Albwardy Damen adds Grove GRT655L to UAE crane fleet

Middle East shipbuilder selects rough-terrain crane for its strong load charts at both short and long radii

Middle East shipbuilding and repair company Albwardy Damen has added a GRT655L to its fleet of Grove rough-terrain cranes for use at its facilities across the UAE.

According to a statement from Manitowoc, owners of the Grove brand, Albwardy Damen chose the crane because of its “combination of a strong load chart and long reach” which will allow the company to use it for “both holding large components in place while ships are built or installing new sections on existing ships”.

Shara Igor Balin, facility manager at Albwardy Damen, said the crane’s ability to handle multiple duties was a real selling point.

“The new GRT655L is a really versatile unit for us. We can lift and turn large sections at shorter radii or install smaller and lighter parts at long distances on ships we have docked. We have other Grove rough-terrain cranes, so we know the build quality and durability are excellent, and the load charts are always strong,” Balin said.

Manitowoc said that the GRT655L models for the Middle East are manufactured at the Manitowoc plant in Niella Tanaro, Italy. The crane has a 60t capacity and a five-section, 43m boom. Thanks to an optional 7.9m to 13.7m telescopic boom extension, the GRT655L offers a reach of 59.7m, which the manufacturer says is best-in-class. Other features include a tiltable cab, inverted outrigger jacks, hydraulic disc brakes, load sensing hydraulics and an ECO mode for lower fuel consumption.

Regional dealer Kanoo Machinery supplied the GRT655L and the local service provided by both Kanoo and Manitowoc was a key consideration for Albwardy Damen in making its latest purchase, as Balin explains.

“We always get good and consistent service from Kanoo Machinery and there is always the parts availability we need. Training was provided locally by Manitowoc, including simulator training for the operators. Our operators really love the ease of operation of Grove cranes, especially the CCS control system, and they like the fact they get instant support from the dealer’s team in their own language.”

Other Grove rough-terrain models in Albwardy Damen’s fleet include RT530E and RT760E units. The company is a joint venture between UAE-based Albwardy Investment and Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group. Established in 1978, the company employs around 1,100 people at its locations in Sharjah, Dubai and Fujairah.

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