The logistics behind a heavy crane lift in UAE shipyard

Dubai-based Al Faris lifts three spud legs with heavy crawler crane in Hamriyah
Al Faris, Crane, Heavy lift equipment, Al hamriya


UAE crane service provider Al Faris recently deployed a team in Hamriyah in the UAE to lift three 72m, 130t spud legs from a barge.

The Demag CC 3800-1 was used for the lift, which amounted to 68% of its maximum rated capacity.

“Once we determined all the required parameters for the three lifts, we decided that our CC 3800-1 was the best possible fit for the job,” said Hillary Pinto, founder and MD of the Al Faris Group.

However, the unit first had to be transported to the work-site.

The company used its own lowbed trailers to complete the 82km journey from the Al Faris location in Dubai Industrial City to the work site, during the course of ten hours.

Al Faris’ own all-terrain cranes were then used to set up the CC 3800-1.

At the work site, Al Faris used 10 specialised team members to get the crane ready to operate. The team decided on a configuration with a 108m main boom and a Superlift mast with a length of 36m.

The central ballast totalled 50t, the Superlift counterweight 325t, and the counterweight on the superstructure 165t.

Once set up this way, the CC 3800-1 was ready to lift the three spud legs with a gross weight of 130t each at a maximum radius of 50m, swing them to the side, and set them in place with the help of a 150t crawler crane.

The use of a Superlift Split Tray made it possible to easily uncouple the counterweight when it is no longer required for the ongoing job, so that the crane can then move with only the Superlift counterweight still needed.