Floating sheerleg

1600 ton maximum lift capacity sheerleg Taklift 7 of Smit Internationale

A floating sheerleg or simply sheerleg is a floating water vessel with a crane (the "sheerleg" itself), which, unlike a crane vessel, is not capable of rotating its crane independently of its hull.

There is a huge variety in sheerleg capacity. The smaller cranes start around 50 tons in lifting capacity, with the largest being able to lift over 4000 tons. The bigger sheerlegs usually have their own propulsion system and have a large accommodation facility on board, while smaller units are floating pontoons that need to be towed to their workplace by tugboats.

Sheerlegs are commonly used for salvaging ships, assistance in shipbuilding, loading and unloading large cargo into ships, and bridge building. They have grown considerably larger over the last decades due to a marked increase in vessel, cargo, and component size (of ships, offshore oil rigs, and other large fabrications), resulting in heavier lifts both during construction and in salvage operations.

Biggest sheerlegs

Name Company Lifting capacity Country
Hyundai-10000 Hyundai Heavy Industries 10,000 ton Korea
Svanen Van Oord 8700 ton Netherlands
Asian Hercules III Asian Lift (Smit & Keppel FELS) 5300 ton Singapore
HL 5000 Deep Offshore Technology 4536 ton Iran
kaisho IHI 4100 ton Japan
Yoshida No.50 3700 ton Japan
Musashi Fukada Salvage 3700 ton Japan
Rambiz Scaldis 3300 tons Belgium
Asian Hercules II Asian Lift (Smit & Keppel FELS) 3200 ton Singapore
Fuji Fukada Salvage 3000 ton Japan
SADAF3000 Darya Fan Qeshm Industries (SADAF) 3000 ton Iran
Taklift 4 Boskalis Marine Contractors 2200 ton Netherlands
Suruga Fukada Salvage 2200 ton Japan
Kongo Fukada Salvage 2050 ton Japan
Left Coast Lifter Tappan Zee Constructors 1929 ton United States
Matador 3 Bonn & Mees 1800 ton Netherlands
Asian Hercules Asian Lift (Smit & Keppel FELS) 1600 ton Singapore
Taklift 6 Asian Lift (Smit & Keppel FELS) 1200 ton Singapore
PW L-1501 Pacific Workboats Pte Ltd 1500 ton Singapore
Lifter 1 Saipem 1400 ton Malta
Shin-kenryu Yorigami Maritime Construction Co 1400 ton Japan
Shin-hakuho Yorigami Maritime Construction Co 1300 ton Japan
Taklift 7 Smit Internationale 1200 ton Netherlands
ITALIA Fli. Neri 1000 ton Italy
Smit Cyclone Asian Lift (Smit & Keppel FELS) 1000 ton Bahamas
Taklift 1 Smit Internationale 800 ton Netherlands
PW L-801 Pacific Workboats Pte Ltd 800 ton Singapore
Izu Fukada Salvage 700 ton Japan
Yamato Fukada Salvage 700 ton Japan
Koei-go Fukada Salvage 600 ton Japan
Enak Bugsier Reederei und Bergungs GmbH & Co KG 600 ton Germany
Uglen J.J Ugland 600 ton Norway
RMG 500 Resolve Salvage & Fire 500 ton Singapore
Norma Scaldis 440 ton Belgium
Asian Helping Hand III Asian Lift (Smit & Keppel FELS) 400 ton Singapore
Consul Tenwolde Transport en Repair 400 ton Netherlands
GPS Apollo GPS Marine 400 ton UK / Netherlands
GPS Atlas GPS Marine 400 ton UK / Netherlands
Matador Bonn & Mees 400 ton Netherlands
Matador 2 Bonn & Mees 400 ton Netherlands
Smit Typhoon Asian Lift (Smit & Keppel FELS) 400 ton Bahamas
SBG Himmat Arihant Ship Breakers 400 ton India
HEBO-Lift 7 HEBO Maritiemservice B.V. 300 ton Netherlands
Floating Crane No. 303 Fukada Salvage 300 ton Japan
Wagenborg Triton Wagenborg Towage Wagenborg Towage 300 ton Netherlands / Germany


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