The largest boat hoist in Europe
Italian company Cimolai Technology has delivered a mobile boat hoist with a lifting capacity of 1000 tonnes, to STP (Servicios Técnicos Portuarios)’s shipyard in Palma de Mallorca.
This mobile hoist is now the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world. The largest, with a capacity of 1100 tonnes was also constructed by Cimolai Technology and has been brought into commission at a yard in Qatar.
The unit delivered to the STP Shipyard is now fully operational but has undergone a long testing programme to prove its capabilities. For security reasons, STP wanted to perform several tests before operating with its clients. The first test was carried out to allow the hoist staff to familiarise themselves with the movement capability of the new hoist and they found it much more agile than the current 700 tonne version. This superior manoeuvrability comes from the 32 wheel arrangement combined with electronic direction control and power from two Volvo 286hp diesels. The 32 slings and 4 hoists provide more versatility when hoisting vessels from the water.
One of the tests performed was the lifting of the ferry Cristobal Colón. This vessel, with a length of 56 metres and a beam of 12 metres was firstly hoisted without any load. Subsequently, a total of eight trucks were loaded onto the vessel to increase the lifting tonnage. With this weight the dynamic test was carried out, consisting of manoeuvring the travel lift in the shipyard. Later the static test was carried out, when the new hoist lifted the Cristobal Colón with a load of eight trucks and additional ballast that tested it with its maximum weight capacity.
Whilst the STP yard mainly handles yachts the hoist will also be used for working boats that use this large shipyard. Demonstrating the versatility of the Cimolai products the company has recently supplied a straddle carrier to a fabrication facility in Izmir in Turkey that manufactures the composite blades used for wind farm turbines. This unit has a capacity of just 60 tonnes but it is fitted with a 51 metre long spreader that allows the blades to be well supported when they are lifted. Two 20 tonne straddle carriers are also being supplied to the yard.
By Dag Pike
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