Ritchie Bros. to Sell Manitowoc 16000 in Denver Auction

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will conduct a two-day multi-million dollar equipment auction at its permanent auction site in Denver, Colo. from June 10th -11th,, marking the first time the company has ever sold a Manitowoc 16000 crawler crane in an unreserved auction. The auction will feature hundreds of equipment items, including late model Grove rough-terrain cranes and a 440-ton 2006 Manitowoc 16000 self-erecting crawler crane for Energy Transportation, a Wyoming-based heavy haul and crane and rigging company.

"The 16000 Manitowoc crawler crane is a very unique piece of machinery," said Steve Merich, regional manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. "We're excited about the opportunity to be the first site in company history to sell this particular make and model of crawler crane."

At the company's Denver auction in October 2009, more than 40 items were sold on behalf of Energy Transportation, including two 220-ton 2008 Manitowoc 14000 crawlers, both purchased by out-of-state buyers. One of the two, which was unused, broke the site record for the highest-value item ever sold at a Denver auction. The crawler crane sold for $1.275 million.

"Energy Transportation Inc. continues to consider Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers the premier auction company in the U.S. and throughout the world,” said Dan McGlade, president of Energy Transportation Inc. “The strategy to market our late-model used equipment is integral in the continuing process of updating our fleet with new state-of-the-art all-terrain cranes,” he continued, adding that with the liquidation of one of the company’s three Manitowoc 16000's, it believes Ritchie will again bring favorable results.”We continue to look forward to working with the Ritchie Bros. team well into the future," said McGlade.

The 16000, with its 500-hp engine, was introduced to the market by Manitowoc at CONEXPO in 2005. Because of its long reach and heavy lifting capability, the crawler is used as a rigging crane in wind turbine installation projects, but can also be used as a contracting crane on other types of projects. The crane's boom, made up of ten separate sections, spans a height of 315 feet when fully extended. The lifting capacity of the crane on the main boom is 295 feet and up to 432 feet with a luffing jib.

"The 2006 Manitowoc 16000 crawler crane being sold in the upcoming Denver auction does include a luffing jib, which increases the crane's overall value," pointed out Merich. Energy Transportation is also selling a number of late model Grove RTs, including a 130-ton 2007 RT9130E; a 90-ton 2008 RT890E; and a 90-ton 2006 Grove TMS900E hydraulic truck crane.