Gustav Seeland boosts heavy-lift fleet with largest crane acquisition

06 October 2023

Gustav Seeland Grove GMK6450-1 Gustav Seeland boosts heavy-lift capabilities with new Grove GMK6450-1 (Photo: Manitowoc)

German heavy lift specialist Gustav Seeland has acquired a new Grove GMK6450-1 all terrain, its largest crane and first six-axle model.

The new 450 tonne capacity AT means the company can take on larger, more challenging jobs. It follows the delivery of a GMK5250XL-1 a year ago, which was previously the Hamburg-based group’s largest crane.

“Our business is growing in all divisions, and our Grove cranes have played a key role in helping us advance,” said Johann Evers, managing director at Gustav Seeland.

“By investing in the GMK6450-1, we can support our loyal customers with even more capability. We’ve already seen very strong interest in the new crane.”

The selection process was rigorous, involving team members from a range of departments including management, sales, scheduling and operators, with an inspection of the crane at Manitowoc’s Wilhelmshaven facility in Germany, where Grove all terrain cranes are manufactured.

Evers said the GMK6450-1 was selected for its strength, fast and convenient assembly, and a market position with “no comparable competitors.”

It is designed to be a compact crane that lifts 64 tonnes on its 60 metre main boom, or up to 9 tonnes at the maximum 132 metre lifting height.

For easier travel, Gustav Seeland has opted to have its crane fitted with a boom removal configuration, reducing axle loads to their lowest level for situations where minimal transportation weight is required.

Gustav Seeland Grove GMK6450-1 The Grove GMK6450-1 allows Gustav Seeland to take on larger, more challenging jobs (Photo: Manitowoc)

The crane also has capacity-enhancing MegaWingLift, a self-rigging system that enables sub-20-minute setup and swift dismantling times, increasing efficiency on jobsites, Grove said.

The new machine will be integrated into all areas of Gustav Seeland’s business, which includes heavy transport, specialized transport, crane rental, industrial assembly and engineering.

Holger Haber, Manitowoc area sales manager for Northern Germany, said the company is happy to share in its growth into the heavy lifting segment.

“We will continue to push the limits of what’s possible and create new cranes that can help our customers continue to excel in the lifting industry.”


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