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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



Spotlight: How Sarens Became a World Leader in Bridge Installation and Replacement
Project Sales Manager Pieter Augustyns Shares His Insights
May 2019

Sarens has a rich history in accelerated bridge replacement, known as the famous "ABC method", and is a market leader in bridge installation technology. That legacy is particularly strong in Belgium, France, Germany, Holland and the UK where Sarens performed the first bridge move nearly 40 years ago. 

Pieter Augustyns, Project Sales Manager, provides his insights on how Sarens has grown to lead this sector over the years, and what's ahead for the future. 

Could you tell us about one of the first bridge moves Sarens ever performed in Belgium? 

One of the first bridge moves Sarens ever performed was in 1980. It was the Haccourt Bridge on the Albert Canal, and it measured 90 metres long and weighed 1.400 tonnes. We have video footage of this historic bridge relocation, which can be viewed here (in Dutch). 

How does Sarens work with clients on bridge projects today? 

Today, Sarens offers clients a 'factory to foundation' solution for many different sectors, including oil & gas, wind, nuclear, and large infrastructure projects. That means that in addition to performing installation and removal, we also take care of the transportation logistics between the factory and job site. 

For example, we were recently awarded a project for the renewal of an important railway bridge in Stockholm's city centre. Its components will be built in Tallinn, Estonia, and include three steel sections measuring approximately 100 metres each. For this project, Sarens will not only remove the old bridge and install the new bridge sections onto the foundations, but we'll also pick up the sections at the steel shop in Tallinn, load them onto one of our barges, and sail them to Stockholm. We'll use a complete range of equipment for this operation: barges, SPMTs, jacking equipment, modular beams, and supporting equipment. 

What makes Sarens a preferred partner for bridge-related projects across the world? 

It is not just PR to state that we are experts-it is a proven fact! We install numerous bridges every year, all in very different circumstances. 

Our expertise has been built up over many years spent listening to and understanding our clients' requirements and challenges. These clients have pushed our engineering to new levels, challenging us to think "outside the box" and create solutions that had never been done before. With each new project, we build our expertise and our reputation, becoming the preferred partner for our clients' challenges. 

Our Group has realised an impressive number of technical innovations, especially for civil projects. One great example is the floating foundation installer we designed for the Champlain Bridge project in Canada. 

Another example of a well thought-out solution is our twin barge concept. With our twin barges Wim & Tom, Karel & Victor, and Jozef & Rosa, we are able to pass through narrow locks and channels to reach project sites that are inaccessible to other barges with the same capacity and stability. Once our twin barges are on site, we can couple them next to each other to create a stable floating platform designed for heavy loads. 

Looking at the local market, what's next for Sarens in Belgium? 

From 2019 onwards, several bridges will be installed across the Albert Canal, an important channel for inland water transport between the port of Antwerp and Liege. The government has decided to increase bridge heights along the canal to allow larger vessels to pass, and over the next two years it is investing in the renewal of nearly 20 bridges along this key waterway. Each of these bridges weighs about 1.500 tonnes, on average. With our expertise in bridge installation technology, Sarens is dedicated to supporting the success of this project. 

Why do clients consistently choose Sarens for this, and other, bridge projects? 

In the tendering phase, our level of expertise is so advanced that we are able to have in-depth interactions with clients, proposing alternatives or a combination of existing solutions. These interactions result in project executions where we take full ownership. And of course, the fact that we have a high amount of bridge installation with a "ABC method" each year (up to 70), means that Sarens' name is well-known in this market.