 1921, is the birthday of Haggie, Son & Love, and, for that matter, also of the wire rope-making industry in South Africa.”1. This was Starting-Up Day at Haggie’s Jupiter Rope Works, the first wire rope-making plant in South Africa, located in Heriotdale, Johannesburg. This auspicious day was hosted by founders, James MacGill Love and Gordon Stewart Haggie, and attended by 20 employees. The company’s first order came three weeks later from Tweefontein Colliery for 6 000 feet of ¾ inch haulage rope. It was the first rope “Made in South Africa”. 2. The Jupiter Rope Works became the largest integrated wire mill and ropery in the southern hemisphere. The business blazed its way to becoming a leading local and international supplier of steel wire rope, dominating the Southern African mining industry, a position it retains. It is still recognised as the top supplier of triangular ropes for deep-level mines. South Africa relies on Haggie’s deep level winder ropes, open cast draglines and underground haulage ropes for the operation of its mining industry,

the success of which is crucial to the country’s economy.Haggie, Son & Love amalgamated with Rand Ropes Limited in Germiston in 1936, providing the business with its Wire and Strand factory, resulting in a name change to African Wire Ropes (AWR) and giving the business access to the construction industry. The son in leadership It was in 1950 that Ian Haggie, the son of co-founder Gordon Stewart Haggie, accepted the torch of leadership. He expanded AWR, flexing its muscles in South Africa and investing in the USA. AWR was later renamed Haggie Limited and listed on the JSE (1979). Ian was a leader much loved by his employees; a humanitarian who supported social and environmental causes. He is still spoken of with fondness. The company established a distribution network across South Africa and in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. It formed Haggie Reid Australia (a manufacturing and distribution operation) and Haggie North America and entered


into a distribution agreement in Singapore. R100-million barrier broken In 1998, Haggie acquired McKinnon Chain. It was also the year in which Ian retired as chairman. Under his watch, the then Haggie Limited had broken the R100-million barrier (1987), achieving a pre-tax profit of R114.6-million. This was when the US Dollar was about 2.00 to the Rand. As a testament to Ian's leadership, the employees and Board made him an honorary president for life. In the preceding years, Anglo American had bought 100% of Scaw (1964). In 1980, Scaw bought 36% of Haggie and in 1999, 100%. By the time Ian Haggie handed over his mantel of leadership (1988), the Haggie business had enlarged its portfolio to include fibre ropes, chain and lifting equipment, and was serving the mining, construction, industrial, marine, agricultural and forestry industries. It had achieved many records including the manufacture of the longest steel wire rope in the world, for mining, twice. It is a company that had pioneered 67 years and was set to take on the next 33. The Rope Makers (19211971, A.P. Cartwright. 1971.)

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Radio Controls that suits your needs That's why at Itowa we offer a wide variety of options and configurations that can be incorporated into our entire range of devices. Read on to find out more! Fingerprint The BIOMETRIC FINGERPRINT security system offers protection against unauthorised use of ITOWA radio controls. The system enables the activation of the equipment by identifying the fingerprint of each user. When the transmitter of an ITOWA radio control is equipped with this system, it can identify the fingerprints of the authorised operators to allow or disallow the activation of the radio control. For additional security, this system keeps a historical record of each activation.

when the associated access card is recognised. Infrared The IR safety system compatible with any Itowa radio control model allows limiting the operating area of a device. The system can detect if the radio control transmitter is in the defined working area and allows the operator to activate it and use it.

Access card The ACCESS CARD security system, compatible with any Itowa radio control model, allows you to limit the activation of the unit using an access card.

Data feedback Our Radio Controls support a data feedback configuration that guarantees communication with the receiver in both directions. This operation allows the operator to receive data from the crane or machine, through the receiver, in the transmitter itself and display them on an LCD or LEDs depending on each application and model of the transmitter.

This allows you to limit the use of radio control to unauthorised personnel. The transmitter will be blocked and will only be enabled

Operating configurations ITOWA remote controls allow different operating configurations to meet the specific needs of each


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application. For example, the control of 2 overhead cranes to work in tandem, the possibility to control a machine or crane by more than one user, etc.



