Asian Lift Pte Ltd., a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (Keppel O&M) and Smit Singapore, a member of the Boskalis Group of Companies, celebrated the naming Friday of Asian Hercules III, which is the largest and most versatile heavy-lift sheerlegs of its kind in the world.
The self-propelled floating sheerlegs can perform single lifts of up to 5,000 tons and carry out tandem lifts exceeding 5,000 tons with multiple cranes.
Asian Hercules III increases Asian Lift’s fleet size to a total of 5 sheerlegs, which includes the 400-ton Asian Helping Hand lll, the 1,600-ton Asian Hercules and the 3,200-ton Asian Hercules II, enabling the company to service even more complex shipbuilding and offshore construction projects.
The sheerlegs were built by Keppel Nantong Shipyard, Keppel O&M’s yard in Nantong, China, which delivered the crane with a perfect safety record of no lost-time incident.
Chow Yew Yuen, CEO of Keppel O&M and chairman of Asian Lift said, "Asian Hercules III is a reflection of how Asian Lift has grown from strength to strength since Keppel and Smit forged a strategic partnership to form the joint venture 30 years ago. Today, Asian Lift is known for its unparalleled lifting capabilities. We are confident that Asian Hercules III will help to broaden Asian Lift’s coverage and opportunities beyond its traditional markets to include offshore installations and decommissioning work, and to also further its reach into international markets.
“At Keppel O&M, we will also benefit from Asian Lift’s expanded capabilities as the company continues to contribute to our quality execution of projects ranging from the construction of high specification rigs to ship conversions and specialized shipbuilding.”
Measuring 348 feet (106 meters) long and 171 feet (52 meters) wide with a hook height of at least 394 feet (120 meters), Asian Hercules III had taken on its first assignment in Singapore upon delivery earlier this year. Together with Asian Hercules II, Asian Hercules III had carried out a tandem lift for the 5,300-ton upper hull of an accommodation semisubmersible that Keppel FELS, the rig design and building arm of Keppel O&M, is constructing.
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