Five of the world's largest cranes.

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In our 50 plus years in business, Ritchie Bros. has sold a lot of cranes at our unreserved public equipment auctions around the world – from conventional truck cranes to crawler cranes and all terrain cranes.

But what we have yet to see in our auctions are the following five cranes, custom designed, engineered and built for specific tasks that your average crane just isn’t strong enough, or big enough to handle:

The Asian Hercules

The barge-mounted Asian Hercules crane is over 240 feet long and more than 130 feet wide

The barge-mounted Asian Hercules crane is over 240 feet long and more than 130 feet wide. It weighs 5,900 tons and has enough lifting capacity (1600 MT) to lift a weight equal to 2,000 small cars.1

The Kockums Crane

The 453-foot-high Kockums gantry crane was built in 1973-1974 for use in ship building

The 453-foot-high Kockums gantry crane was built in 1973-1974 for use in ship building at the Kockums shipyard in Malmö, Sweden. The crane had a lifting capacity of 1,500 tons and its rail was 2,329 feet long.2

Saipem 7000

The colossal Saipem 7000 was built as a vessel used to install large oil production platform decks as well as the supporting structures

The colossal Saipem 7000 was built as a vessel used to install large oil production platform decks as well as the supporting structures. It features two fully revolving cranes with 459-foot-long booms. Each crane has a lifting capacity of 7,000 tons and the cranes are each powered by 15,600 hp engines. The estimated cost of the vessel was US$400 million.3

Liebherr LR 13000

The Liebherr LR 13000 is designed for nuclear power station construction

The Liebherr LR 13000 is the most powerful crawler crane in the world. Designed for use in nuclear power station construction, the LR 13000’s main boom can reach a height of 473 feet, and the crane has a lifting capacity of 3,000 tons. The crane itself weighs 748 tons. 4

Liebherr 11200-9.1

The world's largest telescopic boom crane: Liebherr 11200-9.1

The massive, yet still very mobile, Liebherr 11200-9.1 is the world’s tallest and strongest telescopic boom crane. Fully assembled, this impressive piece of equipment can lift up to 1,179 tons, and reach a height of 550 feet with extensions attached. The 18-wheeler truck is powered by an eight-cylinder, 16.2-liter 680 horsepower engine.5

Sources:

1 Cranes Today Magazine http://www.cranestodaymagazine.com/news/asian-hercules-supports-bandra-worli-sea-link/
Photo courtesy Cranes Today Magazine
2 Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kockums_Crane
Photo courtesy Wikipedia
  allyouneedislists.com http://allyouneedislists.com/technology/buildings-machinery/top-10-largest-cranes-in-the-world/
Photo courtesy allyouneedislists.com
3 Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saipem_7000
Photo courtesy Wikipedia
4 Liebherr http://www.liebherr.com/CR/en-GB/products_cr.wfw/id-15399-0/measure-nonMetric
Photo courtesy VertiKal.net
5 Liebherr http://www.liebherr.com/AT/en-GB/products_at.wfw/id-8607-0/measure-nonMetric
Photo courtesy Liebherr

 

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equipman
equipman on January 08, 2013 said
Would have been cool to have seen Mammoet's PTC 200 DS crane in this article. The new PTC Super Heavy Lift cranes with a test load of 3,520 tons at 33 meters radius. The crane, designed in-house by Mammoet, was rigged with a 83 meter main boom and 36 meter jib. The maximum load on the jib is 2,900 tons which sets a world record among jib cranes and sheerlegs.
ae
ae on January 08, 2013 said in reply to equipman
Thanks for the suggestion - definitely a crane worth mentioning. Check our Facebook page, we'll post something about this crane there in the next little while. http://www.facebook.com/RitchieBros
Thanks for commenting!

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