Project Leeds Canal

Leeds Canal

The Problem

We were approached by a specialist crew who inspect bridges in rivers and canals. They needed to work in the middle of Leeds City Centre in the Leeds canal and they needed their boat lifting into (and out of) the canal so they could carry out their important inspection work. There wasn’t a suitable mooring point for the boat. The lift space was open but the location of the lift meant that the crane would have to be sited on historically significant stone flags that a large, wheel based, crane would have damaged.

The Solution

A Wobeck Crane Services Spider crane was ideal for this. Its soft tracks, out-riggers and light weight (at just 1850kg) would have no impact on the stone flags but its lifting power was easily sufficient to lift the boat and inspection equipment into the canal at the exact point the crew needed. Important work inspecting the bridges could therefore progress without costly potential bills for damage to flagged areas along with the difficulties that this would have created.

We had a borehole installation in a difficult position across uneven, wet, boggy ground and the pump needed removal so that a new pump could be installed. We could get a normal crane but it would have to be extremely large due to site restrictions, meaning a significant cost. The guys at Wobeck and their crane were fantastic. The crane tracked across the ground without a problem and carried out the work a good deal more cost effectively than would have been the case with a bigger lorry mounted alternative.