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Manchester Ship Canal
Heavy Equipment, no access
No real access point
A common issue in projects like this is that the geography and traditional avenues of transport don’t work together. For this particular project, the location of the lock system was inaccessible. The only way to get the crane where it needed to go was via the canal. Our turnkey solution was to make use of the canal and appoint a barge to transport the crane to its destination.
Geography and location
Every project is different and requires an understanding of all the tools and resources available to make a transport project happen. Harlyn’s skills and experience in working with all heavy transport equipment made the decision-making simpler to get to the solution.
Lifting from the barge
Harlyn was able to assess the crane for operating on the barge, ensuring sufficient stability, strength, and utilisation of the crane to perform all the required lifts on the barge to get the crane to site.
Moving the barge
Of course, the other challenge is how to move the barge from one side of the river to the other.
The barge for the win
Not only did we successfully oversee all engineering and project management, but we solved some of the unique challenges through engineering-led transport solutions. By working with the obstacle, we made use of the canal and appointed a barge to transport the crane to its destination.
Harlyn utilised long-reach ramps to load up the quay far from the edge, allowing the ground loadings on the old retaining walls.
Ongoing and dated infrastructure meant that mooring points were limited. Harlyn utilized the tug and other points to moor the barge effectively into position.
Harlyn built a Maxsurf Model to perform the stability checks on the pontoon in line with IMO standards.
Unique challenges require unique solutions
With our turnkey solutions, the crane was able to be delivered into position with the support of a stabilised barge to carry it across the canal. Unique challenges require unique solutions. Our background and understanding of transport logistics helped us develop an approach that got the job done.