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Contractors World UK Ireland Vol 6 No 2

Q Crane & Plant Hire Investment In

Crawler Cranes

UK-based Q Crane & Plant Hire Ltd has

taken delivery of its fourth Kobelco lat-

tice boom crawler crane in 12 months.

The new CKE 1350G, which has a max-

imum lifting capacity of 135 tonnes at

4.5 m, is the second CKE 1350G to have

been bought by Q Plant in the last 12


Early year, Kobelco Cranes Europe

officially handed over the first

CKE 1350G to the company. This was

followed by the purchase of two

CKE 1100G lattice boom crawler cranes,

which have a maximum lifting capacity

of 110 tonnes at 3.6 m, and, at the end

of 2015, another CKE 1350G.

“With its up to date technology and innovations

The CKE 1350G is an extremely popular machine

in high demand with both construction and

crane rental companies across the whole of the

European market”

says Kobelco Cranes Europe Ltd.’s Sales Manager,

Mark Evans.

Current operations

Q Plant’s new CKE 1350G is currently working with an-

other of the company’s CKE 1350Gs on the £431 million

Mersey Gateway. This road bridge across the River

Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal is being con-

structed by the Merseylink consortium of FCC

Construcción, Kier Infrastructure & Overseas Limited

and Samsung C&T Corporation.

“The CKE 1350G is working with nine of our

other crawler cranes performing various lifting

operations on the project,”

says Anthony Quinn, Managing Director at Q Crane

& Plant Hire Ltd.

“Another of our new CKE 1350Gs is working for

the BAM Nuttall/Van Oord joint venture on its

£75m contract at the Liverpool 2 deep-water

container terminal. The cranes have been

working 24/7 on various time sensitive

operations to very strict deadlines.”

Lend Lease is the main contractor on the £300 million

terminal expansion for Peel Ports at Seaforth, which will

allow some of the world’s largest container ships to use

the river Mersey.

Crane fleet

Quinn says:

“The majority of our lattice boom crawler cranes

are Kobelco. We have purchased the F Series in

the past and the new G Series is a good machine

that ’s allowing us to supply customers

throughout the UK, where demand for 100 tonne

capacity cranes and above is high at the

moment, while at the same time making bigger

inroads into the all-important London market.”

“We bought our first Kobelco crane in 1999. The

engineering is fairly bullet proof and they’re not

overly complicated to run. They are easy to move

around too, with the breakdown and assembly

very straight forward.”

Asset management

Q Plant’s Quinn is also impressed with the fuel efficiency

and asset management afforded by Kobelco’s KCross

remote operation management system, a new innova-

tion for the G Series, which helps to maximise machine

efficiency and uptime.

“What has been of tremendous help in managing

our fleet has been the addition of Kobelco’s


says Quinn.

“Machines fitted with the KCross system transmit

working conditions, location and maintenance

history to provide us with fact-based information

that gives tremendous advantages for our asset


The KCross system is based on satellite mapped im-

ages, an internet connection and other means to re-

motely monitor a crane’s working condition and its lo-

cation. This information is useful in planning maintenance

schedules and providing guidance to operators, helping

to ensure crane owners can maximise their fleet


Using KCross it is possible to narrow down possible

failure causes and more accurately, by remotely access-

ing the current and historical status of the machine,

helping minimise downtime.

Kobelco Cranes