Tiger CSS clamps The Tiger CSS safety screw cam clamp with Double Eye Anchor Points & Safety Torque Feature is suitable for many applications. This screw cam clamp is for allpurpose uses, such as lifting, lateral pulling and turning over materials. The adequacy of tightening can be visually confirmed by the visual torque safety feature. Main features • Range – 500kg to 6.3 tons • Spherical universal designed screw cam provides an extra powerful clamping force on a workpiece even when vibrations occur during

operation. • Cam holder and collar have phosphorescent (glow-in-thedark) paint for easy recognition of adequate torque tightening. • No tools required – integrated adjusting screw spindle • 4:1 factor of safety Certification: Each unit comes fully certified with a test certificate or an EC Declaration of Conformity stating

compliance with the essential health and safety requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/ EC. Always lift workpieces at two or more points for safety. Recommendation: We advise that structural calculations are carried out on all beams and supporting steelwork by qualified engineering departments to ensure safe operation. Due to our policy of continual product development, dimensions, weights and specifications may change without prior notice. Please check with your Tiger sales team when ordering

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The right MEWP for the right application

IPAF promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense – through providing technical advice and information; through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards; and through safety initiatives and training programmes. Paul Roddis - Training Manager IPAF He explains to us the criteria which should be taken to account when selecting a MEWP. Could you give us a quick overview of the risks we face when using inappropriate equipment, in terms of injuries or accidents? Falls are the most common

accidents when using platforms. Operators should always be fully trained and certified to use the equipment to prevent this from happening. But there are also too many cases where used machines have a lower working height than required, where operators dangerously reach up or lean out of the basket to reach the work area.

Remember, a 10-metre unit has a platform height of only 8 metres, not 10 metres. There is danger in overcompensating height as this can bring repercussions both in terms of site access and the extra weight of a bigger unit than that required. Ordering a platform with a 20-metre working height instead of 14 metres, for example, can almost double the weight of the unit from 6 tons to 10 tons. Can the ground conditions/flooring take the extra weight? Confirming this aspect is fundamental in choosing a platform. Another cause of falls is machine overturning. This can be caused by selecting machines with the wrong height and inappropriate for the application or working in the conditions where the job is being carried out. This might be because the work is taking place on a slope or unsuitable terrains such as grass or other soft surfaces. This type of accident can be caused by ground collapsing when an operator


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extends or where there are underground services that collapse. Other risks include: • Electrocution: the insulation on electric machines must always meet industry safety standards. • Hit by a vehicle: again, the access and the risks presented by vehicles moving on-site need to be assessed. • The risk of entrapment is another cause of accidents, so using a unit with anti-entrapment devices is recommended. • Collisions: touch sensors and ultrasonic sensors are also recommended to warn about proximity to unseen structures at height. • Carbon monoxide poisoning from using diesel engine-powered units indoors. According to your expertise, what are the key questions to ask when renting or buying MEWPs for a job? Thorough job and site assessments should always be carried out before platforms are delivered to the site. The first aspect is to consider how easy it is to get to the worksite. Can a truck carrying the MEWP get in and out and get close to the actual work area? Is the work indoors and so requiring a battery-powered unit? What is the job to be carried out – for example, is it cladding or painting, as these will have different platform requirements? Or is it a welding job, and are multiple operators required to work on the same platform? Would the job be better served by various units? Do workers have to reach over a structure to get at the work, where articulated companies might provide the best solution? To help with these evaluations, IPAF is launching a new global module called Site Assessment for MEWP Selection at the end of March 2021. This brings together questions that need to be answered before a platform can be chosen for a site, form, and record details on the job and the work area. It also includes a page to draw a

diagram of the work to be carried out, the worksite’s dimensions, and what is involved, including photos of the work area. Do the location, access, and ground conditions impact the choice of MEWP? Why? Yes, these are crucial aspects that need to be fully researched before delivering a MEWP to the site. The access to and the set-up of equipment in the work area, including any doors or other obstructions to navigate, must be investigated on any site. Check whether or not non-marking tires or tracks are needed. For electric machines, units mustn’t need to be driven large distances to get to the work to avoid the machine being stuck without power on site. Where there are width and height restrictions, the MEWP must pass through, and defensive secondary guarding should be considered. There may also be

