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Heavy-Duty Crane
December 30, 2010   
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A giant crane that will be used to build wind turbines in northern Poland arrived in the Port of Gdynia in late November.

The crane, which costs over zl.30 million, is owned by wind power company Viatron. The machine can also be used to lift oversized loads such as girders for stadium roofs. It was manufactured by the Manitowoc Crane Group in Germany.

The crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 95 metric tons and can lift loads to a maximum height of 160 meters. The crane can be easily moved and put up in locations with difficult access. It needs only 450 sq m of hardened surface to stand on, while most conventional tower cranes require 1,000 sq m and more.

The crane can be brought to an assembly site in four special vehicles. Moving the crane from one wind turbine to another takes up to 12 hours.

The Viatron company plans to build 50 to 60 wind turbines per year. The company has established a consortium called Gdynia Wind Solution with the Gdynia Container Terminal and the Morska Agencja Gdynia and Portowy Zakład Techniczny companies. Working together, the companies expect to be able to handle the entire wind turbine assembly process from unloading the components in a port to storage and transportation to the assembly and maintenance of completed turbines. The first wind turbines will be assembled and erected early this year.
Marek Grzybowski
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