Hard standing 'Mexican standoff' concerns

The “Mexican standoff” between the contractor, equipment supplier and client on yard surfacing must be addressed to stop the perennial problem of premature cracked hard standing, a freight transport consultant has warned.

Intermodality’s Nick Gallop told a Konecranes seminar in Birmingham, UK that all too often he meets customers who have put down the surfacing that they think they need to support the equipment, instead of what is appropriate.

“To me, from a project development point of view it seems to have a disproportionate amount of time spent on it and each time we have to start from a blank piece of paper,” he told delegates.

Mr Gallop called on equipment manufacturers to take ownership of the problem and start specifying optimal surfacing for specific equipment types.

“A little bit of TLC and R&D from crane manufacturers and contractors to try and bottom some of these things out would help,” he said.

“A number of times I have seen the contractor going ‘it’s not up to us it’s up to the crane supplier on what concrete we need to put underneath the crane’. Then the crane supplier says ‘it’s not up to us, it’s up to the contractor to determine what they think our cranes should sit on’. The clients are left asking ‘what do I do here, how do I knock heads together?’

“There is a gulf in understanding between those three sides of the triangle as to what ultimately should be put down to last well and to interface well with the handling equipment.”

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