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Sarens entered US Heavy lift and heavy haul space in 2009 by acquiring Rigging International, a company based in California. We officialy changed the name to Sarens USA, INC. in 2012.

Sarens USA, INC has offices in Houston from where we cover the Gulf area, in Montana from where we cover the Midwest, and in Rowesville from where we cover the East coast.


We provide Engineered Heavy Lifting Services

Heavy Lifting

  • We provide Project-based heavy lift services
  • Turnaround maintenance
  • Installation of turbines & generators
  • Erection of steel structures
  • Erection of heat exchangers
  • Installation of mechanical equipment, drums, casing / inlet ducts, vessels, pumps

Heavy Transport Services

  • Out of Gauge and abnormal load transport
  • Project based heavy transport
  • Rental of specialized transport equipment
  • Factory-to-Foundation

Decomissioning and Dismantling Services

Rental Services

  • We provide bare lease as well as operated rentals services
  • Skidding & jacking


  • New nuclear plant construction
  • Operating nuclear plant
  • Small Modular Reactor (SMR)
  • Decommissioning
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Government
  • Thermal power plants
  • Oil & Gas
  • Petrochemical
  • Major civil projects including:
    • Airports
    • Bridges
    • Stadia
    • Ports & yards
    • Oversized heavy haul


  • Hydraulic cranes
  • Cranes ranging from 90T to 3200T
  • Hydraulic jacks
  • Strand jacks
  • Self Propelled Modular Trailers
  • Semi trailers
  • Out of Gauge transport


  • Albany Green Energy Turbine replacement
  • MDA Turbines-Generator transport and replacement
  • Conemaugh Power Station, New Florence-PA Heavy lift using 1600T Crane with 1200T crane as a support crane
  • Ottertail Energy Facility Heavylift Project at Bigstone SD
  • Flint Hills Hydrocracker Heavy Lift project at Corpus Christi, TX
  • LACC Load in and Load Out at Lake Charles, LA
  • Ingleside Ethylene Project using CC8800
  • Setting Trusses for Boeing aircraft
  • Beam move at Gerald Desmond Bridge deploying K2400
  • Providence Bridge section replacement
  • Cabinet Gorge Bridge erection
  • Arch Extensions on Post Oak Blvd. Bridge installation
  • Relocation of 8 steel truss bridge sections in Riverside, LA
  • Minnesota Vikings football stadium roof
  • Container Crane relocation in Elizabeth, NJ
  • New Jersey LCC Transport STS cranes
  • Relocation of STS Crane for Liebherr
  • Relocation of STS Crane for Penn Terminals
  • Lifting and installation of Shiploader component in Louisiana
  • Offload and transportation of Stacker reclaimer in Louisiana over the Mississippi River
  • Kansas City Power & Light Station, La Cygne Heavy lift using LR 1400
  • Prairie State Energy Campus Project, Marissa-IL heavy transport services

New Nuclear Plant Construction

  • VC Summers in United States
    • AP 1000 Module transport with SPMT (96 lines)
  • Olkiluoto 3 in Finland
    • Lifting of the heavy components
    • Lifting of the dome
  • Flamanville 3 in France
    • Transport of generator
    • Construction of the power house
    • Operating the gantry cranes on site
    • Installation of Accumulators, MSR and other components
    • Lifting of Heavy Components, Polar Crane & Dome with SGC120
  • Taishan 1 & 2
    • Installation of MSR

Operating Nuclear Plants

  • 32 Steam Generator Replacement Projects (SGRP)
    • 24 in USA, 4 in Japan, 4 in South Korea
  • 9 SGRP
    • 1 in USA, 6 in France (OLS & transport) 2 South Korea
  • 8 Core Internal Removal Projects
  • 5 Steam Generator Disposal Projects
  • 5 Dry Cask Storage Units
  • 7 Reactor Vessel Heat Replacements Project
  • 4 Extended Power Uprates. Numerous FWH, MSR Replacements
  • 2 Stator replacements

Small Modular Reactor (SMR)


