This web page will be updated regularly with information intended to inform crane industry professionals about IUOE Locals 178, 234, 406, 450 and 627.
Even though our five Local Unions are all part of the 400,000 member IUOE, and we each have contracts with companies you are familiar with, each Local is its own separate organization. Check out theLocal Unions pagefor more information on each local and to see how the jurisdictions are set up.
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World’s Largest Crane Ship
48,000 tons. How’s that for lifting capacity? The world’s largest crane ship has recently left South Korea headed for Rotterdam, Netherlands. Built for the Swiss Company Allseas at a cost of close to $3 billion, the huge vessel is designed to lift offshore oil rigs.
Allseas at a cost of close to $3 billion, the huge vessel is designed to lift offshore oil rigs. While it is certainly the largest crane vessel ever built, it also is billed as the largest ship in the world, though that title is contested. It is 1,253 feet long, 407 feet wide, has a maximum speed of 14 knots and has accommodations for 571 people.
Not satisfied with this building achievement, the company is currently planning an even larger version of the ship, which would be a bit longer, somewhat wider, and have a lifting capacity of 77,000 tons.
See more on the BBC website.