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

Introducing new LEEASA TBA W W W . Kthe EM AC H . C Council O.ZA

NOV/DEC 2020

Experience the Progress.

Mobile cranes from Liebherr Top capacities in all lifting classes Long telescopic booms with variable working equipment High mobility and short assembly times Comprehensive comfort and safety features Worldwide customer support by manufacturer

Liebherr-Africa (Pty.) Limited Vlakfontein Road, Springs 1560 Phone: +27 11 365 2000 E-mail:


From strength to strength



From the chairmans desk



Babcock swings into action at V&A Waterfront



Industrial equipment rental option trumps buying during pandemic Criterion Equipment’s TCM forklift trucks ensure safe and dependable operation

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The safe handling of wind energy cargoes in the port introduction



Who is responsible for your crane inspections?



Think out of the box, embracing a new normal



New generation rotary telehandler range from Bobcat



Advanced hoist and crane technology brings success for Konecranes



New and futuristic concepts are fast changing the face of the crane industry 24 Cape Town crane company ready for Western Cape uptick 26 Demag the kingpin of universal cranes 28 PRODUCTS & SERVICES

The correct tool for the job World premiere: three new machines and one new design

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Jekko unveils JF545 V-Max, versatility turned into a machine



The versatility of portable lifting equipment and gantry cranes



Towards a digital future Extraordinary project – Liebherr 5-axle crane floated to site on a barge Award Winning Company, Combilift & Award-Winning Author, Emer Conlon – A Great ‘Combi’nation

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KEMACH Forklifts +27 (0) 11 826 6710

Lifting Africa Managing Editor Surita Marx Tel: +27 (0) 87 153-1217 Cell: +27 (0) 83 281-5761 Email: Web: Sales: Lusana Mrkusic Email: Sub-Editor: Debbie van Rensburg Production Manager: Xane Roestroff

Index to Advertisers

bauma CONEXPO Africa 23,IBC Beam Industrial 27 Blue Dot Lifting 39 Cranemec 17 Demac 37 Giovenzana 31 Haggie 19 JExpress 11 Kemach OFC,OBC Liebherr Africa IFC Loadtech 25 Margisia 35 Morris Crane Aid 29 Sky Cranes Africa 9 Van Staden Cranes & Lifting Services 43 XCMG 41

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 or CMA. 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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From strength to strength KEMACH Forklifts continue to go from strength to strength offering customers world-class products that not only promise reliability but deliver it. Few could have foreseen the outbreak of a global pandemic in 2020 – so severe, it saw worldwide trade come to a near standstill as countries closed borders and implemented quarantine policies keeping people at home and businesses closed. Launching the KEMACH Forklift range, in partnership with Anhui HELI, in March this year KEMACH arguably found itself facing one of the toughest challenges – establishing a new division at the same time as the country was locking down due to Covid-19. “It was not easy,” admits Van den Heever, especially if one considers that the forklift industry came to a near standstill during Lockdown level 5. But, not known to shy away from a challenge, the KEMACH team opted to see the opportunity during these trying times rather than focus on that which they could not change anyway. It is an approach that paid off as the company is fast establishing itself as a major competitor in the forklift market. “The impact of Covid-19 on business has been severe and it has put people on the back foot. Budgets have been cut and companies across the board are carefully monitoring cash flow and expenditure. We have taken this as an opportunity to bring our product to the market offering them a reliable machine that can compete with the top guns in the industry,” says Van den Heever. Reliable and cost-effective The forklifts offer customers the lowest cost of ownership over the lifetime of the machine due to its reliability and competitive pricing. “Also, our footprint in the local market and our extended infrastructure adds to this offering. Consider the value add that is derived from dealing with KEMACH and it becomes a very viable option to purchase one of our forklifts. Local support features include aftermarket suppliers for battery and charger supplies, forklift attachments and management systems Driver training and monitoring through KEMACH’s forklift management system are also available. Van den Heever says stock forklift machines can be delivered within two weeks, while non-stock machines can be delivered from the factory within 10 – 12 weeks. “At KEMACH the focus has always been on delivering solutions. It is not just about selling machines. In the current business environment, we believe we can offer valuable advice to ensure our customers are not spending unnecessarily. It is about finding ways to save money whether that is buying a new machine, fixing a broken one or refurbishing an old forklift,” he says. 4

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Now more than ever there is a need to work with customers. Not only to assess requirements but to find ways to progressively reduce spending and expenditure. “Our product has much to offer. It is a solid product that can withstand the test of times and there is no denying that tough economic times call for smart decisions and investments in equipment.” According to Van den Heever, the company are increasingly doing site evaluations where they are asked to come up with solutions that meet the client’s individual needs. Safety remains priority Few can argue that safety, while it should always be at the top of the priority list, can be overlooked in tight budgets. “Due to the outbreak of Covid and the impact this has had on company spending and budgets, it is important that we don’t forget about safety,” says Van den Heever. “While it is important in these trying times to save money it must never be at the cost of safety.” The KEMACH range of forklifts have specified Japanese engines, Heli built ZF transmissions and robotically manufactured chassis, ensuring premium brand quality at very competitive pricing. “The machines have an impeccable safety record with world-class standards.” According to Van den Heever, the range comprises a walk-behind powered pallet jack up to 45-ton container handling units enabling the company to compete in all sectors of the market. “Anhui HELI is the biggest forklift manufacturer in China and complies with all European standards as well as being ISO approved.” Developing trends The market is increasingly opting for electrical solutions moving away from traditional batteries and fuels to lithium-ion batteries. According to Van den Heever, this is in line with the international trend and is due to these batteries offering users so much more. “Now is a good time to look at the lithium-ion electrical machines. It delivers a much longer battery life – these machines can work 24-hour cycles for seven days a week with one battery.” Whilst these batteries were in the past quite pricey when compared to lead-acid batteries, ongoing research and development has delivered a product that competes very well from a cost perspective with a range of benefits. “One can now use one battery for multiple shifts not to mention getting away with not needing a


dedicated battery bay allowing for space-saving. There is also a saving on labour as the battery looks after itself and then, of course, there is the added production time gained.” Another major trend has been the increased focus on maintenance. “Preventative maintenance can make a huge cost difference as it reduces breakdowns and downtime significantly.” Says Van den Heever, “2020 has been a tough year with

many challenges. The year, however, has also changed the mindset towards equipment and there is now, far more than ever before, a focus on cost-effective solutions. At KEMACH that is exactly what we deliver.”

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FROM THE CHAIRMANS DESK Who would have thought that by the time you are reading this that it is already December 2020? The council had its fair share of challenges, you survived COVID-19 and we are on our way to wishing in the new year and the start of a new decade. (2021 - you can argue about the start date of a decade with your colleagues, friends, and family until your blue in the face) One thing is for certain, 2021 brings with it the start of the “NEW LEEASA”, a fresh new council and in February the launch of our new website and members portal. The new council aims to deliver, and one thing is for certain we are here to serve our members.

In January / February 2021 we will announce the roles and responsibilities of each council member and our strategic initiatives going forwards. We will also release a yearly planner of all proposed conferences, CPD courses, council meetings etc, as well as other important dates to diarise.

Below I would like to introduce the

Chairman: Ashley Davis

Ordinary Members: Andries Agenbag 6

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talented and united team that aims to make this happen. We would like to thank all the members that attended the AGM held on Friday, 13th November at Birchwood Conference Venue (and online) and that participated in the election of the new council members. Your commitment to LEEASA is key to its success and we will be relying on you all for your participation soon to vote on our new MOI (Constitution).

Vice Chair (Treasurer) : Surita Marx

Ordinary Members: Francois Blignaut

We are also planning on changing the “From the Chairman’s Desk” to “From the Councils Table” enabling each one of the council members to spread there own personal message to LEEASA’s members and share there knowledge and experiences with the lifting industry. We do not want to let too much out the bag yet, but in closing, we hope you are looking forwards to the exciting new developments and LEEASA’s benefits to come. Cheers to COVID-19, Cheers to 2020 and Cheers to 2021 - Have a safe and joyful festive season, and we hope to see you all return safely in the new year.

Yours in SAFE LIFTING, Ashley Davis and the rest of the LEEASA team.

Second Vice Chair: Ken Greenwood

Ordinary Members: Ian Gerrard

Ordinary Members: Kyle Graham


was loaded from where it was assembled onto a floating barge. The crane was moved into position at night so as not to disrupt the general public and surrounding businesses. The barge transported the bridge the following day before it was lifted and placed in position. “Lifting the bridge from the barge was challenging as we had to contend with movement from the water. Careful planning and precise communication between the rigger and operator was needed to ensure the lift was executed accurately and safely,” says van Staden.

Babcock swings into action at V&A Waterfront Babcock’s plant hire business was contracted by a long-standing client in the Steel and Construction industry to assist with the installation of a new swing bridge at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. A Liebherr LTM1400-7.1 mobile crane, with a maximum lifting capacity of 400 tons, was used to lift the new bridge into place. After opening and closing up to 60 times a day over 22 years, and carrying up to 2.4 million people per year, the existing swing bridge was no longer sufficient for the

increasing number of pedestrians. The replacement bridge is more than 40 metres long and 3 metres wide, with the mast section extending over 10 metres into the air. Je-T’aime van Staden, Customer Support Manager for Babcock, explains that the 78-ton bridge

The V&A Waterfront replacement swing bridge took top honours at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) 2020 Steel Awards, which was praised for “the combination and integration of mechanical, structural, marine, geotechnical, construction and architectural expertise to create a simple but beautiful structure that moves”. “As a trusted supplier of lifting machinery to the Construction and Steel industry, we are proud to have played a role in this award-winning project,” says van Staden. Babcock specialises in the provision of mobile crane services with lifting capacities from 8 to 600 tons, distributed nationally as well as cross border. The offering includes full turnkey services such as specialized rigging, crane trucks, abnormal transport, forklifts and project management to meet the needs of any small professional or large contractor.

