Grove RT for shipbuilder

United Arab Emirates based shipbuilding and repair company Albwardy Damen has taken delivery of a 51 tonne Grove GRT655L Rough Terrain crane from distributor Kanoo Machinery.

The two axle GRT655L features a five section 43 metre boom and a 7.9 to 13.7 metre telescopic swingaway extension to offer a maximum tip height of 59.7 metres. Features include a tilting cab, load sensing hydraulics and an ‘eco mode’ for lower fuel consumption.

Shara Igor Balin, Albwardy Damen facility manager, said: “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.”
Albwardy Damen's new 51 tonne Grove GRT655L Rough Terrain crane

“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.”

Established in 1978, Albwardy Damen is a joint venture between United Arab Emirates based Albwardy Investment and Netherlands based Damen Shipyards group. The company employs 1100 people and has locations in Sharjah, Dubai and Fujaira.


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