ALE has lift off with innovative jib
ALE has used its innovative heavy duty jib for the first time with the AL.SK350 crane whilst performing the inaugural lift, weighing 1,276t, of an FPSO module integration project in Nigeria.
The world’s largest capacity land based crane, the AL.SK350, has been rigged in its current biggest configuration with a 124m a-frame main boom, 49m ballast radius and the 38m jib for additional outreach, along with a heavy winch system and 4,000t ballast for the project in Lagos.
For this project, ALE has been contracted to lift and install six modules from the yard onto their final position on the FPSO. The lift weights are between 335t – 3,000t.
“As part of our continued commitment to innovation and foresight of increasing crane capacity, we developed our existing crane concept and fitted the heavy duty jib and strut assembly. This jib’s unique design is like no other in the market and is the first time we have used this design along with the crane’s largest configuration, representing a major milestone for ALE,” explained Project Manager Ronnie Adams.
The lifting operations are expected to take place throughout March and April.