Babcock, +27 (0) 10 001 0730,,


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Industrial equipment rental option trumps buying during pandemic

Since the start of lockdown in March this year, the EIE Group has noted a significant shift in customers choosing to rent material handling equipment rather than purchasing it outright. It’s a trend that is expected to continue as uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic persists. Operations director at EIE Group, Chantell Malherbe, says before lockdown, the company's business tracked at about 50% outright purchase versus 50% rental, a trend that has now swung to 70% rental versus 30% outright purchase. “This trend can largely be attributed to customers containing their capital expenditure in the face of a constantly shifting Covid-19 landscape. With infections on the rise in Europe again, businesses are being cautious and not making any assumptions about the pandemic.” She says the trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. “South African businesses know they cannot rule out another Covid-19 storm and possible lockdown, especially given what is currently happening in Europe. They are holding onto their cash for a rainy day and will continue to do so until the weather clears.” Weighing up the benefits of rental versus outright purchase, Malherbe says one is not necessarily better than the other. “It all depends on 8

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the position the company is in when it makes the decision. Most companies would prefer to retain cash for reinvestment in their core business and enjoy the flexibility that renting provides. “For businesses with low-utilisation operations, an outright purchase might be more beneficial, because they can sweat the asset for longer, whereas on a rental option, equipment is generally financed for a maximum of 72 months dependant on the application and utilisation,” she adds. A definite benefit of the rental model is that at the end of the contract term, the user can return the asset and get a new one or extend the contract for a further period depending on the usage hours of the forklift. Malherbe says while rental is trumping outright purchasing at the moment, there is still appetite for the latter. “Customers are asking us to quote on both options. What is also interesting is that banks are open to financing material handling

equipment at this time. “Often, the supplier of the unit also does the financing, but now we are seeing more customers purchasing machines with bank funding. From our own business’s point of view, it is better to have a 50/50 outright purchase versus rental scenario as we also need the liquidity,” she adds. Choosing to rent rather than buy ensures that your costs are generally fixed for the period of the contract. With the rental option customers have to sign up for a full maintenance contract, whereas with outright purchases maintenance contracts are an option. Malherbe cautions that businesses should be circumspect about the suppliers they choose to get their equipment from. “Partnering with suppliers with a good track record means getting quality equipment, backed up with easy accessibility to parts and maintenance, and thereby minimising the possibility of major downtime and associated

Also, EIE Group offers annual in-house load testing for lifting equipment (a regulatory requirement) and operator training. It also offers I-Site, a fleet management system developed by Toyota, which monitors driver behaviour and provides incidence and productivity reporting, allowing customers to determine their optimal fleet mix, measure

driver behaviour and equipment utilisation. “A fleet management system produces a huge amount of data and is only valuable if the business uses the data to operate more efficiently. Now, more than ever, larger companies are moving towards a fleet management system to monitor their equipment. It gives them visibility as to what is going on with their fleets, something that is difficult to manage from an office, especially with a larger fleet,” notes Malherbe. She says there are many factors to consider when investing in industrial equipment, however, choosing to rent or buy is largely dependent on the nature of the business and the financial position a company finds itself in when making the decision.

EIE Group, +27 (0)11 395 0600,,

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Sales Rental units Load Testing Independent inspections

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business disruption. Most customers do not factor in the cost of the machine standing idle while waiting to be repaired. “In EIE Group’s case, we hold an extensive range of parts and those that we don’t have are air freighted in. Whether they rent or buy, we are big enough to supply our customers with back-up machines if the parts have to come from our OEMs in Japan or elsewhere.”


Criterion Equipment's TCM forklift trucks ensure safe and dependable operation

Exclusive distributors of TCM forklift trucks in southern Africa works closely with companies in almost every sector, including specialists in the FastMoving Consumer Goods (FMCG) business. “FMCG companies - which operate in a highly-competitive environment, in terms of constant price, quality and delivery pressures – demand the assurance of dependable materials handling and logistics systems, to ensure optimum productivity - from the handling of raw materials to the dispatch of finished goods,” says Brenton Kemp, Managing Director of Criterion Equipment, part of Capital Equipment Group of Invicta Holdings Limited. “Packaging integrity of consumer products is critical, which is why extra care must be taken during the transportation and storage of goods that will be placed on supermarket or pharmacy shelves. Damage to products and packaging during transport or storage compromises 10

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the quality of goods that consumers expect and are usually rejected, which is an unnecessary cost to the manufacturer or distributor.” “The Criterion team has a thorough understanding of the importance of efficient handling in manufacturing processes and warehousing, coupled with the integrated logistics strategy in each FMCG business. The company offers an advisory service to ensure investment in the correct forklift truck, that is best suited for every operation.” The suitable forklift must be used to receive and transport raw materials and goods, quickly, safely and efficiently, without damage to the product or packaging, during handling. “Machine selection is based on the

layout of the manufacturing plant and warehouse facility, where there may be narrow aisles, which limit forklift movement and a vertically stacked storage system that may require an electrically operated machine to lift goods safely from a height. If goods are stored on a horizontal rack, this may necessitate another model of forklift. “In addition to correct forklift selection, it is important to introduce a professional operator training programme and to implement a structured maintenance programme to ensure the extended service life of every machine.” A success story for Criterion Equipment is the long association


with a leading FMCG company, specialising in the manufacture and supply of well-known and trusted brands of feminine hygiene products. This was also the first company in South Africa to invest in the TCM STW14T-B straddle stacker, in 2018. According to this KwaZulu-Natalbased company, they invested in TCM forklifts because of the brand’s reputation for durable, well-priced machines, which are enhanced by dependable support from the Criterion Equipment team. At a time in the FMCG industry, when ‘cost vs quality’ is critical and trade is increasingly difficult, businesses are focusing on costsaving projects. Key factors in material handling equipment selection include economical performance, easy operation, safety, simplified maintenance and dependable support of the supplier. This FCMG’s fleet of eco-friendly TCM machines comprises two FG25T3C forklifts and two STW14T-B straddle stackers, which are used for receiving, dispatch and movement of raw materials and finished goods. Every product that reaches the shelf must adhere to pristine standards demanded by the retail sector, in terms of product and packaging integrity. This company, which has been recognised locally for meeting stringent global industry standards, values product quality, costefficiency and customer satisfaction and is constantly looking to expand its product range.

Criterion Equipment’s range comprises all models of TCM forklift trucks, covering most forklift classes. These include Internal Combustion (IC) counter-balance trucks, electric counterbalance trucks, reach trucks, powered pallet trucks and rough terrain forklifts. Mast configurations vary from standard two-stage 3-metre masts to high-reach threestage masts. Criterion Equipment’s national workshop facilities, which stock original TCM replacement parts, are equipped with the latest

equipment to guarantee every machine adheres to original manufacturing standards. The TCM range is designed for high efficiency, safe operation, low maintenance requirements and extended service life. These machines are used in diverse industries, including warehousing and logistics, manufacturing, packaging, agriculture, construction, mining and general industry. Criterion Equipment (Pty) Ltd, +27 (0) 11-966-9700,,

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The safe handling of wind energy cargoes in the port introduction

60.4 GW of wind energy was installed at locations around the world – an increase of 19 percent compared to installations in 2018. Total capacity for wind energy globally stood at over 651 GW by the end of 2019, 10 percent higher than the total in 2018. Looking ahead, the latest Global Wind Report from the Global Wind Energy Council forecasts that over 355 GW of new capacity will be added between 2020 and 2024; that equates to nearly 71 GW of new installations each year until 2024. Furthermore, while the Covid-19 pandemic has been disrupting the industry during 2020, wind energy could play a key role in boosting the global economy in the postCovid-19 world. The supply chain that supports the movement of wind energy components from factory to wind farm will find itself in growing demand – and the various stakeholders and their employees will be under increasing pressure to deliver services both swiftly and safely. This white paper considers some of the challenges and changes facing the supply chain, and how these can be met, with insight from the Port of Vancouver USA about how the organization is moving forward 12

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to remain an efficient and reliable option for the distribution of wind energy products across North America.

on vessels, where there isn't much room for error. We couldn't do the business that we do today without those cranes."

Challenges and changes One of the main difficulties inherent in the movement of wind energy components is that wind turbine blades, while not particularly heavy, have grown tremendously in length, from around 50’ (15m) in the industry’s early days to 250’ (76m) – or more – today.

Ports also need substantial areas of land to marshal and store wind energy components until it is time to deliver them to the project site. It may even be necessary to reconfigure the port to accommodate such large items, to transport them safely from the quay to a laydown area. The Port of Vancouver USA provides abundant laydown space for the management of the largest wind components coming into North America today.

Offshore blades are especially long; those that form part of GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW turbines measure 107m. Appropriate equipment is essential to the successful transportation of such pieces. For instance, Alex Strogen, chief commercial officer at the Port of Vancouver USA, points out: “We have two Liebherr mobile harbour cranes – each with 140-metric ton lift capacity – which affords us a high level of dexterity when lifting blades from tight stowage areas

Another challenge is that nacelles – the heaviest part of the turbine – are becoming bigger and heavier as manufacturers build ever-larger turbines. Ports must ensure that they can stage nacelles: the ground must be stable enough to take their weight, and the staging area must be within reach of suitable heavy lift cranes so that the nacelles can be loaded onto trucks for onward

and all of their associated parts is an important way in which the port adds value to the wind energy supply chain.

Principal high-risk processes When it comes to safety in handling wind energy components, there are two sides to the coin: the safety of the personnel handling the pieces, and the safety of the components themselves.

4) The final lift onto the truck for onward transportation to the job site. Once again, the pieces must be properly secured during the lift, and then lashed appropriately to the truck to minimise the risk of the load falling or the truck overturning during its journey. Naturally, the trucking companies at the port have their part to play in the safe movement of wind turbine components. That includes the drivers, as Erik Zander, director of sales at Omega Morgan, outlines. “We run all our employees through the trailers,” he says. “When we hire a driver, they start with servicing the rig; next they will become a tillerman on the rig, then a front pilot on the rig, then a passenger in the truck, a driver in the truck supervised by another driver and finally they will be in their truck.

