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Dismantling the World's Largest Gantry Crane


The Gathering of Steel Giants

Three huge cranes star in this tremendous MOVING event. The beloved landmark of the Swedish town is taken apart (like so many LEGO pieces) and taken to the faraway lands to the (almost) uncertain fate.

We wrote once about the Huge Floating Crane which can lift bridges and submarines. We also had a rare look inside the workings of Largest Crane and Container Ships. But this gargantuan scene asks for its own page, as the memory of the biggest gantry crane structure slowly fades into the stuff of legends.

(image credit: Barlon Randolph)

Witness a world's largest gantry crane - Kockums, which was originally located at Kockums Shipyard in Sweden, then was dismantled in 2002, painted orange and installed by Hyundai Heavy industries over in Offshore Fabrication Yard (Ulsan, South Korea). Here is how it looked before - a true landmark over the town of Malmo:

(image credit: Malmobilder)

- Capable of lifting 1,500 tons
- It is 165m wide and 128m high with a total weight of 7,560 tons.
- "The upper plate of the crane is 11.5 m wide and 14.6 m high, large enough for four buses to simultaneously drive through."
- It was used to lift the entire sections of Oresund Bridge.

Dismantling and setting up in a new place

Most of images were taken in the summer of 2002, see the full series here. The following article also has a great amount of info about this event.

The yellow "ASIAN HERCULES" is used in this operation, which is in itself one of the world's largest floating cranes.

The gathering of huge ships, cranes, trucks - all in one picture! The ship's name is "Mighty Servant 3":

And yet another crane arrives to take part in dismantling operation:

One leg is loaded... then another.

You can appreciate the real scale of these giant cranes here:

The loading of the upper plate (large enough for four buses to fit inside):

No more crane to grace this dock:

The "Mighty Servant" takes with its load to Korea:

(images credit: Lasse Ydhag, varvshistoria.se)

Putting it up again at Huyndai:

(images credit: varvshistoria.se)

You can see Kockums previous location in Sweden on Google Earth here. For its new orange Hyundai incarnation go to this page.

After being used in oil platform construction, the crane was reportedly moved to South Vietnam, and then dismantled by a British firm... or, as I like to think, maybe it joined the secret abode of Transformers in the sky.

Also check out our galleries of crane accidents All Cranes Are Doomed, Part 2

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Anonymous chefren said...

This brings back many memories. Born and raised in the town of Malmoe I am. Seen this crane for some 35 years of my life. I don't miss it. Yes, it was most impressive and a highly visibly landmark. You cannot however linger in sentimetnality. We got new landmaks now since we got rid of this ugly monster of a crane. Calatrava's Turning Torso would be the most well known of these.

Anonymous Jeremiah said...

Proud to see a Singapore vessel, the Asian Hercules, helped in the operation.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anybody noticed the small crane on top of the upper plate of the huge crane being dismantled? I only noticed it when i checked it the second time XD. Awesome!!!


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