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With the imminent (I think) arrival in the sixth boro of a large shearleg crane for the Tappan Zee project, here’s a chance to look at one of these floating cranes.  I believe the crane known as Left Coast Lifter has a lift capacity of just under 2000 tons.   This one–Pelicano 1 (ex-Kaisei) has capacity over 2000 tons.  I’ve not found much info about Kaisei.

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The largest floating crane I’ve seen prior to this is Donjon’s Chesapeake 1000, which lifted segments of WTC antenna from barge to land back a half year ago.

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Here’s Pelicano 1‘s tender.

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Since a floating shearleg crane doesn’t rotate on a frame, it uses thrusters like these to position a lift.

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The first time I had an opportunity to look at a Thrustmaster was here.

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For an image of a US battleship converted to a floating crane about a century ago, click here.

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