After the heavy storms in the Cantabrian Sea in the winter of 2014, which caused severe damage on the dock of the port of Bermeo, it was necessary to replace the outer protection concrete blocks.
For 45 days, a Liehberr LTM 1350 crane put approximately 1,000 concrete blocks in place to restore the defences. The port engineers established the exact location of each block and a GPS-guided system situated at the end of the jib was used to carry out the work with the greatest accuracy.
Port of Baiona
Relocating a port crane is not a simple task if no disassembly takes place. This manoeuvre carried out by the Ibarrondo Group at the port of Baiona involved loading the crane onto a ship to move it to another area in the port and unloading it at its final destination.
Three days of work for a team of 11 people using three cranes, Demag AC 700, Demag AC 500 and Demag AC 200, as well as the necessary support trucks and, in this case, 50-metre high aerial platforms.
Trastainer cranes are essential in present-day sea ports which deal with loading and unloading containers. Their enormous size and height make the landscape of a port easily identifiable from afar.
For this manoeuvre carried out at the Port of Bilbao we used four cranes: one Demag AC 700 and three Demag AC 500 with their corresponding trucks to carry counterweights and support vehicles, 16 units altogether.
The operation involved lifting a 280-ton piece to a height of 50 metres in order to install it at the top of the Trastainer crane.
A manoeuvre by the Ibarrondo Group loaded with symbolism. In October 2013 the famous Athletic Football Club barge, the one which was used to celebrate the team’s victories with a ride up the estuary, was removed to become part of the permanent collection of Ria de Bilbao Maritime Museum.
The boat was moved from the estuary to one of the museum’s dry docks. Two heavy-duty cranes, Demag AC 700 and Demag AC 500, with their corresponding support trucks, were used to this end.
The Independence of the Seas, one of the largest cruise ships in the world, recently docked in Getxo.
Owned by the shipping company Royal Caribbean, this cruise ship can carry up to 4,370 passengers and 1,360 crew members. A colossal ship which, during its stopover in Getxo, required the services of the Ibarrondo Group to take large supplies onboard.
One of our 300-tonne cranes lifted loads of more than 2,000 kilos over 100 metres. To do this we used the 72-metre telescopic boom of the crane to which 29-metre jibs were attached