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Marine Log

May 8, 2008

Giant gantry crane wins award

Yantai Raffles Shipyard Limited is the winner of the ASME Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award 2008 (BMEA) for its innovative, new technology, Taisun, the world's largest gantry crane.

The ASME Woelfel BMEA winner is selected from a field of companies exhibiting their latest and most advanced technologies at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), in Houston, USA. The award, bestowed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), recognizes technologies that are novel, have a significant impact on the offshore industry, meet health, safety and environmental (HSE) standards and are well-conceptualized and developed.

Taisun's' growing list of accolades includes the inaugural OTC Spotlight on New Technology Award, while last month it set a new world record, certified by the Guinness World Record Ltd and World Records Academy, for the heaviest weight lifted by a crane, by hoisting a 20,133 metric tons launching barge 30 meters above the water.

Yantai Raffles says that Taisun's' unprecedented lifting capacity of 20,000MT revolutionizes the way offshore platforms are built as it enables super segments such as a deck box to be joined or mated onto the pontoons of a semi-submersible drilling rig in a single operation; bringing about greater efficiency and a reduction in time-to-market through the concurrent construction of the deck box and pontoon-column assembly; a reduction in overall project man-hours due to the increased accessibility of the deck box during construction and improvements in overall product quality and safety levels by reducing the work carried out at height.

Yantai Raffles says it is receiving a significant level of enquiry from potential clients signaling their interest in using Taisun to aid their building strategy and the crane is scheduled to lift 9 deck boxes, each exceeding 10,000 metric tons, over the next 24 months.

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