April 23, 2008
Yantai Raffles Shipyard christens giant crane
China's Yantai Raffles Shipyard Limited has christened the world's first fixed dual-beam gantry crane, with a 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.
Following its naming on April 18 at a ceremony attended by over 600 guests, the giant crane demonstrated its capabilities by hoisting up a launching barge 30 meters above the water.
ABS witnessed the lift and presented YRS Chairman Brian Chang with a "Witness Load Testing" certificate, confirming the capacity of Taisun at 20,133 tonnes--a heavy lift world record.
Taisun has been earmarked for at least nine lifts over the next 24 months.
YRS says it will revolutionize the way large offshore projects such as semi-submersibles and FPSOs are built. By providing a safe, controllable and cost effective way to join super sections of up to 20,000 tonnes, the hours spent working at great heights will be significantly reduced. As a result, overall project man-hours can be improved upon, overall build schedules and time-to-market shortened, and safety and quality improved.
In a press statement, Haldor Fottland, Area Manager of Awilco Offshore, isaid, "Awilco Offshore Semi AS congratulates YRS on the christening of the 20,000 MT crane. The introduction of this crane certainly opens up for more efficient project execution. We are glad to see the Taisun crane operating, and we look forward to experience it in full action with the mating lift for our first semi-submersible rig."