Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd (MMHE) is using two Manitowoc 16000s to construct a large semi-submersible vessel as part of the Gumusut-Kakap deep-water oil field, a major oil exploration project. Both cranes are also equipped with Manitowoc’s MAX-ER capacity-enhancing attachment. Ahmad Zaki Abd Malik, Senior General Manager, Operations, MMHE, said the company chose to purchase, rather than rent the cranes, because it represents better long-term value. “Based on past experience, we know these cranes have a working life of 20 years or more, so for us it made sense to purchase rather than rent,” he said, adding, “We own some cranes and rent others, but as our company expands, we are purchasing more. This current project will involve a lot of heavy lifting, and the 16000s are perfect. We know even after this job is complete, we will continue to get many years of reliable service from these cranes on other jobs.” The 400 tonne capacity Model 16000 cranes are working at the MMHE fabrication yard in Pasir Gudang in the Johor state in Malaysia. They are lifting loads of 50-200 tonne including pre-assembled structural elements that weigh up to 200 tonne. At present, MMHE is also renting 16 cranes from local suppliers with capacities ranging 150-1,200 tonne. Over 60 per cent of the company’s activities are currently given over to engineering and construction. MMHE anticipates an increase in demand for oil rigs and other associated equipment, and plans to add more cranes in future.