New production line, new designs and noteworthy deliveries

For 2023, Italian company PDN Cranes has opened a new production line for cradles, and fixed and telescopic boat keels so as to give its customers a complete range of products. The company has also developed a fully-electric or hybrid electric mobile hoist design which will be released to the market in good time for PDN’s 20th anniversary in 2024.

Over the past two years, particular delivery highlights in the marina sector have been the supply of two specialist cranes to French marinas Port Camargue and Dunkerque Marina. Although covered in Marina World soon after delivery, each is worthy of special mention due to the interesting technology involved.
The Port Camargue (above) machine has 20 tonne capacity and is of three-leg design so as to be of use in three different basins of different widths. The operator cabin is located at the rear of the machine to enable it to be driven in a similar manner to a forklift. It is thus considered to be a combination of boat hoist and boat trailer and is very fast and flexible when moving between the lifting and parking areas.
The machine for Dunkerque is a 30 tonne capacity amphibious boat hoist which carries out a boat hauling service between the yard and slipway. It can be submerged in water up to 2.5m (8ft), which enables it to service sailboats with long keels.
Like the Port Camargue machine, it is very fast in operation and is equipped with PDN’s remote assistance system.


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