Monday, December 22, 2014
Largest crane ship: The Pieter Schelte breaks Guinness World Records' record (VIDEO)
SEOUL, South Korea -- The world's largest crane ship, which is capable of lifting oil rigs, has set sail from its shipyard in South Korea for Rotterdam Port in the Netherlands; The Pieter Schelte is due to arrive at the port for completion in December; designed to assist offshore oil rigs, it reportedly cost around £1.9bn ($2.97bn) to build; the vessel is 124m (407ft) wide and 382m (1,253ft) long, setting the new world record for the Largest crane ship,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: The World's Largest Crane Ship is 124m wide and 382m long - as long as the Empire State Building is high. Designed to assist offshore oil rigs, it reportedly cost around 2.97bn dollars to build. The Pieter Schelte, which was built by Daewoo Heavy Industries in South Korea, will be able to lift loads of 48,000 tons.
The Guinness World Records' record for the largest floating crane ship is Thialf, a 201.6 m (661.4 ft) long semi-submersible barge with a lifting capacity of 14,200 tonnes (31.3 million lb). Thialf is operated by Heerema Marine Contractors of the Netherlands. Thialf carries two 95 m (311 ft) tall cranes which are capable of lifting objects in tandem (the lifting capacity quoted above is for such lifts).
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest truck-mounted jib/boom/crane arm; measuring 86.177 m (282 ft 8.7 in), the truck-mounted concrete pump's incredible height was officially recognized during a World Records certificate presentation at the firm's Annual Summit in Hainan.
The World's Largest Crane Ship is 124m (407ft) wide and 382m (1,253ft) long - as long as the Empire State Building is high. Designed to assist offshore oil rigs, it reportedly cost around £1.9bn ($2.97bn) to build.
Pieter Schelte statistics
Overall length: 382m (1,253ft)
Breadth: 124m (407ft)
Lift capacity: 48,000 tonnes
Maximum speed: 14 knots
Accommodation for: 571 people
The Pieter Schelte was commissioned by Swiss company Allseas, which specialises in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction.
Unlike oil tankers or container vessels, crane ships specialise in lifting heavy loads and often assist in offshore construction.
Allseas says the Pieter Schelte, which was built by Daewoo Heavy Industries in South Korea, will be able to lift loads of 48,000 tonnes.
In partnership with the Port of Rotterdam, the ship will be taken to Maasvlakte 2, an extension of the port, where a special pit has been drained to house the vessel.
After its completion, it will sail to the South Stream project in the Black Sea to lay pipelines there. The ship will be used to install and remove offshore oil and gas rigs as well as to lay pipes.
Allseas says it is planning a sister ship measuring 400m (1,312ft) long and 160m (525ft) wide.
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