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Hamburg floating crane removes bridge debris

The port of Hamburg’s latest salvage/floating crane, ENAK, with a load capacity of 600 tonnes, has removed a collapsed bridge from the River Elbe

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The bridge was a pedestrian bridge to the musical theatre showing ‘The Lion King’ and it collapsed into the River Elbe in March, fortunately when nobody was about. ENAK raised it and spirited it away for repairs.


ENAK is the most powerful salvage/floating crane in Germany and was formerly stationed in Bremerhaven. The new owner is Lührs Schifffahrt, who acquired it from Bugsier Reederei.


Several terminals in the port offer heavy load capacities, up to 400 tons, and ENAK now represents an even more powerful option and has been used in several very heavy load lifts.


It is available, for example, for Siemens gas turbines and transformers, which can weight up to 550 tons.


Built in 1967, technically upgraded in 1993 and now classified by DNV GL, ENAK is 55m long and 25M wide. It operates under the German flag and in Hamburg occupies a berth in Ellerholz docks.

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