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.