Albwardy Damen, a shipbuilding and ship repair company specializing in the Middle East, has added a GRT655L to its collection of Grove rough-terrain cranes used at its facilities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The combination of a strong load diagram and long reach of the crane means the company can use it to hold large components in place while ships are being built, as well as installing new sections on existing ships.

“For us, the new GRT655L is a really versatile device. We can lift and turn large sections with shorter radii or install smaller and lighter parts over long distances on ships docked by us, ”said Shara Igor Balin, Facility Manager at Albwardy Damen. “We have other Grove rough-terrain cranes, so we know the build quality and durability are excellent and the load charts are always strong.”

Middle East GRT655L models are manufactured at Manitowoc’s Niella Tanaro, Italy facility. The crane has a capacity of 60 tons and a 43 meter boom with five sections. With the optional telescopic boom extension from 7.9 to 13.7 meters, the GRT655L offers a range of 59.7 meters.

Other features include a tilting cab, inverted boom jacks, hydraulic disc brakes, load-sensing hydraulics and an ECO mode for lower fuel consumption.

“We always get good and consistent service from Kanoo Machinery and there is always the parts availability we need,” said Balin. “Manitowoc provided on-site training, including operator simulator training. Our operators love the ease of use of Grove cranes, especially the CCS control system, and they like the fact that they are instantly supported in their own language by the dealer team. “