“This crane is unique”, Jaco explains. “There are no other cranes of this calibre that can self-erect in such a small area. The assembly system is incredibly complex. The red boom mast section and the grey erection frame must be able to be set up in a confined, crowded environment and function correctly. This was our most significant challenge in this project. The turnaround time also proved to be quite a challenge for the team. We began in March 2019, and construction started in the spring of 2020. Testing followed shortly after, and completion is planned for the end of this year. Two cranes are likely to be built, one for the North America region and one for Europe. The cranes will remain on their designated continents and will be transported locally as separate elements. Transportation in containerised form wasn’t a requirement, but this was queried during the process. In short, this was a complex assignment that we were happy to tackle, and of which gave the Iv workforce involved great enjoyment. We are experts in structural engineering and possess extensive knowledge of mechanical components.
Furthermore, we shared our ideas and provided valuable input for the assembly and production. This project demonstrated a solid collaboration between Iv and Mammoet, a mutually important factor.” The crane has been constructed in Westerdorpe, Zeeland. 90% of the steel construction comes from the Netherlands, and a small portion from Germany. “Mammoet sets very high standards for quality and is keen to produce in this region”, Xander explains.