Klampfer Middle East has erected a Raimondi MRT152 flat-top tower crane on the construction site for the Novotel Expo Sharjah Hotel project, on which Klampfer is the main contractor.

The MRT152 was erected on the jobsite in the UAE over a period of two and a half days.

“The free-standing height of 44m provides the contractor considerable room to build without having to worry about ties,” explained Günther Hinterberger, MD at Klampfer Middle East.

“We opted for the MRT152 due to its easy erection, and because both the maximum load and the tip load are suitable for the full scope of activities on the project, no large mobile crane are required.”

The MRT152 will be on site for 12 months, tasked with lifting shuttering materials, steel rebar, curtain wall components, scaffolding, bags of sand, and pallets of blocks and cement.

Hinterberger added: “The small footing size and mast size of the MRT152 relative to its capacity, has also been a huge bonus. This crane’s positioning has been less intrusive on the building it is being used to construct.”

The MRT152 is one of Raimondi’s most popular models thanks to a special plinth design that reduced the crane’s footprint and allows the crane to be positioned very close to buildings.

The model also has a number of adaptations for the climate in the Gulf, including the use of a specially graded oil in its gearbox for operation at high temperatures and a cooled housing unit for the electrical components.

“During the design phase we take into consideration all the aspects related to cranes operating optimally in extremely hot climates,” noted Eng. Domenico Ciano, technical director at Raimondi Cranes.

“The motors are equipped with an intelligent cooling system, and one good example of how our control system adapts to the heat is that the fans continue to work even when the movement is stopped – until the motor reaches a safe temperature.

“In the event that the fan motor malfunctions for any reason, the operator will be advised by an alarm and the crane will come to a halt in a safe manner.”

Klampfer Middle East was awarded the main construction contract for the $32.7m Novotel Sharjah Expo in July 2016. The hotel will have 200 rooms, in addition to a business centre and two meeting halls.

The site is located in Sharjah’s Al Taawun district, and should be completed in September 2018.

Klampfer is a joint venture between Sharjah’s Basma Group, chaired by HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, and Klampfer of Austria, under the direction of Günther Hinterberger, and is also part of the KBW’s portfolio of investments.