weight restrictions – the maximum allowable ground bearing pressure en-route and at the site itself should be determined so it can be ensured that the specific point loading of the MEWP is below this. The location and access roads for the delivery vehicle travelling to the site need to be explained to the MEWP supplier. If the access roads are narrow or challenging, the supplier must be aware of these limitations in advance. The MEWP supplier also needs full information on where the safe areas for unloading are and any site rules. Where the machine has to be offloaded on a highway, the customer must ensure that adequate precautions are taken to ensure safety. Where there is not a designated area for unloading, the client must determine a specific unload area. Where the floor is strong and level, this should be suitable for any MEWP. Lifting Africa - Mar/Apr 2021



and tight or hidden structures that can cause the operator’s trapping, so machines with antientrapment devices and sensors are recommended. When more extensive materials need to be transported on-site, only secure accessories approved by the manufacturer should be used to carry materials such as a pipe rack, glazer package, etc. What not to forget in case of a longterm need? (maintenance, battery charge, fuel consumption). These factors are often overlooked. For recharging MEWPs, is there a power supply on-site and where is it?

For floors that are strong and sloping, the unit may need to have stabilizers, outriggers or an oscillating/self-levelling chassis. Where the floor is firm but uneven, the MEWP may require oscillating axles or tracks. For floors that are soft/loose and uneven – the work may require a 4-wheel drive and tracks or pads to spread the load. Where the ground is sandy and loose, a MEWP may not be suitable at all and the user will need to modify the surface, so it is suitable. For potentially weak surfaces, the MEWP supplier must have the


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maximum floor loading survey results, and this may require the use of a lightweight MEWP with large pads to further spread the load. How to face unusual conditions on the job site? The key to overcoming adverse site conditions is always to plan for them wherever possible and at least ensure that operators are given a MEWP that allows them to cope with the prevailing situation. This could include taking account of hazards such as overhead cables

Is a transformer needed? For refuelling – does the site have the facilities? If not, how is the fuel to be transported to the machine – in smaller containers or larger tanks? Is there a secure area suitable for the MEWP under cover and well ventilated where either recharging or refuelling could occur? In all cases, never guess or speculate. Always consult and try to utilize the new IPAF MEWP Selection module we are launching in March 2021.


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The Crosby Group lifts wind energy

Powered by its unique portfolio of brands, The Crosby Group addresses customers’ challenges, including schedule attainment, project cost and total cost of ownership, and industry knowledge around topside and subsea lifts, in the world of offshore wind. The Crosby Group is established as a global lifting, rigging, material handling and mooring hardware partner to the renewable energy sector, and has one of the most extensive, global engineering teams in the industry. Its product range

combines to cover the entire wind energy supply chain, including the plate clamps, pipe hooks and shackles used during monopile fabrication, shackles for topside and subsea lifts, and load cells utilized for inspection of installed equipment. Anchoring a floating offshore wind turbine One example of how The Crosby Group supports the offshore wind industry was recently demonstrated by an order for chain accessories from Crosby|Feubo. These were used for a floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) project from a European client. The scope of work included the design, manufacturing and testing of long-term mooring shackles. Driven by a project timeframe restriction from the client and given a 3-month window of opportunity, the package was successfully delivered on-time and within the initial budget. The Crosby Group’s


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experienced and skilled engineering team with over three decades of experience with this application delivered the chain accessories, complete with extensive in-house machining and testing. Also of note, The Crosby Group recently launched into the wind energy market the HFL Kenter, a new high fatigue life shackle, under the Crosby|Feubo brand. The shackle showcases design improvements on the popular Crosby|Feubo NDur Link, an accessory used for temporary and mobile mooring applications such as rigging and anchoring offshore platforms or vessels. The product can connect to a variety of stud link anchor chain or other mooring accessories such as sockets and swivels. Richard Berg, Business Development Manager at The Crosby Group, said: “We recognize the importance of offshore wind in the renewable energy

The Crosby Group also provides connectors for anchors, chains, wire rope, and synthetics as well as a variety of other components that are utilized in many applications by oil and gas, and renewable energy professionals. Another key focus area for the group is offering easy access to broad expertise and raising awareness of the importance of a well-trained workforce. Leveraging a worldwide network of 3,000-plus regional distributors, The Crosby Group supports end-users through its breadth of product range, product availability close to the point of use, and a strategic commitment to vertically integrated manufacturing. Vertical integration provides complete control of the manufacturing process from raw material to finished goods to produce the highest quality hardware, further enabling safe and efficient lifting operations. The Crosby Group The Crosby Group is a global leader in the innovation, manufacturing and distribution of products and services used to make lifting and load securement safer and more efficient, with premier brands such as Crosby, Gunnebo Industries, Crosby Straightpoint, Acco, McKissick, Crosby Feubo, Trawlex, Lebus, and CrosbyIP. With global engineering, manufacturing, distribution and operations, the company provides a broad range of products and solutions for the most demanding applications with uncompromising quality that exceed industry standards.

