The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) announced the winners of the Rigging and Hauling Job of the Year Awards at the conclusion of the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 2-6, at the Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz.
“We had record participation in this year’s Job of the Year competitions with 16 hauling entries and 11 rigging entries,” said SC&RA President Michael Battaini in his last duty before passing the gavel to Ron Montgomery. “We also had more participation than ever before from our international members, including winning entries from Mexico and Canada.”
Over $750,000: Barnhart Crane and Rigging, Memphis, Tenn., replaced numerous major components, including four transformers, two moisture separator reheaters, nine feedwater heaters, the generator stator, HP turbine rotor, two reactor feed pump turbines and a steam dryer as part of a power-increase project at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Miss. The work occurred during a planned outage from February through April in 2012.
Rigging $150,000 to $750,000: Burkhalter, Columbus, Miss., set the new lift-span Galveston Causeway Railroad Bridge in Galveston, Texas. Burkhalter crews transported the bridge, which weighed 3 million pounds and measured 386 feet 6 inches long by 22 feet 9 inches wide by 64 feet 8 inches high, across the Intracoastal Waterway through Galveston Bay, floated it into place with only a few inches of clearance and set it onto supports. Burkhalter also lifted and removed the old bridge.
Under $150,000: Tradelossa, Durango, Mexico, performed a challenging rigging procedure for a low-pressure steam turbine, which weighed 330,700 pounds and measured 35 feet 5 inches long by 13 feet wide by 12 feet high, at a central power station in Chihuahua, Mexico. Because of physical and project constraints, Tradelossa had to change to a smaller vehicular configuration, drive backwards in a narrow, enclosed warehouse and use two types of rigging equipment.
Moving (using specialized equipment, such as self-propelled transporters, dollies and crawler assemblies): Sarens, Alameda, Calif., transported the U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavour on it final mission, a 14.2-mile journey from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center. In front of more than a million spectators, Sarens used 20 axle lines of self-propelled modular trailers (SPMTs) to transport this national treasure, which weighed 150,000 pounds and measured 78 feet from wing tip to wing tip, 125 feet from nose to tail, and 56 feet from ground to top of tail.
Over 160,000 pounds (net): Burkhalter, Columbus, Miss., simultaneously transported two hydrogen sulfide absorbers on 76 miles of state and federal highways from Bigbee Valley, Miss. to Mississippi Power’s Kemper County IGCC Energy facility. Each absorber weighed 1,425,730 pounds and measured 237 feet 4 inches long by 20 feet 5 inches wide by 20 feet 10-1/2 inches high. Each transport configuration measured 345 feet 9 inches long by 40 feet wide by 27 feet 11 inches high. The gross vehicle weight per each transport vehicle was 2,548, 440 pounds.
Burkhalter noted they were the two largest loads ever transported over public highways in the United States.
Under 160,000 pounds (net): Precision Specialized Division, Inc., Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, moved a crated Vacuum Impregnation Tank, which weighed 110,000 pounds and measured 21 feet long by 19 feet wide by 20 feet high, from Oshawa to Peterborough in Ontario. Loaded dimensions were 185,000 pounds and 116 feet long by 19 feet wide by 21 feet high. The four-day haul over 112 miles passed through Greater Toronto, one of the world’s most metropolitan areas.
The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) is an international trade association of more than 1,300 members from 47 nations. Members are involved in specialized transportation, machinery moving and erecting, industrial maintenance, millwrighting and crane and rigging operations, manufacturing and rental. SC&RA helps members run more efficient and safer businesses by monitoring and affecting pending legislation and regulatory policies at the state and national levels; researching and reporting on safety concerns and best business practices; and providing four yearly forums where these and other relevant member issues can be advanced.