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Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 1 No 5

Govan

Ferry Project Plain Sailing for Galvanizer

A galvanizing company’s expertse has played a helping hand in bringing back a passenger ferry service for the frst tme in nearly 50 years.

Glasgow-based Scottish Galvanizers, part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, was called upon to provide its hot dip galvanizing treatment to approximately 85 tonnes of steelwork used to build two pontoons that will enable a new passenger service to run from Govan across the River Clyde.

Morayshire frm Varis Engineering transformed the steel into a series of 10 m by 4 m frames used to create a pontoon at Water Row, from where the ferry will transport passengers to a second pontoon outside the new £74 million Riverside Museum on the banks of Yorkhill Quay.

Passenger ferry crossings from Govan were commonplace for more than 200 years since frst running in 1734, but stopped in 1965 afer the opening of the Clyde Tunnel. “Due to the sheer size of the pontoon frames, we soon found out that very few galvanizers in the UK had the capa-bility to process them,” Calum MacDougall, Sales Director of Varis Engineering, revealed. “Tankfully the team at Scottish Galvanizers was on hand to provide us with a very efcient and highly professional service.”

For more informaton: Wedge Group Galvanizing

Reading

Festival gets a big lift

A Terex AC 350/6 all terrain crane was used by King Lifing Ltd., UK to lif and place a footbridge for the Reading Festval in Berkshire, UK.

King Lifting carried out the challenging task of assembling, lifting and placing a 23 tonne, 5-section, 40 m long temporary steel footbridge at this partcularly rural locaton using their Terex AC 350/6, AC 40/2L and AC 60/3L all terrain cranes. The company also dismantled the bridge following the three-day event.

Arriving directly from King Lifting’s West London depot, the three cranes, and the support vehicles carrying the separate bridge sectons, were driven of the main road, across the felds via a pre-laid 500 m trackway, and down to the riverbank where the bridge was to be erected. A concrete-based area cast with steel cross-sectons provided a sturdy support for the cranes’ outrigger jacks supportng the heavy load during the seven-day job.

The first six days were dedicated to assembly using the AC 40/2L and AC 60/3L. By day seven, the br idge was ful ly assembled to its final 40 m span, and the AC 350/6 was confgured using 116.6 tonne counterweight and 54.2 m main boom with Superlift attachment at 28 m radius, ready to lift the 23 tonne steel footbridge into positon across the river.

For further informaton: King Lifing

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