Grove all-terrain lights up St. Peter’s Square

By Hannah Sundermeyer16 December 2021

Italian rental company I.B.A. Crane has undertaken the job of installing the Vatican’s main Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square, using a Grove GMK5250L-1 all-terrain crane.

This task was carried out by Italian Manitowoc customer I.B.A. Crane, which owns more than 100 units of construction machinery and equipment, including 10 mobile cranes from Grove.

I.B.A. Crane chose the five-axle 250 tonne capacity mobile crane, which it received from Central and Southern Italian Grove dealer FIMI in December 2020, to complete this prestigious task for its convenient compact dimensions and efficient operation.

The Grove GMK5250L-1 has a 70 meter, 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 meters tall and weighs approximately 8 tonnes. It was illuminated on December 10 and will remain in St. Peter’s Square until January 9, 2022.

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