NFT delivers 10 Potain tower cranes to Royal Atlantis Residences site in Dubai

Tower cranes, they are just cool. They do amazing work and provide quick easy erection of buildings like no other construction equipment on the market. The first units of Potain MR 418 cranes in the UAE have been erected at the Royal Atlantis Residences construction site in Dubai.

NFT, the exclusive dealer of Potain in the region, supplied 10 brand new units of the crane for the Palm Jumeirah project, located next to the Atlantis resort.

The MR 418s have been fully erected by NFT on fixing angles at heights ranging from 104m to 190m free-standing.

During Phase 2 of the operation, the cranes will be braced with special anchorage bracing, spanning 16m in length, to the core of the building.

NFT has also delivered two Potain GTMR 400 units to the construction site.

Value-added services provided by NFT as part of the contract include spare parts delivery and technical consulting.

“An entire container filled with MR 418 spare parts” has also been delivered to the site.

In a press statement, NFT said the move ensures client needs are “anticipated and immediately satisfied on site, without worrying about availability and delivery time”.

A two-shift schedule will be implemented to ensure 24-hour operations of the cranes, with full-time technicians to be based on site to ensure non-stop service delivery.

Ssangyong Engineering & Construction and Besix, in a joint venture, were awarded the project’s construction contract in February 2016.

According to the press statement, NFT’s previous work experience with Besix helped it secure the contract to deliver Potain units for the mega project “after months of negotiations”.

Remarking on the project, Bassem Kini, the NFT operations director tasked with the Royal Atlantis Residences project, said “erection went smoothly, and the tower cranes are working beautifully”.

He added: “The project is positively challenging, and we have enjoyed working with the client’s site team, which is professional and cooperative with NFT.”

Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences will boast almost 800 guest rooms, more than 230 serviced apartments, and 46 storeys.

Tower Cranes in Denver CO

We found this great article posted by NEW9 in Denver Colorado. Pretty awesome to see the life of a tower crane operator from the perspective of an outsider.

Check out the full article below and go check out their full video.

DENVER – It’s the dance of the cranes.

You see them everywhere in Denver – tower cranes building new buildings and fueling Colorado’s economy.

But have you ever wondered who operates those cranes, and how they get up there?

Photojournalist Eric Kehe and I got the chance to find out.

RMS Cranes, a member of the TNT Crane family, and Saunders Construction invited us to go up a crane. They said just climb up the ladder one floor – then do it 30 more times.

Is this a good time to mention I’m not crazy about heights?

We climbed up the crane across from Union Station where they’re building a new office tower.

There’s a little landing on each floor where you can stop to catch your breath, and enjoy the view.

It’s a bit exhausting but we made it to the top, where we met crane operator Jeff Macklin.

Macklin says his days are just ups and downs.

Workers on the ground call him on a radio when they need him to pick up equipment or materials, and deliver it to another location.

The cranes of Denver.    

Sometimes he gets calls from different crews in different locations, all at one time.

It’s how he spends his 8 to 14 hour days in the air.

And once he gets up there, he doesn’t climb down until his shift is finished.

If there’s bad weather, he just rides it out.

Rain, hail, snow, wind, lightening – Macklin has seen it all from his perch high in the sky.

He says you need to be highly trained, certified and a little crazy to operate a tower crane.

But on the upside, he says you just can’t beat the view.

“Colorado’s national or state bird is the crane,” Macklin said. “I remember there was a time you’d never see a tower crane up. Now you get 20 or 30 of them. “

Sunrise, sunset, aircraft flying by, even police officers chasing suspects down below – he has the perfect spot to see it all.