Russian rental company M-Kran has taken delivery of a 1,600 tonne Demag CC 8800-1 crawler crane which the company claims is the largest crane owned by a Russian company to be permanently based in the country.
The delivery from the Demag plant in Zweibrücken, Germany, directly to the Kstovo oil refinery near Nizhny Novgorod, took more than three weeks, with a total of 80 truck movements, then a further three weeks to assemble, due to some challenging weather conditions. Once ready, it lifted four 200 tonne coke drums along with support structures, weighing between 200 and 400 tonnes.
The CC 8800-1 was rigged with its Boom Booster configuration, with 66 metres of main boom, 48 metre luffing jib and full Superlift back mast, with 295 tonnes of superstructure counterweight and an additional suspended Superlift counterweight of 520 tonnes.
M-Kran managing director, Alexander Naumov, said: “We were simply amazed by how manoeuvrable and easy to operate the crane was despite its gigantic size. This meant that we were able to carry out all the lifts quickly and efficiently with it, and the general contractor confirmed how happy they were to work with the Demag CC 8800-1 and with M-Kran which is always a nice thing to hear.”
Established in 2004, family run M-Kran is headquartered in Moscow, mobile cranes and crawler cranes with lifting capacities of 35 to 1,600 tonnes.