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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.


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.


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.


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