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SARENS South Africa, part of the international Sarens group based in Belgium, is now also making its presence felt in Cape Town, where it opened an office last year.
According to branch manager Conrad Caldwell the heavy lift solutions company’s largest Cape-based contract to date has been a four month long project for DCD Dorbyl Marine in the Port of Cape Town, where it assisted in the off-loading of specialised machinery on a ship repair.
The company supplies different types of services, ranging from technical solutions to complete project management. It also offers cranes on operated rent and bare lease rent, using lifting equipment for projects ranging from 1 ton to 2 000 tons. Cranes and specialised ‘tackle’ are also sourced from reputable local and international suppliers when necessary.
Currently 1 250 ton maximum crane lifting capacity is available in South Africa but it is possible to mobilise up to 2 000 ton lifting equipment (crane, jacking or gantry).
Sarens boasts that it has the largest regional lifting capacity and as a result has been the crane supplier of choice for a number of large infrastructure projects requiring huge capacity, including power stations, petrochemical plant shut downs and other leading industrial and infrastructure projects, which sees the Sarens brand of experience in Africa on significant projects in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia and soon to be announced further branches in Africa.
From a safety point of view, using large equipment reduces the number of people working at heights and risky circumstances, Caldwell points out.
Also, the use of large equipment is especially favoured for maintenance work during shutdowns as it can significantly increase profitability and reduced downtime for clients.
Thanks to highly qualified engineers Sarens can satisfy in often ‘extraordinary’ needs of customers.
Before it starts a project, the problem is analyzed and the most appropriate solution identified. In a second stage, the operation is executed. Loading, transporting, building, assembling are all undertaken with experienced supervision.
Sarens SA uses a SHEQ integrated safety management system which is in line with OSHAS 18001 whilst also being in full compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the revised Construction Regulations. Sarens is also ISO 9001:2008 certified as well as a Level Six BBBEE rated company.
Caldwell says there is much scope for growth for the company in the Western Cape and in line with this, more cranes will in due course be added to the local fleet.
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