Mammoet, a global provider in engineered heavy lifting and transport, has started assembling the world’s strongest land-based crane, the SK6000, at its Westdorpe facility in the Netherlands.

This project marks a new era in heavy lifting technology, offering unprecedented lifting capacity and reach, and opening up new construction methodologies for large projects.

The SK6000 ring crane will offer full electric operation. This means it enables the transition to cleaner power sources while driving down the carbon impact of energy projects themselves.

The SK6000 has a maximum capacity of 6,000 tonnes and is capable of lifting components up to 3,000 tonnes to a height of 220 meters. Its lifting power allows users to build more efficiently in larger pieces, shrinking the logistics, integration and mobilization phases of projects.

The crane provides a huge leap forward for projects in emerging energy sectors, supporting the continued constructability of next-generation wind turbine and foundation components needed to achieve higher yields from offshore wind farms. It also unlocks new modular construction options for nuclear facilities, with increased cost-effectiveness and safety.

Following mobilization of all parts to Mammoet’s Westdorpe site, initial works include assembly of the crane’s base frame, power packs and control room. Mammoet’s auxiliary cranes are supporting the build, including two 250-tonne crawler cranes and a 140-tonne Gottwald mobile harbor crane.

Assembly of the SK6000 is scheduled to be completed during Q4 2024.