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Six new Kobelco G2 series cranes for contractor Ward & Burke

Ward & Burke buys six new Kobelco Cranes, including two new CKE1350G-2s and four new CKE900G-2s.

Design & Build civil engineering contractor Ward & Burke, which works in the waste, sewage and water management sector, has bought six new Kobelco Cranes, including two new CKE1350G-2s and four CKE900G-2s.

The company, which has offices in Ireland, the UK, Canada and the US, will take delivery of the new cranes in January 2017, with two CKE1350G-2s and one CKE900G-2 going to work in Blackpool on a project for United Utilities, while three CKE900G-2s will be put to work on a project for Yorkshire Water. To support its work in the north of England, Ward & Burke plans to develop a major plant yard in Wigan, where he says there is an abundance of talented young people.

Commenting on the new order, Ward & Burke owner, Michael Ward said: “We’ve been customers of Kobelco Cranes for over 10 years and half our current fleet of 25 cranes is Kobelco, so we are excited to be receiving these new cranes in January 2017, just in time for what is already turning out to be another busy year.”

The new CKE1350G-2 and CKE900G-2 series cranes, which have maximum lifting capacities of 150 tonnes at 4.4 m and 90 tonnes at 3.9 m respectively, feature Stage IV/Tier 4 Final engines. The “new clean energy system” engines use a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) to reduce particulate matter (PM) and an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) to reduce NOx (nitrogen oxides), both of which are also kept to a minimum using negative ions.

SCR is an exhaust gas after-treatment system. It converts NOx, which are contained in the diesel engine exhaust gas, with the aid of a catalyst (AdBlue), into harmless diatomic nitrogen and water. With the combination of a DPF, which is perfect for reducing PM, the exhaust gas from the engine is much cleaner and more eco-friendly.

The new “G Engine” system also keeps the engine running within fuel-efficient parameters by limiting maximum engine speed. While engine speed is reduced, pump capacity is controlled to maintain maximum winch speed for running or lifting. Using this function reduces fuel consumption by 10% when compared to operations on a comparable crane.

“Obviously the environmental impact and the running efficiency of the machines was very important when looking at which new crane to buy,” said Michael Ward, “but we know it’s a reliable crane – Japanese engineering is excellent and the components are of the highest quality – while the after sales service is good. And we know Kobelco’s European Sales Manager Mark Evans and his team in the UK are always available, so it made sense to buy Kobelco Cranes.”


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