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Versatility and stellar service: A spotlight on Universal Cranes North QLD

19 April 2022

From Mackay and the central Queensland coal fields of Moranbah and Dysart, to the Torres Straits, to the mineral region around Mt Isa, and the Gulf country of Karumba, Weipa, and Borroloola in the NT, Universal Cranes North QLD has you covered!

The team have been up to quite a bit over the past few months. Below is a snapshot of some projects the UNQ team have been part of.


135t Transformers Port of Townsville to Sun Metals corporation.

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The scope was to provide lifting and transport from Port of Townsville. Lifting onto our own primemover, the transformer unit was transported and unloaded onto skidding/skating equipment at Sun Metals and moved inside a building and jacked into final position. This technically challenging move and jack was verified and assisted by the Universal Cranes team in Brisbane.

Equipment used: Grove GMK5220 and GMK4100 / Liebherr LTM1130-5.1 / Volvo FH16 200t Rated Primemover


56t Harbour Crane Mast Berth for Port of Townsville

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We are known for our advanced, technical lifts and this dual lift at the Port of Townsville did not disappoint! Utilising a specialised 80t balance beam to ensure even load distribution to both cranes through-out the lifting process, we lifted a 56t Mast section onto a Kone Harbour Crane carrier at Port of Townsville.

Equipment used: 2 x Grove 5220 Cranes.


45t Kettle Tub replacement APG facility

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Universal Cranes North QLD was enlisted to replace a Kettle tub during a seasonal outage at APG facility plant. The removal took place over several phases during the outage to ensure maximum safety. A challenge arose during the process – the kettle was embedded into a large 3m deep pit area 15m inside the factory floor. The team had to think on their feet and conducted a dual lift to remove the kettle and manoeuvre it through a doorway to the opposite shed using a combination of floats and 25t Franna’s.

Equipment used: 2 x Grove GMK5220 / 2 x 25t Frannas / Grove GMK 5100 and Demag AC80-2

Read the article in the Australian Mining Review on page 84.