Amhoist Announces $33 Million In Crane And Puller Orders

Amhoist of St. Paul, Minn.

(American Hoist & Derrick Company), recently received orders for nine revolver cranes and two large puller systems totaling approximately $33 million for its crane division from Newport News Shipbuilding, Ingalls Shipbuilding, and Placid Oil Company.

Ingalls ordered seven traveling gantry cranes to replace units destroyed during hurricane Elaina's passage last year. Newport News purchased its cranes and puller system as part of the expansion program for a nuclear submarine assembly facility. And Placid Oil's puller system is for mooring a large offshore production platform.

Ingalls ordered three 300-ton revolver cranes that will be the largest of their class in the U.S. The Pascagoula, Miss., yard also ordered four 100-ton gantries, while Newport News purchased 50-ton units. The 300- and 100-ton cranes incorporate direct gear hoist arrangements with enhanced swing and travel capabilities for high wind operating conditions.

Able to withstand 175-mph winds, the gantries have tubular tower structures and box girder structural design features.

The 50-ton revolver cranes scheduled for the Newport News yard include many of the design features of the larger capacity cranes such as the self-diagnostic digital controls and direct-gear, single-layer winches. They also have level-luffing capability.

Placid Oil will utilize eight IV2- million-pound capacity pullers to moor a first of its kind oil production platform offshore.

All of the orders are scheduled for delivery in late 86 and early 87.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 72,  Jun 1986

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