The Port of Vancouver USA focuses on several key points in the manoeuvring of wind energy components from ship to shore that involve an especially high risk to workers and load alike. These include: 1) The removal of lashing from the components – longshoremen must climb to substantial heights to complete this task and should be provided with the appropriate safety gear, such as harnesses. Weather conditions such as high winds or rain may make this operation more hazardous. 2) The unloading of components from a vessel – lifting them from vessel to truck, and securing them for their onward journey. Lifting long items such as wind turbine blades requires the use of two cranes in tandem, a complex operation. Improperly secured loads may fall, causing injury or death as well as damage to the load and any nearby equipment. Incorrect slinging can result in cranes overturning. The wind load on components such as turbine blades must also be taken into account.

“This approach allows the driver, who ultimately is responsible for the load and the crew working with him, to understand each position and associated responsibility of the transport.” Summing up, Strogen observes: “It’s a balancing act to move these large pieces through an inherently busy industrial environment. Damage causes delays and the lead time to get a replacement component is significant. If you were to break a wind blade, you would have to go back to Asia and have a new one

made, put it on a ship and have it shipped across the Pacific Ocean – and all the while, the end customer is applying a late delivery (LD) penalty, which tends to be pretty substantial.” Best practice The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outlines best practice for handling marine cargo, including heavy and outsize components, in its, ‘Guidelines for Workplace Safety and Health Programs in the Marine Terminal and Longshoring Industries.’ Equivalent bodies elsewhere, such as the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, provide similar advice. Also, manufacturers like Siemens Gamesa provide manuals for the safe handling of components and are themselves a 'go-to' for safe handling processes throughout the supply chain. The OEMs work hard to align their processes with federal and state regulations to avoid conflicts that would put service providers in a difficult position. There is, however, some variation from one manufacturer to another, as each manufacturer’s unique design has specific requirements. “A lot of focus is necessary to make sure everyone is using the correct procedure for each piece,” Strogen observes. “We have daily morning briefings before operations start to address this and make sure the labour teams all understand exactly what they need to do for each component."

3) The removal (if necessary) of the steel fixtures that secure towers or blades on a vessel during their voyage and their replacement with other fittings to enable onward transportation by truck or rail. This can be a complex and dangerous operation. Each turbine manufacturer has its own specially designed fixtures, with multiple components comprising each fixture. The responsibility of understanding how each of the different fixture types is assembled and disassembled lies with the ports and stevedores. Strogen notes that the safeguarding of the fixtures Lifting Africa - Nov/Dec 2020



transport when required. At the Port of Vancouver USA, the most stable area is kept available exclusively for heavy components.


We track near misses as well as incidents. We examine these incidents and see if the employee followed the SOP, and if so, whether the incident could have been avoided. If the answer is no, then we add a step into the SOP to address the near-miss, intending to try to constantly improve." Connections China and the US remain the world’s largest onshore wind markets, together accounting for more than 60 percent of new capacity in 2019. China is also a major producer of wind energy components. At the Port of Vancouver USA, for instance, Asia is the primary origin for wind energy cargoes, with China and South Korea topping the list – although more and more components are coming from Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia.

Plus, trucking companies have personnel on-site at the Port of Vancouver USA to act as coordinators between the port authority, stevedores, the labour force and the trucking company itself. This is very helpful, Strogen says. “It ensures we are all on the same page. It is becoming standard practice, as it is evident that these people are really valuable.” Zander adds that working as a team to plan the handling of wind turbine blades and other large components is essential to success. “We start early with the ports and stevedores to make sure we develop a plan that works for everyone and leverages each other’s strengths,” he says. The Port of Vancouver USA’s labour force has a depth of experience that enables it to handle wind energy components safely. For instance, Jones Stevedoring has trained ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) members in the handling of these items and has also identified a route that avoids undue distractions between the vessel and the laydown area. 14

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Nonetheless, despite the most diligent preparation and care during handling, incidents can still occur and must be recorded and reported to the OEM. In the case of a minor event, the component can be repaired and sent on its way to the project site. Where significant damage or an injury has occurred, Strogen says: “We hold a virtual meeting with the OEM to analyze what happened. If the incident happened despite compliance with the prescribed processes, then it may be necessary to adjust the process. If someone involved in handling the piece didn't follow the process, then we need to check that everyone understands what the right process is to prevent a recurrence." Other stakeholders take a similar approach. Omega Morgan, for instance, has a standard operating procedure (SOP) that Zander describes as a “living document”. He explains: "This document is the basis for how operations need to go from Port to Pad. It is consistently being updated.

(The port is 15 voyage days from its Asian counterparts, whereas shipping via the Panama Canal and Gulf ports takes 31 days and is more costly to boot.) Those imported pieces go on to destinations across the Pacific Northwest. For instance, components brought into the Port of Vancouver USA have been transported to projects in Eastern Oregon and Washington for Siemens Gamesa and General Electric, scheduled for completion in 2020. Others were bound for Potentia Renewables’ Gold South Wind Project site in Saskatchewan, Canada (see case study), which is due to come online in 2021. Strogen is confident of a strong future for wind energy as the industry continues to evolve. "To generate more power, it is necessary to use bigger components. Many of the optimal sites are now saturated so the energy companies are looking at sites with lower wind speeds, where larger towers and blades are required. Ports have to keep up." It is not just ports that are under pressure: the entire supply chain is working to facilitate the safe and efficient transport of wind energy cargoes.

One effort in this direction is the Columbia River High, Wide and Heavy Corridor: a multi-modal route that enables access from Columbia River ports to inland destinations in North America, with an emphasis on heavy and outsized shipments. Strogen observes: “The High Wide and Heavy (HWH) Corridor will have longterm benefits not only for wind power projects but for general infrastructure, providing an alternative to the usual route via the Gulf Coast to Houston and onward from there. The aim is to provide a level of certainty for EPCs, forwarders and OEMs and an alternative means to access the US Pacific Northwest and Canada – without having to go through Houston.” That access to Canada is an important differentiator as a part of the Port of Vancouver USA’s strategy.

The port has been working for several years to penetrate the Canadian market; its expertise in handling wind energy components and other heavy cargoes destined for locations in the northwestern US is equally relevant for Canadabound shipments. Plus, the Port of Vancouver USA has certain advantages over its competitors across the border. Products like the Goldwind wind turbine blades that came through the port during 2020 are extremely large and Canadian ports do not have the necessary clearances to handle them. Having plentiful acreage adjacent to the water (such as the Port of Vancouver USA’s Terminal 5 facility) offers another huge advantage when handling large components of this type. Strogen points out: "One of the most expensive elements of the wind energy supply chain is trucking because there is a limited supply of suitable vehicles and drivers with the right skills and experience. Therefore, we need to keep things moving efficiently. Our role is the velocity of cargo – the expeditious movement of freight." The flexibility afforded by the Port of Vancouver USA's waterfront laydown space helps the port to play that role without putting

pressure on customers to move their cargo off the dock before the next vessel arrives. Wind energy components can be staged right there, and shippers can structure their trucking capacity in a way that makes sense not only for the job site but also for the permits that are available to take those components out onto the highways for their onward journey. Interstate 5, the main north/south West Coast road freight route between Canada and Mexico, is located just two miles from the port; and 10 miles away is Interstate 84, a major regional east/west freight route. Pipeline project Of course, wind energy is not the sole industry benefiting from the Port of Vancouver USA’s proximity to Canada. It has also been handling shipments for the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which transports oil products through Alberta, British Columbia and Washington State and is currently undergoing a major expansion that will enter service in 2022. Here, again, the port offers advantages over Canadian alternatives. For instance, its berth availability enables ships to enter and leave the port without delay, while plenty of acreage means customers are not under pressure to move pipes out to project sites immediately. Strogen notes: “There are only so many rail cars that are suitable and available at any one time for the transportation of pipes, and the project site can only cope with a limited number at a time too, so it takes several weeks to deliver all the pipes to the job site.” Similar to the handling of wind energy, appropriate equipment is vital to facilitating pipeline shipments. The Port of Vancouver USA has all the necessary equipment, such as special grabs that can grip the pipes without harming the external coating that is an essential part of their structural integrity.

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Zander at Omega Morgan says: "With components continuing to get bigger you are now seeing transportation companies utilize a combination of road, river and rail to deliver components for projects. I see the inland river system starting to get leveraged more to help alleviate congestion on normal truck routes, as well as de-risk some projects from some of the typical roadblocks you see in over-the-road (OTR) trucking."


Who is responsible for your crane inspections?

So who is responsible for your annual assessment, load test and thorough examination of your lifting machine? According to the occupational health and safety act of 1993 under the definition, it states, quote “user” about plant or machinery, means the person who uses plant or machinery for his benefit or who has the right of control over the use of plant or machinery, but does not include a lessor of, or any person employed in connection with, that plant or machinery” Therefore, it appears to be left up to the user to determine whether a lifting machinery inspector is not only certified but also knowledgeable and qualified to perform the task. The LMI may be ECSA certified and qualified to do one thing but not necessarily qualified for something else. For this particular example, we will use a mobile crane, however, this example applies to most if not all pieces of lifting equipment. The lifting machinery inspectors are responsible for cranes assessment, load test and thorough examination of the crane based 16

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on their knowledge, experience, manufacturer’s guidelines, regulations and standards applicable to the specific type of crane. All ECSA registered inspectors have limitations and the user needs to know what those limitations are to be able to determine whether the LMI fits the category of a knowledgeable and qualified person for a specific type of crane or lifting machine. For example, an LMI may be very capable and “qualified” to inspect certain types of small telescopic-boom cranes with fly jib attachments but may not have the knowledge or background experience to inspect a large 500ton telescopic boom crane with a super lift configuration. This also applies to lattice-boom cranes, particularly to friction type lattice cranes. Qualification to undertake the assessment, load test and undertake a thorough examination of all crane types takes many years of experience and training. Of course, when an accident

happens one of the first things the Department of Labour and insurance companies will look at is what procedures were in place and who the certified LMI and LME were. Bear in mind that when the user is contracting an LMI/LME, among other things he/she has to ask the right questions of the lifting machinery inspector as to satisfy himself that this is a knowledgeable and qualified LMI and provides the user with sufficient proof of experience. How can you check the LMI’s credentials? • Ask to see his/her ECSA and DoL certifications as well as their scope of work issued by the DoL. • Ask what type of cranes/lifting machines they have previously inspected • Ensure that the inspector knows the names of all parts of the crane. If not, this is a sign that the inspector is not very experienced. • Inquire about rejection criteria for crane specific components such as wire rope, sheaves, hooks etc. For

Of course, the supervising engineer has to be at least as competent as the inspector and should be able to answer the above positively. However, there are organizations that the user can contact for guidance.

