Thursday, November 10, 2011

World's Biggest Gantry Crane Destined For Brazilian Shipyard

Konecranes to Supply Rail Mounted Giant
Shipping News Feature

FINLAND – BRAZIL – Last month Finnish manufacturer Konecranes announced receipt of an order to supply biggest Goliath gantry crane in the world to Brazilian shipyard Ecovix-Engevix Construcões Oceanicas S.A. The shipyard, located in the city of Rio Grande do Sul, builds drill ships for the oil and gas industry and the immense crane, which in its combination of lifting capacity and rail span will be the biggest Goliath gantry crane in the world, is due for delivery in October next year. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order, but deliveries of similar scope are typically worth tens of millions of euros.

The Brazilian shipyard is prepared to invest such a sum as the Goliath will significantly raise productivity at the shipyard. With a lifting capacity of an impressive 2,000 tons and a span of 210 meters, the crane will be able to handle considerably larger blocks, which will shorten dry dock time for vessels. Jussi Rautiainen, General Manager for the Shipyard Cranes Division commented:

“We are very proud of our strong relationship with Ecovix-Engevix. We want to be known as the long-term partner of the world’s leading shipyards, both today and in the future.”