In winter 2013, Alaska Crane sent several cranes and pieces of pile driving equipment to Alaska’s North Slope to assist in the construction of a bridge through the Colville Delta (CD-5). IN all, Alaska Crane deployed five cranes, two vibratory hammers, and one impact hammer to ConocoPhillips’ general contractor.
Before the cranes and pile driving equipment were sent up north, Alaska Crane ensured that all machinery was properly weatherized to withstand the arctic conditions.
This meant removing and upgrading all hoses and fluids to meet a temperature rating of -70 degrees Fahrenheit. Hydraulics, engines, oil tanks, radiators, and crane cabs were all retrofitted with some combination of heater coils, heater pads, circulating pumps, or blankets to help maintain operation in the arctic temperatures. Boom lights were also added to each crane for improved visibility.