Asian Hercules III and Vattenfall’s EOWDC, huh?

Asian Hercules III at sea
Asian Hercules III at sea
Image by Vattenfall

Do you want to lift something heavy? Maybe you are looking to build an offshore wind farm? Well, you are in luck, the infamous Asian Lift company based in Singapore can help.

The Swedish power company Vattenfall has been working hard to develop and construct their European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).

EOWDC location in Aberdeen BayTo summarise, the EOWDC wind farm is not cheap, to a tune of AUD 0.5 billion. Located around three kilometres off the coast of Scotland in Aberdeen Bay. EOWDC will be able to supply 23% of Aberdeen’s total power demand. The EOWDC is effectively a testing ground for the next generation of offshore wind farm technologies.

How big is Asian Hercules III?

And this is where the Asian Lift company comes in with their Asian Hercules III floating crane. Asian Hercules III is massive at 25 000 tonnes and has a lifting capacity of 5 000 tonnes. Making the floating crane perfect for Vattenfall’s EOWDC as the foundations are 77 meters tall and weigh in at 1,800 tonnes. For perspective that makes each of the eleven foundations weigh around the same weight as ten Boeing 747 jumbo jets.


Asian Hercules III lift chart
Image screen grab copyright Asian Lift

Some of the notable specs of this floating crane are; it has a maximum reach of 120m and is still able to lift a hefty 550 tonnes. Under full load, luffing might take a while as the luffing speed is 1m per minute. And hoisting is 2m per minute at full lifting capacity, so time best be on your side.


For the full specs and lifting chart, I have attached a copy of their information sheet.

Asian Hercules III is an ocean-going vessel that can accommodate up to 45 crew members. I am sure this will come into play while on assignment for the next four to six months in Aberdeen Bay region.

And for those that would like to track Asian Hercules III movements you can by heading over to

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Raimondi Cranes newest crane, MRT234 flattop

Raimondi Cranes MRT234 flattop crane

Raimondi's MRT234 flattop craneRaimondi Cranes back in October introduced a new tower crane to the market, the MRT234 flattop. The MRT234 was pre-released to their exclusive agent network before October and was received well.

InterKran of Switzerland will take delivery of the first MRT234, with the second and third units going to Strictly Cranes based in Sydney, Australia.

Developing the MRT234 flattop crane

Raimondi Cranes put a fair amount of time into the developing the MRT234. Around seven months with 3200 design hours not to mention the months of manufacturing and testing that followed at their headquarters in Italy.

Installing the MRT234 cab to mastRaimondi Cranes have managed to gain some significant performance improvements for the MRT234. A 30% increase in slew speed and trolley movements, with a focus towards usability. Raimondi’s Technical Director, Eng. Domenico Ciano had this to say, “Raimondi’s newest product is heavily geared towards the user’s experience, and these UI/UX centric features pioneered by Silicon Valley’s technology companies when applied to heavy lifting machinery result in a high-performance product that boasts extreme operator ease onsite.”

It’s always great to read and hear what companies have to say, from time to time there is a level of doubt surrounding usability statements. The crane’s usability was something that I wanted to explore. And not being sure how to investigate this, by chance I stumbled on my answer.

What do the operators think?

Feet up in Raimondi's cabI was reaching out to crane operators about an article idea regarding the daily tower climb. One of the operators I was chatting too had sent me a photo from inside one of Raimondi’s cab. With the MRT234 article in mind, of course, I asked if he was a fan of the Raimondi cranes.

The response, “Ahh yeah.” That in its self-speaks volumes for Raimondi’s brand, so I throw it out there to see if he had heard of Raimondi’s new MRT234 flattop crane. I couldn’t believe my luck, not only had he heard of it, he is hoping to be jumping in the operator’s seat in the coming weeks, and looking forward to the opportunity.

For a person like myself that has heard so many different sale pitches over the years from various suppliers and contractors. It is those off the cuff statements from the guys on the ground that carry the most weight. With that, I have my answer surrounding the MRT234 usability.

Raimondi Cranes MRT234 Infographic

Just like anything, the real test will come with field use. Raimondi has been around for over 150 years; it’s clear they know what they are up too.

If you are looking for the full specifics of the MRT234 flattop, head over to Raimondi’s website (click here). I have included a copy of their infographic (click here) for those that would like to check it out.

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