1.180-Tonne Steel Boat Lift In La Ciotat, France
SPMTs, modular beams, strandjacks, and mobile cranes make for a successful operation
March 2023

Working through the strong, cold mistral winds, Sarens recently installed a 1.180-tonne boat lift on behalf of client Matière in La Ciotat, France. 

For this operation, Sarens deployed the following equipment from its yard in Belgium:

SPMT K24 ST: 2x 6L, 2x 9L, 2x 8L, 2x5L
Strandjacks: 4x 185T, 4x 200T
Modular beams : 1500x600 & 1500x1000
Mobile cranes with capacity 100T & 200T
Everything arrived via 40 trucks, travelling approximately two days to La Ciotat. Once on site, the crew spent 2,5 weeks setting up the equipment, which was selected for its capacity and ability to connect seamlessly with the SPMTs.

The boat lift to be installed was a steel platform weighing 1.180 tonnes and measuring 100m x 23m x 2,7m. With the equipment ready, Sarens’ SPMTs carefully transported it 150 metres, where it was then lowered three metres into its final position.

Throughout the operation, the challenge was keeping the configuration, consisting of SPMTs and the platform, completely horizontal. Because there was a 25cm height difference between the assembly position and the final position, it was essential to ensure good communication between the SPMT operator and the rest of the crew, so that accurate instructions could be given.

This operation involved seven crew members and was concluded within a day. Sarens commends everyone involved in this successful operation for a job well done!