Unfortunately, I think that some of us all know someone who has conducted inspections when they had no idea what they were looking at. One reason this continues to happen is that too often the user (safety managers and equipment managers) may never see the LMI’s report of the load test and thorough examination after it is completed. They just assume because the crane was inspected and has a test certificate it must be safe for use. General contractors (user) need to ask hard questions to make sure the process (and the information) does not break down somewhere between the load test, thorough examination and the equipment manager. Remember it is the user that is ultimately responsible to ensure that the LMI is knowledgeable and qualified to undertake the task.


example, a crane inspector should know how many broken wires are allowed in a wire rope and it’s construction, how much wear is allowed in the rotation bearing, how much wear in the hooks before they must be removed from service. Without this knowledge, just what kind of inspection can he provide? • Ask about the regulations about crane inspection. The inspector needs to know which regulations and standards apply and be familiar with them. • Ask about the specialized equipment being used during the inspection. How will he/she check the rotation bearing, internal inspection of the wire rope, the deflection of the boom and how the cranes rated capacity indicator/ limiter is tested and at what crane configurations will it be tested? This is just an extremely small example of some critical crane components. • Ask for a copy of the risk assessment plan, test load lift plans and toolbox talk. • Ask for the company’s liability insurance.

Finally, truly professional lifting machine inspectors are confident that they have undertaken the assessment, load tested and thoroughly examined a crane in its entirety and they do not cut corners. Slipshod inspections help no one and can hurt the profession as a whole. Each qualified and competent crane lifting machinery inspector doing his or her job well helps to raise awareness in the crane/lifting machinery industry of the importance of quality inspections. Cranemec Group S.A, +27 (0) 16 366 1393,,

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Think out of the box, embracing a new normal

2020 will go down in history as a year unlike any other. As the world came to a nearly complete shutdown due to the outbreak of Covid-19, businesses had to think out of the box, embracing a new normal. Lifting Africa spoke to Trevor Herbert, Head of Distribution at Scaw South Africa, about the year that was and the one to come. If asked to describe 2020 no-one would be surprised if the answer was difficult. Herbert does not disagree. “Our business was not spared and like most other companies in the country were hard hit,” says Herbert. “There was no avoiding the challenges and businesses faced some serious headwinds this year. It was a tough year.” What was pleasing, however, was the rapid recovery the company saw following the lifting of level 5 lockdown. “We came out of the stringent lockdown in April and immediately started to see a ramp-up in business and while there was a month or so that it levelled out, it has been incredibly positive overall and we have seen a constant increase in demand. It is a trend that we hope to see continue in 2021.” As a producer of a diverse range of high-quality steel products, with a global reach through its various operations around the world, finding its feet as quickly as possible after the initial lockdown was important. Herbert says much effort has gone into creating a stable operating environment for employees and continuing to ensure customer demands are met. “As a lifting company, several of the industries that we service were heavily affected. There has been a steady recovery in most of these industries and demand for our products steadily increased over the past few months across the board in the different sectors we serve. Mining, for example, was hard hit by the lockdown and the outbreak of the coronavirus, but even this sector is steadily coming back online.” He says one of the biggest boons during the past few months has been the company’s manufacturing ability. This reduced a large part of our dependency on the exchange rate. The crisis undoubtedly highlighted the benefits of local production, says Herbert. “Our local manufacturing ability did help us to weather the storm better than what we would have been able to do if we were only importing products.” Tackling challenges One of the biggest challenges in recent months for most producers has been the availability of steel. Local producers such as JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa publicly battled critical shortages of steel products which in turn negatively impacted the building and construction and manufacturing sectors. 18

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“This did impact somewhat on us,” says Herbert. “The bulk of our product, however, is drawn from our parent company. There was some demand that we needed to source locally and it has been challenging as there have been massive shortages.” For local manufacturing to thrive a solid supply chain is critical. Herbert believes boosting and encouraging more local production is necessary especially in the steel production industry. The challenges with sourcing steel abroad are plenty, he says advocating for local supply assurance. “It can’t be picked up as quickly and the nature of the product being heavy it comes with several logistical challenges as well.” Just as important, he says, is that local manufacturers deliver a quality product that is competitive with imports. “Our company will continue to invest in our local manufacturing capability. It is part of the bigger company ethos of encouraging local manufacturing as much as possible.” With this in mind, money is continuously being ploughed back into the factories of which the key facilities are all located in Johannesburg and surrounds providing proximity to key African mining locations and industrial centres. Growing footprint Owned by the Barnes Group for the past two and a half years major efforts have gone into stabilizing the business. With a firm strategy in place to grow its footprint both locally as well as internationally a tremendous amount of time and resources has been ploughed into the factories delivering world-class facilities. Training has taken centre stage within the company as it has set out to ensure it has the right people in place to grow the business. “We are cautiously optimistic for 2021,” says Herbert. “Our approach is one of not lying down in challenging times, but rather to get out there and find the business. Of course, this is easier said than done, but thanks to the backing of our shareholder we have the necessary support to push forward.” Plans for 2021 include increasing export volumes both regionally and internationally to Europe, the US as well as the East. “Sales and training will remain vitally important in our business. We place a lot of emphasis on our team being well trained in our products.”

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New generation rotary telehandler range From Bobcat Inspired by the company’s ‘Next is Now’ philosophy, Bobcat has announced a major new devel-opment 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 Europe-an 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. Olivier Traccucci, Bobcat Telehandler Senior Product Manager, said: “Our new rotary tele-handler range offers an expanded model selection and increased lifting heights and lifting ca-pacities. The new range offers cutting-edge technology that continues the theme of reinvention that is at the core of our ‘Next is Now’ philosophy. 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 20

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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 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. Navi-gating 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 remote-ly 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 keep-ing the emissions on zero levels and providing noiseless operation. By connecting the machine to an external electricity supply (380 V), this provides power for the machine, al-lowing it to perform all normal lifting and load positioning operations. A 15 kW electric mo-tor and a 90 litre/min piston pump guarantee the performance and precision required for every movement.

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Advanced hoist and crane technology brings success for Konecranes

Konecranes recently installed their C Series electric chain hoist at a local rail company’s brake and motor assembly line. The C Series chain hoist will be utilised in conjunction with a jib crane at the assembly workshop and was required to give a lifting capacity of 320 kg. “The C Series was only recently launched in South Africa, so we are particularly delighted to see it in action on a production floor so quickly. Konecranes, through the advanced features of the C Series, now offers customers a state-ofthe-art electric chain hoist that will make a major difference at customer’s lifting facilities”.” said Emil Berning, Managing Director, Konecranes, South Africa. The local rail company had been looking for a new electric chain hoist that could offer greater safety features, more production reliability and uptime while keeping maintenance stoppages to a minimum and being cost-efficient. The hoist boasts a redesigned motor cooling system, offers up to a 50% longer runtime and a brake built for over a million operations. Improved safety features comprise an operating limit switch and safety clutch that have been enhanced for a safer and better performance and reliability. The C-series has been ‘built smart’ with the precision and reliability of the company’s Core of Lifting components. It is the most advanced electric chain hoist available, offering a lifting capability of up to 5,000 kg. The C-series brings more control and mobility to working areas due to its more compact hoist shape. 22

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In another coup for Konecranes, Italian-based InoxPlus, who assemble and handle stainless steel and electromechanical components for the construction and machinery industries, recently took possession of a Konecranes S Series overhead crane with a newly designed Compact Box. The S Series crane includes Konecrane’s unique synthetic wire rope hoist. The synthetic wire rope hoist gives a barb free operation, safer handling and easier load carrying as well as reduced maintenance costs. The S Series with the Compact Box offers benefits such as outside welds for ease of inspection, a sliding connection for smooth movement on runways. The synthetic rope suits InoxPlus’ applications by giving a gentler handling of steel sheets and cleaner operation. Compared to conventional ropes, the synthetic rope has superior resistance and lifespan. The Konecranes Compact Box is a new main girder type with a modular structure making transportation far easier. Precision and the rope angle features were other elements of the S Series overhead crane that impressed InoxPlus. The S Series overhead crane has application from aerospace to laboratory clean

rooms and engine assemblies, in fact practically every manufacturing industry requiring reliable and costefficient crane equipment. Berning said “Konecranes has always subscribed to the philosophy that continuous investment into research and development will deliver the desired improved performance and enhanced safety where the customer requires it most, in operation on the factory floor. Our cranes and associated lifting equipment offer just that, across the range”. “The C Series electric chain hoist and the S Series overhead crane with synthetic rope are but two of our latest unique and innovative offerings. Our synthetic rope hoist is now the benchmark in the industry. Through a major re-design, our S-series gives a stepless hoisting movement and the synthetic wire rope makes lifting more precise with enhanced control”. “Despite the current restrictions impacting upon live demonstrations of cranes and rope hoists, we are on track to be able to offer our customers ‘online live crane demonstrations’ via our newly launched Live Channel shortly. Another Konecranes innovation” concluded Berning. Konecranes,

