First Lift – World’s Largest Crane In Action

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World's Largest Crane On The Move - Raffles China

A few months back we brought you photos of the world’s largest crane being built, today we show you it in action.

It is the world’s first fixed dual-beam gantry crane, with an unparalleled lifting capacity of 20,000 tonnes. The crane is named “Taisun” after a sacred mountain in China’s Shandong Province reflecting its size, strength and inspirational qualities.

In 2008, Yantai Raffles Shipyard celebrated the much anticipated First Commercial Lift by Taisun amidst a blaze of fireworks and the expectant gaze of the 750 strong local and international guests, lifting the massive 14,000 MT Deckbox of COSL Drilling Europe AS’ (“COSL”) Semi-submersible Drilling Rig, the ‘COSLPioneer‘, and mating it onto the Columns and Hull of the Rig in one single operation, demonstrating an unprecedented feat within the industry.

The Taisun crane has been commissioned by YRS until 2010 to complete at least 9 lifts over a 24 month period.

For more information on the world’s largest crane, check out the YRS website HERE