Zoomlion's tower cranes complete operations for world's longest road-rail cross-sea bridge

December 2019

Over 35 self-developed high-end tower cranes produced by Zoomlion completed lifting operations for the Pingtan road-rail bridge project, the world’s longest road-rail cross-sea bridge. As Zoomlion set a new benchmark in metocean engineering with customised machinery for what is described as the ‘the world’s most difficult’ bridge construction project.

Zoomlion’s high-end equipment series was shortlisted by China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Co (MBEC), the contractor of the project. The crane series includes the super-large D1100-63V tower crane, TC7035-16 hammerhead tower crane, and flat-head TCT7015A-10E tower crane.

Pingtan Bridge, a 16.32 km long bridge project including three cable-stayed bridges, crosses the Haitan Strait in the East China Sea. The strait is often referred to as the ‘Bermuda of the East’ for its severe metocean conditions. Strong winds, storm surges, undercurrents and huge waves pose unique operational challenges seldom seen on construction sites.

The Pingtan Bridge project utilises significant quantities of construction materials including over 300,000 tons of steel and 2.66 million tons of cement, which is enough to build eight Burj Khalifa towers. Zoomlion took on this challenging task as the main lifting equipment provider.

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