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New and futuristic concepts are fast changing the face of the crane industry Speaking during a recent hoisting conference Christina Lanham, Managing Director of ITI showcased how virtual reality was impacting positively on overhead crane simulation training. Simulation has been used in the aviation industry as a training tool since as early as 1917. Whilst these early (and very crude) simulators look nothing like their modern-day counterparts they proved to be extremely effective in providing the necessary training for pilots – an approach that holds to this day. “There are numerous benefits to simulation,” says Lanham. “Providing real-life experience learners can gain first-hand knowledge of tools, programmes and devices in a simulated environment without any of the risks involved in it were happening for real.” There is immediate feedback for participants and the entire experience is often considered to allow for far more knowledge retention. IN the current economic environment the advantages of reduced cost and time are just as noteworthy. “Simulation training today looks very different to what it did a hundred years ago,” says Lanham explaining how ongoing research and development is delivering a better product all the time. 24

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Last year in the United States virtual reality was introduced into a pilot training programme. “The result was that within four months 13 of the participating 30 students were ready to sign off as pilots in a programme that typically takes a minimum of 12 months.” Virtual reality, she says, is a gamechanger in the simulation industry whether it is being used to train pilots or crane operators. “ It not only shortens the period of training but is a huge cost saving.” She says the application of virtual reality in a variety of training programmes is possible from learning how to spray paint ships to assembling engines. “There is much potential in the overhead crane industry because this is an industry where mistakes are not only costly but can be fatal.” Why use simulators at all There is much to be said for allowing students to learn in safeto-fail environments, says Lanham. “More so, one can do training without having to stop a crane from operating. All the cranes remain operational even if there is training happening.” Allowing cranes to

remain at work while training happens is a major boon. “Lost production is one of the massive costs that have to be considered. New operators are also not endangering themselves or other employees by working on a live crane while still learning. It truly does allow an operator to fail safely and to try again until they get it right.” Another reason to use simulators for overhead crane operator training is that one can train to critical failures that cannot be replicated in any live situation. “Mistakes can be costly, but at worst fatal. With a simulator training can happen with no harm coming to any person or damage to equipment.” Virtual reality, she says, adds to the benefits of simulation. “Firstly, it offers a 360-degree environment. Once you put on the headset you have an entire world in front of you. It is very immersive training and because this is happening at a higher level, the training is taking place at a higher level.” More so, training is appropriate and capability is

“You have very lifelike simulations that can happen with virtual reality. We are watching the evolution of the software and it is clear that it is only improving.” More recently the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) suggested there may be potential for the use of virtual reality technology in delivering exams to crane operators. This follows a study conducted over an eightmonth period that tracked the performance of a group of NCCCO certification candidates taking crane operator certification exams on actual cranes as well as via VR-

simulation. The results indicated that the VR test had a highly reliable measure for predicting a passing score on an actual crane. The likelihood of a candidate passing the VR test but failing the subsequent parallel test on an actual crane was 5.5%. And the likelihood that a candidate would get the same pass/fail score on both the VR test and the actual crane 0.87%. “This study has significant implications for the way virtual reality is viewed in the professional assessment community,” said Wallace Judd,

who designed and authored the study, adding, “and in that respect, it is truly ground-breaking.” The fact is, says Lanham, with virtual reality one just hits reset and the equipment is back to an optimum level and the training can start all over again. “Virtual reality helps reduce the physical footprint while vastly increasing and improving the simulated environment. It is undoubtedly the way of the future.”

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ensure long before using the actual equipment. This process allows for any existing skills gaps to be identified and addressed, while the entire simulation process ensures that hundreds of scenarios can be practised that could never be done whilst training on an actual crane.


Cape Town crane company ready for Western Cape uptick BB Cranes, the Cape Town-based lifting equipment manufacturer, is to deliver two 4-ton, 5-metre span underslung cranes to Zandvliet Wastewater Treatment Works. To be installed in new upper and lower screw-pump stations that will form part of the plant’s expansion, both machines have been ergonomically designed to facilitate manual control of the long-travel, cross-travel and lift. They follow earlier delivery of a 4-ton, 14,7-metre span doublegirder electric overhead travelling crane for the dewatering building, and two articulated hoists for the poly-storeroom and service-water pump station. All five machines were ordered from BB Cranes by PCI Africa, one of the continent’s leading water technology designers and contractors, and the company managing the multi-million Rand expansion of Zandvliet’s daily capacity from 72 million to 90 million litres. Commissioning of several sections of the project already underway will take place in 2021. Zandvliet Wastewater Treatment Works is responsible for the southern parts of Kuils River, Delft, Blackheath, Blackheath Industria, Blue Downs, Eerste River, De Wijnlanden, Thembokwezi, Mxolisi Phetani and Khayelitsha. 26

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For the cranes that its expansion needs, there are paint and other anti-corrosion specifications unique to the operating environment. BB Cranes has worked closely with PCI Africa for the past three years to tailor its product to meet these requirements. Beyond the recent deliveries and orders, the two companies have together submitted tenders for lifting equipment required by several other pump station projects in the Western Cape, as well as – beyond South Africa’s borders – Botswana and Namibia. BB Cranes, majority-owned by Condra since 2016, was formed in 1992 to marry locally manufactured overhead crane girders and electrification systems to components from Condra’s Johannesburg factory. Today, the localised crane assembly offered by this Cape Town manufacturer provides Western Cape customers with ready access to local supply and technical support unaffected by exchange rate fluctuations. The company is working towards ISO 9000 certification, assisted by Condra which is already certified to

this standard. BB Cranes’ traditional emphasis on delivering world-class cranes offered from within Cape Town and backed by rapid, effective technical support, remains a core value. “Although Condra helps with design, BB Cranes remains focused on localised employment and regional customers within the Western Cape,” said company general manager Stephen Brink. Expanding on the recent orders for Zandvliet, he said that the company was ready for an anticipated increase in demand for cranes, hoists and other lifting equipment associated with pump station upgrades and the need for increased wastewater purification capacity. “We are close to the site, our facilities are top-notch, and BB Cranes’ sales support and aftersales technical service teams are already trained and in place,” Brink said. “We are looking forward to an increase in business.” Condra (Pty) Ltd, +27 11 776-6000,,

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Demag the kingpin of universal cranes

In over 200 years of crane manufacture and supply, Demag’s range of universal cranes still offer a superior lifting option that is hard to dispute, especially with over 800,000 Demag cranes installed in over 60 countries with 63,000 remote connections. “Demag’s universal cranes offer the largest range in the industry and come with a pedigree that is applauded around the world. The high level of certainty of quality, efficiency and reliability associated with Demag is without question one of its most striking features. Customer performance expectations are easily met and maintained, the safety of the equipment is outstanding due to its unique SafeControl control system and compliance with Crane Safety Function Performance Level d” said Demag Managing Director, Emil Berning.

component results from of decades of crane expertise. The Demag product portfolio includes single and double-girder overhead travelling cranes and suspension cranes.

load capacity for a low deadweight. Their innovative crane geometry also provides for extremely good travel characteristics, which minimises wear on the end carriages and crane runway. The load hook can be raised between the two crane girders, which allows large lifting heights to be achieved.

The universal crane gives optimal adaptation to the building geometry and the best possible configuration is ensured for every application due to the high variety of crane types and possible connections. The topmounted crane bridges make installation easier whilst the double girder overhead travelling cranes maximise coverage of available floor space due to improved crosstravel approach dimensions.

Besides universal cranes with welded box-section girders, Demag also offers solutions with rolled steel sections. The tailored wall-mounted travelling cranes and crane sets are based on standardised components to meet specific customer application requirements. “Our Demag V-type crane due to its tapered diaphragm joints offers a reduced oscillation by up to 30%, 17% less deadweight and up to 500,000 changes of load giving it a longer service life. It really has revolutionised load handling” said Berning. With 55% less surface area exposed to wind, maximum stability of load bearing parts and improved safety due to greater light, the V-type offers significantly improved efficiency for handling loads and higher handling rates than conventional box-section girders.

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Berning said “Without a doubt Demag cranes are well known for their uncompromising quality. We are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-performance and reliable industrial cranes, crane components and drives which are complimented by our comprehensive range of smart solutions for material flow and logistics needs. When you think Demag, you think maximum safety, reliability and innovation. We are a company committed to the supply of a superior and high safety performance throughout our product offerings” concluded Berning.

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The correct tool for the job The Nylacast Big Foot crane outrigger pad has been utilised as a key safety product for major crane hire companies and operators for many decades. Nylacast Big Foot was developed in conjunction with industrial demand, where a need arose for a reliable, strong and safe crane outrigger pad. The pad needed to be made from tough, affordable material, strong enough to withstand heavy load yet still be light and easily manoeuvrable by users. Stable support for crane outriggers is essential for safe operation. With Nylacast Big Foot you can be sure you are using the correct tool for the job. Unfortunately, the capsizing of cranes can occur and cause significant injuries and fatalities.

Many of these accidents are caused by operators using inappropriate materials or the use of no crane pads at all. When weighing up the small cost involved in providing stable support for the outriggers and preventing damage to the ground surface, in comparison to the high capital equipment costs involved with cranes, Nylacast Big Foot makes perfect sense. MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY To demonstrate the strength and recovery of Nylacast Big Foot in comparison to standard PE crane mats, two tests were conducted

utilising the same size sample of each material, 250mm x 50mm x 25mm. Each material was put under the same load (3080 N), this resulted in the PE 500 Confetti material having 25mm flex, with Nylacast’s Big Foot material only flexing 6.5mm. Each sample was then photographed after 5 seconds of the load being lifted from the pad sample. Whilst the PE 500 Confetti remained curved and deformed the Nylacast Big Foot material recovered instantly with significantly less deformation. A second test was conducted to investigate how much load is needed for Nylacast’s Big Foot material to flex to 25mm. This resulted in being 11,802 N which is 3.8 times more load than the 3080 N it took to flex the PE 500 Confetti to 25mm. The results of this test should only be used to serve as a comparison between materials. The tests were conducted in laboratory conditions, real-life environment, equipment and load conditions may vary from user to user. Nylacast SA (Pty) Ltd, +27 (0) 11 397 7077,,


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World premiere: three new machines and one new design Innovations have been the driving force at Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH from the very beginning. The year 2020 is no exception. Product developments are in full swing. Three new machines from the fields deep foundation, material handling and lifting could be unveiled in an online presence. What was striking about it: all models gleam in a new design. Design All colour compositions in the latest generation combine the classic

Liebherr yellow with new black, grey and white accents. The design reflects how long-standing tradition and company values unite with advanced technologies. The elegant colour scheme prevails through all product groups and lends the machines a distinctive look and immediate recognition. The new design focuses on an even higher level of safety emphasised, above all, by improved platforms and railings on the upper-carriage. Thanks to the additional addon wing for mounting lights or cameras, the design is more flexible on the whole. Inside the new cabin, the operator experiences immediately how the overall concept fits harmoniously together: reduced noise, panoramic view and pure operator comfort. This is achieved through a modern air-conditioning system with improved airflow, an optimised field of vision and an orthopaedic operator’s seat with integrated heating and cooling. Additional safety is provided by the stone protection, even in the toughest of applications.