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A diverse portfolio for new applications Another example of how The Crosby Group recently supported the offshore wind industry is with the delivery of turnbuckles for a leading wind turbine OEM to be used at Kriegers Flak wind farm outside of the coast of Denmark. Despite the tight delivery schedule, the company delivered 700 turnbuckles to be used together with wire slings to tighten both sides of tower sections, ensuring they don’t ovalize during transport and storage.


transition and we are well positioned to support OEMs, contractors and channel partners with our wide and deep portfolio of lifting, rigging and mooring hardware and expertise through our marketing leading Crosby, Gunnebo Industries, Straightpoint and Feubo brands.”


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Stockists and distributors throughout Southern Africa of these leading international brands:

Also available from stock or to order: • Fibre ropes – polysteel; Nylon; Dyneema • Chain, wire rope and webbing slings • Green pin shackles and fittings • Safety and gangway nets • Specialized load testing for anchor, lifting & lashing points • MRT inspections on 50–83mm steel wire ropes CApE TOWN: +27 (0)21 510 3532 or WALvIS BAy: +264 (0)64 220 776 or

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Safer and faster chain cutting with Enerpac Electric Cutters Enerpac announces the ECCE-Series Electric Chain Cutters providing a faster, safer and more precise method than cutting with torches, angle grinders and cut-off tools. Capable of cutting 25mm chain in 35 seconds, and up to 16mm chain in just 6 seconds, the portable tools are ideal for cutting high-strength industrial chain. Until now, chain cutting has typically involved torches, angle grinders and cut-off

tools. The introduction of flames, shooting sparks, dust and smoke into the workplace are potentially hazardous, requiring operators to wear specialised PPE, including flame retardant clothing and respirators. The ECCE-Series Electric Chain Cutters provides a safer method of cutting for both the cutter operative and those close by. The ECCE26 Chain Cutter weighs 25kg allowing it to be easily transported to the worksite. With a capacity of 312kN, ECCE26 applications range from 25mm grade 70 and grade 80 chain up to 13mm grade 100 chain. The lightweight cutter offers safe and precise general-purpose chain cutting. The higher capacity ECCE32 Chain Cutter weighs 48kg and has a capacity of 471kN. It can be used for chain up to 32mm grade 70, 25mm grade 80 and 19mm grade 100. It is ideal for specific cutting applications including grade 100 chains, such as those used for overhead lifting.


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Minimal Effort The highly durable blades on Enerpac chain cutters can tackle a wide variety of chain – from small, low-grade chains to large, heavyduty chains - all while maintaining effectiveness throughout rigorous use. Powered by a single or doubleacting hydraulic cylinder, Enerpac chain cutters move through difficult cutting tasks with speed and ease. Maximum Safety The ECCE-Series Electric Chain Cutters feature a transparent safety guard to protect hands and allow continuous monitoring for better management of the cutting process. Also, the cutters produce minimal vibration, helping prevent HAVS (Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome). A lifting handle and eyebolt enable easy positioning and transport.

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JLG engineered the state-of-the-art DaVinci™ All-Electric Scissor Lift to be the newest benchmark in scissor lift performance. You may have heard the DaVinci has an industry-defining, 606-lb capacity using zero hydraulics, but that’s only the beginning. Discover how the DaVinci scissor lift does more for your productivity with less and transforms the 19-ft scissor from equipment you need, to equipment you want. 20% More capacity Variable work envelope Variable Tilt technology comes standard on the DaVinci lift, providing operators with the ability to elevate their scissors to limited heights when working on side slopes greater than 1.75 Degrees indoors or 1.5 Degrees outdoors. When you need to get closer to the work area, the DaVinci scissor is the solution. The DaVinci All-Electric Scissor's fully electric actuator lifts more weight than a standard hydraulic cylinder, allowing the platform to carry up to a best-in-class 606-lb capacity indoors and out at the full 19-ft height. That’s 20% more power than traditional 19-ft scissor lifts – with 0% hydraulic fluid.

