Potain Tower Cranes: Helping build a landmark

July 31, 2017

undefinedThe cranes are currently helping construct the $1.4bn Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences, which is slated for completion in Q4 2019, also marking the first time they have been used in the UAE.

Supply of these cranes were made based on a rental contract with the joint venture (JV) building the development, which is made up of two contractors— Belgium-based BESIX and South Korea’s SsangYong Engineering & Construction.

Bassem Kini, operations director at NFT, said the company specified MR 418 cranes for the project for their hoist and lifting speeds, which are especially useful when working on high-rise projects.

“Having worked on several successful projects with BESIX in the past, we are delighted to once again be chosen as the main supplier of tower cranes for this impressive project,” he explained. “We are using a fleet of Potain MR 418 cranes because of their excellent capabilities on high-rise building projects. Their high-speed and high-capacity hoists are exactly what’s needed to ensure maximum productivity on site.”

Product Specifications

The Potain MR 418 has a 24 tonne maximum capacity, 60 metre boom and 5 tonne capacity at the jib end. Its 270 LVF 120 hoist offers excellent capabilities for work on high-rise projects, including a 254 m per second hoisting speed.

The 830 m rope capacity on the winch’s drum means that in single-fall configuration a hook path of 830 m is possible. Further boosting the crane’s class-leading performance is a 150 VVF 56 luffing winch which delivers an impressive luffing speed of just 1 minute and 15 seconds to maneuver the jib from 15˚ to 86˚- with or without load. The mounted luffing mechanism and hoist ensure there is plenty of room for operation on tight job sites, or on projects like the Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences, where 10 units need to work together.

The MR 418s will be free standing in the early stages of building work but will be tied to the structure using 16 m-long braces as construction develops. Final working heights for the cranes will range between 104 m and 193 m. The cranes are lifting a variety of materials including steel beams and concrete formwork, to support the construction of the development, with loads weighing up to 16 t.

To ensure crane uptime is maximised on the project, NFT has undertaken a unique method of support—the company is storing a container full of MR 418 spare parts directly on the job site. In the event that a part needs to be replaced, the company has eliminated any delay, thereby ensuring the very highest level of aftermarket service.

Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences

The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences The hotel and residential complex will cover 100,000 sqm and will feature one of the tallest towers on the Palm ­Jumeirah. The project will reach 193 metres in height when completed. It was designed by New York architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

The 43-storey resort will include 795 rooms, 231 of which will be residential units. The project will have 65 outdoor pools in the residential section and a “sky pool” at a height of 100 m at the hotel. There will also be parking space for 1,500 cars. 

Company Profiles

Potain is a product of US-based crane manufacturer Manitowoc.

NFT is a leading supplier of tower cranes and a long-time Potain business partner. With more than 1,500 tower cranes in its fleet, the company has its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, and operates offices in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar and Kuwait. 


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