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Deep Foundation– LRB 23: The Continuation of a Success Story The compact piling and drilling rig type LRB 23 closes the gap between the LRB 16 and the long-proven LRB 355. The new all-rounder for deep foundation work offers an impressive engine output of 600 kW and so delivers the necessary capacity for all common deep foundation work, such as drilling with a Kelly drill, double rotary drill, full displacement equipment and continuous flight auger, as well as soil mixing and applications with a vibrator or hydraulic hammer. Its compact design allows for transportation of the LRB 23 in one piece, so simplifying mobilisation between job sites. The remote control simplifies the loading process for transportation as well as the assembly of the machine. The advantages of the rigid leader are proven in operation. As it can withstand high torques even Kelly drilling is possible, which is unique for a machine of this size! The rotary drive BAT 300 delivers a maximum torque of 300 kNm.


Locking of the Kelly bar’s telescopic sections is made significantly easier with the aid of the Kelly visualization system in the LRB 23. Thanks to the real-time display of the Kelly bar’s locking recesses on the cabin monitor, the operator is permanently informed about the actual distance to the next locking recess. Colour indications inform when the bar can be locked. Furthermore, false positioning of the Kelly bar during the shakeoff process is indicated through a warning signal. During continuous flight auger drilling, the concreting process is automated thanks to the drilling assistant. All assistance systems contribute to time savings, higher availability of the machine and a significant increase in safety during operation. The newly designed piling and drilling rig convince through precision, high performance and long service life. Material Handling – HS 8070.1: The All-Rounder: Versatile and Flexible With the brand new HS 8070.1, Liebherr unveils the newest generation of duty cycle crawler cranes. The machine has a lifting capacity of 70 tons and is the first choice for a multitude of applications: material handling, deep foundation work or lifting work. Using the new self-loading system (Jack-Up System) the crawlers can be easily disassembled for transportation, so reducing the transport weight to less than 35 tons. The platforms and railings must no longer be removed before transport. Instead of a single counterweight, the machine now has a modular system. The duty cycle crawler crane can be individually equipped depending on the application. Further, the boom of the HS 8070.1 is compatible with the HS 8100.1. Therefore, customers can use attachments such as the slurry wall grab HSG 5-18 on both machines and install thicker slurry walls with a more compact machine. As opposed to the fixed system, the new floating A-frame system

ensures higher performance in dynamic applications. It also simplifies and speeds up the assembly and transportation of the machine. The user-friendly design extends to the tank neck, which is easily accessible via a platform on the uppercarriage – a perfect example of the modern design strategy. Lifting – LR 1200.1 unplugged and LR 1250.1 unplugged: The World’s First Battery-Powered Crawler Crane The LR 1200.1 unplugged and the LR 1250.1 unplugged are the world’s first battery-powered crawler cranes. Both are driven by electric engines with a system performance of 255 kW. There are no compromises regarding performance or availability when compared with the conventional versions. The LR 1200.1 unplugged has a maximum lifting capacity of 200 tons and the LR 1250.1 lifts 250 tons. The blue accent in the colour composition, which lends the distinctive look to the unplugged series, symbolises the electric solution representing an advanced technology. The unplugged cranes achieve the best possible combination of operator benefit, efficiency and environmental sustainability. Thanks to Zero-Emission the new machines are emission-free and

have a very low noise level. That is a huge advantage in areas sensitive to noise and also for the people working on the job site. The cranes can be recharged on a conventional jobsite electric supply (32 A, 63 A) in 4.5 hours and optionally with 125 A in 2.25 hours. The capacity of the battery is designed for 4 hours lifting operation. Following their name, the cranes can be operated without a cable, thus “unplugged” thanks to the battery-electric drive design. “Especially the year 2020 has shown that one must be open-minded and bold to break new ground. With our unplugged cranes, we offer our customers an alternative drive design. As we have already seen with the LB 16 unplugged, the first battery-powered drilling rig, the strategy is a complete success. Strict requirements regarding environmental sustainability in tenders for construction projects increase the demand for advanced technologies. For us, it was clear that we extend and successfully establish the design in further product groups,” says Gerhard Frainer, Managing Director for Sales at Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH.

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Jekko unveils JF545 V-Max, versatility turned into a machine With the new V-Max, Jekko paves the way to new applications for its bestselling JF545 model V for versatility, Max for maximum. Not a pun but the latest proposal by Jekko: the new version of the JF545 articulated crawler crane – flagship of the Treviso-based company – raises the bar of versatile and multitasking machines to the very top with the optional installation of even more tools than the standard version. New dedicated hydraulic lines mean more tools The trump card of the new JF545 V-Max is a jib fitting a wide range of tools whose operation require elevated quantity and pressure of oil such as an auger, a grapple saw or a clamshell bucket. An additional and independent hydraulic circuit with a cooling radiator prevents oil overheating during operation and keeps a constant temperature even during intensive hydraulic use. This innovative and unequalled solution ensures more effective and professional exploitation of the tools. All the advantages of the JF545 model The V-Max version features all the characteristics of the JF545 standard model, highly appreciated by the sector 34

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insiders: endless stabilization configurations, compact size for maximum accessibility in confined spaces, great lifting capacity (15.5 t) combined with outstanding reach (28 m), elevated maximum operating height (30 m), triple articulated boom (when the jib is installed), removable counterweight, precise and smooth operation for the most delicate tasks. The use of all the options available for the JF545 is still possible: the work platform and the man basket, the vacuum manipulator for glazed panes and the winch, among many others.

established customers and new buyers. We’re already receiving many requests – remarks Alberto Franceschini, Jekko’s Export Manager. – While developing this version, we’ve been inspired by the concept of multi-tool machine, extremely versatile, professional and suitable to be used with many different tools still being userfriendly. In short, a perfect mate for no matter what daily challenge!”

Competitive edge The operator of a JF545 V-Max can choose from a wide range of applications. The standard model is already strongly versatile and it easily adapts to manifold operational environments but the V-Max version allows for even more vast and varied applications: from its traditional use in constructions, industry, logistics and handling or laying in confined spaces to more innovative uses with the grapple saw such as in green areas maintenance.

The Bologna-based company Bendini Autotrasporti, a long-time customer of Jekko, has carried out a preview test of the new JF545 V-Max model fitted with a grapple saw for pruning activities and for cleaning up a river bed from a log jam

“The JF545 V-Max has a huge potential and we believe it will be a very catchy solution for both our

CASE HISTORY A new approach to green space management with the JF545 V-Max and the grapple saw

Who said pruning must be complex and dangerous and requires several machines and operators? One of the new tools for the JF545 V-Max is the felling head made of a saw and a grabber, a new revolutionary solution for the tree care industry. Let’s try to fully understand the pioneering extent of this new

“Pruning can be usually made in two ways. The first mode calls for the use of a self-levelling platform or a crane with a basket to lift the operator at the required height. He will then use a chainsaw but a second crane will grab the cut branch or log and will rest it on the ground. This procedure needs two machines. On the other hand, treeclimbing is also viable despite the possible hazards for the operator’s safety: a harnessed operator ascends the tree and carries out the cuts with a chainsaw. A crane is still needed to handle the cut pieces,” explains Emanuele Bendini, Bendini Autotrasporti. It is to be noted that the machines used – usually crane trucks or truckmounted platforms – are bulky, difficult to control, heavy and often cannot get near enough the places where the intervention is needed, especially in an urban environment, requiring, for this reason, a very wide reach. The new application offered by Jekko easily overcomes all these issues. First of all, you can cut, rest on the ground and sort the branches or trunks using a single tool and, as a consequence, a single machine and a single operator. The JF545 V-Max has compact dimensions and therefore reaches in very confined and narrow spaces getting as near as possible to the work area:


tool by explaining how pruning and felling activities are currently carried out.

try to avoid falling branches. This is a real turning point for a sector accounting for numberless, even fatal, accidents worldwide every year. But there are more advantages to the JF545 V-Max. “This version is an evolution of the multiple functions featured by the JF545. In addition to the grapple saw for controlled felling, the crane can fit a man basket or a self-levelling platform, can work in traditional mode with a hook or winch, both with the main boom or the jib.” “A single machine will carry out many different types of interventions in endless application fields. Once the pruning/felling work is done, the grapple saw can be easily detached and a regular JF545 will be ready for industrial and civilian works all year round.

wVersatility is no doubt the strong point of this machine!” stresses Mr Bendini. “The JF545 V-Max with grapple saw is ideal for those operators who’ve so far carried out green area management works traditionally, running unnecessary risks in the use of machines, people and tree-climbing activities. Several markets have already expressed their interest for this new solution: the United States and Canada as well as European countries such as Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Finland, Norway, etc.” close up Alberto Franceschini, Jekko’s Export Manager.


