Kockums Crane

MT Frans Suell Bedok-class mine countermeasures vessel HSwMS Orion (A201)
The Kockums Crane in around the mid-1970s
The crane in February 2000

The Kockums Crane (Swedish: Kockumskranen) is a 138-metre (453 ft) high gantry crane in the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.[1] It was originally used at the Kockums shipyard in Malmö, Sweden.

History

It was built in 1973–74 and could lift 1,500 tonnes. The gauge of crane's rails was 175 metres (574 ft) and the rail length 710 metres (2,329 ft). The crane was used to build about 75 ships. Its last use in Malmö was in mid-1997, when it lifted the foundations of the high pillars of the Oresund Bridge.

The crane was first sold in the early 1990s to the Danish company Burmeister & Wain but the company went bankrupt before the crane could be moved.

The crane was a landmark of Malmö from its time of construction until its dismantling in the summer of 2002, when it was shipped to Ulsan, after being sold to Hyundai Heavy Industries for $1.[1] The Koreans have dubbed the crane 말뫼의 눈물 (Malmoe’s tears), due to the notion that the residents of Malmö wept when they saw their crane being towed away.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Kyung Bok Cho (9 May 2007). "Korean Shipbuilders Hold Off China on Pricier Orders". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 9 May 2007.