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Floating cranes and other lifting shipsPage Title Module
Stunning SWL of 2500 M.T.! WAOW... that is impressive!
Impressive?? I'll give you impressive. This is the worlds biggest Crane Vessel, SSCV "Thialf", 2 x 7,100 m.t. revolving cranes for a combined capacity of 14,200 m.t.:
But it does NOT hold the world record for offshore lifting. That still belong to Saipem 7000 at 12,150 m.t..
Here is Saipem 7000, ex Micoperi 7000:
(This image has been shown earlier in this thread)
More about Crane Vessels on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_vessel
But they have forgotten about Chinese Crane Vessels and Barges, of which there are several, the biggest able to lift 5,000 m.t.
For that crane vessel THIALF: she is ginormous.... the scale of her, the size, the immense technology that has been stretched to complete her is quite astonishing.
Makes me wonder, whether we will see something bigger in the future or whether this is as far as technology and economics will ever push it.
Heerema just cancelled plans to build the next generation SSCV with even bigger lifting capacity and able to work in the Arctic. When the market picks up again they will probably dust off that project. (Sorry, I don't know details)
As said earlier, the Offshore Oil & Gas related posts starts to be quite numerous and may deserve it's own group, or at least one or more thread to separate Supply Vessels, which is already a wide spectrum, from other types of vessels, rigs and installations used in the offshore industry, incl. Marine Operations and other items presently all thrown together.
I know, I'm the biggest sinner here.
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