Mobile crane survives ‘mighty forces of nature’

first_imgThe transportation of the 24-ton (21.1-tonne) Liebherr LTM 1040 mobile crane to the site was no mean feat.The crane had to be delivered to the research station on pontoons from the landing site located 2 km away; ships may not approach any closer to the island in order to protect the nearby penguin population.The crane was dismantled into parts weighing no more than 8 tons (7.3 tonnes) in order to comply with the pontoon’s weight bearing capacity.Schmidbauer highlighted “the mighty forces of nature” en route. Some of the individual parts of the crane were stored on deck during transportation due to their size and special tarpaulins were used to protect them against the elements.During the test phase, which began in December 2018, the Schmidbauer team lifted loads with the mobile crane on behalf of a neighbouring Chilean research station.Schmidbauer explained: “The crane was rendered winter proof immediately after its successful assembly. Since work cannot be carried out over the Antarctic winter with minus temperatures and strong winds, the crane stood in the garage of the neighbouring Chilean station for the next few months where it could be used for occasional lifting work.”Depending on the weather conditions over the Antarctic summer, the mobile crane will be used for four to six months to move containers and parts of the station before being winter proofed again. This cycle will be repeated two to three times before the upgrade work is completed, Schmidbauer said, adding that the next construction phase is scheduled to start again in November 2019.The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has been operating an observation station in Antarctica for almost 30 years. Its living and office containers will be expanded over the next two years, while the upgrade of the technical areas of the station is set for completion by 2020.www.schmidbauer-gruppe.delast_img read more

Real aim to maintain three-point lead

first_imgThat victory meant that Barca remained in touch with Real at the top before they ended the year on a high by winning the Club World Cup in Japan.Both sides returned to action after the Christmas break with King’s Cup victories although Real were forced to come from two goals down to beat Malaga and coach Jose Mourinho was very critical of the first-half performance.“I told the players at the break that it was a shame I couldn’t make 11 changes,” said Mourinho. “Those that I changed I did so for tactical reasons and not because they were any worse than anyone else.“You will have to ask the players why they improved in the second half and it is a question that I am also asking them.”Pepe will be missing from the defence against Granada through suspension but Sergio Ramos is fit to return after picking up a hamstring strain against Sevilla in the last league game before Christmas.It was easier for Barca who swept aside Osasuna 4-0, with Lionel Messi, who started on the bench due to flu symptoms, hitting a double.“People ask what is his secret and the fact is that it is because he is the best in the world. He has returned from holiday, trained two or three times but he is still physically strong as well as being a good player,” said team mate Sergio Busquets.“We now face a derby which will be competitive as both teams will be trying to win. Apart from the city rivalry, Espanyol are very strong at home, they have good young players and are looking to finish high up in the table.”Third-placed Valencia are just four points behind Barcelona after an excellent start to the season and they are also in derby action against struggling Villarreal who will be under the orders of new coach Jose Francisco Molina following Juan Carlos Garrido’s dismissal.Few would have expected Levante to be in the Champions League places and they now take on Mallorca while Osasuna, also surprisingly riding high in fifth, travel to Real Sociedad.Sevilla have suffered from a lack of consistency and aim to bounce back from consecutive defeats against Rayo Vallecano. Below them Atletico Madrid have a crunch match with Malaga as they look to get back in the European hunt.At the other end of the table the bottom two sides, Zaragoza and Racing Santander, go head-to-head while above them Sporting Gijon are away to Real Betis. Elsewhere Getafe are in action against Athletic Bilbao.FixturesSaturdayRacing Santander v Zaragoza, Levante v Mallorca, Real Sociedad v Osasuna, Real Madrid v Granada, Malaga v Atletico MadridSundayRayo Vallecano v Sevilla, Getafe v Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal v Valencia, Real Betis v Sporting Gijon, Espanyol v Barcelona0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, January 6- Real Madrid start 2012 still looking for a way to beat Barcelona but they do hold a three-point lead in the title chase and this weekend they take on struggling Granada while the champions face a tricky derby away to Espanyol.After once again being outdone by Barcelona last season in the championship, as well as knocked out by their arch-rivals in the Champions League, they have started this campaign in ominous form but their only defeat in 20 games came last month when they were humbled 3-1 at home by Pep Guardiola’s side.last_img read more