  • Connecticut Yankee Steam Generator & RPV Removal
  • RPV Transport to Barnwell Disposal Site
  • LACBWR Supply Single Failure Proof Trolley & Seismic Qualified Gantry
  • Trojan LCR & RPV removal & transport to Disposal –RPV Removed with Internals and Intact Head
  • Big Rock Point Supply Single Failure Proof Trolley and Remove RPV
  • Rancho Seco Dry Cask Storage Project - Steam Generator & Stator Removal - Decommissioning Services Contractor
  • Humboldt Bay awarded RPV removal and transport to Disposal Site – Project cancelled due to PG&E’s concern of bad publicity after San Bruno gas explosion and fire
  • SONGS Unit 1 LCR & RPV Transport to Disposal Site – Dry Cask Storage HSM Lifting Assembly
  • Chernobyl - Installation of new ventilation stack in 2013


  • NASA Pathfinder Mission to Mars


Houston, Texas (Office & Yard)
10855 John Ralston Rd
Houston, TX 77044
Tel: 832 536 3669
Fax: 832 615 2678

Missoula, Montana (Office)
7168 Expressway
Missoula, MT 59808
Tel: 406 543 4427
Fax: 406 543 4505
Conf Rm: 406 532 3093

Rowesville, South Carolina (Office & Yard)
122 River Dr
Rowesville, SC 29133
Tel: 803 534 1348

Sorrento LA (Yard)
9204-A Highway 61
Sorrento, LA 70778



Sarens Insights: When We Said ‘No’ to ‘Safety First’ (And Why)
At Sarens, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that always puts safety first. So when a client asked us to proudly hang “SAFETY FIRST” banners from a crane, we had to say no.
September 2019

The banners seemed like a good idea at first: they were attached on both sides of the main boom of our CKE4000 crane and proclaimed “SAFETY FIRST” in big, bold letters. This message would be a reminder of how much we valued safety.

In this regard, the banners were a huge success–though not in the way our client had anticipated!

That’s because our site manager immediately recognised that the “SAFETY FIRST” banners were actually a safety hazard. When attached to the lowered boom, it was clear that they were much bigger than expected and not made from the correct fabric for construction banners. They would create wind drag, and this could damage the banners or worse, the boom. In the worst case scenario, they could even cause the crane to fall.

The site manager immediately contacted our HQ crane specialist, who confirmed the risks: “I would advise to have the banners removed from the boom as a ‘SAFETY FIRST’ precaution.”

The banners were on the main boom of a luffer combination, and as long as the boom was on a steep 85° angle the additional moment induced by the wind on the slewing gear would not be too significant. However, during boom erection and lay down, the maximum allowable wind speed would have to be reduced, and in the case of strong winds, the boom system would have to be lowered earlier than advised by the crane manufacturer.

We decided not to take those risks, and the banners came off.

This story is just one example of how we always try to stay alert to safety hazards, and are constantly evaluating and re-evaluating the situation on the ground to keep our equipment and our people safe.

At Sarens, we’re proud of a culture that empowers our employees to Stop and Consult whenever they suspect a problem. This culture is exactly why our site manager could reach out to HQ and raise concerns about the banners, eventually leading to their removal.

Sarens has a range of proactive measures in place to ensure the safety and health of our staff, as well as third parties and visitors to our job sites. Everything we do is based on a clear SHEQ Policy drawn up by our CEO, Wim Sarens. Unlike at other companies, our SHEQ policy is found in every single meeting room and staff container at each yard or job site worldwide.

We also train each of our employees on the Sarens 10 Life-Saving Rules, designed to prevent incidents and accidents from occurring. This is part of an extended SHEQ introduction where we focus on the principle of “First look, see, think, and then act”–not the other way around.

For example, we insist that even after a “start work” meeting, when risk analyses have been discussed in detail, the last step is always a personal Last Minute Risk Analysis (LRA). During this final check, the operator verifies that all safety measures have indeed been respected and that work can proceed safely.

If the operator concludes that this is not the case, or that the situation has changed, he or she is obliged to use the Stop and Consult procedure and halt operations until a supervisor is consulted and a solution implemented. Of course, Sarens would not be Sarens if we could not find a safe solution to every situation, and that’s exactly what we strive to do in each case!

Our clear, readily-available SHEQ policy, intensive SHEQ training, 10 Life-Saving Rules, and Stop and Consult proceduredistinguish us from our peers in the industry. Of course, on top of these safety measures, our operators and site supervisors also possess the necessary certificates, knowledge, and experience to perform their jobs correctly and professionally.

At Sarens, our motto is “nothing too heavy, nothing too high”, and to this we also apply the following rule: “If we cannot do it in a safe way, we will not do it anyway.”