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SARENS
IN THE USA

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 Wisconsin from where we cover the Midwest, and in Rowesville from where we cover the East coast.

SERVICES

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

OUR
MARKETS

  • 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

EQUIPMENT

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

OFFICES

SARENS IN THE USA
10855 John Ralston Rd
Houston, Texas 77044
+ 1 832 536 3669
+ 1 832 615 2678
info.USA@sarens.com

SARENS IN THE USA
9204-A Highway 61
Sorrento, Louisiana 70778
+ 1 225 450 7027info.USA@sarens.com

SARENS IN THE USA
15095 W 42nd St.
Odessa, TX 79764
832-493-5741info.USA@sarens.com

Sarens USA – East
75 N. Haddon Ave Suite 101
Haddonfield, NJ, 08033
+1 856 503 2121
Paul.Fuerneisen@Sarens.com

SARENS USA OFFSHORE WIND DIVISION
75 N. Haddon Ave Suite 101
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856-873-0473
Paul.Fuerneisen@Sarens.com

SARENS NUCLEAR & INDUSTRIAL SERVICES
1430 South Goodland Road
Rubicon, WI 53078
+ 1 414 299 0858
nuclear@sarens.com

Sarens Installs the “Verbindingsbrug” Bridge in Zeebrugge
Sarens transports and installs the largest carousel bridge in the world.
12
July 2022

In 2020, Sarens received the order to transport and install the largest carousel bridge in the world for our client Buyck, a well-known and trusted partner. 

The bridge installation project, located in Zeebrugge, consisted of three parts: jacking and weighing the bridge in the workshops in Ghent, where the bridge was made; transporting the bridge deck; and finally, installing the bridge.

The biggest challenge Sarens faced was that the client had never built a bridge this large at their workshops in Ghent. Sarens would have to transport the bridge part from the roro quay and onto its barges, navigating it through a small and shallow canal with many low bridges.

During bridge construction in September 2021, Sarens assisted with driving in and placing the carousel, a high-tech propulsion drive that would be used to open the bridge in its operational state. To mount the carousel under the bridge, eight CS450 jacking towers raised the 2.000T steel part some two metres so it could be positioned under the bridge span using 10 axle lines SPMT.

A few weeks later, the entire bridge, including the carousel, was weighed using eight 500T weighing cells and corresponding jacks, in order to determine the exact weight and centre of gravity of the entire structure. 

Finally, in January 2022, the more impressive part of the project could begin: the bridge transport to Zeebrugge. Because Sarens’ larger “North Sea” barges, like the Paula and the Louis, could not reach the roro yard in Ghent, the bridge was first loaded onto Sarens’ twin barge Karel-Victor. 

Using 66 axle lines SPMT, Sarens operators drove the bridge onto the barge during a 12-hour canal closure. The 130-metre long, 2.200T heavy bridge deck took up the entire canal, and driving it onto the barge was a feat in itself as the pontoon’s strength and stability were calculated to the limit. Once the bridge deck was completely on deck, it was secured to the barge with chains and braces. 

Next, the pontoon was ballasted to a draft of 4.200mm, or 300mm freeboard, so that it would have a 10-15cm clearance under bridges as it passed through the narrow, 3km-long “ringvaart-canal.” Because the bridge was wider and longer than the pontoon, the pushers were coupled directly to the bridge instead of to the barge.

After sailing down the canal under complete closure and police escort, the pontoon could then sail on to Ghent Harbour, where the larger pontoon, Louis, was waiting. With the aid of SPMTs, the bridge was then transferred from the Karel-Victor to the Louis. A few days later, Louis began the journey from Ghent to Zeebrugge via the North Sea. The Karel-Victor also left for Zeebrugge, partly driving over the bridge from Louis to Karel-Victor so that each pontoon carried half a bridge.

Finally, during a 48-hour closure to ship traffic, the pontoons, aided by three push boats, sailed the bridge into position using a “catamaran” configuration. They were secured with winch cables and positioned to within 1 cm above the bearing, then ballasted so that the bridge could be lowered onto its final supports. After the client made all the bolted connections, the pontoons were removed and sailed back to the port of Ghent. 

Sarens would like to thank everyone involved in this complex but rewarding operation!