Cape Town-based Summit Crane Hire has a new addition to its family of cranes. The new 400ton mobile crane can reach up to 130m and can pick up to five tons at a distance of 80m. This is very exciting and a welcome addition to the smaller cranes that Summit Crane Hire has on its fleet and within the growing marine industry and renewable energy industries.

This new crane has a longer reach and its heavy lifting capacity offers more versatility on site.

“The beauty of having the bigger crane is that it can also do the work of a smaller crane when need be, yet the client still has the option of the longer reach and to lift heavier loads,” says Leonard Openshaw, General Manager of Operation and Sales at Summit Crane Hire.

The crane can be built into a variety of configurations, depending on what needs to be lifted, at what distance and to what height.

“We can custom build the crane according to the client’s needs and requirements. From an operational perspective it means that in one day you can manoeuvre the crane to different angles and work at different heights at the same time.”

With developments in the Saldahna region, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Coega, there is an increasing need for cranes that can do heavy lifts. By focusing on filling this need, Summit Cranes is now able to provide its clients with a range of lifting solutions, from small to very large cranes.

“This crane will help save time depending on what the client wishes to do on any specific site. For example, on a wind turbine site, you can use this crane to do three or four constructions in the same area without having to move the crane. Whereas if you use a smaller capacity crane, you might need to move it more.”

“We have a lot of oil rigs that come into the Cape Town, Coega and Saldanha region and the new crane is ideal to service them in terms of the height of the oil rig and to be able to reach the other side of the rig. A normal mobile crane simply doesn’t have that capacity,” Openshaw says.

“The value for the customer that he is able to do tasks that he might not have been able to do with other cranes. It crane is located in Cape Town and provides more options to clients. In the long run our clients can save a lot of money.”

“Until now if a client needed a crane of this size it would have had to be mobilised from Johannesburg or Durban. This takes up to 13 trucks to move, at considerably higher cost than if it is available locally.”

To set the crane up at full capacity takes a full day (with another full day to break it down once the job is done.) It needs around 130m in length to set it up in this configuration.

“The crane is set up in the lay-down configuration then lifted up some degrees to put the hook block on. Once that is completed, the luffing jib is lifted up to 90° and the main boom is pushed out,” explains Openshaw.

It takes a four-man rigging crew and has 144 tons of counterweights that has to get placed on the back of the crane. It comes with 70m of luffing jib and it has a 60m main boom. The crane can operate without the luffing jib section, which means it can operate to the 60m main boom as well.

A Summit Cranes manager is onsite at every project it is involved in, regardless of the size, ensuring that the client has one contact person that will manage its part of the project on the day.

It also offers technical insight to its clients in the negotiation phase of any project, ensuring that the customer quotes for the right equipment upfront. This saves time and potential unforeseen costs later in the project.

“We offer a full turn-key service to our clients if they have a requirement for a specific project. Summit Crane Hire also does the sight inspection with them and gives advice on what cranes they believe should be utilised on the project – thus enhancing the efficiency on the project in order to meet deadlines and budget,” Openshaw concludes.

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