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Mammoet assembles world’s biggest land-based crane

by Mark Cantrell
Assembling the SK6000

Mammoet has started assembling what is claimed to be the world’s strongest land-based crane, the SK6000, at its Westdorpe facility in the Netherlands.

The monumental project is said to mark a new era in heavy lifting technology, offering “unprecedented” lifting capacity and reach; opening up new construction methodologies for large projects.

The SK6000 ring crane will offer full electric operation, Mammoet says. This is said to mean it enables the transition to cleaner power sources while driving down the carbon impact of energy projects themselves.

Koen Brouwers, project manager for the SK6000, said: “This is a thrilling new chapter for Mammoet and modular construction in heavy industry, as we see the SK6000 taking shape.

Assembling what is said to be the world's largest land-based crane
Assembling the SK6000

It will offer a hook height, outreach, and lifting capacity far in excess of any crane on the market. We are excited to bring this groundbreaking technology to our customers, helping them achieve their project goals with greater efficiency and more sustainably.”

The SK6000 has a maximum capacity of 6,000 tonnes, and is capable of lifting components up to 3,000 tonnes to a height of 220 meters.

Its sheer lifting power is said to allow Mammoet’s customers to build more efficiently in larger pieces, shrinking the logistics, integration and mobilization phases of projects.

The crane is also claimed to provide a “huge leap forward” for projects in emerging energy sectors, supporting the continued constructability of next-generation wind turbine and foundation components needed to achieve higher yields from offshore wind farms.

It also unlocks new modular construction options for nuclear facilities, with increased cost-effectiveness and safety.

In the oil and gas sector, the SK6000 is also said to help new build and expansion projects to benefit from economies of scale on a level never before seen.

Initial works include assembly of the crane’s base frame, power packs and control room. Mammoet’s auxiliary cranes are supporting the build, including two 250-tonne crawler cranes, and a 140-tonne Gottwald mobile harbour crane.

Assembly of the SK6000 is scheduled to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2024.


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