Crane ships are powerful ocean going vessels which are mounted with massive cranes for handling heavy loads. Mainly used for construction facilities and salvaging activities at the high seas, heavy lift crane vessels can be normal crane vessels, semi submersibles, or sheerlegs.
In this article we have mentioned five massive crane ships which are used for different types of offshore jobs and are famous around the world for their enormous size and load carrying capacities.
1. SSCV Thialf
SSCV Thailf is a heavy lift crane ship which is used for a number of offshore conduction jobs.
With a load lifting capacitance over 14,000 tons, the deep water construction vessel is equipped with two cranes.
2. Saipem 7000
Saipem 7000 is a semi-submersible crane vessel with hosting capacity of 7000 tonnes.
The crane vessel is equipped with the finest ballasting technology and thrusting system. The dynamically positioned vessel also has accommodation facility for a crew of 700 people.
3. Sheerleg Kaisho
Sheerleg Kaisho is one of the biggest crane ships operating at the sea.
With a hosting capacity of 4100 tonnes, Kaisho is mainly used for offshore marine construction work, salvaging activities, and heavy cargo handling.
With the hosting capacity of 3700 tonnes, Yoshida is a floating crane ship with a difference.
It has got four crane hooks – each with an individual hoisting capacity of over 900 tonnes – and a 10 metre length of the boom. The Sheerleg is operated by the Mitsubishi conglomerate.
5. Asian Hercules II
Asian Hercules II is a floating sheer leg crane vessel owned by the Asian Lift.
It has a lifting capacity of 3200 tonnes and can even accommodate 34 people. The heavy lift vessel has a speed of 7 knots.
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