Who says size doesn’t matter? We say go big or go home – and there’s not a lot of things that are bigger and more impressive than construction equipment.
Big toys cost big bucks. The construction industry is a great example of that, raking in an enormous $192 billion per year. That amount keeps growing every year, too!
So what kind of bang do you get for your buck when it comes to construction cranes? A whole lot – and you can take that to the bank.
Ready to see the largest cranes in the world? Check out this incredible list of some of the biggest toys you’ve ever seen!
Before we do a deep dive into some of the biggest cranes you’ve ever laid eyes on, let’s talk about qualifications.
What makes a crane big? It’s not just size; that’s just a part of it.1
When you see one of these big beauties in the wild stretching up to the sky, it definitely is awe-inspiring. But a crane can be big in ability, too.
How much can a crane lift? What are they designed to do? We considered all of these factors while putting this list together.
Whether you’re into height or might, we’ve got you covered.
The Kockums Crane
This Swedish behemoth was erected in Malmo, Sweden. Due to the sheer size of the thing, it drew admirers from far and wide.
On the record, this crazy crane could lift a few thousand metric tons. Supposedly, it was able to lift far more than that. What a shame they never let it loose to test its raw power!
The Kockums Crane earned an interesting nickname – “The Tears of Malmo”. The story goes that the shipping town of Malmo cried when their favorite crane was taken down in 2002. Who knew a crane could make a town cry?
These days, the fabled crane lives out its life in South Korea at a Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard.
Liebherr ltm 11200
Big. Yellow. Different. There’s no other way to describe the Liebherr ltm 11200.
It earns its spot on the list of largest cranes in the world not only by sheer size. This big boy is plenty powerful, too. The 11200 is the most powerful mobile crane on the face of the earth. That’s right – it’s mobile!
It gets around on the back of an 18 wheeler powered by a 680 horsepower engine. Once this crane is fully assembled, it can lift nearly 1,180 pounds and can reach a height of 550 with all of its extensions.
Liebherr truly deserves a spot on the largest construction companies in the world.
Have you ever heard of a crane vessel? That’s a crane that’s so large that it actually qualifies as a shipping vessel. The SSCV Thialf is just such a beast.
Not only is it one of the largest cranes in the world, it’s the largest crane vessel. It can house hundreds of workers on it at any time.
The SSCV Thialf boasts two cranes and a mind-boggling – yet unproven – lifting capacity. It’s built to lift an amazing 14,200 metric tons but no one has attempted to try it out – yet.
Right now, this incredible creature roams the fjords of the Netherlands. It was used to construct the pylons of the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam.
The Asian Hercules III
The third iteration in a long line of enormous cranes, the Asian Hercules III is a sight to behold. It is one of the most versatile and largest floating sheerlegs cranes in the world.
On single lifts, it can hoist a whopping 5,000 tons by itself. When it joins up with other cranes, it can meet and exceed that mind-blowing number.
Part of a joint venture between two construction manufacturing giants, this crane has a lot of offshore installations and decommissioning work.
Liebherr LR 13000
Liebherr makes the list once more with the Liebherr LR 13000. This mountainous monster is the biggest crawler crane in the world.
How much can it lift? Glad you asked. It can hoist up to 3,000 tons all on its own. This crane is made for constructing nuclear power stations.
Weighing in at 748 tons and with a dizzying reach of 473 feet, there’s no doubt it belongs on the list of largest cranes in the world.
This versatile crane is a strange creature indeed. Like a mythical hydra, it has two revolving cranes, each sporting a 459-foot boom. Each hydra head is backed up by 15,600 horsepower engines and can lift 7,000 tons apiece.
The Saipem 7000 spends its days installing large oil production platform decks and their supporting structures.
Reportedly, this crane cost the U.S. government around $400 million dollars. Once you see it in action, you’ll know your money was well-spent.
Sarens Giant Crane 140
Without a doubt one of the largest cranes in the world, period, the Sarens Giant Crane 140 is also the world’s largest heavy lift crane.
Its boom reaches 130 meters and it has a radius of 50 meters. But the big numbers are in the lift. The Sarens Giant Crane 140 can hoist around 3,200 tons. As you can see, it’s clearly earned its nickname – “Bigger Benny”.
Taisun Gantry Crane
We saved the best for last – the Taisun Gantry Crane. No list of colossal cranes is complete without this one. To see it is to witness the eighth wonder of the world.
This impressive piece of machinery is capable of the heaviest crane lift ever. The Taisun crane can easily lift 20,000 metric tons. No, we didn’t lean on the zero key – that’s the amount it can hoist out of the water.
Largest Cranes In The World – And More
Now that you’ve seen the list of the largest cranes in the world, which one is your favorite? There’s too many to choose from!
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