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Three Manitowoc crawler cranes help on port expansion

2/19/2011 Porto, Portugal

Manitowoc crawler cranes were an important part of the Port of Leixões expansion in Portugal. The cranes, owned by Etermar and CPTP, worked on a range of construction projects including building new walkways and quays to allow the port to receive larger cruise ships and other large vessels.

The port is on the country’s northern shores in the town of Matosinhos, near Portugal’s second largest city, Porto. The work was done directly by the port owner, Administração dos Portos do Douro e Leixões, which turned to Etermar and CPTP to handle much of the work.

Luis Adão, project job site manager, said the work was a good fit with both Etermar’s and CPTP’s specialties.

“This was a large infrastructure project, and our companies are among the biggest and most experienced marine contractors in Portugal — we were delighted to be involved,” he said. “Both companies have built their fleets around Manitowoc cranes in recent years. This allows us to maintain our market leading positions and take on these kinds of projects without having to rent cranes. On this project, the three Manitowoc cranes worked well together, and having crawler cranes all from one brand helps with assembly and service.”

The three Manitowoc cranes onsite were the 400 t capacity Model 16000, the 272 t capacity Model 2250 and the 250 t capacity Model 999.

The Model 16000 was based onshore with 60 m of main boom and handled several jobs including positioning large rock elements in a sea barrier. In addition, the crane set precast concrete elements weighing up to 70 t for construction of port’s quay wall.

The Model 2250 worked offshore on a 60 m x 22 m pontoon. It placed steel piles filled with concrete for the installation of new marina walkways. This crane also placed large elements for a walkway for docking cruise ships. The Model 2250 was configured with 51.8 m of main boom.

The Model 999 also worked offshore on a 24 m x 15 m jackup barge. It positioned piles to support a new marina structure for cruise ships. This crane worked with 33.5 m of main boom.

All the cranes finished work on the project at the end of 2010.
About The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
Founded in 1902, The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions with manufacturing, distribution, and service facilities in 20 countries. In the United States, the Grove, Manitowoc, National Crane, Potain and Shuttlelift brands are sold and serviced by Grove US, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company, Inc. In 2018, Manitowoc’s net sales totaled $1.8 billion, with over half generated outside the United States.
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