Apr 12, 2017
Bremen, 12 April 2017
A new world record of more than 3,000 metric tons has been set for the heaviest commercial load ever to be lifted by a land-based mobile crane. Heavy lifting specialist and Gleistein client ALE performed this historic task as part of an FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel integration project in southern Brazil. The four-month project, which has recently been successfully completed ahead of schedule, involved lifting 40 separate modules weighing total of over 36,000 metric tons onto the FPSO. This unprecedented undertaking would not have been possible without Gleistein Ropes. The slings deployed for the job were some of the strongest to ever leave the Gleistein production floor: a total of twelve slings made of 128mm diameter DynaOne®, each boasting a breaking load of 4,500 tons (SWL: 900 tons).
The specifications set out by international heavy lifting specialist ALE for the textile lifting slings they required for their AL.SK350 crane – the world’s largest capacity land-based mobile crane – were formidable: a dozen slings that would be capable of tackling some of the world’s most challenging lifting operations ever.
In 2015, the delivery of the twelve completed slings of various sizes made of 128mm diameter DynaOne® ropes with Dyneema® SK78 to ALE represented a milestone for Gleistein Ropes and the culmination of many years experience and state-of-the-art rope manufacturing and finishing know-how. The individual slings weighed in at between 560kg and 1,030kg, and together with the final lifting gear setup have a total combined weight of approx. 8.5 tons. That is around 57 tons less than a comparable conventional steel rope solution – and thereby effectively increases the maximum lifting payload by the same margin. Now, in 2017, the world lifting record for a land-based mobile crane has been broken with the Gleistein Ropes textile slings on the ALE AL.SK350 crane.
Yet just as remarkable as this world record is for its sheer engineering ingenuity, the possibilities it has provided have also paid generous dividends for the ALE client. The ability to install complete modules on the FPSO meant there was no need to relocate the ship’s hull for final construction. This ultimately not only saved ALE’s client considerable money but also a significant amount of time in the overall construction schedule.
This incredible feat was in no small part made possible through Gleistein’s ongoing commitment to rope making R&D and professional development, it’s long history of cutting-edge solutions for industrial applications and continual investments in state-of-the-art production equipment such as the six-metre tall braiding machine at the Bremen production site used for the production of these slings.
Gleistein has been manufacturing ropes since 1824 and is the oldest family industrial company in Bremen (Germany). Together with its Trencin (Slovakia) plant the company boasts two of the most modern rope manufacturing facilities in the world with a total production area of more than 17,000m². Modern chemical fibres, sophisticated designs and future-oriented rope finishing equipment and procedures offer a definite quality “plus” that directly benefits the consumer. Gleistein offers a complete service, provides its customers with industry-leading know-how and assists in selecting the perfect rope – whatever the need. Ready-to-use finishing of products, execution of contracted tests and the development of tailor-made solutions round out the comprehensive range of services.
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ALE AL.SK350 crane rigged with the Gleistein Rope slings in Brazil
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Splicing the 128mm DynaOne® slings
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Finishing the 128mm DynaOne® slings
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