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Yantai Raffles builds world's largest gantry crane

Yantai Raffles builds world's largest gantry crane

Singapore: Singapore headquartered Yantai Raffles Shipyard (YRS) is currently constructing the world's largest gantry crane, the Tai Sun, which will have a total lifting capacity of 20,000 metric tones. The crane, which is expected to cost $40m, will be used to build semi-submersible rigs and other huge offshore vessels at the 72 hectare yard when it is completed in October.

 "With the world's largest gantry crane, Yantai Raffles has made a significant breakthrough in the building of semi-submersible rigs," said Brian Chang, YRS chairman. "This revolutionary facility will save a significant number of man-hours in the building of semi-submersibles and FPSOs and will completely change the way these huge offshore vessels are built. This new process will enable the Group to take on bigger and far more complex projects, as it significantly reduces production time and safety issues whilst increasing quality standards."

Measuring 130mtr in length and 122mtr in height, the gantry crane has already received strong interest from the Group's customers.  [21/08/07]