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Heathrow Airport

The Multi Spreader Beam Rig was designed by the Modulift Engineers for lifting the various parts of the pre-fabricated building sections, used in the terminal expansion programme that took place during 2004/2005.

Gatwick Airport

Modulift designed and manufactured the custom formation of a Lifting Beam and 3 x MOD 24 Spreader Beams, in order to lift a concrete based walkway at Gatwick airport.

Siemens

The train bound for the Transilien section of the French railway was being lifted from its vehicle transporter using a Multi Spreader Beam Rig, custom designed for balanced lifting of the 5 carriage train.

Rolls Royce

Modulift, designed and built Spreader Beams to lift the world’s most powerful gas turbine: the Rolls-Royce MT30 turbine was installed into the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, at Babcocks Rosyyth Shipyard in Scotland. Rolls Royce viewed the gas turbine lift as a “significant milestone” in the Queen Elizabeth shipbuilding programme.

Click here to read the full Rolls Royce case study.

Sellafield

When Modulift commenced a project for Sellafield, our Engineering Design Team had to use all of their experience and knowledge to comply with the many specified standards and restrictions to design the most suitable Lifting Beams. These Lifting Beams had to meet specific quality requirements which included stringent testing and the use of a specialised paint system designed for use in nuclear power station environments.

Typically for projects of this nature the pre-production documentation alone, which required review and approval by the customer, before ordering of materials or manufacture could commence, amounted to over 50 drawings, procedures, schedules and reports. Drawing on a wealth of past experience and knowledge from carrying out similar projects for the nuclear industry Modulift delivered a compliant and safe lifting solution against the backdrop of a very tight completion deadline.

Wind Energy - Harland & Wolff

For the installation process at the offshore Gwynt Wind Farm Project (8 miles off the coast in Liverpool Bay), Modulift designed and manufactured a custom lifting solution; focused on lifting the monopile foundations. These foundations are driven into the seabed using a pilling hammer and a reverse circulation top pile drill - 160 foundations will be installed between 2012 and 2014.

The deliverables included full design review by DNV and compliance with CDM regulations and the solution was delivered in less than 12 weeks.

The lifting solution required for the project comprised of three pieces:

Monopile Spreader Beams, for lifting monopiles onshore and offshore: modular design achieving three different spans of 20m, 21m & 22m, with an SWL of up to 900t. The Modulift Engineering Team incorporated attachments onto the side of the End Units to enable connection to tugger winches, and therefore full control when manoeuvring the huge monopiles.
Transition Piece Spreader, used to lift Transition Pieces vertically onshore and offshore: modular but made to a set span of 4.8m with a SWL of 500t.
Transition Piece Horizontal Spreaders, for handling transition pieces horizontally onshore: modular needing to achieve spans of between 5.5m & 6.5m with a SWL of 300t.

Voice of the Wild & Volvo 60

A Spreader Beam in a ‘1 over 2’ Rig formation, was used for a 4-Point lift of the Voice of the Wild boat that was lifted from dry dock, to aboard a container ship for transportation. The racing yacht Volvo 60 was a single Spreader Beam with 4 Slings.

Natco

The Freight Forwarders Natco AG asked Modulift to provide a lifting solution to load and unload 370t transformers bound for Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, from their manufacturers in Antwerp, Belgium – a quantity of 4 transformers across 2 shipments. The manufacturers required the transformers to lifted level, resulting in the use of a single hook and thus requiring Spreader Beams.

The ship was loaded in Antwerp in early Oct 2008, using Crane Barge: Brabo, (WLL 800t). Then having travelled to UAE, the transformers were unloaded in mid November 2008 using Crane Barge: Al Amlaq (WLL 400 tonnes).

Modulift used the '2 over 1 Rig' formation; Spreader Beams consisted of MOD 400/400 plus 2 x MOD 110SH

CEC Caladonia

2 x MOD 110 Modulift Spreader Beams were used in conjunction with a Tandom Lifting Beam to load the crafted plywood container onto the CEC Caladonia cargo ship.

This includes a number of projects such as the Pluto LNG for Woodside Petroleum and the Gorgon project for Chevron in Australia. Modulift also work with a variety of associated contractors such as Saipem, Weldex, Technip, Aker Subsea, Mammoet and Al Jaber.  See examples of Modulift helping the Oil & Gas industry to lift...

Exxon Mobil

In late 2010 Modulift was awarded a contract to design, manufacture and supply two 550t WLL capacity Spreader Beams for use offshore on the West coast of Africa.

The Spreader Beams were necessary for the Offshore Transportation and Installation (OT&I) of the Pre-Assembled Units (PAU I) on Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading vessels (FPSOs). The exact quality required design, manufacture and inspection in accordance with a comprehensive and approved plan together with independent design review by an International Classification Society against a stringent marine operations and relevant API / AISC design codes.

Due to the project being executed on Exxon’s busiest Rig, which was to continue operating throughout this project, these Spreaders were scrutinized at every stage to ensure the highest quality build to minimize any risk during operation. For Modulift to achieve a high level of success it required a dedicated team and the upmost focus to deliver quality products.

Click here to read the full Exxon Mobil case study.

