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19th May 2022

Ainscough Crane Hire sails through lift programme at NEC

A new boat show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham called on Ainscough Crane Hire to support on heavy lifting ahead of doors opening to sailing enthusiasts.

The four day event, hosted by BoatLife Events Ltd, took place in February and facilitated the showcasing of boats up to 45ft tall, occupying over 20,000sqm across three halls. Ainscough was appointed by Exhibit 3Sixty to lift the boats into place ahead of the first day of the exhibition.

Over 100 boats were on show, with Ainscough using two LTM1060 variobase cranes to position the vessels across the exhibition centre. This crane was selected to accommodate the hall’s restriction on head room.

Trevor Lakin, Ainscough’s assistant depot manager in Birmingham, said: “Getting these impressive showboats into position at the NEC was a great project for our team to work on.

“It’s always a pleasure undertaking jobs that are a bit different from our day-to-day work. The tight environment offered some challenges, but our choice of crane meant we were able to complete the work efficiently and safely.”

The event comes after Ainscough Crane Hire previously supported the Birmingham NEC as it hosted its first three full-capacity events following an 18-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ainscough also recently worked with Exhibit 3Sixty on the unloading of a Terex Washing Machine at ScotPlant, a plant exhibition in Edinburgh. The team used a 70-tonne crane to unload the machine and subsequently pieced it together over a span of eight hours.

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