New fleet of customized cranes for Saipem
When Italian energy contractor Saipem needed to replace several of the cranes it uses for large-scale oil and gas projects, the company turned to Manitowoc’s Lift Solutions team for a new fleet of customized cranes.
Four new Manitowoc crawler cranes with unique customizations are headed to the Milan-based company, all modified by Manitowoc’s Lift Solutions team. While buying the new cranes, ATCO, the mobile equipment department of Saipem, took the opportunity to tailor its new machines for the work it does in remote areas, both onshore and off, and in deep-water seas.
– Adding a hydraulic tagline winch to aid with load-handling stability in offshore lifting applications.
– Personnel-handling winch and two-shaft upper boom point to safely and efficiently transport crew from land to barge with no changes to rigging equipment, saving rigging time and effort.
– Sea salt water protection for all new custom components to protect from corrosion. For example, the backup hydraulic power unit was specified as heavy marine duty and includes a large stainless steel box.
– A special zinc-based primer, in addition to the standard priming and paint process, to provide superior corrosion resistance.
– Custom lights installed on each crane’s boom for better visibility while working in the dark.
– An emergency backup hydraulic power that can swing, hoist and lower all winches, and can also lift and lower the boom in case of engine failure. The unit is powered by an electric power source in case the cranes’ engines malfunction.
All of the new equipment and upgrades had to be designed with RINA (Registro Navale Italiano) certification in mind, to ensure the work complied with both national and international rules.
Saipem ATCO, represented by mobile equipment manager Rocco Bello and deputy mobile equipment manager Marco Sozzani, issued a tender for the cranes and customizations it needed. Manitowoc and Lift Solutions – led by Enrico Angiolini, sales director, and Davide Camperi, area manager, both of Manitowoc Cranes in Italy – proposed a solution based on Saipem’s needs and subsequently secured the project, along with four other cranes that will be delivered to Saipem in 2013. The deal was finalized in May 2012.
“On a large-scale, highly-technical customer request such as this, open communication is a must,” said Dustin Soerens, product support specialist with Manitowc. “Both Saipem and Manitowoc did a great job in forming detailed plans early on in the project to ensure the final product met Saipem’s expectations. This project was a vivid example of the attention to customer demands and dedication to custom project accuracy that Lift Solutions was established to meet.”
Production began in June 2012 and the cranes were inspected by Saipem ATCO mobile cranes superintendent Andrea D’Ostilio in November and December before delivery.
“In completing this project, not only did we satisfy Saipem’s direct need, we also opened the door to satisfy similar requirements on other Manitowoc crane models being used in offshore applications,” Soerens said. “These new designs will help Manitowoc be successful in a market where customers are demanding more than ever from their crane fleet.”