UZTM cranes successfully tested at "Zvezda"

Published date: 20 Aug 2020

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Acceptance tests of two heavy-duty bridge cranes produced by Uralmashplant with a lifting capacity of 320 tons successfully completed at “Zvezda” – the first Russian large-capacity shipbuilding shipyard.

On August 18, representatives of the customer, UZTM, the certification organization and Rostekhnadzor, conducted full range of tests and completed acceptance of the equipment. During the equipment acceptance, the commission reported no findings on the mounted and installed cranes.

According to Evgeny Prokhorov, the head of UK UZTM-KARTEX LLC service center, the cranes manufactured for Zvezda are a unique project that implements innovative solutions at all stages: design, production and installation, which was carried out by the Group service department specialists.

"Since the cranes for “Zvezda” in a number of characteristics radically differ from the equipment of this type traditionally produced at UZTM, we conducted the first check assembly of the equipment at the leased industrial site in Primorsky Krai to check the main units operation before their installation," comments Evgeny Prokhorov.

He noted that both machines were produced taking into account the specifics of the shipbuilding facilities: in addition to lifting and moving loads up to 320 tons, they are capable of handling large sections (up to 280 tons) while elevated, which is important when welding large-sized structures. Besides, unique span beams and lifting beams of 260 tons lifting capacity with movable hook assemblies of 63 tones lifting capacity were developed.

"We are grateful to the managers of “Zvezda” shipbuilding facilities for their confidence in Russian manufacturers’ expertise, for the help we received from their specialists at every stage of production that allowed us to find optimal solutions for the equipment design and manufacture. Thus it is possible to preserve the industrial potential of the country," comments Yan Tsenter, UZTM-KARTEX Group CEO.

“Zvezda” (Bolshoy Kamen, Primorsky Krai) is the first Russian large-capacity shipbuilding yard meeting Russian customers’ needs in the field of marine equipment construction aimed to ensure natural resources extraction on the country's continental shelf. “Rosneft” JSC in a consortium with “Gazprombank” JSC and “Rosneftegaz” JSC implement “Zvezda” construction project at the instruction of the President of Russia.