Ship Photos of the Day – Giant Cranes Arrive in Houston Ship Channel


Four new Super Post-Panamax wharf cranes for the Port of Houston Authority’s Barbours Cut Container Terminal traveled up the Houston Ship Channel on Tuesday on the last leg of a 73-day journey aboard a heavy lift ship. The cranes, nearly 30 stories high, were manufactured by Konecranes in Mokpo, South Korea, and left for Houston February 23, 2015. These new electric … [Read more...]

Watch: MacGregor’s 3-Axis Motion Compensated Crane Aboard the Siem Moxie

Siem Moxie, image: Fjellstrand shipyard

If you work in the offshore sector, you know that compensating for the vertical heave motion of a vessel is not a new thing when it comes to crane technology.  While lowering equipment thousands of feet down to the seafloor, heave motion is really the only motion that is a significant factor. For vessels involved with maintaining offshore windfarms however, it's a completely … [Read more...]

WATCH: Crane Operator Saves Supply Vessel from Capsizing

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An offshore crane operator just may have saved this supply vessel from capsizing. As you can see, the offshore supply vessel is listing severely before another vessel's shipboard crane swoops in and grabs some of the shifting cargo. From the looks of it, it just may have worked. According to the uploader this video was shot offshore Brazil and the vessel is the fast supply … [Read more...]

Port of Algeciras Gets Some Really, Really Big Cranes

ISS Assist Complex Algeciras Super Crane Installation-1

This photo comes from Inchcape Shipping Services, which was recently hired to handle the arrival and offloading of 4 of the world’s largest ship-to-shore cranes at the port of Algeciras, located on the southern tip Spain along Strait of Gibraltar. The 100-meter tall cranes arrived fully assembled from China aboard the heavy lift ship Zhen Hua 25 and had to be unloaded at … [Read more...]

View from Above: Donjon’s Chesapeake 1000 Crane Barge

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Meow Man brings us an evening fly-by of Donjon Marine's Chesapeake 1000 crane barge. The 1972-built barge has a lifting capacity of 1,000 short tons at 63' maximum radius fenders to hook. DIMENSIONS Length: 191' 2" Breadth: 101' 2" Depth: 20' 1" Tonnage (Gross):    2,484 GRT Tonnage (Net): 2,415 NRT Draft … [Read more...]

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 contractor Heerema is looking … [Read more...]

“Geared Up”

geared bulk carrier cranes macgregor

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 other bulk carrier. Well, if any of you are still confused about the term, the image … [Read more...]