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         located at Newport and two at Swansea.   were lighter and posed less problems   clear benefits to the ports of Swansea
         The five cranes were nearing the end of   from a rigging perspective. Roundslings   and Newport over the next 10 years.”
         their operational life but the renovation   were used for these lifting operations.
         has extended their lifespan by 10 years.  Derryl Godwin, Site Engineer at  Michigan based crane and
           For the pair of Swansea-based portal   RSS, led LOLER examination and test-  hoist company expands to
         dockside cranes, RSS provided the rig-  ing  once  the  refurbished  cranes  were   South Bend
         ging equipment necessary as a mobile   reinstalled in Swansea. He spent a day   Star Crane & Hoist, based in Allen-
         crane  dismantled each crane  in  three   inspecting working  parts, welds, wire   dale, Michigan has opened a new branch
         pieces. Once the same lifting gear was   rope and the hook, among other struc-  to better serve the Tri-State area. Star
         resupplied to reassemble the cranes,   tural elements of the cranes.  Godwin   Crane & Hoist provides a wide range of
         RSS conducted thorough examination   was among a five-strong team from the   services for all material handling equip-
         and testing in line with the Lifting Op-  South  Wales  lifting  equipment com-  ment components. This includes manu-
         erations and Lifting Equipment Regu-  pany that were involved in the project   facturing, servicing, installing, selling
         lations 1998 (LOLER).              over  a six-month  period following  an   products,  repairing  and  managing  all
           Steve Hutin, Managing Director at   initial site visit to contribute to a safe   operations. This location is 2,240 square
         RSS, explained that the biggest chal-  system of work.
         lenge was encountered by the centre   The Port of Newport is a steel, met-
         of gravity of the middle section of the   als,  recycling,  and  renewable  energy
         cranes that included the operator’s cab-  hub, while the Port of Swansea has ca-
         in. He said: “We knew the section was   pacity to handle vessels of up to 30,000
         50t in weight but the centre of gravity   deadweight tonnage (dwt) and provides
         was out so we used two [MOD 50] Modu-  berths  and  facilities  for  most  types  of
         lift spreader beams in close proximity.”  cargo. ABP is the UK’s leading port op-
           RSS utilized fixed lifting attachments   erator, with a unique network of 21 ports   feet was soft opened earlier this year
         on  the  front  of  the  cabins,  while  two   across England, Scotland and Wales.  and became fully staffed this month.
         30t chain blocks were used on the back   Robert Gray, Engineering Manager,   The address is 3371 W. Cleveland Rd.,
         with a flat braided wire rope sling that   ABP South Wales, said: “We are com-  Suite 308, South Bend, IN 46628.
         was manufactured to lift level. As with   mitted to providing effective infrastruc-  Star Crane & Hoist opened the Tri-
         the other two sections, the main piece   ture and equipment across our ports to   State branch to better serve southwest
         was lowered onto stools for transporta-  ensure the needs of our customers are   Michigan,  northwest  Indiana and  a
         tion. Hutin added that the jib and lower   met. The refurbishment of these cranes   small portion of Illinois. Prior to the
         parts—the cranes weighed 65t in total—  was a large project that will deliver
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