Drive uptime higher The fully electric, maintenance-free AC drive system boasts increased energy efficiency by up to 30% and a 4-mph stowed drive speed – double that of a standard lift. Plus, sensors and independent drive control of the wheels reduce tire wear, enhance maneuverability and minimize damage to sensitive flooring. Simply put, the DaVinci lift keeps your job moving in more ways than one. Fewer parts, virtually zero maintenance and unprecedented performance – the DaVinci AllElectric Scissor Lift is productivity, redefined. Ask your local rental partner to carry the new DaVinci All-Electric Scissor so you can experience this game-changing innovation for yourself.

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The Call for Papers for Lifting Africa and LEEASA’s 2021 conference has started.

Lifting Africa and LEEASA launches an appeal to lifting equipment industry experts to email us a synopsis of a technical or case study that they would like to present at the 2021 lifting equipment conference.


The Call for Papers for the Lifting Equipment Conference, the conference dedicated to end-users of lifting equipment, has started. It will be possible to propose the memories for the conference sessions until 15th July 2021 and the best technical documents will be introduced by the authors during the conferences. con

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New DaVinci lift the performance you demand


Market insights a look at telematics

Fleet management isn't a one size fits all activity. Fleet management best practices take into account an equipment fleet's operational efficiency; operational cost-effectiveness; operator management; equipment maintenance; and equipment safety and compliance. Monitoring and tracking these five factors on each machine in a rental fleet may seem like a daunting task, but through the use of telematics, it is easy to gather, read and understand the information machines are providing. Below are insights from Jonathan Shapiro, Senior Manager, ClearSky Telematics Sales and Business Development, JLG, on today’s telematics market... Current telematics offerings Today’s telematics systems typically combine GPS technology, diagnostics and monitoring sensors to track, log and report data on the performance and operation of construction equipment, including aerial access machines like mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and telehandlers. The data can provide high-level, or finite details, on several machine systems, including equipment location, fuel consumption, idle times and machine alerts. For example, JLG offers ClearSky™ 36

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fleet management solutions for its equipment, entailing an easy-to-use telematics platform giving access to actionable data and reports. The system can be used to track fleet productivity and uptime, while proactively monitoring fleet health and security. ClearSky combines multiyear service plans and several hardware options, providing equipment owners and operators flexibility for access to critical engine and equipment operational data. Data points, including location, engine hours, usage, fuel and battery levels, and maintenance schedules, are conveniently available in real-time and accessible from a desktop or mobile devices. The dashboard, settings and a library of widgets can be edited and prioritized according to customer preferences. The system also monitors fault codes and other critical alerts, which can be sent via text and email. Additionally, ClearSky data can be integrated with customers’ enterprise resource planning

(ERP) software for seamless fleet management. New telematics technologies coming in the future Using ClearSky telematics for fleet management can help get the information necessary to better optimize equipment and help customers be more productive. That said, information (data points) is only helpful when it's put to good use. Fleet managers need to work with the OEMs to get the right data, integrate it into useful reports and then utilize it consistently to help make critical fleet management decisions. “It is important for fleet managers to work with the OEMs to get the right data, integrate it into useful reports and then utilize it consistently to help make critical fleet management decisions.” Keep in mind, while it’s helpful to know every machine’s unique status, that data needs to also feed the bigger picture where it can contribute to long-range business

Since it was first introduced, developments with the JLG ClearSky telematics solution have been based on customer feedback, which allows us to provide more focused, meaningful data delivered in a costeffective solution. Future additions to the system will continue to make it more intuitive, as well as will make it easy for our customers to use the data to proactively manage and maintain their fleets. As a result, ClearSky will continue to let users enjoy the benefits of improved fleet performance and productivity, increased equipment uptime, enhanced fleet security and visibility and reduced cost of ownership. So, what’s the bottom line? The best is yet to come in terms of connected fleets and job sites as it relates to telematics and access control. Businesses already use these systems to solve many challenges, but technology continues to advance and the future is very bright. We will see even more functionality and fleet management benefits in the years ahead. The benefits of implementing a telematics solution Although integrating telematics into a business's daily operations can be a bit challenging, numerous benefits can help justify the initial time and effort. As telematics data becomes more manageable, fleet managers can easily see the benefits of using these systems to enhance their daily operations. For example, telematics can help fleet managers more accurately manage the service needs of their fleet, therefore keeping equipment running longer which translates into major returns on uptime, reliability, productivity

and profitability.

efficiency of service personnel.

