Since March, an 18-meter-long, 6-meter-wide regatta boat has been elevated high above Paris, advertising for a French doctor’s initiative that provides heart operations for children all over the world. The boat, which is on the first story of the Eiffel Tower, has been a mystery to many visitors, causing them to ask how it actually made its way onto the Paris landmark.
The gallery, which is the first story of the Eiffel Tower, is about 60 meters high. French crane rental company S.E. Levage was tasked with lifting and positioning the boat on the lattice tower using a Liebherr LTM 1300-6.2 mobile crane. The original plan for the crane to lift the boat overnight through the inside of the Eiffel Tower had to be changed due to turbulent winds. Instead, the crane had to be on the road, bordering the Champ de Mars, the Avenue Gustave Eiffel. The 20 percent additional radius for the 5-tonne boat did not pose a massive challenge for S.E. Levage.
As the hook of the mobile crane slowly moved upwards well after midnight, the team had its hands full securing the boat and holding it stable as the wind gusted around it. The team from S.E Levage nevertheless, completed the job and positioned the boat in perfect condition on the gallery of the “Tour Eiffel.”