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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


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

Rowesville, South Carolina (Office & Yard)
122 River Dr
Rowesville, SC 29133
Tel: 832 714 0176

Sorrento LA (Yard)
9204-A Highway 61
Sorrento, LA 70778
Tel: 225 450 7027



Sarens Transports Two Container Cranes from Antwerp to Las Palmas
Sarens used the barge Paula to transport two STS cranes to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
May 2017

When Crane Repair sold two of its cranes to the Gesport Terminal Maritima SL in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sarens was contracted for their transport and installation. The Sarens team used the barge Paula to successfully move the 61-metre high container cranes from Antwerp to Las Palmas, where they would be installed on the rails.

For the sea passage, Sarens engineered and executed a crane reinforcement solution and carefully secured the two cranes to the barge.

"In order to secure the STS cranes to the barge, proper sea fastening was required," says project manager Claude Jacobs. "Sarens engineered the reinforcement of the cranes for sea transport using bracings, and used bracings and stoppers to secure the STS cranes to the barge."

Leaving the quay at Antwerp, the barge Paula was escorted by the Sil-Jeske-B and Walvis tugboats to the Berendrecht Lock, the world's second-largest lock. This is where the Sarens team faced one of their biggest challenges: they only had about seven metres of clearance between the crane arm and the bridge as they passed through the lock.

The tugboat Diavlos Pride then met the barge for its approximately three-week journey to Las Palmas. This segment of the route depended on good weather, and significant wave height had to be no greater than 2.4 metres for the barge to sail.

Watch the video of the transport operation here!

Sarens Equipment

Sarens used the following equipment for this operation:

Barge "Paula" fitted with bracings to reinforce the cranes, and bracings and stoppers to secure them to the deck

  • 2 x 16L Kamags
  • 4 winches for mooring during load in and load out
  • 8 x 600T ballast pumps (in Antwerp) and 16 x 600T ballast pumps (in Las Palmas)
  • Leaving Antwerp: Tugboats Walvis (3200 PK) at the aft and Sil-Jeske-B (2000 PK) at the front, as well as a harbour tug with a special steering system to push the barge away from the bridge during lock passage
  • Tugboat Diavlos Pride for sea passage from Antwerp to Las Palmas