Less than 24 hours after ALE launched a 10,000 tonne ultra heavy lift crane, Mammoet has announced that it is also working on a new ultra high capacity crane, the MSG1000.
The new crane will be based on its current heavy lift crane models, the MSG80 and PTC range, which offer capacities to 5,000 tonnes, with boom and jib combinations to 256 metres, through 360 degrees.
The MSG1000 will adopt the basic design concept of the PTC range, of which the company has 10 in its fleet, but be larger. It will have a large double track ring, dual booms and back-masts and two large counterweights, while using a combination of strand jacks and winches, with which Mammoet believes it will be able to achieve a maximum capacity of up to 18,000 tonnes - if required. It plans to discuss the concept with a number of its main customers over the coming months in order to verify the concept and functionality and explore what additional developments it can incorporate.
Global director market development and innovation Jacques Stoof said: "The MSG80 and PTC cranes have revolutionised construction and maintenance efficiency in the past decade. However, we see from developments in, for example, modular construction, that there is a growing need for cranes with significantly more lifting capacity than the market has seen thus far. While we have left the basic concept of the PTC intact, we have enhanced its capacity. Among other features, a double boom and strand jacks in combination with winches-based hoisting significantly increases its capacity – up to 18,000 tonnes."
You wait years for a land based crane above 5,000 tonnes to come along then you get two on the same day!
This announcement comes less than 24 hours after ALE announced that it is building a new 10,000 tonne heavy lift crane, the SK10,000. See 10,000 tonner
Both companies clearly agree that the demand for ever heavier pre constructed modules is increasing and that the only way to satisfy this demand is to develop their own products, exactly as they have done in the 5,000 tonne area.
It will be interesting to compare the two once further details are available from the two companies. Might be worth watching out what Sarens plans to do next.