Huge 2,500t class crane with quick erection and low ground pressure designed for congested lifting environments, such as cities and petrochemical complexes
Global heavy lift and move specialist Mammoet has announced the release of a new 2,500t class crane called the FOCUS30 designed for heavy lifting in confined spaces.
Mammoet said the new crane will help to increase the efficiency of lift operations in complex environments and it sees the crane as “the new standard for heavy lifting”.
The company said it recognised that a new lifting solution was needed to better support clients given the increasing demand for energy and infrastructure in developing and expanding cities, where large industrial facilities have become more complex and crowded while the cities have become congested.
This solution would need to be assembled and operated in confined spaces but also deliver the size of lifts that modular projects demand. So, the FOCUS30 was born, designed specifically to operate in areas with complex infrastructure and space limitations, such as petrochemical plants and inner cities, said Mammoet. It delivers a high capacity crane that can be assembled within the smallest area possible, allowing more work to continue around it than would be the case for a crawler crane.
Mammoet said that the FOCUS30 can be erected in 14 days to allow projects to start and finish sooner. Its boom system is assembled vertically in sections, allowing erection to take place from just a 30m x 40m footprint. This also contributes to safety as it ensures no part of the crane overhangs buildings, plant or people during assembly and disassembly activities, the manufacturer added.
The crane’s compact footprint allows customers to complete more work alongside heavy lifting operations, while its low ground bearing pressure limits the impact on surrounding infrastructure and reduces the amount of civil work that is required for lifting to begin.
The FOCUS30 can perform a wide range of lifts and also offers high flexibility as its variable and splittable superlift enables it to be relocated swiftly. It can also be moved entirely to another lifting position, without having to be deconstructed.
The 2,500t class FOCUS30 has a 30,000t/m load moment and a low ground bearing pressure of a minimum of 6t/m2. Not only does it not overhang site infrastructure, its small assembly area and footprint make it unobtrusive for the rest of the job-site and it’s large and variable operational window allows more lifts to be made using the same crane.
Jacques Stoof, global director, Market Development and Innovation, Mammoet, said: “We are delighted to have designed a crane that offers a high capacity while minimising the impact on its surroundings. The FOCUS30’s ability to operate around key site infrastructure means refineries and chemical plants do not incur the typical loss of production while upgrades are made. That means projects are completed quicker and with a lower total cost of refurbishment.
“Similarly, with real estate at such a premium in the world’s cities, all available land is built upon and underground infrastructure can prevent the use of heavier lifting cranes. The FOCUS30’s small footprint and low ground bearing pressure reduces disruption and helps civil engineers keep our busy, expanding megacities running smoothly.”
Further models in the FOCUS range are planned, while the first crane to be produced will shortly undertake its first live project, in the North America region.