Founded in 1983, ALE is now one of the world’s leading international heavy transport and installation contractors with a global network of operating centres and a large fleet of heavy cranes, specialist transport and installation equipment.
Providing engineering, heavy lifting, transportation, installation, ballasting, jacking, skidding and weighing services across the world, we are known best for our exceptional project management and engineering intelligence.
As the business grew new territories were entered with the first major international office based in Abu Dhabi to service the oil, gas and power industries across the UAE. In 1995 Mark Harries took on the role of Managing Director, leading the business as it continued to expand into new regions across the globe through organic growth and business acquisitions.
In 2006 our skilled engineers within our Research and Development (R&D) facility come up with the first concepts for the world’s largest capacity land based crane, which was later launched in 2008 and named the AL.SK190.
In 2011 we launched the record breaking Mega Jack, this system would go on to change the way construction is completed in the offshore industry; by allowing lifts at capacities never before seen we truly are the innovators in the industry. This same year saw the second AL.SK190 crane constructed and available to the market.
During 2012 we announced new offices in Brazil and Iraq; we won multiple awards from ESTA and the NDA; we entered joint ventures with both ECR heavylift in Australia, Roll-Lift in Canada and AG&P in the Philippines to offer solutions to the market in these regions.
In 2013 we announced the opening of our Caspian office; we won the ESTA award for transportation job of the year. We also announced that our JV with AG&P was working on a project to create an innovative solution for challenges faced in the loading-in and out of project cargo in parts of the world with extreme tidal variations, the solution was named – Hydro Deck.
Our greatest achievement of 2013 was achieved by the Mega Jack on a project in Korea to lift a topside platform for installation offshore; this was the first time in history that a weight of 43,475t has been lifted.
In 2014, ALE announced its new Innovation Series brand with the launch of the Mega Jack 800, performing it’s first project in June – the 1,570t Loenerslootse bridge exchange over the Amsterdam-Rijn canal in Nigtevecht, the Netherlands.
In October, ALE unveiled the latest addition to their fleet – the Trojan truck. Heralded as the first in the next generation of vehicles in the heavylift industry, the Trojan truck signals a major breakthrough in capability, fuel efficiency and reliability.
ALE entered the new digital age of smartphone apps and launched its first augmented reality app for Android and Apple phones.
2015 was off to a great start with the Mega Jack 800 and Trojan truck both crowned as Innovations of the Year at the ESTAs and The Heavies awards. In the summer, the Mega Jack performed the world’s highest jack-up and skidding operations in Malaysia, as it jacked-up the Malikai Topside 40m high before skidding the Topside a distance of 90m whilst at elevation. Later in the year, ALE announce their latest innovation, the All Terrain Transporters, a new generation trailer that will allow fast transportation of large and heavy loads on minimally prepared roads to deep, inland locations.