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Meet the world’s largest crane

April 27, 2015

With a lifting capacity of 2,000 tons – about ten times the weight of an adult blue whale – the Goliath Gantry Crane delivered to the Ecovix shipyard in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil is currently the largest gantry-type crane in the world.

The Goliath Gantry Crane has a span of 210 meters and is used to lift the assembly blocks that form the hulls of ships into place. Its importance to a shipyard cannot be overstated, as its lifting capacity determines the upper limits of the facility’s productivity. The greater the lifting capacity, the larger the hull blocks the crane can lift. And the larger the blocks, the faster the ship can be launched.

“In addition to productivity, the other key customer value of our Goliath is safety. Thousands of tons are moved hundreds of meters in every direction. There’s no room for failure,” says Jussi Rautiainen, General Manager of Shipyard Cranes at Konecranes.

The Konecranes Goliath Gantry Crane was featured on the television show, Innovations, on the Discovery Channel. See a video.

3 Facts

1. Ecovix’s Konecranes Goliath Gantry Crane has a lifting capacity of 2,000 tons – about ten times the weight of an adult blue whale, which is about 200 tons.

2. To get the crane ready, 25,000 engineering hours were performed and 6,500 tons of ready-painted steel structure segments were produced in just eight months.

3. The Ecovix shipyard serves as a key reference for Konecranes in demonstrating the Goliath Gantry Crane’s operations to customers.


Text: Venla Pöyliö
Photos: Konecranes (above), Corbis (below)