Ritchie Bros pipe layer sale 'one of largest ever'

Ritchie Bros to hold one of its largest ever ME sales of pipe layers

One of the Caterpillar side booms to be auctioned in Dubai.
One of the Caterpillar side booms to be auctioned in Dubai.

Ritchie Bros auctioneers is to hold one of its largest-ever sales of side-boom pipelayers in the Middle East, with 62 pipe layers to be sold via an unreserved auction in Dubai.

The sale is a complete disposal for a company, with the owner is retiring from the business.

"There's a huge amount of pipeline projects around the world on the go, from 20'' through to 60'' pipes. We have got a machine to do every single one of those jobs, so we've covered the whole spectrum of the pipelaying industry," Steve Barritt, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, regional manager, Middle East Operations, told PMV Middle East.

Some 62 different models will be sold, including 25 original Komatsu 355 hydraulic pipelayers, and a number of Caterpillar 594 side booms.

"A lot of the machines have been updated between 2008-2011. All of the machines are hydraulic. We have 25 original Komatsu 355 hydraulic pipelayers, we've got a big spread," said Barritt.

Individual machines include a Vermeer T1455 crawler trencher, 12 Caterpillar 594H crawler pipelayers, 12 Caterpillar M583C crawler pipelayers, four Caterpillar M572C crawler pipelayers, four Caterpillar M594C crawler pipelayers, 25 Komatsu D355C crawler pipelayers, seven Komatsu PC750SE-7 hydraulic excavators, six Komatsu D155A-5 crawler tractors, a 2005 Caterpillar 966G Series II wheel loader, and a Demag AC400 Superlift 400 ton 14x6x12 all terrain crane.

“Every year Ritchie Bros. sells hundreds of thousands of trucks and heavy equipment items at auctions held around the world, but it’s rare for us to offer this many pipelayers in a single auction,”

"This is one of the largest ever sales of side booms in the Middle East. It's going to be something special," said Barritt.

The auction will be held over two days in Dubai, 11-12th December, at Ritchie Bros' Jebel Ali yard.

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