Sany cranes power Croatia bridge project
Sany’s truck cranes, crawler cranes, trailer pumps and excavators have all been deployed in the biggest cooperation between China and Croatia to date.
Late last month, the last segment of a steel box girder weighing 220t was lifted slowly and welded into place, bringing the Pelješac bridge project to a conclusion.
The bridge connects the southernmost part of Croatia’s Dalmatia territory with Dubrovnik for the first time.
Intersected by a small strip of the coast around the town of Neum, which is part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Croatian mainland's coastline was previously interrupted by a third country, causing a transportation headache for Croatia.
With a span of 2,440 m (8,005 ft) and a width of 22.5 m (73.9 ft), the new cable-stayed bridge connects a southeastern Croatian exclave to the rest of the country, while avoiding any border crossings with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
All 24 units of construction machinery employed for the project, including truck cranes, crawler cranes, trailer pumps and excavators, were SANY units. The entirety of the operation was guided by an expert SANY team sent from China, who managed the project to meet EU standards for construction and material quality.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković noted that the bridge ensures the integrity of the Croatian territory, while boosting his country’s political, transportation and tourism development.
“The Pelješac Bridge connects not only the country’s southern and northern territories but also Croatia and China,” he said.
The project was undertaken by the Chinese consortium China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).