Spreader beam completes first lift
By Niamh Marriott23 November 2021
UK-based Modulift’s new MOD 1100/2000 tonne spreader beam at 33 metre span, the latest addition to its modular range of DNV type approved spreader beams, has been used in its first lift, in Dover in the UK.
The first lift was carried out by its owner, heavy lifting rental company Safe Lifting Europe for customer Bonn & Mess Floating Cranes.
The modular spreader beam was transported using two trucks from the yard of Safe Lifting Europe to Bonn & Mees Floating Cranes in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Bonn & Mees used two of its largest floating sheerlegs to lift and store the MOD 1100/2000 spreader beam before it was shipped to Dover where the spreader beam would be lifting two parts of a bridge.
As part of the lifting configuration, two additional Modulift MOD 400 spreader beams were used. Assembling the beam took a day using an electric torque wrench.
Giovani Vroegop, technical commercial manager at Safe Lifting Europe, said, “It was incredible to see the new MOD 1100/2000t spreader beam up in the air for the first time.
“The sheer size of the beam can only be really appreciated when you’re up close, it really is huge.”
John Baker, commercial director at Modulift, said, “Part of the project to supply this beast of a beam required Modulift’s compressive test bed to be extended to 33 metres and increased in capacity to 2,300 tonnes which was quite a project in itself.
“Our in-house engineering team are already looking at further opportunities with Safe Lifting in the super heavy lifting market.”
To read about the design and construction of the beam, click here.