World's Largest Gantry Crane Arrives in Brazil
Konecranes' Goliath gantry crane for Engevix Construções Oceânicas (‘Ecovix’) arrives at Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil.
With a combination lifting capacity of 2,000 tons and rail span of 210 meters, the crane is the biggest Goliath gantry crane in the world. The crane will be used initially to assemble eight hulls of Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) ships that will be used for offshore oil production projects.
Construction of the crane components began in October 2011, in Finland and South Korea. Installation at the Polo Naval do Rio Grande shipyard is scheduled to be finished at the end of this year.
President of Ecovix, Gerson de Mello Almada, says: “With the installation of the Goliath gantry crane we will contribute to the productivity of the Polo Naval do Rio Grande shipyard – already known for having the biggest drydock in Latin America – so it will be better prepared and become more competitive to face the challenges of naval assembly with high technology for the national and international markets.”
“Ecovix has expansion plans for its Brazilian shipyards, and we intend to build a strong partnership in the coming years,” comments Tuomo Lehtonen, Konecranes (KNCRF) responsible for the project.
Konecranes is the world’s leading provider of Goliath gantry cranes, having delivered over 60 of them to shipyards around the world.