Yantai Raffles’ world-record gantry crane should see first lift this year

Yantai Raffles Shipyard Ltd. (YRS) set a new world record for the heaviest weight lifted by crane, hoisting a 20,133-metric ton (22,193-ton) launching barge 30 m (98 ft) above the water. The record was certified by Guinness World Record Ltd. and World Records Academy.

Taisun, the world’s largest gantry crane, also won the ASME Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award 2008. The award adds to Taisun’s growing list of accolades – it also received the inaugural OTC Spotlight on New Technology Award.


Taisun hoisting up a launching barge weighing 20,133 metric tons (22,193 tons), a heavy-lift world record.
Click here to enlarge image

Taisun’s unprecedented lifting capacity of 20,000 metric tons enables super segments such as a deck box to be joined or mated onto the pontoons of a semisubmersible drilling rig in a single operation, which can result in greater efficiency and a reduction in time-to-market by concurrent construction of the deck box and pontoon-column assembly, YRS says. It also has the potential to reduce overall project man-hours due to the increased accessibility of the deck box during construction and improvements in overall product quality and safety levels by reducing the work carried out at height.

Brian Chang, chairman of YRS, says the ability to lift 20,000 metric tons at a time will save about 2 million man hours on a project that would normally have to move smaller pieces one at a time.

Yantai Raffles expects its Taisun crane to see its first lift in August or September. The crane has been earmarked for at least nine lifts over the next 24 months.

Taisun was commissioned in April by American Bureau of Shipping.

The crane cost around $40 million to build.

Related Articles

Keppel to convert second vessel for FLNG role

Jan 2, 2015

Keppel Shipyard has confirmed a firm contract from Golar LNG subsidiary Golar Gimi to convert a second Moss LNG carrier, the GIMI, into a floating liquefaction vessel (FLNGV). 

Seadrill acquires West Polaris drillship

Dec 30, 2014

Seadrill has exercised a purchase option for the ultra-deepwater drillship West Polaris from Ship Finance International.

BG to resume exploration near Jordbaer offshore Norway

Dec 29, 2014

BG Norge has approval from Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway for exploration drilling in the Jordbaer area of the North Sea.

Orwell, FES to provide external turret system for FPSO offshore Sarawak

Dec 23, 2014

TH Heavy Engineering Berhad has contracted Orwell Offshore and FES International to supply of an external turret system for the FPSO Layang.

Wison to build second FLNG barge for EXMAR

Dec 23, 2014

EXMAR has ordered a second floating LNG (FLNG) liquefaction vessel from Wison Offshore & Marine.

Trending News

Online exclusive: New strategy needed for deepwater development, unconventional plays

Jan 29, 2015

The unconventional resource play serves to achieve production targets whereas aspiration for a large material discovery pushes the industry toward deepwater.

Kongsberg Maritime to expand facility in Louisiana

Jan 29, 2015

Kongsberg Maritime has purchased about 5.2 acres for the construction of an 82,980-sq ft (7,710-sq m) office and training facility in St. Rose, Louisiana. 

Maersk takes delivery of third ultra-harsh environment jackup

Jan 29, 2015

Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its third ultra-harsh environment jackup, XLE-3, from the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore ahead of schedule. 

Oil and gas mergers and acquisitions hit 10-year highs for deal value and volume

Jan 29, 2015

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the oil and gas industry hit 10-year highs in terms of deal value and volume in 2014, according to PwC US.

Cost pressures slow investment in TGT project offshore Vietnam

Jan 29, 2015

SOCO International says development drilling at the Te Giac Trang (TGT) complex in the Nam Con Son basin offshore southern Vietnam remains on track. 

  Offshore
Digital Magazine
Look Inside
Cover
Current Issue

Oil & Gas Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>