At the moment, work is ongoing to ‘rig’ the gigantic 160 tonne crane that has just arrived in Pier Road, Littlehampton ahead of next week’s scheduled piling works.
This massive crane is so big that it had to be transported in sections. The caterpillar tracks are so big (weighing approximately 7 tonnes) that each one had to be transported separately in their own 40ft articulated trailer. Pictured above is one of the two 40ft articulated trailers needed to transport the caterpillar tracks, which have come all the way from Austria and have been built especially for the new crane.
Unloading one of the two giant caterpillar tracks, which weigh approximately 7 tonnes. Just looking at the size of the articulated trailer needed to transport each one, gives you an idea as to just how big these are.
Here you can see the second crane working on rigging the giant 160 tonne crane, which when fully rigged will have the potential to reach over 70 metres. Although the engineers advise that they don’t anticipate needing this full range.
In the foreground you can see the ‘jibs’ which go to make up the main arms of the crane. These are white tubular space frame parts and there are different jib arrangements depending on the work being undertaken.
This amazing crane has the potential to lift a mass of 140 tonnes with only a very short reach, say 4 metres. Given the relatively narrow working conditions in Pier Road, it’s easy to see why this crane is needed.
The sheet steel piles which will be used to build Littlehampton’s Sea Defences are a staggering 20 metres in length and weight over 4 tonnes each. The crane is expected to reach about 50 metres while holding a pile.
If you get a spare moment, then do pop down to Pier Road to see this crane in the flesh. Rigging is still ongoing and it’s fascinating to watch.
We’ve been advised that piling works starts next week.