BIGMAX Cranes, one of the leading truck crane manufacturers in North America, has announced the launch of a new line of marine cranes to be distributed throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America.
BIGMAX telescopic cranes and Amco Veba articulated or knuckleboom marine cranes can now be ordered to assist with cargo handling or on workboats used in various industries from commercial fishing and coastal transportation, to towing and aquaculture.
Todd Slobogean, CEO of the parent company Technocrane Inc., says “The Amco Veba and BIGMAX Marine Cranes have many excellent features not typically found in the under 40 t/m class. These features include:
- a rugged oil bath rotation system
- dual rack and pinion slewing
- standup pedestal controls, and
- three levels of marinization
In addition, both the BIGMAX and the Amco Veba marine cranes have heavy duty lift cylinders similar to those used on large excavators. The cylinders have threaded steel cylinder heads, rather than cylinder heads held in place with snap rings.”
The larger Amco Veba articulated cranes have a longer reach, higher lift capacity and the benefit of additional boom articulation. The BIGMAX mono-boom telescopic cranes are smaller and less expensive, while still offering the features that make them suitable for harsh marine weather and exposure to corrosive ocean conditions.
Cranes have been supplied to the marine industry by Technocrane since 1990. Their customers include:
- Canadian Coast Guard
- Dept of Fisheries and Oceans
- Military Patrol
- Commercial vessels
- Aquaculture Vessels
- Fishing Fleets
- Crab Boats
- Marine Docks
- Fire and Emergency Response Boats
The new marine cranes are considerably different. Slobogean notes, “Generally using a conventional truck crane for a marine application is not the best solution for several reasons. The control valve assembly will have to be raised and relocated and the hoses will need to be lengthened because a truck crane is designed to be mounted on a truck frame.
As a marine crane specialist, Mr. Slobogean has also advised that corrosion proofing on regular truck cranes is not sufficient. Standard industrial paint and piston rod chroming that is adequate for truck cranes quickly deteriorates when exposed to a corrosive marine environment. Furthermore, the slewing systems are not robust or powerful enough to rotate the crane mounted on an unstable floating vessel.
More detailed information can be found at the new marine crane website or by calling toll free to 1-877-531-8644 Ext. 1.