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            Van Haagen

            NOVA operator cabin for large and unique type of crane by Van Haagen crane manufacturers

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            In 2015, Merford supplied its standard off-the-shelf cabin NOVA to the crane manufacturers Van Haagen in Bavel, the Netherlands. The final destination: a unique gantry crane in Szczecin, located in the north-west of Poland on the banks of the Dąbie lake. The crane is one of the largest in Europe and is used, among other things, to produce and manipulate foundation jackets for windmills.

            NOVA: a new model and light in weight
            The NOVA is specifically designed for universal application in all types of industrial sectors. For example, the cabin - as the slimmer model - has already been used on knuckle boom cranes of ships. The combination of the compact build and the modern appearance make the cabin a perfect option for many different uses. Crane manufacturers Van Haagen were the first to order the NOVA. Baf van Haagen, director and owner of the company: “We have been ordering our cabins from Merford for about 30 to 40 years now. The NOVA was a good new option for this project. One of the most important reasons for us to opt for the NOVA was the limited weight. This would work best with the lift on this gantry crane.”

            Gantry crane for windmill components
            The lift is one of the things that makes this crane special. In this project, the upright version of the NOVA was attached to one of the “legs” of the crane. The crane can move as a whole and the cabin can rise from a height of 10 metres above ground level to 110 metres above ground level, allowing the operator to determine the position that offers him the best view of his work. The crane has a lifting capacity of 1,400 tonnes and a span of 48 metres. The highest point of the crane is at 120 metres. Van Haagen: “We were able to deliver the crane in less than a year. Everything was completed in the Netherlands, both the engineering and the production. The project was completed by Christmas.”