South Korea Construction Boom Demands Cranes - Page 4 of 4
The space available for the crane’s assembly was extremely limited, however the MLC650 was still able to setup swiftly, because installation requires considerably less space than alternative cranes of this capacity.
On the project the crane was rigged with 56 m of main boom, its VPC-MAX attachment, 400 t of counterweight and with 10 parts of line on the hook. It lifted loads of up to 150 t out to working radii of up to 40 m.
The patented VPC system is also deployed in Manitowoc’s largest crawler crane, the Manitowoc 31000, which has a maximum capacity of 2,300 t. One of these units is based in South Korea, working for Chunjo Construction Co. Ltd.
Jong Seoung Park, general manager for Manitowoc Cranes in South Korea, said the company’s ongoing commitment to innovation had helped it build a loyal customer base in the country.
Emphasis on Training
Authorities in South Korea have some very strict regulations regarding worker safety. With the booming construction industry, so much so that the UK organisation, Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) has opened a second centre.
The new centre in Ulsan, in the south of the country, is opened in partnership with OSTS approved training providers, Safety & Access and Applus Velosi: Oil and gas industry sector service providers, who focus on vendor inspection, third party inspection, certification, testing, engineering and manpower services for the oil & gas sector globally.
The Ulsan centre offers CISRS scaffold related training including OSTS Scaffolder Levels 1-3, scaffold inspection and scaffold supervisor courses.
The accreditation audit was carried out this month by CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley, who was already in South Korea conducting the annual accreditation visit to the existing Safety and Access CISRS centre in Geoje. This centre established in 2013 has trained over 2,500 scaffolders, supervisors and inspectors in collaboration with Samsung Heavy Industries.
Dave Mosley and Safety & Access Joint MD Rick Statham Rick Statham took the opportunity to meet with key local clients including DSME, Shell and Chevron to give them a tour of the Geoje centre and outline the possibilities and future plans for CISRS training in the area.
Mr Mosley said:
CISRS recognise the fantastic commitment made by Samsung Heavy Industries in training over 2,500 people making them, the employer and South Korea, the region with most CISRS OSTS qualified operatives worldwide.
There is an increased interest in CISRS in South Korea at the moment, despite the current downturn in the oil and gas sector.
Demands for Specialised Equipment
Molten steel transport for steelworks require extremely reliable and safe vehicles are very much in demand.
However, they are frequently only suitable for short distances due to their low maximum speed.
The articulated KAMAG Ladle Carrier 3503, with a payload of 180 t and a length close to 16 m, reaches considerably higher speeds than conventional vehicles thus facilitating extremely efficient working operations.
Due to its increased maximum speed, the vehicle saves money during operations at the Hyundai Steel facility in South Korea.
KAMAG Transporttechnik has a range of transporters for molten steel and slag pot for payloads up to 150 t