Yantai Raffles christens world's largest crane

Yantai Raffles Shipyard Ltd. christened the world's first fixed dual-beam gantry crane, with a lifting capacity of 20,000 metric tons (22,000 tons).

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE -- Yantai Raffles Shipyard Ltd. christened the world's first fixed dual-beam gantry crane, with a lifting capacity of 20,000 metric tons (22,000 tons).

The new state-of-the-art facility at the Yantai shipyard is named Taisun.

Following the opening address by Brian Chang, chairman of YRS, Taisun, the company demonstrated to attendees the strength of the crane by hoisting up a launching barge 30 m (98 ft) above the water.

American Bureau of Shipping witnessed the lift and presented Chang with a "Witness Load Testing" certificate, confirming the capacity of Taisun at 20,133 metric tons (22,193 tons) -- a heavy lift world record.

Taisun is now entering into commercial service, and has been earmarked for at least nine
lifts over the next 24 months.

04/28/2008

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