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180t crane deployed on cofferdam

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PILING specialist Steel Pile Installations has used a 180tonne Kobelco crawler crane to install 930 tonnes of sheet piling on the Govan Shipyard No 1 slipway in Scotland.

The job for Belfast contractor Farrans will convert the slipway into a dry dock, with an extension built onto the jetty to provide mooring facilities.

It requires construction of a combiwall cofferdam.

SPI's managing director Eric Livermore said: 'The use of the high-capacity combination piles of this magnitude is quite unusual in the UK.

Consequently, a large-capacity crawler crane was imperative to complete within our allotted timescale.

'This is complex work and it requires a crane with precise and sensitive controls to accurately handle the piles at considerable radius.'