The Izmit Bay Bridge is being built around 50 km southeast of Istanbul and will be the longest and most advanced suspension bridge in the world. The ambitious infrastructure project is slated for completion in 2017 and will not only complete the highway from Istanbul to Izmir, it will also be the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world at a total length of about 2,700 m. The extensive project is currently progressing at full speed. As one of the contracted companies, crane service provider Aydin Vinc A.S. of Turkey relies on a SENNEBOGEN 5500 crawler crane for numerous lifting and logistics tasks at the enormous construction site.

Moving massive elements with ease - 180 t crawler crane

With more than 250 cranes and other heavy equipment, Aydin Vinc A.S. is one of the largest logistics service providers in Turkey. Founded in 1980, the company specializes in heavy transport and port logistics in addition to crane rental. The SENNEBOGEN 5500 crawler crane provided for this job by our Sales and Service Partner Forsen A.Ş. in Turkey at the end of 2014 is equipped with a 35.5 m long main boom and can lift the massive bridge members into position with ease. The 180 t crane is powered by a 261 kW diesel engine.
The flexible crawler crane is particularly suited for the job thanks to its stable wide-gauge undercarriage and 160 kN winch. Even when under load, the heavy steel and precast concrete members can be transported and placed with precision. The Maxcab comfort cab, which can be inclined up to 20°, offers the operator an ideal overview of the work area.
In everyday operations, Aydin Vinc A.S. found the crane's simple controls persuasive. Low operating and service costs and excellent support from our Turkish dealer Forsen A.Ş. were ultimately the deciding factors for purchasing the crane from Germany.

Caption: A modern, six-lane suspension bridge is under construction across the Sea of Marmara near the Turkish town of Izmit. Customer Aydin Vinc A.S. is using a 180 t SENNEBOGEN 5500 crawler crane for lifting and logistics tasks where the bridge is being built.

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