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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, enquiries@babcock.co.za, www.babcock.co.za


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