Barloworld Cranes to Offer Specialised Transport & Lifting Solutions


Barloworld Transport has extended its range of specialised transport solutions with the launch of Barloworld Cranes. The new division will enable all member companies, including Manline, to enhance both their transport and lifting services – thereby providing clients with a full, turnkey solution. Rebone Motsatsi has been appointed as Managing Director of Barloworld Cranes, while Ian Gerrard will take the helm as Operations Director.

Commenting on this development, Barloworld Logistics’ Chief Executive, Steve Ford says, “Barloworld Cranes represents another step in our journey of investing in niche products and services enabling us to offer our clients more holistic supply chain solutions. It is a natural fit to our business, specifically for clients needing to move abnormal cargo or engaging in specialised projects.”

“Having identified the growing need for dedicated transport and lifting services, the new division will allow the group to provide clients with a comprehensive, turnkey solution, all from one provider,” says Neil Henderson, CE of Barloworld Transport. “Under the guidance of a strong and highly experienced management team, Barloworld Cranes will offer tremendous value and scope for clients - both in Southern Africa and beyond.”

Rebone Motsatsi is an Industrial Engineering graduate who brings extensive logistics industry experience and expertise to the new division, having previously held the position of Business Development Head: Mining & Construction at Barloworld Logistics. He is a recipient of the Barloworld Leadership Development Programme (LDP) Certificate from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and is also a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA).

Ian Gerrard, a highly respected and recognised figure in the sector, brings more than 40 years of operational experience to the role and is an expert in crane, rigging, heavy lifting and heavy transport projects. He is a member of the Chamber of Engineering Technology, the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association of South Africa, and the Contractors Plant Hire Association.

Cutting-Edge Technology

The initial Barloworld Cranes fleet will boast seven German-engineered, all-terrain Liebherr cranes and six Tadano truck mount cranes. The truck mount cranes range from 34 to 60 tons, while the all-terrain cranes range from 40 to 200 tons. The team will be based at Barlowpark in Sandton, with the crane depot located in Isando, Kempton Park. By drawing on strategic partnerships with well-known industry leaders, Barloworld Cranes will be able to take on projects with loads of up to 750 tons.

“We will offer support on all types of rigging and lifting jobs and will provide a dedicated Project Management service for all rigging and lifting operations that would form part of the client’s scope of work,” says Motsatsi.

Barloworld Cranes will also provide 2D and 3D rigging studies detailing all information required to execute the lifts safely and efficiently. Strong emphasis will be placed on the Risk Assessments for all lifting and rigging operations, in line with the group’s focus on safety. 


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