The maritime and ship-building industry has a constant need to move the world’s heaviest loads between ship and shore and even employees  the biggest crane in the world. But the true workhorses of the industry are the heavy lift cranes used to move mega-blocks, large sections of newly constructed ships, around shipyards throughout the world. The following are photos of the cranes and rigging that do the truly heavy lifts. 
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan

The task is to lift the whole bridge sections, each weighing approx. 3500 tonnes.


Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan

Each hook is 10 meters tall. The workers around it look as small as ants.
Some 800 steps lead to the tip of the boom, to the small cabin on the top.

Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan

Another day’s job -
transporting a submarine

Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan
Ships, Heavy Machinery, Japan

Sources: Jikki, Nifty

ALSO DON’T MISS  CRANE PHOTOS OF THE  Biggest Crane In The World

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This post was written by Richard Rodriguez, Rescue Tug Captain, and US Coast Guard approved instructor for License Training. You can read more of his articles at the BitterEnd of the net.

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