Hird expertise and a 500t crane has given a new boat the lift it needed to begin a life on the ocean waves.
The 55t brand new trawler yacht was launched by being lifted from the quayside at the Alexandra Dock in Hull, East Yorkshire.
It may look like a work boat, but the vessel is actually a leisure craft, allowing up to six sea lovers to cruise in comfort and safety in any of the world’s oceans.
500t mobile crane
Hird was commissioned to lift the 17.5m boat into the water for the first time.
Hird Appointed Person Jake Coulman said: “Given the weight and the size of the boat, we needed to use a 500t mobile crane.
“The crane had to be placed as close to the quayside as possible as this minimised the risk that the weight of the crane would buckle the dock wall.”
Large outrigger pads, each one 10m2, were used to reduce the crane’s load on the ground.
Specialist lifting beams – one 7m-long and two others 5m long – along with large boat slings, were used during the lift.
The mobile crane was carrying 105t of ballast and carried out the lift at a radius of 16m.
Jake Coulman said: “The lift was relatively straight forward and went very well. But that’s very much because of the planning that went into it and the combination of using the right equipment and experienced personnel on the day.”
Hird, which has its HQ in Hull, is highly experienced at carrying out lifts in dockside environments.
Hird is also a UK leader in the use of mini cranes – both Valla pick and carry cranes and Maeda spider cranes – which are often ideal for carrying out lifts in congested marine and dockside environments.