The online crane rental platform, MyCrane, has been helping a variety of global customers to carry out their lifting projects successfully.
One of them is Haihua Industry Group based in Beijing, China. The company – which is involved in the production and trade of chemical industry products and equipment for the oil and energy sectors – recently made use of the MyCrane platform to get better access to equipment, leading to substantial savings.
With the free MyCrane service, Haihua was able to source a 400 t crawler crane for use on three column installations at a refinery. Critical lift was required at 28 m radius and 77 m height for the 22.8 t column sections.
After receiving a range of easily comparable commercial offers, Haihua awarded the lifting contract to Sinopec Heavy Lifting and Transportation Co Ltd, who proposed a Sany crane, SCC4000A, in LJ configuration (super lift).
Assistance with the contract for lifting services, preparation of engineered drawings, and client support up until safe execution were all provided by MyCrane.
Via MyCrane, the client was able to select a crane already located in the same region as the job site, generating savings of 30% compared to other quotes – a clear demonstration of the value offered by the MyCrane platform.
Founder and CEO of MyCrane Andrei Geikalo said, “In our initial discussions, it became apparent that most contractors known to the client were unable to meet its requirements, particularly in relation to site space and budget constraints.
“Fortunately, the client was able to use the MyCrane rental platform to quickly access a range of additional suppliers who were able to propose different options, and then award the project to their preferred contractor based on technical and commercial criteria.”
“Haihua thanked MyCrane for facilitating the successful execution of this installation, all within the deadlines required,” continued Mr Geikalo. “This project highlights how MyCrane provides access for customers to the whole of the market of crane rental companies, resulting in time and cost savings; and new customers and opportunities for suppliers.”
Xu Xinghuai, manager at Sinopec Heavy Lifting and Transportation Co Ltd, which supplied the crane, added, “We registered at MyCrane just a month ago and have already been awarded this very nice job for our 400 t crawler crane, and it was all done online! It’s great to make use of a tool that exposes your company to additional customers and orders, without meetings, call or emails.”
In another project, MyCrane was tasked with advising a global energy customer that needed to install nine pieces of equipment. The client turned to MyCrane after it was discovered a miscalculation meant the project could run in to considerable delays and added cost.
The package comprised four condensers weighing 26.8 t (lifting height over 45 m), four crystallisers weighing 48 t (lifting height over 45 m), and one wet dust collector weighing 20 t.
The technical team of the customer initially identified a mobile crane with a lifting capacity of 500 t, the Liebherr LTM-1500, which was also proposed by one of the crane suppliers from their vendor list.
MyCrane engineers were subsequently called upon to find a solution that included sourcing a smaller crane, in order to lower costs for the customer.
MyCrane’s independent approach enabled a solution using a 400 t mobile crane. This already brought value for customer, who decided to place an online request for rental of this crane at the MyCrane platform. From the multitude of quotes received, the best was chosen based on price, technical aspects and other criteria.
A surprise was waiting for all parties at the job site, however, when it was discovered that the heaviest piece of cargo was delivered with a weight 25% heavier than expected (because additional components were installed). This posed a major risk that the LTM-1400 crane already mobilised at the job site would not have sufficient capacity.
“Because MyCrane is impartial, we found a way to adjust the weight of the rigging and reposition the crane so it could be safely used whilst still within capacity,” explained Mr Geikalo. “This eliminated the need to source a bigger and more expensive crane, and ensured the project remained on schedule.
“As MyCrane doesn’t own and operate its own equipment, our priority is always finding the right solution for the client – just as we did in this case.
“These recent projects demonstrate the wide range of services available from MyCrane and are just a small sample of the many jobs we are currently engaged in, with all types of cranes ranging from 500 kg up to 1,600 t.”