Axs Ingenierie will perform a complete assessment of the integrity and life cycle status of 19 pieces of heavy lifting equipment at Marsa Maroc’s terminal in Casablanca, Morocco.
Axs Ingenierie, a French engineering company specialising in heavy lifting equipment in the industrial and maritime sector, has won a contract to assess and develop monitoring programmes for the equipment. The assessment will follow an approved method that has been used in the French ports since the early of the 2000s, but has never been used in Morocco previously.
“The goal of this study is to identify the critical structural and mechanical elements of the lifting equipment, and to determine its remaining duty lifetime, in order to schedule a technical monitoring programme for these operating cranes,” Axs explained.
“In order to ensure the continuity of operations for the 13 harbour cranes, and the 6 STS cranes, Marsa Maroc will receive in 2019 a complete report on the current state of each lifting machine, and also its periodical monitoring programme that will complete the maintenance that has already been done”.
Axs Ingenierie uses assessment of structural integrity as a means of preventing the risk of accidents caused by mechanical and structural fatigue in heavy lifting equipment. “Since the 1998 accident in Le Havre, this method was invented and executed in all the French ports,” AXS noted, referring to the incident where a boom collapsed on a container crane while hoisting, which killed driver, sparking a major reassessment of the way cranes are inspected in France.
“This is now an expertise method that is heavily conducted by Axs Ingenierie for its clients with more than 65 harbour cranes, STS cranes, and overhead cranes assessed in 2018”, said Fouad Elbaroudi, the founder and CEO of Axs Ingenierie.