Sarens Transport and Install Parkbrug in Central Antwerp
Sarens safely installed Parkbrug in an extremely congested city center with minimum downtime for the local residents and boats.
Parkbrug bridge in Antwerp had to be transported from Ghent and installed in the busy city centre without causing major disturbance to the traffic, pedestrians, and local residents.
Emergo Emotec called their trusted partner Sarens to execute challenging installation of the bridge. The project was scheduled for May 2020 but got delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and finally installion started in January 2021.
Sarens’ team had to address some major challenges before starting the project:
- The city centre had traffic movement and minimum disruption had to be caused.
- The four bridge parts had variable dimensions and centre of gravity and had to be installed at different inclinations.
- Assembly of the crane in the congested space where once the crane body is delivered on site, no other truck could enter the site anymore.
- The bridge parts had to be swung around an apartment for installation with only 1m free space available between two buildings.
- Only one hour window provided for installation when the buildings were vacated to ensure safety of the residents.
Sarens’ engineering and operations team performed a detailed study and calculations to devise the best plan for the project execution. The team decided to deploy:
- 10 axle SPMT
- Barge Karel
According to the Project Manager, Bram Van Overwalle, “The assembly of the 650T capacity crawler crane in the city centre of Antwerp was very exciting. Once the crane body was delivered on site, no truck could enter the site anymore. Therefore, we needed to transport 54 trucks with crane parts, in the opposite manner as compared to a normal assembly.” Explaining an opposite assembly further he continued, “The first truck arrived with the head section of the luffer. The last trucks brought the body to the job site. We start with the head section of the luffer and build up the crane to the root section of the main boom. Lastly, the body and crawlers are connected.”
The Sarens crew transported the bridge parts on SPMT’s from their depot at Gent to the quay side and loaded them onto Sarens Barge ‘Karel’ with a TC650. The bridge parts were transported on the barge from Ghent to Antwerp. In Antwerp, the bridge parts were lifted from the barge ‘Karel’, swung around a large apartment building, and installed with a CC3800-1 (SL3800) with 120m boom (60m main boom and 60m luffer).
The four bridge parts included two long sections and two curved sections. The 17-44m long bridge parts weighed between 30-47t. With only one hour window for execution the team installed one bridge section per day.
Bram Van Overwalle said, “I would especially like to thank the Engineering department for their precise calculations and project plan, the local transport department for efficient planning of transport, and all the crew members involved during the loading of bridge parts in Ghent and installing the parts in Antwerp.”