For instance, appropriately timing regular and preventive maintenance, in particular, is a challenge that fleet managers face every day.

Enhance safety and security Why waste time searching for assets in the field? With telematics, users can always know where machines are located.

Equipment usage on job sites often last weeks or months, and that equipment must be maintained while out in the field to ensure that the machines operate as expected and without interruption to avoid unexpected downtime, lost productivity and the related cost implications.

And, they can prevent equipment theft by setting virtual boundaries that alert unauthorized movement or operation.

Telematics technology can help address these challenges by giving visibility to the equipment's location on the job site, as well as its operating condition, through the fault and diagnostic codes — any time of the day or night. As a result, it is easier to be more proactive when it comes to maintenance. And, access to actual asset utilization metrics, including engine hours, as well as geo- and timefencing can help avoid unnecessary field service calls and "lost" machines out in the field, make a telematics system worth the investment. JLG’s ClearSky telematics solution Equipment fleets that include JLG® aerial equipment benefit from having access to the ClearSky™ telematics system. This solution is purpose-built to focus on three key areas: Increased utilization and uptime; enhanced opportunities to promote safety and security; and boosting a machine’s productivity and performance. Here’s a little bit more about each one of these focus areas: Increase uptime and utilization Telematics can show fleet managers where and how equipment is operating to best track and bill any out-of-contract use. It also helps to manage machine maintenance schedules to ensure machines aren't over-or under-serviced. Using telematics, users can remotely diagnose machine problems to coordinate the right tools and parts needed for on-site repairs. And, users can also deflect unnecessary service calls to increase the

And, with features like access control, telematics systems also help prevent unauthorized use of equipment by limiting access to only trained operators. This means that telematics enables users to always know when, where and how equipment is operating. Telematics systems like JLG’s ClearSky also provides users with the opportunity to receive automated reports and immediate notifications when problems arise. And, fleet managers can proactively schedule maintenance to reduce unnecessary service calls. Telematics also allows users to set up geofences and time fences to protect an equipment fleet from an unauthorized operation or to prevent untrained operators from using the machines. Boost productivity and performance Telematics platforms like JLG ClearSky also have tools to analyze fleet and operator data, as well as determine the overall effectiveness of a fleet manager’s operation. Sharing utilization and operator data can significantly improve onsite efficiency. And, by using telematics in conjunction with other digital tools, such as building information models (BIM), users can streamline the planning phase of projects to select the right machine for the job.

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goals and improvement strategies. Those goals and strategies might include growing a customer base, offering better machine familiarization at the start of each rental, limiting the geographical radius in which machines may be used and decreasing the number of job site service calls, just to name a few.


Mega Jack 800 fleet expansion supports smarter project efficiencies New equipment expands fleet of heavy lift jacks. Mammoet, the world's largest engineered heavy lifting and transport service provider, is expanding its range of innovative equipment with the addition of ten new towers for its Mega Jack 800 system. Bringing the total number of Mega Jack 800 towers to 22 will increase the global availability of an innovation that has been proven to reduce risk and improve efficiency across projects such as civil infrastructure renewal, port expansions and petrochemical facility construction. All of these projects prioritize the need for safe, efficient work that minimizes the impact on business as usual, such as the flow of traffic, movement or cargo or flow of product. The Mega Jack 800 offers a highly effective solution to these challenges. Originally developed by Mammoet in 2014, it provides

significant lifting power (800t per tower) within a compact footprint that minimizes its impact on other site operations. This allows projects such as bridge installations to be performed quicker – sometimes in a matter of just a few days – and work to expand or heighten port cranes to be completed with less disruption to the operations around them. At the refinery, our customers benefit from a strong and versatile lifting system that can be deployed quickly with the majority of work undertaken at ground level. Ronald Hoefmans, Head of R&D and Fabrication at Mammoet explains:

“More Mega Jack 800 towers means more possibilities for our clients to save time, operate more safely and reduce disruption across a range of different projects. One of the real benefits of the Mega Jack 800 system is its flexibility, and this has allowed it to make a real impact not just for civil and port projects but for the likes of the nuclear decommissioning and OGP industries too.” “Because it is controlled remotely by computer, the system allows highly accurate, simultaneous operation of the towers, which is not possible with manual jacking systems. Importantly, this also minimizes the need for interaction with the machinery to help optimize safety on site.” The Mega Jack 800 system is just one part of Mammoet's comprehensive range of jacking solutions, from traditional climbing jacks to the 300 tons per tower capacity Mega Jack 300 and 5200 tons per tower capacity Mega Jack 5200.

