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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.

As the business grew, ALE entered new territories, 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 the skilled engineers within ALE’s Research and Development (R&D) facility designed 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 the record breaking Mega Jack was launched. This system would go on to change the way construction is completed in the offshore industry by allowing lifts at capacities never seen before. This same year saw the second AL.SK190 crane constructed and made available to the market.

During 2012 ALE announced new offices in Brazil and Iraq and 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. The company also won multiple awards from ESTA and the NDA.

In 2013 the Caspian office opening was announced, and ALE received the ESTA award for Transportation Job of the Year. ALE’s joint venture with AG&P also began 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 the Hydro Deck.

The Mega Jack performed the company’s greatest achievement of 2013, lifting a topside platform for installation offshore on a project in Korea. This was the first time in history that a weight of 43,475t had been lifted.

In 2014 ALE announced their new Innovation Series brand with the launch of the Mega Jack 800. It performed its 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 signalled a major breakthrough in capability, fuel efficiency and reliability.

ALE entered the new digital age of smartphone apps and launched their 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 Innovations of the Year at the ESTAs and 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 executed their heaviest skidding operation when they skidded the forward section of an aircraft carrier, weighing 26,500t, for HMS Prince of Wales in Rosyth Dockyard, UK.

ALE announced their latest innovation, the All Terrain Transporters, a new generation of trailer that will allow fast transportation of large and heavy loads on minimally prepared roads to deep, inland locations. ALE also made investments in the world’s highest capacity SPMTs.

ALE expanded their operations in Asia, opening an office in Tianjin in China, as well as in Africa, with an office in Maputo in Mozambique.

In 2016 it was full steam ahead with investment in equipment and the latest technologies. ALE started to fabricate a heavy duty jib with a 3,400t lifting capacity for the AL.SK crane fleet, and completed the build of the sixth and final Trojan truck. ALE went on to launch a new fleet of mechanical widening trailers in South Africa and manual widening trailers in the UK, to overcome the transportation challenges in each respective country. Later in the year, the Lightweight Service Crane was unveiled at a launch in the Netherlands. The modular crane provides a versatile lifting solution for spaces with limited access.

The AL.SK350 crane performed its inaugural job whilst executing an Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) integration project in Brazil, lifting a 3,000t module – the world’s heaviest commercial lift using a land-based mobile crane.

In 2017 ALE performed the world’s heaviest commercial lift using a land based mobile crane to lift a 3,000t module using the AL.SK350 in Brazil.

A new self-propelled skid system, the SS800, with 800t capacity skid shoes, was designed and built.

ALE broke another record when executing a complex salvage operation in the East China Sea. ALE used 600 axle lines – a world record-breaking number of SPMTs – during this operation.

ALE expanded their offshore services by acquiring Conbit, a specialist structural engineering and lifting contractor in the offshore engineering and maintenance and onshore tower markets.

To satisfy client demand, ALE built a second Mega Jack 800 system and soon increased their jacking capacity to over 100,000t.

ALE launched the AL600 girder frame, the high-capacity and high-stability Telescopic Lifting Gantry (TLG1000) and Route Survey Tool.

2018 has seen more record-breaking achievements. In Saudi Arabia, ALE transported the world’s heaviest evaporator, weighing 5,134t. ALE also performed the heaviest ever land based crane lift using a jib in Nigeria, completing the lift of an FPSO module, weighing 2,810t.

There have been several new office openings with the Australia branch expanding into Melbourne, as well as new branches in Algeria, Ghana and Nigeria.

The year marked the 10-year anniversary of the introduction of the AL.SK cranes. The first, the AL.SK190, had a capacity of 4,300t. In the decade since, ALE has continued to innovate and build more AL.SK cranes. The AL.SK350 was launched in 2013. It can lift up to 5,000t and took its place as the world’s largest capacity land based crane.

ALE introduced the innovative K1650L tower crane, which will make cost and time savings for clients in the wind sector. The K1650L has lifting capabilities like no other free-standing tower crane on the wind energy market, with an increased lifting height, and the ability to work at high wind speeds and with uneven or small hardstands.

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