Grove GMK5250L-1 lifts Vatican’s 8 tonne Christmas tree



Italian rental company I.B.A. Crane has undertaken the important job of installing the Vatican’s main Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square, using a Grove GMK5250L-1 all-terrain crane. I.B.A. Crane chose the five-axle 250 t capacity mobile crane for its convenient compact dimensions and efficient operation.

The Grove GMK5250L-1 has a 70m, seven section main boom and TWIN-LOCK boom pinning system. In general, it offers impressive performance and flexibility, as well as logistical advantages due to its self-rigging auxiliary hoist and counterweight plates, which are interchangeable with other Grove all-terrain cranes.

“In this case, the application did not require any special configuration, as is necessary on construction sites – but the efficiency of the GMK5250L-1 all-terrain crane, together with its logistical advantages enabled us to lift and position the tree both quickly and accurately,” said Massimiliano Di Stefano, General Manager of I.B.A. Crane.

The 113-year-old tree, donated by the Sustainable Forest Authority of Trentino Alto Adige, is 28 m tall and weighs approximately 8t. It was illuminated on December 10th and will remain in St. Peter’s Square until January 9th, 2022.

Headquartered in Basciano, I.B.A. Crane has specialized in transport and lifting solutions since 1968. Today, it operates more than 100 units of construction machinery and equipment, including 10 Grove mobile cranes. Over the last decade, the Group has opened branches in Romania, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.