Atlas Copco

Companies supplying the Oil & Gas industry also regularly require Modulift’s expertise. One such customer is Atlas Copco the world’s leading provider of compressed air packages, who supply many Oil & Gas companies around the globe. One particular project in Australia “Pluto LNG” required Spreader Beams of the highest specification to export a 124.3t Skid for an instrument air compressor and dryer from their base in the UK to the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.

Al Jaber

Modulift supplied a MOD 400/600 Spreader Beam and worked closely with the Gulf Haulage and Heavy Lift engineering team for a 400t asymmetric lift of an oil refinery boiller in Yanbu in Saudi Arabia on the red sea coast.

In addition Modulift supplied 4 Spreaders to Al Jaber for Exxon Mobil SPT project certified for use in Singapore and further Spreaders to be supplied later in the year for lifting pipe racks up to 270t

Atlas Copco

Atlas Copco in the UK are providers of compressors, generators, industrial and electric tools. Modulift regularly lift ‘skids’ containing such equipment for Atlas Copco. Commonly a MOD 24 Spreader Beam is used to lift a standard sized skid, however custom lifting solutions have been designed for bespoke projects and unusual heavy lifts.

Natco AG

The Freight Forwarders Natco AG asked Modulift to provide a lifting solution to load and unload 370t transformers bound for Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, from their manufacturers in Antwerp, Belgium – a quantity of 4 transformers across 2 shipments.  The manufacturers required the transformers to lifted level, resulting in the use of a single hook and thus requiring Spreader Beams.

The ship was loaded in Antwerp in early Oct 2008, using Crane Barge: Brabo, (WLL 800t).  Then having travelled to UAE, the transformers were unloaded in mid November 2008 using Crane Barge: Al Amlaq (WLL 400 tonnes).

Modulift used the '2 over 1 Rig' formation; Spreader Beams consisted of MOD 400/400 plus 2 x MOD 110SH

Emskip

The lifting of heavy machinery from its specialist transporter onto the Norwegian based container ship, in extreme conditions of freezing weather and limited light. The formation was a ‘1 over 2’ Rig, lifting from 4-Points.

 

Royal Navy

The Royal Navy Training School, based in Portsmouth, trains all new recruits to use Modulift Spreader Beams for heavy lifts where there is a need to prevent horizontal compression forces being transmitted into the structure. Whether it be for lifting a Rigid Raider assault boat, a reel of cable wire, or for use during on-going installation, maintenance and engine room work, Modulift Spreader Beams provides the Royal Navy with the flexible solution.

Mark Lilley, who trains the Navy in lifting applications comments “With its unique flexibility, which means the Spreader systems can be used over a range of lifts and it’s lightweight structure, the Modulift Spreader Beams are ideal for the Navy as they offer compact storage capabilities and are easy to transport around the ship.”

The Quick Joint 2 which packs neatly into a briefcase is fast becoming a pre-requisite for all ships and can be used for all lifts up to 2t - ideal for machinery installation and maintenance work. Meanwhile, the MOD 50 Spreader Beam has been used for lifting and handling Tornado fighters at the Naval maintenance base in South Wales, UK for over 10 years.

BVT Surface Fleet, designers and manufacturers of surface warships and support vessels, use Modulift Spreader Beams for a variety of applications during the construction of their military vessels. The MOD 110s and 250s are used during the manufacture of Naval Friggits and aircraft carriers whilst from the portable range, the MOD 12s are used in the fabrication of small components.

In other areas, DML’s Royal dockyard, Devonport, has been using the MOD 12s for low level nuclear lifting applications and the design for a 16 Beam Multi-Rig lifting application for the lift of a 420t mine sweeper has just been completed, awaiting approval.

 

London Boat Show

The 4-Point balanced lift of a yacht inside the Earls Court exhibition hall, and the Spreader Frame lift of a Sunseeker Boat displayed outside the Excel Conference Centre – both were for exhibition stands at the London Boat Show.

Southend Pier

In May 2012, as part of the Southend Pier restoration project; the Modulift MOD 400 Spreader Beam was used to raise and move into position a fragile pre-fabricated shell roofing section. The overall lift had a span of 13m and a load of 180t. The roofing panel was lifted from a barge using a sheeleg crane. From the crane to the hook was a central point sling, then from the hook to the Spreader Beam a further two slings connected to the roofing panel (Single Spreader Beam 4-Point Lift).

The scope of the works were as follows:

  • The principal plant for the work was the GPS Atlas Sheerleg Crane
  • Lifting of a fragile 180t shell and core pre-fabricated building from wharfage in Tilbury Docks and placing on barge
  • Transportation of Building with tugs through the locks at Tilbury and along the Thames Estuary
  • Lifting the building from the barge and very carefully and precisely placing the building on the old delicate structure of Southend Pier at High Tide

The lift was successfully completed within a very small weather/tide window of operation

Wembley Stadium

Modulift Spreader Beams lifting the pedestrian bridge that links the stadium to the train station.

Harland & Wolff

Modulift adapted their traditional Spreader Beam design to accommodate multiple slings in order to lift into position a shaped roof section, with multiple Lifting Points.