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The Importance of Custom Fabrications in the Heavy Lift and Transport Industry

Updated: Mar 5, 2023

The heavy lift and transport industry is responsible for moving and lifting large and heavy objects, often weighing several tons, to different locations. This industry plays a vital role in various sectors such as construction, oil and gas, mining, and renewable energy. However, such heavy lift and transport operations require specialized equipment and machinery, and in many cases, custom fabrications are necessary to ensure a safe and successful operation.

Custom fabrications refer to the manufacturing of unique components or equipment designed to meet specific needs or requirements. In the heavy lift and transport industry, custom fabrications can involve designing and building equipment such as cranes, transporters, and lifting beams, which are used to move and lift heavy objects.

Here are some of the key reasons why custom fabrications are so important:

  1. Safety: Safety is the top priority in the heavy lift and transport industry. The use of custom fabrications ensures that equipment is designed and built to meet specific safety standards and requirements. This helps to minimize the risk of accidents and injuries.

  2. Efficiency: Custom fabrications are designed to be efficient and effective in performing specific tasks. This means that they can help to improve the speed and accuracy of heavy lift and transport operations. In turn, this can help to reduce downtime and increase productivity, resulting in cost savings for companies.

  3. Versatility: Custom fabrications can be designed to meet a wide range of requirements, making them versatile and adaptable to various situations. This means that they can be used in different industries and for different purposes, making them a valuable investment for companies.

  4. Precision: Custom fabrications are built to exact specifications, ensuring precision in their operation. This precision can be crucial in heavy lift and transport operations, where even the slightest error can have serious consequences. Custom fabrications can help to ensure that heavy objects are lifted and moved with precision, reducing the risk of damage and accidents.

  5. Innovation: Custom fabrications allow for innovation. By designing and building unique equipment and components, companies can push the boundaries of what is possible. This can lead to new and improved methods of heavy lift and transport operations, further improving safety, efficiency, and productivity.

Over the last two decades Global Rigging and Transport has been supplying custom fabrications to the heavy lift and heavy transport industry.

Some of our Custom Fabrications include:

  1. Jacking, lifting and transport equipment - self-climbing jacks from 55 to 500 ton capacity, 2400 ton Containerized Transport Truss System (CTTS) for relocating the largest container cranes in the world, rod lifters, 1800 ton crane raising frames capable of raising the largest container cranes in the world, skid gear and winch systems.

  2. Spreader bars, custom jacking and lifting frames.

  3. Full size cell guide and container lashing systems for ILWU training purposes.

  4. Sea-bracing and sea-fastening for marine transportation projects.

  5. Handrails, walkways, stairs and platforms.

  6. Crane replacement components such as boom girders, leg sections, boom hinge and tower sections.

If you have a project that requires Custom Fabrication or any other services provided by Global Rigging & Transport, please contact:

GRT have offices in Virginia (US), Vancouver (Canada), San Antonio (Chile) and Panama City (Panama), enabling our capacity to meet the needs of global clients quickly and efficiently.


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