Manitowoc Crawlers Help Rebuild Halifax Shipyard

A fleet of Manitowoc crawler cranes is being put to the test in Halifax, Nova Scotia, demolishing and rebuilding a wharf at the Halifax Shipyard. The construction is part of the Halifax Shipyard Modernization Program and will serve the Royal Canadian Navy’s combat fleet.

On the site are two 109 t Manitowoc 12000 crawler cranes, rigged with 36.6 m and 42.7 m booms; a 208 t Manitowoc 888 crawler crane, set up with a 42.7 m boom; and a 272 t Manitowoc 2250 crawler crane, rigged with 48.8 m of boom. They are being operated by Irving Equipment Limited from Saint John, New Brunswick.

The Manitowoc 2250 is operating a Berminghammer Drill, which is used to drill overburden that consists of marine sediment, small boulders, and rock sockets, to bore through steel debris, and to position temporary falsework frames. The two Manitowoc 12000s are operating as support cranes on the site. The new wharf will measure about 260 m in length and 20 m in height.

While the cranes work, the shipyard remains in operation, meaning demolition of the buildings and foundations, as well as construction of the wharf, are occurring within the fully operational port. The project began in May of 2013 and wrapped up in January 2014.

Irving owns several Manitowoc cranes in its fleet. It chose this trio of cranes for the Halifax Shipyard project thanks to their long reach and high capacity capabilities.

Andrew Folkins, manager of the pile-driving division at Irving, said that choosing Manitowoc cranes was essential to getting the project done right.

“Having the proper equipment to do the job in an efficient and effective manner is one of the key’s to Irving Equipment’s success,” he said. “That’s along with matching experience and ability to the project’s requirements.”

Irving purchased the cranes from Shawmut Equipment, which has more than 50 years of experience in the crane industry.

Source: The Manitowoc Company, Inc.

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