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2018 Awards Winners and Finalists

The 2018 ESTA Awards of Excellence were presented in the Hilton Charles de Gaulle in Paris on April 26 during the Intermat exhibition. 


Over 360 industry leaders attended the awards dinner which has become known as Europe’s largest and best crane and heavy transport party. 


The winners and finalists are listed below.


AWARD ONE: COMBINED TECHNIQUES


WINNER 

Sarens B.V. for lifting a 1,550 tonne pylon for a steel bridge over the river Wear in the UK, using barges, SPMT, jacking systems, winches and a ballasting system.


FINALISTS

ALE for using barge, SPMT, jacking and skidding equipment for a 24 hour operation to place a bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal.


BMS, who used jacking, skidding and innovative steel supports to relocate a 600 year old building in Odense, Denmark.


Fagioli for dismantling, shipping, erecting and commissioning a 2,500 tonne goliath crane.


AWARD TWO – TRANSPORT JOB OF THE YEAR (UNDER 120t CGW)


WINNER

OL-Trans, transported a delicate spruce tree 2,650 km from Poland to the Vatican in Italy for Christmas, a 16-day journey.


FINALISTS

Friderici Special overcame snow, steep slopes and tight curves to move a 27 tonne engine near the foot of the Matterhorn mountain in Switzerland.


Mammoet Europe for transporting 548 wind turbine components and 125 shipping containers from Glasgow in the UK to a remote site 75 kilometres away using 8 by 4 and 8 by 8 heavy haul tractors.


Scandinavian Express Poland, is shortlisted for moving steel bridge elements up to 42 metres long and weighing 74 tonnes from Poland to Stockholm, Sweden.


AWARD THREE - CRANE JOB OF THE YEAR (TELESCOPIC), lifting capacity more than 120 tonnes


WINNER

Wagenborg Nedlift, for a tandem lift using 500 tonne wheeled mobile cranes to place four beams weighing 78 tonnes for a Dutch housing project.


FINALISTS

Mammoet Europe, which used multiple wheeled mobile cranes in different combinations to install bridge sections nearly 50 metres long.


Michielsens for lifting and placing 89 concrete beams in Antwerp city centre using a 700 tonne mobile crane.


Sarens NV used seven cranes to install steel and concrete elements over live plant in a restricted industrial space.


AWARD FOUR – SAFETY AWARD


WINNER

ALE for its safer, more accurate and reliable route survey tool, which is also a quicker alternative to traditional methods.


FINALISTS

Enerpac who developed a safer and standardised multi-point heavy lifting solution to replace one-off jack-up technology


Fagioli for the safety anchoring system it developed for transporting 3.5 tonne silos at a manufacturing site.


Mammoet Europe for its Dynamic Stability Calculation tool, allowing a trailer to be used safely to its maximum capability.


AWARD FIVE - INNOVATION: END USER


WINNER

Fagioli for its innovative gantry launching system used to install 19 gates, each weighing 450 tonnes, in Venice.


FINALISTS

ALE for its Telescopic Lifting Gantry, the TLG1000, designed and built in-house.


Mammoet Europe, which has developed bamboo stacking beams to support heavy loads, an alternative to unsustainable hardwood supports.


Wagenborg Nedlift for its new lifting device for delicate concrete elements weighing 40 tonnes, used on a sustainable housing project.


AWARD SIX - CRANE JOB OF THE YEAR (TELESCOPIC), lifting capacity under 120 tonnes and knuckle boom of any capacity


WINNER

Schot Verticaal Transport for its project to remove and replace cooling towers, eight floors up at an airport, using a wheeled mobile folding crane.


FINALISTS

Mammoet Europe which used five wheeled mobile cranes to install machinery in a very congested recycling plant.


Skaks Special Transport for using two knuckle boom cranes to install a 25 tonne oil tank in a confined space.


Wagenborg Nedlift, a project involving 12 wheeled mobile cranes to lift and hold a 370 metre long pipeline.


AWARD SEVEN – TRANSPORT, TRAILER AND LOAD OVER 120 tonnes gross weight


WINNER

Kahl & Jansen for moving a transformer 82 kilometres in Germany using a high girder bridge in a 93.5 metre long total combination weighing 592 tonnes.


FINALISTS

Collett and Sons who faced a tight timescale to move a massive transformer from a port in the UK using SPMT, a girder bridge and a 300 tonne loaded vehicle


Fagioli for transporting a 318 tonne generator and 310 tonne gas turbine in Italy using SPMT, heavy modular heavy trailers, cranes, a gantry lifting system and 19 overbridges.


Silvasti, for transporting a 110 tonne transformer from Finland to a mountain-top location in Norway.


AWARD EIGHT – LATTICE BOOM CRANE JOB OF THE YEAR


WINNER

Mammoet Europe used a 250 tonne harbour crane and its twin ring super heavy lifter, working in tandem, to remove components weighing up to 345 tonnes from a floating vessel.


FINALISTS

ALE for a major railway project in London where it used a single crane to lift 61 beams including one weighing 1,500 tonnes; claimed to be the largest single lift in the UK


Autovictor which replaced a 220 tonne reactor at long radius using several cranes and requiring a 90 degree rotation of the load.


AWARD NINE – INNOVATION: MANUFACTURER


WINNERS

Spierings Mobile Cranes and its SK487-AT3 City Boy, the first crane with hybrid drive for diesel-electric operation or fully battery-powered in urban areas.


FINALISTS

Liebherr-Werk Ehingen for the LTM 1450-8.1, a 450 tonne capacity wheeled mobile crane designed for easy transport, flexibility in application, quick set-up and long reach.


Tadano Faun for its Triple Boom system using three parallel steel tubes, allowing high loads to be handled without the use of a boom guying system.


Terex Cranes and the PC 3800-1, a pedestal mounted version of the CC 3800-1 crawler crane designed for wind farm applications.


AWARD TEN – SPMT JOB OF THE YEAR


WINNER

Wagenborg Nedlift for the transport of the 120 metre Bokfjord bridge from Germany to Norway, including roll-on, roll-off operations, rotation of the bridge, and installation.


FINALISTS

ALE which used more than 3,000 lines of SPMT to move 29 modules weighing up to 7,000 tonnes at Zeebrugge port in Belgium, destined for the Yamal project in Russia. 


Fagioli for installing 500 tonne bridge sections in Italy using 24 axle lines of SPMT, climbing jacks, a gantry lifting system and other equipment.


Mammoet Europe, also for the Yamal project in Russia, for the load-in, transport and installation of 170 modules weighing up to 7,500 tonnes, using more than 1,700 axle lines of SPMT.


GINO KOSTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AWARD - BENNY SARENS

The Gino Koster Award for 2018 was awarded posthumously to Benny Sarens, who died suddenly in December 2017. A pioneer in the crane and heavy lifting business, Benny Sarens started working at Sarens, now a leading international specialist in heavy lifting and engineered transport, in 1972. In the intervening years he built up the technical solutions department of the Belgium-based family-owned business. Benny was instrumental in developing a world class technical team of experienced problem solvers, capable of designing and executing the most challenging engineered lifting projects. His lifetime achievement, in addition to the design of alternative lifting systems, was his leading involvement in pushing the development of the family of Sarens cranes known as “Big Benny” (the SGC 120) and Big Benny XL, the recently-launched SGC 140.


The awards are organised jointly by ESTA and International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine

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