Crane boom changeout on single crane asset

Manual handling solution was the most effective way to complete boom changeout and return crane to full capacity


  • Return of crane to full capacity
  • Utilising existing proposal with verification, saving time on implementation
  • Design and engineering expertise available throughout project to resolve issues


  • The client engaged Altrad Sparrows as the new crane management contract incumbent to complete a full boom changeout on an accommodation platform
  • The initial plan and materials were designed and manufactured by the previous incumbent, including the scaffolding which had to be checked, as well as the methodology being verified
  • The plan involved having the booms sitting side by side. During initial checks of the scaffolding, it was found that the structure would not safely allow the housing of both booms and the project had to be stopped
  • The workscope needed to be carried out with minimal downtime as the crane was the only one which serviced the accommodation block for all the platform personnel, including the galley.


  • A system was designed and manufactured (by the previous contract incumbent) to allow the old and new booms to be set side by side. The old boom was to then be detached and skidded away from the boom foot connection. The crane was then to be re-energised, slewed in line with the new boom, and then the new boom was to be skidded into connection place
  • During initial checks, it was found that the structure of the scaffolding was not safe to sit both booms side by side. Our design team discussed this with the scaffolder and came up with a new design which would enable the work to be carried out safely
  • Once the new scaffolding solution was designed, the rest of the system and methodology was checked and proven to be a valid solution
  • A full build of the skidding system was completed onshore, prior to implementation
  • The new boom was lifted into place, the old boom was then lowered onto the skid frame, slid out of position and then the new boom into position
  • Following the removal of the old boom, it was identified that the boom foot chassis bores were out of tolerance. A repair method and materials were provided to allow this area to be returned to original
  • It was also noted during the return to service phase the A-Frame sheaves were damaged which were found to be the A-Frame sheave bearings. These had been shipped offshore in the original container as a contingency and were changed onsite during the boom foot pin repair workscope.


Integrated solutions

  • Mechanical handling
  • Fault finding and repair


  • Multi-discipline engineering/design
  • Rigging/lifting
  • Site surveys

Equipment sale and rental

  • Rigging/lifting equipment
  • Mechanical handling equipment
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