Brazilian heavy lift and transport company Transdata Engenharia e Movimentação (Transdata) has taken the country's first Grove 150 tonne GRT9165 Rough Terrain crane.
The crane will be used for supply and maintenance operations to support offshore oil platforms in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and was delivered directly to an offshore support base in Niterói, where it will remain on a two year contract. The largest model in Grove's Rough Terrain range, the GRT9165 features a 62.5 metre six section pinned main boom with manual or hydraulic bifold swingaway extension, with offsets of up to 50 degrees for a maximum tip height of 91.2 metres. The crane also has a hydraulically removable counterweight and outrigger boxes, helping reduce the transport weight to 52.6 tonnes. It also features Grove’s new wider, full vision cab, with a standard three camera package and up to 20 degrees of tilt.
Executive director Fabio Gaeta said: “After a detailed analysis of our customer’s requirements, our engineering team evaluated load charts and other specifications for potential crane options. We reached the conclusion that the most suitable equipment for the job is the Grove GRT9165. The crane is carrying out a wide range of activities on site. It supports platform support vessels (PSVs), which means lifting machinery and parts used in oil and gas exploration and production. These are very demanding tasks, which must be carried out around the clock. Aside from capacity, mobility and agility were also key factors, and despite its size, the GRT9165 can manoeuvre in small areas.”
“The two year warranty was a very important factor in our purchase decision, and the response speed of Manitowoc Crane Care is very good. Few manufacturers have a team ready to support us whenever and wherever we need them. The Brazilian market is very well served by Manitowoc.”
In 2019, Brazil achieved a billion barrels of oil production for the first time, an increase of almost eight percent over the previous year. The country expects exceed that this year, in spite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We feel that the oil and gas sector is coming back strong in Brazil,” adds Gaeta. “Many of the operations that were halted in recent years are being resumed. If it weren’t for the pandemic, I believe we’d be in an even better position.”
Headquartered in São Paulo, Transdata provides complex cargo handling solutions refineries, wind farms, hydroelectric plants, steel mills, and mining operations. The company runs diverse fleet of cranes and heavy rigging equipment and has a joint venture with Italian heavy lift and moving group Fagioli - Transdata Fagioli do Brasil or TFB for short.