New England Crane successfully installs two 200 Ton bridge cranes for Bath Iron Works

UPLOADED: 9/1/2015

New England Crane and its parent company, Mass Crane and Hoist, are pleased to announce the successful installation of two 200 Ton bridge cranes for Bath Iron Works in Bath, ME. Built in Ashland, Virginia by Virginia Crane, these dual hoist, 132 foot span, 200 Ton double girder bridge cranes were commissioned, load tested, and accepted by BIW in mid-August, 2015. With girders almost 10 foot tall, 3 foot wide, 132 foot long, and weighing up to 157,700 lbs, just getting the girders into the area took careful planning and coordination. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Bath Iron Works, PC Construction, Virginia Crane, Mass Crane, New England Crane, Cote Corporation, S & A Cranes LLC, Clyde's Transfer Inc, and Gushee Rigging, all four girders and four hoists were installed during a 4-day period in April 2015.

Because of the massive size of the girders and hoists being erected, the amount of floor space available, and the tight overhead clearances available, every sequence of the installation had to be planned out weeks in advance of the April mobilization. Mass Crane was responsible for designing a 10-page lifting plan outlining each of the 14 "critical" picks made. Furthermore, Mass Crane and New England Crane worked with Virginia Crane and PC Construction to compile a day-by-day schedule for the two weeks during the major part of the installation. Because of the extensive advance planning and the collaboration of many companies, the installation went off without issue. For additional information, please see the below excerpts from Bath Iron Works' monthly newsletters.