Heerema Looks to Build World’s Largest Crane Vessel

huisman semi-submersible crane barge

*+-Need to pick up something extraordinarily heavy while floating in the middle of the ocean and then placing it somewhere with extreme precision? There are a number of large, semi-submersible crane barges on the high seas these days, such as the Thialf or the Saipem 7000, which have accomplished impressive offshore installation jobs, however Dutch […]

“Geared Up”

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*+-When I first got into the commercial maritime industry, I remember a few people saying how they worked on a “geared bulk carrier” and I thought to myself, “I guess he means his ship has gears on it,” but I honestly had no clue what the difference was between a geared bulk carrier or any […]

EMAS’ Lewek Constellation Receives Giant Piece of Stern Hardware

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*+-After arriving quayside at Huisman China last week, EMAS’ flagship, Lewek Constellation has since received a rather serious piece of heavy lift machinery. Utilizing Huisman China’s new 2,400 mt quayside crane known as the “Skyhook,” the Lewek Constellation’s 3,000 metric ton-rated Offshore Mast Crane was installed on to the stern of the vessel over a three […]

Bigger Containerships Means Bigger Gantry Cranes

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*+-Awkwardly perched on cargo ships such as the Zhen Hua 24 are new and bigger cranes destined be installed at shipping ports around the world. The recent delivery of huge new containerships like CMA CGM Marco Polo and the 18,000 TEU Mærsk McKinney-Møller, as well as the expansion of the Panama Canal marks a new era […]

Offshore Cranes Get Bigger and More Sophisticated

macgregor offshore crane

*+-An interesting trend in recent years has been the increase in high spec supply vessels ordered to service the offshore oil and gas industry, in addition to larger vessels needed to support ultra-deepwater subsea pipelay and construction projects. Imagine a crane 10,000 feet up in the sky, hanging a wire down to the ground and […]