Delivery of a Link-Belt Crane in Eureka, Nunavut


During the week of October 8, 2012, Patrick Lapointe, manager, Business Development for Montreal-based F. Drapeau Consultants and Bob Bellman, a Link-Belt trainer, were in Eureka, Nunavut. The purpose of their trip to the high Arctic was to set up, deliver, and conduct training on a Link-Belt RTC-8030II.

Eureka is a Canadian weather station with the responsibility of collecting weather data for the high Artic region. It is located at the 80th parallel, north, in Nunavut territory.

The RTC-8030II is a 27.2 t (30 ton) Rough Terrain crane that will be used by the weather station to off-load the annual supply ship that arrives at the station in mid-summer. The supply ship provides the station with heavy durable goods that are too large to be loaded on the monthly supply flights to the station. The crane with its 27.8 m (91’4”) four section boom, can also be used for any high lifting required at the weather station site.

The counterweight was installed onto the machine, all crane functions were tested and training was conducted for the operators and mechanics on the site.

Special emphasis was given to the crane’s computer system which provides the crane operator with a continuous read-out of the boom length, boom angle and radius. It lists a capacity and accurately weighs the load on the hook. It has an overload protection and anti two-block protection feature.

All this was done in a climate where the temperatures ranged from -15°C to -26°C and with reduced daylight.
This crane is believed to be the Northernmost operating crane in the world!!

Source: F. Drapeau Consultants

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