Barnhart Crane and Rigging recently transported its sixth water runner bound for a hydroelectric power plant in Michigan, completing a project that started in 2013.
The scope of work included transporting the components from the Port of New Orleans to the final destination, where Barnhart personnel staged them for replacement. The company transported one water runner per year from 2013 to 2018.
Each water runner weighed 300 tons and measured 8.5 metre in diameter and 4.8 metre in height. They were also accompanied by a wearing ring measuring 7.3 metre in diameter and almost 1 metre in height.
Arriving by heavy lift vessel from their port if origin in Shanghai the water runners and wearing rings were offloaded by ship’s gear ti a hopper barge for transport to the port of Chicago. Barnhart used the hopper barge for movemet from New Orleans to Chicago due to a 5.6 metre above water level cargo height restriction at the Lemont Bridge on Illinois’ Des Plaines River.
Utilizing a Demag TC3000 truck crane with 42 metre main boom and full superlift, the cargo was transloaded to a Barnhart deck barge at Chicago. Barnhart then transported the deck barge up Lake Michigan directly to the pumped storage power plant site. The components were rolled off using a 14-line single-wide PSTe Goldhofer for movement through the plant to a 410-ton gantry crane, where they were offloaded and staged for replacement.