Part of the team in Valencia

When Emirates Team New Zealand needed a crane for its base on the Valencia waterfront, Titan Crane’s general manager John Carter was happy to oblige, sourcing a new crane in Europe for the team to use for the duration of the America’s Cup.

Yacht.jpgThe new crane was delivered direct from the Terex factory in Germany in April 2006 and will be shipped to New Zealand at the completion of the current campaign.

Team managing director Grant Dalton says Titan’s support is a vital part of efficient base operations.

“Even before our first regatta in Valencia in 2004 we identified accessing crane services as a potential problem in terms of expense and timeliness of the service.

“The flexibility of crane services required to operate two yachts in a demanding testing programme and then in a tough series of regattas was clearly beyond local services. We could not afford to sit around and wait for a crane to arrive so we could repair a damaged rig.

“With the Titan crane permanently at the base, we are able to lift a mast, work on it overnight, re-step it the next morning and go racing in the afternoon. That is an immense benefit,” Dalton says.

“Since having it we found many more uses for it including moving heavy equipment around the yard and loading and unloading containers from trucks... and it’s small and agile enough to be able to work inside the boat shed.”

Titan Cranes has been involved with Team NZ America’s Cup campaign since 1992, when it purchased Owens Cranes in Auckland. Since then it has been responsible for supply of all mobile crane requirements at the Auckland base.

The Terex Demag model AC55 city crane was the first of this model purchased by a New Zealand company, and Titan Cranes now has another working in Christchurch, delivered new from the factory earlier this year.

 Contractor Vol.31 No.6 June 2007