A fleet of 10 Potain MR 418 tower cranes is helping construct a massive new project: the Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences, which is located on the crescent of the Palm Jumeirah island in Dubai, UAE. Potain business partner, Abu Dhabi-based NFT, supplied the cranes on a rental contract to the joint venture (JV) building the development. The JV is made up of two contractors—the Belgium-based BESIX and South Korea’s SsangYong Engineering & Construction—and the project marks the first time that MR 418 cranes have been used in the UAE. The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences will reach 193 m in height when completed.
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.
The Potain MR 418 has a 24 t maximum capacity, 60 m boom and 5 t 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 a luffing speed of just one minute and 15 seconds to manoeuvre the jib from 15° to 86°- with or without load. The uniquely-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.