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TCM T5C forklift trucks get the job done Recently launched TCM T5C internal combustion forklift from overheating, especially during operation in high trucks are now available throughout Southern Africa humidity conditions and under extreme temperatures. from Criterion Equipment. A powerful fan, which cools the engine and radiator to According to Criterion Equipment specialists, these maintain high performance, forms part of efficient engine robust new TCM 2,5 T and 3 T forklift trucks are management designed to reduce stress to key components designed to meet the demand for reliable machines and sustains truck performance and reliability. that deliver high productivity, secure lifting and The easily-accessible engine bay is large and neatly extended service life. organised, with sufficient space for quick and effortless Added to this, T5C models - supplied with solid routine repairs and servicing. tyres as standard - have improved features for easy Criterion Equipment - the sole distributor of TCM forklift manoeuvrability, operator comfort, safety on site and trucks in South Africa - offers a technical advisory, spare low maintenance requirements. parts, repair and maintenance service to ensure optimum “Watching this machine at work is impressive. The performance from every machine. low centre of gravity provides balance and stability, while high torque delivers steady lift speeds, even Criterion Equipment (Pty) Ltd, when carrying heavy loads,” explains Brenton Kemp, +27 (0) 11 966 9700,, Managing Director of Criterion Equipment, part of the Capital Equipment Group (CEG) of Invicta Holdings Limited. “The fully hydraulic power steering system enables the operator to navigate freely and to turn easily in confined spaces and an integrated digital display monitor relays critical information clearly to the operator. “This series has many features that improve safety during operation, including multi-directional visibility for clear front and rear fields of vision and a reinforced overhead safety guard which protects the operator and provides shelter when working outdoors, without obstructing visibility.


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“What’s also important is the mast interlock system that locks mast movement whenever the key switch is off. The neutral safety start feature only allows the machine to be started when the control lever is in neutral – the forklift cannot start when it is in gear.” These high-performance machines are powered by a 44 kW diesel engine that delivers efficient lifting of heavy loads while travelling at optimal speeds. TCM forklift trucks are also available with versatile GK25 dual-fuel engines that run on gasoline or liquid petroleum gas (LPG). An efficient powertrain maximises the truck’s power while curtailing vibrations. This reduces the wear of critical components and ensures comfort for the operator. The cooling system is designed to regulate airflow and prevent the engine

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Ports & Harbours

When the COVID-19 pandemic first broke out in the port city of Wuhan, China, in December 2019 few could have predicted the massive impact it would have on the world. With global lockdowns affecting almost every industry on earth, the global freight and shipping industry has been one of the hardest hit. Impacts Of The COVID-19 Pandemic On Ports & Harbours As the world economy slowed, global shipping markets took a big knock, with much lower demand for goods in China affecting everything from container ships to oil tankers. The impact has been felt beyond just ports and harbours, with the trucking industry, logistics and shipping businesses all experiencing a drop in demand. Container ships around the world have been sitting empty at container terminals, waiting to resume their normal routes and cargo loads.

global financial crisis. The South African landscape South Africa’s initial lockdown in March and April 2020 came with several restrictions that impacted South African shipping and ports. Cruise ships were banned from docking and crew changes were also barred. The eight South African seaports all remained open, but goods coming in from high-risk countries had to be sanitized before leaving the port. Terminal operations were therefore scaled down dramatically with non-essential cargo being restricted heavily. It is estimated that ports were running at approximately 50% to 60% capacity during this time.

Harbour cranes have had a massive decline in work, waiting for shipping loads to return to normal.

Due to restrictions placed on business operations at ports, some harbours experienced backlogs.

