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Mammoth Lifting Projects are Seamless Operations for Johnson Crane Hire - 4 Mar 2017

Development in Africa continues and this has seen an increased need for a capable lifting specialist. Johnson Crane Hire has an established reputation as a lifting specialist who gets the job done and this standing is starting to pay dividends for the company. Significantly, the company operates a fleet of cranes that offers the necessary depth and range of cranes, but it is the heavy lift capability that really sets the company apart from other crane hire operators. Operating the largest heavy lift fleet of cranes in sub-Saharan Africa, the company is able to undertake complex heavy lift assignments with ease. Steve Robson, executive business... Read More >

New Johnson Crane Hire Machine Reduces Turnaround Times for Wind Farm Lifts - 4 Feb 2017

Known for its proactive stance in meeting the market’s specific lifting requirements, Johnson Crane Hire recently acquired a new hydraulic crawler crane. Specifically manufactured to handle lifts within wind farm applications, the crane was sourced for a specific project. “Johnson Crane Hire is known for working closely with its customers to provide optimum lifting solutions and this is a perfect example of how we were able to implement an application specific solution,” Cornelis Grotius, general manager – heavy lift division at Johnson Crane Hire, says. The most significant feature of the 1 200 t Liebherr LTR 11200 is that it is a large hydraulic boom... Read More >

Johnson Crane Hire Makes Light Work of Heavy Lift - 30 Aug 2016

The lifting skills of Johnson Crane Hire were successfully put to the test on a challenging heavy lift contract for a large marine diamond miner. As part of routine quarterly maintenance, dredging vessels are brought into Cape Town harbour where the necessary servicing and repair work is undertaken in the dry dock. In this particular instance, Johnson Crane Hire was called upon to remove three large components from the vessel, being the vessel’s 52 t gimbal head, the 42t derrick and the 20t crown. Removal of these large components facilitated important repairs to both these critical items and the dredging vessel while it was in... Read More >

Super lifting skills for super lifts - 25 Aug 2016

Johnson Crane Hire continues to build up an impressive track record on South Africa’s wind farm projects. Having undertaken many successful lifts for both the construction and maintenance of wind farm projects in the country, the company was recently appointed by Azari Wind (Azari) as cranage contractor on Enel Green Power’s 111 MW Gibson Bay Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Azari is the crane and installation contractor appointed by Nordex Energy South Africa (Nordex), the EPC contractor on this €190-million project. Johnson Crane Hire’s Brandon Grange considers this contract to be a significant milestone for the company in its growing reference in... Read More >

Opportunity keeps blowing in - 25 Aug 2016

Johnson Crane Hire is becoming a prominent player in complex lifting projects on wind farms in the country. Recently, the lifting specialist was appointed by Azari Wind (Azari) to provide crane services for the installation of 37 wind generators at Enel Green Power’s 111 MW Gibson Bay Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, overseen by Nordex Energy South Africa (Nordex). This is one of the latest wind projects to be developed under the South African government’s internationally acclaimed Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme. Under this programme, Johnson Crane Hire has already provided crane services to install more than 100 wind... Read More >

Sun Shines on Johnson Renew - 28 Jun 2016

Johnson Crane Hire has added impetus to its growing presence in the South African wind farm market by establishing Johnson Renew. This new division houses all the experience garnered over the years undertaking heavy lifts in both the construction and maintenance of wind farms in the country. The first related project took place in 2008 when Johnson Crane Hire lifted wind turbines for Darling wind farm in the Western Cape, South Africa. These were very humble beginnings for the country in terms of private wind farm projects, as well as Johnson Crane Hire’s operations in the renewable energy sector. Now, this leading crane hire operation... Read More >

Two heavy lifts on mine site completed in 11 days by Johnson Crane Hire - 15 May 2016

Working with two customers on the same project site and on the same massive piece of machinery enabled both companies to achieve significant savings in both time and cost. This is according to Johnson Crane Hire who was contracted to undertake heavy lifts for both Tenova and EMC Engineering at Kolomela Mine in the Northern Cape. These heavy lifts involved a counterweight boom exchange and a bucket wheel exchange on a stacker reclaimer at the mine. The lifts for the boom exchange were undertaken for Tenova while EMC Engineering handled the bucket wheel exchange. Brandon Grange, heavy lift technical manager at Johnson Crane Hire, says... Read More >