“We can work with even higher safety and precision margins because the boom reach isn’t exploited in full” explains Mr Bendini. Moreover, this model has minimally invasive operations, which is a crucial aspect when working for example in private gardens. Anyhow safety is one of the major features of this innovative machine: with a JF545 V-Max the operator can radio remote control both the crane and the grapple saw from a safe distance and with a broader view, and he won’t have to get harnessed, climb trees and Lifting Africa - Nov/Dec 2020



The versatility of portable lifting equipment and gantry cranes

The versatility of portable lifting equipment and gantry cranes has been successfully demonstrated by REID Lifting in the Bloodhound land speed record project. Lifting Africa finds out more. Bloodhound is possibly one of the most exciting and ambitious projects to date. This UK-based project is aiming to break the world land speed record using the most advanced straight-line racing car ever built. The current world land speed record (LSR) of 763.035 mph (1,227.985 km/h) was set over 20 years ago by a British team including Bloodhound LSR driver Andy Green. Advances in engineering design, materials and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) since the last record was broken meaning the team is increasingly confident of breaking this record. According to Simon Luke, Managing Director of REID Lifting, it is a project his company is delighted to be involved with. Not only is this project helping to push boundaries and demonstrate pioneering new technologies, but it is also showcasing the importance of the lifting industry. Many of the aspects of the land speed record car have required engineers to think in new ways and manufacturers to develop novel production and testing methods. 36

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The same goes for the lifting experts. Offering an extensive range of lightweight and versatile and portable lifting solutions REID Lifting is considered a global leader in the design and manufacture of aluminium portable lifting and access systems. With more than 25 years of expertise and operations in major countries around the globe, the company has expertly engineered its systems through the use of lightweight aluminium as an alternative to steel, setting a precedent for innovation and successful experimentation. “Innovation is at the heart of what we do,” says Luke pointing out that the company has a solid reputation for designing high-quality and resilient products for use across a diverse range of industries. “There is no better example of our innovation than with our catapult lift that weighs only 18kg but can easily lift to 600kg.” With safety and efficiency in any environment at the top of the priority list, the company’s

transportable lifting solutions has continued to be a focus. “This is one investment for multiple applications,” says Reid. “It is more profitable to have a transportable lifting solution that can be easily moved rather than investing in several fixed equipment. In this way, maintenance, labour, installation, testing and insurance costs can be reduced considerably.” Solutions to overcome challenges “At Reid Lifting we are more than just product providers,” said Luke. “It is important to us that our products are used as effectively and safely as possible.” With words such as unique and innovative often used to describe the company, it comes as no surprise that they were called on by the Bloodhound team to find a solution for the heavy lifting of the car used to attempt to break the land speed record. “The bloodhound project does demonstrate the versatility and portability of our lifting equipment,” says Luke. Whilst built and engineered in the UK, the land speed record attempts

Whilst the team have yet to undertake an official world recordbreaking attempt, the car has reached a top speed of 628 mph (1,010 km/h) as it tore down the Kalahari Desert racing track in completing crucial high-speed testing phases of the project. “We were asked to come on board to provide bespoke gantry lifting systems,” explains Luke. “Bloodhound LSR needed tall, portable gantry lifting solutions which it could use at its construction and technical centre and take to testing locations around the world. Initially, these needed to be capable of lifting the upper chassis and a 1.5-ton Rolls Royce EJ200 jet engine normally found in a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter plane, but over time the requirement has extended to lifting the whole vehicle.” Delivering value Lifting solutions also had to be easy to assemble and transport, as well as being customisable to suit the

rapidly changing demands of the project. Having originally ordered a 1996kg lifting system with a 14’ 11” long beam and integrated CMCO Yale 300 chain block via an approved reseller, the Reid team have become partners in the project and these days are intrinsically involved in the lifting solutions for the project. “The solutions have had to be portable as the facilities in the workshop could not accommodate an overhead crane. Thanks to the portagantry’s versatility to be able to accommodate various heights of lifts and beam lengths it allowed for a single gantry to be used for various lifting challenges.” The gantry showed it’s worth proving to be exactly what the Bloodhound team were after. This led to further demand and Reid now supply a portagantry system with a 3000kg lifting capacity. “This custom-built gantry has a chain-free, rope controlled system for movement of the trolley and wind-up jack legs for uneven ground and load spreading for use in the desert testing location.”

Both gantries were used during the race at Hakskeen Pan last year when the vehicle reached an incredible 628mph (1,010km/h) - the equivalent of driving the 1400km from Johannesburg to Cape Town in just one hour and 23 minutes. “Being able to ship the gantries to South Africa allowed the team to utilise the same lifting solutions in the field,” said Luke. “Key to the success of the partnership has been Reid’s ability to work closely with the Bloodhound team as the project has developed. For instance, before the South African run, they needed to test the hinges on the hydraulic doors which form part of the vehicle’s braking system, alongside a parachute and braking on the wheels. Reid was able to supply tackle and gantries which enabled the team to test weights on the hinges of up to 5 tons and replicate the forces they would face.”

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Towards a digital future Mammoet CEO Paul van Gelder mentions - like so many today - from the comfort of our own homes. It’s no surprise to see the topic of COVID-19 and its effect on global business on the agenda. With characteristic optimism, Van Gelder sees the current climate not as something entirely unexpected, but a situation that was one day inevitable. “The coronavirus is not the main cause for certain changes”, he notes, “but it does accelerate them.” As markets in the OECD move more quickly away from oil and gas, Mammoet must continue its work there but also look for other sectors. This development has been anticipated for quite some time and is just the next step in a process that has seen the company support its customers in phasing out coal-fired facilities in the power sector and increasing brownfield development in the petrochemical industry, to name two recent examples. “The energy sector will always be important to us, and the Mammoet of the future will need to change 38

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the way it works, focusing on more innovation, and by concentrating local businesses on the segments they serve”. Clearly, digitization will be key to this process, as it allows the company to act more responsively, more efficiently, and in a fashion better tailored to each customer than ever before. Remote control Van Gelder’s enthusiasm for the field possibilities is obvious. “Just this morning I was watching a video by Caterpillar, showing a shovel being operated by a guy 40 or 50 metres away from the excavator, operating it at safe distance with a remote control attached to his waist. If this is possible at 40 metres, it’s in principle possible at 40km or 4,000km, or, let’s say, from one of our regional headquarters.” It may sound somewhat far-fetched, but it’s a process Van Gelder has witnessed before. “When I joined oil and gas in

2005, we had remotely monitored platforms, which still had local people at sea doing operations. Gradually, we were able to take these people out of the platforms to a centralized onshore location, working in shifts to manage everything offshore. At Mammoet, we are currently exploring the possibilities of remote operation. The change in heavy lifting can be just as profound, spending less time and carbon dioxide on travelling, and restoring certainty to projects by lessening the effects of border closures and social distancing measures.” “But digitization in the field isn’t just about keeping the business going in times of travel restrictions: it has the power to transform work for the better. “In the future, customers will benefit from getting better quality data from Mammoet. For example, via the LIDAR scanning of routes or through analysis of exactly when and how cranes are used to provide

One on one Interpersonal relationships are also undergoing a period of accelerated change. They were once forged face-toface, where “people could sense and smell each other”, but must now take place via camera and microphone. A difficult atmosphere in which to build trust you might say, but again Van Gelder sees it as a chance for Mammoet to instead communicate more clearly and broadly. “The old way of doing business is gradually moving into the background, and new ways are entering our market and our organization. The travelling businessperson, getting into a plane for one meeting - in all companies, I hear the same -people now think this process was ridiculous.” “I was invited to go to Vancouver earlier this year for a conference because I was the CEO of a contractor. While I was grateful for the invitation, the whole process looks strange, this side of the pandemic. The flight would create a lot of greenhouse gases; because of flight schedule I would need to stay three days for a one-day event; I would be offline for quite some time while not spending my time on the actual work for the customer. Everyone wants to be important, but people felt you had to do it – this just doesn’t make sense anymore.” “What will be important in the future is the quality of information you can provide; how responsive you can be; ultimately - how well you understand your customer. We want to spot opportunities for them to get better at doing their work before even they do. Digitization can unlock that for us. It allows us to give customers this insight without leaving the house - never mind the continent.” Which brings us to Mammoet’s key asset: its people. “We’ve always tried to put people at the forefront of what we do: the commitment and engagement of our staff.


our customers with services in the most efficient and optimal ways.”

We try to give them a platform in our various publications, via interviews with all kinds of people who get the job done – CEO and frontline colleague, alike.” Sharing skills Digitization allows us to bring you closer to the people, methods, and technologies that make Mammoet successful, from colleagues mentally rehearsing the day’s lifts their knowledge of the site making each lift go like clockwork, keeping the client’s project on schedule - to predicting the future of floating offshore wind maintenance.

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It was not the job but accessing the site which posed a major challenge to crane contractor Movitram Grúas in Colombia. An LTM 1220-5.2 was required in the mountainous, forested coffee region to install a bridge. • A site with difficult access in high altitude coffee region required 220ton mobile crane • Liebherr LTM 1220-5.2 undergoes eight-kilometre river voyage on a barge Movitram Grúas did everything it could do to get the crane to the remote site. This included the Liebherr 220-ton crane undergoing an eight-kilometre river voyage on a barge on the Rio Cauca. Movitram Grúas S.A.S. based in Pereira, Dosquebradas, Risaralda, Colombia, provides integrated solutions for hoisting and transport work in the coffee region of Colombia. Exceptional project – an LTM 12205.2 from Movitram is floated on a barge eight kilometres along the Rio Cauco in Colombia. Exceptional project – an LTM 12205.2 from Movitram is floated on a barge eight kilometres along the Rio Cauco in Colombia. By water, land or air? The “Autopista pacífico 2” site, a motorway, tunnel and bridge construction project in the remote forested, high altitude coffee region of Colombia needed a 220-ton mobile crane. But the only access route by land included a bridge which the crane could not cross due to its 72-ton operating weight. Carlos Enrique Parra Ibagón, 40

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Managing Director of Movitram Grúas S.A.S, and his team carefully weighed up all the options. Finally, they decided to transport the LTM 1220-5.2 to the site by water. However, this required extensive calculations and safety precautions as well as obtaining a series of permits. The site has extremely difficult access, which made the spectacular transport of the 220-ton crane along the waterway necessary. The site has extremely difficult access, which made the spectacular transport of the 220-ton crane along the waterway necessary. “First of all, it was a major challenge to get the crane on the water at all. There was no road, which meant we had to make several modifications to off-road routes”, explains Parra. The correct timing, taking into account high and low water, was also extremely important for the project. Parra continues: “Precise levelling and perfect securing for the cargo were essential. There has never been a job like this one. It was an extraordinary project.” After a journey time of three hours, the LTM 1220-5.2 finally reached the site undamaged. Low loaders transported the equipment and ballast weights. Once it had arrived at the site, the 220-ton crane

completed several jobs including erecting a tower crane and installing 25 reinforced concrete box channels, each weighing 20 tons. There at last – the LTM 1220-5.2 has reached the site and is shown here erecting a tower crane. There at last – the LTM 1220-5.2 has reached the site and is shown here erecting a tower crane. Carlos Enrique Parra Ibagón was extremely satisfied: “Transporting the crane on the water has many benefits and there is a great deal of potential for it. In some cases, distances are significantly shorter. The road network in Colombia is pretty poor and permits are expensive. Transporting cranes by water could take heavy haulage vehicles off the crumbling roads.” Colombia is currently investing in making its rivers navigable. The plan is to create better links between the production and consumer centres inside the country at places such as Bogotá, Medellín and the Coffee Triangle and the ports on the Caribbean coast.

