Dismantling of 99 heavy stainless steel tanks

Removal via a roof opening requires a great deal of tact and skill

This feat of strength required endurance. Within five months, SCHOLPP Bremen dismantled 99 large stainless steel containers in stages as part of an order for Behälter Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG in Bremen. After they were removed from an industrial facility, the tanks were temporarily stored or were loaded and brought to new sites.

Behälter Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG in Bremen specializes in international trade with containers, agitators, and industrial equipment. The product range includes not just new plants, but also used technology, which can be used at other locations after it is dismantled and prepared.

The Bremen branch of SCHOLPP received one such order from Behälter Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG. Due to the scope of the order, the size of the containers, and the required installation effort, the order had to be split into stages across five months. The heaviest tank weighed 22 metric tons, and the maximum diameter was 7 meters, with a maximum height of 18 meters. To handle this task, SCHOLPP Bremen sent an experienced installation team to dismantle the containers, transport them across the facility, and take them to the operation site.

Before dismantling the containers, the SCHOLPP team also had to remove a steel catwalk, which was approximately 100 meters long, in order to ensure that there was space to move the containers across the facility. The stainless steel containers were brought out through a very narrow roof opening, which only allowed a few centimeters of space between the building and the containers. This required a great deal of tact and skill, particularly from the crane driver and the installation manager.

Another factor that had to be overcome was the large distance between the location of the crane and the building opening. The telescopic boom of the 750-ton mobile crane had to be extended quite a distance. This task required incredibly precise control and careful lifting in changing and sometimes windy weather conditions. After the tanks were taken out of the facility, some of them were taken to the temporary storage location and some were immediately loaded and transported to the new locations.

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Behälter Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG


Mechanical engineering

Project type:

Rigging projects


Task: Dismantling, removal, temporary storage, transport of 99 stainless steel tanks (max. 22 metric tons, diameter: 7 m, height: 18 m)

Equipment used:

A 750-ton mobile crane, two 6-ton forklifts, a 10-ton forklift, four lifting platforms, tool container with installation tools

Unique factors:

Removal via narrow roof opening, large distance between location of the crane and building opening, telescopic boom extended very far, precise control in changing weather conditions

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