Yantai Raffles Taisun (Taishan) World Record Crane (20,000-ton Lifting Capacity !)

Yantai Raffles Taisun

Yantai Raffles (currently CIMC Raffles) has recognized the detrimental effect of traditional fabrication of offshore vessels such as drilling semi-submersibles or FPSOs from the ground up in modules that could easily weigh up to a range of 1000 to 2000 ton, they have built their very own crane, Taisun (Taishan), with a capability to install very large integrated modules (up to 20,000 ton) on top of a vessel’s hull.

With this gigantic crane, it allows fabrication to be taken place on the ground, eliminating safety risks associated with working at height. Taisun also can be used to facilitates simultaneous construction of the lower and upper parts of the vessel, allowing a shorter overall project schedule and quicker delivery.


Taisun holds the Guinness World Record for “heaviest weight lifted by crane”, set in Yantai on April 18, 2008 and set at 20,133 metric ton by lifting a barge that is ballasted with water.

It completed its first commercial lift of a deck box lifting and installation of COSL Pioneer, also the first drilling semi-submersible built in China in 2008.

It has achieved its name for world’s heaviest topsides crane lift during the deck box lifting and installation of Saipem Scarabeo 9 in 2009

Achievement of numerous awards including Spotlight on New Technology Award and Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award from American Society of Mechanical Engineers, both during Offshore Technology Conference 2008.


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