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Award-Winning Company, Combilift & Award-Winning Author, Emer Conlon – A Great ‘Combination An exciting new children’s book has been launched today just in time for Christmas! With Combilift’s unique portfolio of forklifts, the company is revolutionising the way businesses handle and store materials, especially long and awkward loads, or when space is limited. Employing more than 600 people in their headquarters in Monaghan and with customers in more than 85 countries, Combilift is a formidable

force in the Material Handling Industry. Innovation permeates throughout the company and this has now been extended to capture children’s imaginations at the grassroots level. At first glance, the pairing of a children’s book and one of the largest indigenous companies in

Ireland, may not seem like a likely fit. However, when asked about this, Emer explains, “I approached Combilift just over a year ago, to propose a novel, unique way to communicate with existing and potential cus-tomers, as well as being involved in the education of the next generation. The idea was to write a chil-dren’s book which ‘cartoon-ises’ the main Combilift products and transforms them into characters that children will love. I wanted to also use it as a marketing tool for the adults and so I used the USPs of the actual forklifts and turned them into the superpowers of the characters! That way both adults and children would get something from the book!” Emer continues, “Martin McVicar (CEO & Co-Founder of Com-bilift) liked the idea – especially the educational aspect for children and as a result of his astuteness, we proceeded with the book and CombiKids was created. So Combilift is ‘Lifting Innovation’ and now CombiKids is ‘Lifting Imaginations’ “ According to Emer, when writing the book, “The Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers”, it was important to achieve a balance


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between Combilift branding and creating a story featuring endearing characters that children would fall in love with. The Combilift adventure is a real pageturner, filled with drama and excitement. The book also has a couple of ‘baddies’ – these are not Combilift trucks I may add! It is a wonderfully appealing story for children. For further enjoyment, there is a three-page Activity Section at the back of the book which includes something for all age groups. There is a mix of one-off activities (i.e. Join the Dots and a Word Search Puzzle) and activities that can be completed again and again (a Maze, Spot the Difference and a Map of the World). These will add to the engage-ment and interaction that children will get from the book”. Martin explains, “We believe it was very important to be involved with the education of the next gen-eration and to that end, we already have several programs including, apprenticeships, tours, etc. However, our new CombiKids initiative will involve even younger children with Combilift. The idea is that little ones, would ‘buy-into’ the Combilift brand when they are young by creating an association with it - thus encouraging future engineers and lots of other budding talents, as well as motivating children to read. It is a great way to highlight Combilift to a wider community that may not be overly familiar with it”. The CombiKids book highlights overcoming difficulties, the importance of friendship and that bullying are unacceptable. Needless to remark, the hero is always a Combilift truck who ‘saves the day’.

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Scaw Metals SA T: +27 (0) 11 601-8400 F: +27 (0) 11 601-8405 E: W:

Yale Lifting Solutions T: +27 (0) 11 794-2910 F: +27 (0) 11 794-3560 E: W:


Yale Lifting Solutions T: +27 (0) 11 794-2910 F: +27 (0) 11 794-3560 E: W:



Cranemec Group S.A New Height Lifting

T: +27 (0) 78 599-0610 E: W:

Kiloton T: +27 (0) 861 707-707 F: +27 (0) 861 707-706 E: W:




Jungheinrich T: +27 (0) 10 596-8460 E: W:

T: 0086 135 8547 4543, E:, W:

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T: +27 (0) 21 286-4035 F: +27 (0) 21 511-3553 E: W:

Blue Cranes T: +27 (0) 21 556 0498 C: +27 (0) 82 490 5453 E: W:

Yale Lifting Solutions

Condra Cranes Premier Load Testing & Services GregBev Enterprise C: +27 (0) 82 854-5143 C: +27 (0) 72 395 4342 E: W:

T: +27 (0) 14 596-5100 / 5026 C: +27 (0) 72 043-4018 E: W:

Jekko s.r.l. Loadtech T: +27 (0) 12 661-0830 C: +27 (0) 82 774-5223 E: W:

T: +39 0438 1410083 F: +39 0438 1710123 E: W:



Premier Load Testing & Services T: +27 (0) 14 596-5100 / 5026 C: +27 (0) 72 043-4018 E: W:

Shosholoza Consulting T: +27 (0) 14 495 1994 C: +27 (0) 79 391 2990 E: W:

Yale Lifting Solutions T: +27 (0) 11 794-2910 F: +27 (0) 11 794-3560 E: W:


REPAIRS By Carpel SRL - Italy T: + 39 (0) 39 532-0952 F: + 39 (0) 39 532-0825 E: W:

T: +91-866 999 7733 T: +91-866 999 7833 E: W:

AJ Cranes T: +27 (0) 78 599-0610 E: W:

Demag Cranes T: +27 (0) 11 898-3500 F: +27 (0) 11 898-3533 E: richard.roughly@demagcranes. com W:

T: 0086 135 8547 4543, E:, W:


Cranemec Group S.A T: +27 (0) 16 366-1393 F: +27 (0) 16 366-1392 E: W:


IY Safety T: +27 (0) 82 773-7019 C: +27 (0) 82 956-3176 E: W:

Konecranes T: +27 (0) 11 898-3500 F: +27 (0) 11 898-3533 E: richard.roughly@konecranes. com W:


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Blue Cranes T: +27 (0) 21 556 0498 C: +27 (0) 82 490 5453 E: W:


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AJM Engineering

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T: +27 (0) 11 740-9725/28 E: W:

Liebherr T: +27 (0) 11 365-2000 E: W:

J Express Crane Services

New Height Lifting

HP Cranes Consulting

T: +27 (0) 11 365-2000 E: W:

Insu Tech Corporation

T: +27 (0) 11 794-2910 F: +27 (0) 11 794-3560 E: W:

T: +27 (0) 11 776 6000 E: W:

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Morris Material Handling SA T: +27 (0) 11 748-1000 F: +27 (0) 11 748-1093 E: W:

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STRADDLE CARRIER Liebherr Combi Lift

XCMG, T: 0086 135 8547 4543, E:, W:

T: +27 (0) 11 900-8010 E: W:

T: +27 (0) 11 365-2000 E: W:

Cranemec Group S.A T: +27 (0) 16 366-1393 F: +27 (0) 16 366-1392 E: W:


TELEHANDLERS MH Dawood Plant Services

Jekko s.r.l. T: +39 0438 1410083 F: +39 0438 1710123 E: W:

Kemach JCB T: +27 (0) 11 826-6710 E: W:


T: +27 (0) 11 496-1007 F: +27 (0) 11 496-1198 E: W:


Smith Capital T: +27 (0) 11 873 9830 E: W:


Phakamisa Safety Consultants CJH Cranes Equipment & Plant Scaw Metals SA T: +27 (0) 11 601-8400 F: +27 (0) 11 601-8405 E: W:

T: +27 (0) 11 963-0670 E: F: +27 (0) 86 619-7755 W:



New Height Lifting

LMI Academy

T: +27 (0) 82 304 9814 E: W:

T: +27 (0) 11 475-5876 E: W:


T: +27 (0) 11 462-9620/1 F: +27 (0) 11 462-9620 E: W:

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Artisan Training Institute T: +27 (0) 11 022 0100 T: +27 (0) 11 475 3443 F: +27 (0) 11 672 3888 W:

DOOWIN Water Bags T: +86 532 877 88175 M: +86 185 5486 9267 E: W:


Dymot Engineering T: +27 (0) 11 970-1920 F: +27 (0) 11 970-1979 E: W:

Lifting Equipment Pavilion at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2021 The Lifting Equipment Engineering Association Of South Africa (LEEASA) is proud to be the Oicial Host of the Lifting Equipment Pavilion at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2021, to be staged from October 13–16, at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Pavilion will create a platform that will bring the lifting equipment industry players together and provide a one stop shop for attendees looking to source lifting solutions at the exhibition. bauma CONEXPO AFRICA is sub-Saharan Africa’s leading trade fair for construction, building material, mining, agriculture & forestry machines, machinery and vehicles. This key construction machinery trade show has been revamped with new opportunities for the industry. As a gateway for international companies to the African market and for African enterprises to the global market, bauma CONEXPO AFRICA attracted around 14,000 high-level visitors and exhibitors in 2018 and expects these numbers to increase significantly in 2021.

“We are delighted that LEEASA will be the official host of the Lifting Equipment Pavilion at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2021. We believe this important collaboration will help the sector capitalise on emerging opportunities across the continent, and create new and beneficial business opportunities and partnerships.� – Suzette Scheepers, CEO, Messe Muenchen South Africa

Reasons to exhibit Position your brand as the leader in your sector to decision makers from across Africa Showcase your solutions to over 14000 industry participants from around the globe Get global exposure through a high impact marketing campaign exclusive to bauma CONEXPO AFRICA exhibitors Enjoy free industry content and learn from experts at the Supporting Programme Forums

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Contacts: LEEASA Surita Marx Email: Tel: +27 (0) 87 153-1217 Mobile: +27 (0) 83 281 5761



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