OilMac subsidiary assembles 1,500-tonne crane at Port of Dundee

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OM Heavy Lift, a 100% owned subsidiary of OilMac, has announced the assembly of a 1,500-tonne crane in the Port of Dundee.

Forfar firm OilMac has spent a seven-figure sum on a 115 metre tall crane that will enhance the decommissioning capabilities at the Port of Dundee.

One of the largest capacity fixed cranes in Europe, it is capable of lifting up to 875 tonnes.

The firm claims the Gottwald MK1500 is the largest permanent quayside crane in the UK.

Alex Fyfe, managing director at OilMac, said: “We believe our recent success is down to the fact we remain an independent business with a team which always delivers, alongside a reputation for providing a cost-conscious service which is centred on quality.

“We’re anticipating our heavy crane capability to be a significant attraction for offshore wind developments. The Gottwald MK1500 is a vital asset for future offshore wind and decommissioning projects in Dundee and will propel our business in the medium term, and beyond.”

New business expected to be brought in, according to Oil Mac, is with Augean North Sea Services, working to unload decommissioned offshore exhaust stacks.

The new crane will also support the lifting and moving of the turbines for the Kincardine Offshore Floating Wind Farm.

David Webster, Port Manager at Dundee, said: “A permanent crane removes mobilisation charges, which is important in a competitive market.

“We place significant emphasis upon the decommissioning and renewables construction capabilities of at the Port of Dundee, and it becomes ever more attractive in this field as OilMac’s Gottwald MK1500 and Olympus cranes mitigate those cranage costs.”