McLeod recovers crane in NZ

By Laura Hatton18 October 2013

A 170 US ton (154 tonne) capacity GMK5170, a 130 ton (117 tonne) capacity GMK5130 and a 75 ton (68 t

A 170 US ton (154 tonne) capacity GMK5170, a 130 ton (117 tonne) capacity GMK5130 and a 75 ton (68 tonne) capacity GMK4075 lift the collapsed boom

Crane rental company McLeod, based in New Zealand, used three Grove all terrain cranes to salvage a collapsed boom on a ship crane.

The 16 US ton (14 tonne) boom collapsed while the ship was docked in the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand. To carry out the difficult lift a 170 tonne capacity GMK5170, a 130 tonne GMK5130 and a 75 tonne GMK4075 were used.

Challenges during the lift included tangled cables and an unknown centre of gravity.

Scott McLeod, McLeod Cranes managing director, said, “We brought three cranes to be sure we could carefully extract the boom without causing any further damage to the ship. We used lifting eyes on the boom to carefully manoeuvre it clear. It was slow and cautious work, but we were as efficient as possible.”

A team from Page Macrae Engineering worked with McLeod Cranes on the recovery.

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