1.5 Million-Pound Lift: The Heavy Lift and Haul Project at a Michigan Refinery

Market: Refining

Location: Michigan

Project Dates: 04/2010 – 07/2011

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The Challenge

A customer hired Barnhart to provide engineering, project management, supervision, craft, and equipment to transport and set more than 90 pieces of refinery equipment, weighing anywhere from 60,000 to 1,500,000 pounds.

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The Solution

Efficient planning of the project and carefully assessing risk management proved to be essential in completing the job on schedule.

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The Description

Barnhart performed a major heavy lift and haul project for a refinery in Michigan.

Phase One – Barnhart provided a 260’ by 72’ wide heavy deck barge and tugs to receive eleven vessels from a cargo ship at a dock on the Detroit River.

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Phase Two – Barnhart secured and rolled off twelve barge loads of 51 heavy process and pipe modules in addition to the eleven vessels. The team staggered the barge receipt and offloading over five months and repeated the process for the twelve barge loads, blocking the river each time.

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Phases Three and Four – Barnhart added 32 additional vessels to the original contract that called for staging, transporting, and setting of 60 pieces of equipment. Phase four hauls to hook required extensive coordination with city departments and utilities. The crew had to haul specific equipment on specific dates, which complicated coordination although Barnhart met every haul date.

Phase Five – During the heavy lift portion of the project, the team mobilized 330-ton, 600-ton, and 825-ton crawler cranes to set the vessels and modules. Barnhart used the versatile Modular Lift Tower (MLT) and 850-ton Strand Jack to set the largest vessel – the 750-ton Reactor.

Major Equipment Used

  • 330-Ton, 600-Ton, and 825-Ton Cranes
  • Modular Lift Tower
  • 350-Ton Strand Jack

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About David von Walland

Writer for Barnhart Crane & Rigging Co.
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