ALE Announce Canadian Joint venture with Roll-Lift
ALE has recently announced the formation of ALE Roll-lift Canada. The new joint venture business will be based in Edmonton, Alberta, and will bring together the very best expertise within the heavylift and transportation industry to offer clients in the region a first class solution provider.
With a combined experience spanning more than 75 years, ALE Roll-lift Canada will be providing heavylift and transportation solutions primarily to the oil, energy, mining and petrochemical markets across Canada.
The company intends to invest in a fleet of heavylift cranes from 50te to over 1,000te capacity, lifting systems and specialized transport with the addition of the parent company’s global resources, and their investments into new equipment.
The new business will begin operations in early 2013 and is expected to invest C$ 50million within the next two years.
ALE and ECR announce joint venture in Australia
ALE will be joining forces with ECR in Australia to offer a wider breadth of services.
The new venture officially known as ALE ECR Heavylift Pty Limited boasts benefits including the joining of both local expertise, and global capabilities. The joining of two such companies whom share the same core values in safety and innovation will truly bring the Australian market a first class solution provider.
Paul Kelly Director at ALE ECR said “We are pleased to announce the joint venture and are looking forward to working as ALE ECR within the region. Combining our capabilities and resources will enable us to offer a fuller solution to our clients. With the local history of ECR and the global backing of ALE, the companies complement each other and working together simply makes sense.”
Kane Davison, Director at ALE ECR said: “The senior management team at ECR are pleased to confirm details of the joint venture with ALE. We have always strived to offer the best service possible and have considerably expanded the business and capabilities to meet client needs over the years, this new venture will enable us to expand those capabilities that we offer yet again. ALE ECR will offer the complete heavylift and transportation solution, capable of lifting anything from 7te- 60,000te.”
ALE Announce new office in Iraq
Due to the geopolitical situation and the projects that ALE are conducting, the decision has been made to open a base with a workshop and office facility. The new facility is based in a secure area between Iraqi ports inside the Free Zone of Khor Al Zubair.
The Free Zone regulation provides several benefits including the possibility to import our equipment on temporary basis directly. The base is located in a strategic location close to nearby Oil & Gas Projects and conveniently adjacent to the sea-ports.
The facility is currently under construction to ensure all amenities are to a high standard. It is expected to be complete during November 2012 and the current office facility in Basra will be present until the end of the year.
ALE start building latest innovation
ALE has recently announced that it will be building its newest innovation - the world’s largest capacity land based crane.
The next generation AL.SK crane – the AL.SK350 - will have a 5000te capacity and is essentially a higher capacity version of the current AL.SK190 cranes, which are currently working on projects in the Middle East.
The new crane - designed at ALE’s research and development facility in Breda, The Netherlands, - will be built to accommodate a long term project at a ship yard in Brazil, and will complete heavy lifts including the installation of modules onto the hulls of FPSO’s.
Ronald Hoefmans Group Technical Director at ALE said: “We are pleased to confirm that we are currently in the fabrication stages of building the AL.SK350. Innovation is one of the company’s core values, and we are pleased to see yet another concept from the drawing boards of our R&D facility, being built to offer solutions in the industry”.
New office in Brazil
ALE has recently opened an office based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Franco Vernazza, Account Manager at ALE said “The move will allow ALE to offer a better service to clients in this region; it will give the team here an active location from which to seek new contracts through the bespoke engineering solutions ALE is known for.”
The main markets ALE will cater for in this region will be shipyards and offshore as well as refineries and ports. The region will also have a permanent stock of specialist equipment in addition to the available resources from the global stock around the world.
ALE's new Spanish office
ALE’s branch relocation in Spain has now been officially completed. The move was completed in two phases with the office
staff moving into the building late last year, and more recently the yard was opened and operational staff were moved in.
The team in Spain consists of a total of 85 people including managers, engineers, operators, sales, and financial personnel.
The new location combines staff from all functions into a unique purpose built facility. By merging the staff from the previous locations
ALE has gained extra efficiency and performance by breaking the geographical boundaries and making work methodologies, staff relations,
process implementation and culture more fluid and accessible.
The branch in Spain was first established in 1986. It has gone on to grow, delivering high profile projects, and with the new bespoke
facilities the region has a solid base to improve efficiencies and sustain the growth of the company.
ALE's ESTA Award Success
ALE were declared the winner of 3 awards at the ESTA Awards of Excellence 2012. The ceremony held on 19th April in Paris saw ALE pick up the awards for:
· Innovation award for end users
· Crane job of the year (Lattice Boom
· SPMT job of the year
Mark Harries, Global Managing Director at ALE and Kees Kompier, Regional Director of Europe at ALE both attended the event. Mark said “Winning these 3 awards highlights how strong the last 12 months have been for ALE and it’s great to see that that the AL.SK190 is not only being recognised for its design but also for the record breaking lifts that it’s capable of performing during projects.”
Kees also commented “To stay ahead of the competition we need to ensure that we continue to develop innovative equipment. The Mega Jack was a huge project for the team here in Breda, so we’re delighted to see it being awarded for its innovative concept and design. It really is testament to our team of world class engineers.”
ALE’s second AL.SK190 starts work in Kuwait
ALE was awarded the contract for the lifting scope of a refinery expansion project in Kuwait.
The work saw ALE’s second AL.SK190 used for the first time as the main crane for the heavier lifts. ALE will be responsible for lifting over 100 pieces of equipment in total, ranging from 50te to 1252te.
Paul Sands Director at ALE said “It is great not only to see the second AL.SK190 begin its first project, but also to see both of these multi award winning cranes currently working on projects in the Middle East. With the various benefits these cranes can offer our customers, through engineering and design, we truly are pushing the boundaries in the industry.”
New South African branch for ALE
In addition to the current branches in Cape Town and Richards Bay, ALE has recently opened an office in Johannesburg. The new office will be run by Eugene Yntema, Sales Manager at ALE. Eugene said: “The expansion into Johannesburg will give us a greater reach, and enable ALE to offer a wider service in a region where we are already offering solutions to the heavylift and transportation industry.”
Latest project wins for ALE
ALE has been awarded the contract for the BHP Billiton Iron Ore Rapid Growth Project (RGP) 6 as part of the Jimblebar mine site development, Australia. The project involves receiving and transportation over 140 items
of cargo, including 110 modules, over a 7 month period.
ALE will utilise more than 70 axle lines of SPMT, 120 axle lines of conventional hydraulic trailers, and up to 10 tractor units. The convoys involve a significant amount of logistical planning, involving the police, traffic escort pilots, electric distribution utilities, and local municipalities. The project team will be made up of experts from ALE including project managers, engineers, and operational personnel.
In addition to this, ALE has also been awarded the contract to complete a series of works for the Chuhuk and Ektal projects. ALE’s Mexican branch and ALE – Offshore Services will be working together to perform the site moves, weighing of two jackets and two topsides, load-out of piles, jackets and topsides as well as supplying the ballast pumps.