Many power generation facilities, refineries and other industrial plants conduct plant shutdowns on a scheduled basis to perform preventive maintenance. These are large, complex projects that require a lot of skill and planning to be completed on time so the facility can return to operations as quickly as possible.
One of the tools in the ever-expanding toolbox at Vic’s Crane & Heavy Haul is the Goldhofer trailer. When we’re tasked with moving incredibly large pieces of equipment or massive engines, we rely on the strength and durability that Goldhofer trailers provide to get the job done right.
The Glengarry is one of last remaining all-wood boats still in operation along the St. Croix River. Rising flood waters was causing the Glengarry to rise in its boathouse, putting it in danger of smashing into the roof. With ice on the river preventing the crew from simply backing it out of the boathouse, the only other option was to lift it out of the water. Luckily, Vic’s was called in to help.
A major aspect of the work Vic’s Crane & Heavy Haul does on a regular basis is transporting incredibly large objects from water to land and then overland. Often, major pieces of equipment come to us by ship or barge to be delivered to their final destinations. It’s not uncommon for challenges to arise throughout this process, and such was the case when we were tasked with moving massive rings used in the mining industry in Michigan. Luckily, our team’s experience meant we were ready.
Vic’s Crane & Heavy Haul often plays an important role in ensuring those clustered wind farms are up and running in order to provide energy for the region. Along with installation, one of the many areas of service where Vic’s shines is providing wind turbine maintenance to those massive, 80-meter tall structures.
Vic’s recently worked in partnership with the shipping and freight forwarding company Martin Bencher Group on the biggest heavy haul project in company history – offloading 10 reciprocating internal combustion engines from a cargo ship in Michigan’s upper peninsula and transporting them up to 65 miles to new power plants.
Constructed in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, U.S. Bank Stadium was to be a focal point and a hallmark for the direction the franchise was taking. Vic’s stepped in with our tower cranes during the first phase of construction. We continued through the spring of 2014 with the process of setting the pre-cast. Finally, in the summer of 2015, we hoisted the U.S. Bank Stadium sign high into the sky and fixed it in place.
We were contracted to transport a 225,800-pound General Electric natural gas-fueled combustion turbine from an over-the-road transporter to the power block. Additionally, we installed 10 Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) boiler modules (with some weighing up to 100,000 pounds) through the roof of the plant.
East Dubuque Nitrogen Fertilizers, LLC (formerly known as Rentech Nitrogen, LLC) gave us a call for help on a particularly big lift – the heaviest single crane lift in our company’s history, actually. First up was our heavy haul crew, who successfully completed the railway offload, transport to the site, and lift into place of the 702,450-pound ammonia converter vessel to assist in an expansion project for the company.