The world has not seen a reduction in shipping like this since the 2008

Cape Town port, for example, struggled with a backlog of ships,


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leading to vessels waiting outside of port for weeks at a time before getting an opportunity to berth. Once berthed, there was a shortage of cranes and crane operators working at the port and significant delays were experienced. This led to shipping lines either cancelling trips to Cape Town or charging a congestion surcharge. Post the lockdown ends, more goods started flowing in and out of the country, but demand for both imports and exports has decreased significantly. Warehouses and distribution centres have seen a fall in demand for consumer products. The wine industry suffered job losses as a result of a ban on wine exports over the lockdown period. There has been absolute turmoil across all industries. The longerterm impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is yet to be experienced, but this sector has undoubtedly

the larger, heavier lift cranes are perfect for loading and offloading bulk carriers.

What Is A Harbour Mobile Crane? Mobile harbour cranes are versatile cranes used in ports for the handling of cargo and containers.

When Will Ports And Harbours Be Fully Operational? Currently, under Level 1 restrictions, ports and harbours are operating normally.

They are useful for loading, lifting and moving bulk materials on and off of ships. Mobile cranes are perfect for working at ports and harbours – they can be easily transported and set up as and when you need them, and wherever you may need them positioned. The mobile cranes are available in a range of different sizes, offering varying lift capacities. Smaller mobile cranes will assist in jobs like handling small barges and

Under current legislation, rail, ocean, air and road transport is permitted for the movement of cargo to and from other countries. All commercial seaports are open. Concord Cranes has had extensive experience across this particular industry – both during a lockdown and outside of a lockdown. Our team understand the intricacies of working in these environments. Contact Concord Cranes to find out

more about our mobile cranes for use in ports and harbours. Equipped with a fleet of +180 cranes, ranging from 7T – 800T, we are well placed to service a multitude of industries, and in particular the port, & harbour and maritime industries. Please ask our team for further information – get in touch There’s a Safe Way to do Everything.

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Enerpac SBL1100 makes light work of generator lift for Global Freight Transit

Leading Algerian heavy lift company, Global Freight Transit SARL, relied upon an Enerpac SBL1100 hydraulic gantry to remove a 470T generator at the Koudiet Eddraouch power station in El-Tarf province, 700 kilometers east of Algiers, Algeria. The telescopic gantry allowed the safe removal of the generator, and its subsequent re-installation, following routine maintenance. One of the largest combined-cycle power plants in the region, Koudiet Eddraouch power station has a production capacity of 1200 MW. Maintenance of generators can be difficult within the confines of a power plant. The SBL1100 gantry was used to lift the generator 4.1m onto supports, allowing

maintenance work to be completed before it was lowered back into its housing. “The Enerpac SBL1100 is invaluable for this kind of lift where we have heavy loads and limited workspace,” says Sofiane Issiakhem, Logistics Coordinator, Global Freight Transport. “Ease of deployment and operation of the gantry has allowed us to safely conduct similar generator lift projects in another powerplant nearby.

Enerpac SBL1100 Gantry The Enerpac SBL1100 is the company’s highest capacity boom style gantry. Equipped with three stage lifting cylinders, the SBL1100 lifts up to 12m at the top of the third stage and can handle up to 1178 tons at the top of the first stage. As standard, the SBL1100 features an Intelli-Lift wireless control system allowing unobstructed views of the load. The wireless system ensures automatic synchronisation of lifting with accuracy of 24 mm and automatic synchronisation of travel with accuracy of 15 mm. The gantry control system allows users to operate the lift locally at each leg or use the Intelli-Lift remote control. For enhanced durability, the SBL1100 offers a sturdy, proven base frame that can withstand a variety of environmental conditions.

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JCB appoints new dealer in key South African market

JCB has appointed one of the most respected companies in the construction equipment sector to be its distributor in the key South African market, the company announced today. Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (BESSA) will become the distributor for the full range of JCB construction equipment from 1 May 2021. JCB General Manager: Africa, Andrew Boyers, said today: “We are delighted to have a dealer of Bell Equipment’s calibre to represent us in South Africa. BESSA has more than 20 branches strategically located throughout the country, highly skilled staff, strong training and development programmes

and a market leading position in a number of applications and sectors. Combine that with Bell Equipment’s renowned focus on customers and deep roots in South Africa, and that gives us enormous confidence for the future.” BESSA Managing Director, Duncan Mashika said: “We have always held JCB in the highest regard and this is the perfect match of premium products to a great distribution network. JCB is no stranger to our local market having

been established in the country for more than 40 years. This is an exciting opportunity for BESSA and we look forward to putting a JCB into every corner of the country. We eagerly anticipate this great new partnership and continuing to support customers, both old and new, with world-class products and service.”

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