Top 10 Largest Cranes In The World

Largest Cranes
Largest Cranes

Do you love monster machines? Nothing’s more awe-inspiring than the huge monster cranes. Ask any monster-machine crazy boy and he’ll tell you. Check out the Top 10 among the hugest monsters in the crane world!

LR 13000

The LR 13000 is considered the world’s largest crane, so big that you can create a crane mobile by hanging regular-sized cranes from it. This huge crane is used to lift up industrial refinery columns that are as tall as 30-story buildings.

Liebherr 11200-9.1

The Liebherr 11200-9.1 is the tallest telescopic boom crane in the world. It’s also the strongest – it can lift 1,179 tons of weight. It travels on an 18-wheeler truck, extending its boom to 550 feet using extensions. This monster is powered by an eight-cylinder, 16.2-liter 680 horsepower engine.

Asian Hercules II

Where most cranes can lift only small pieces of a big job, the Asian Hercules II can put a huge job together at once. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the result of a single lift. Any wonder this crane is named Hercules?

Liebherr LR 13000

Liebherr LR 13000

The Liebherr LR 13000 is just the most powerful crawler crane out there. This massive crane with boom height of 473 feet has been designed to aid the construction of nuclear power station. The crane weighs 748 tons and can lift 3,000 tons.

Taisun Gantry Crane

The Taisun is the biggest gantry crane currently in operation. Even though it took 8 years in total for this crane to become operational, today it is the only crane that can easily lift 20,000 metric tons in a second. That’s like ten thousand cars in a single lift. Think about that.


The Hermod has been in operation since the 1970s; in the 1980s, this monster machine was put to work on the North Sea, where it set world lift records. The Hermod is fitted with two simultaneously operating cranes, and both together can lift up to 9,000 tons of weight.


The Balder is the biggest semi-submersible crane in the world. Its two cranes can lift 3,000 tons and lift 4,000 tons of weight, respectively. The Balder was used to install the world’s largest semi-submersible platform, the BP Thunder Horse.

Saipem 7000

This massive beast can lift more than 14,000 tons, in ideal situations, though mostly it’s used to lift only 7,000 tons. The Saipem 7000 was built in the 1980s and is still in use for major projects all over the world.


Built in the 1980s, this huge crane can seat 736 people at one time. It is one of the most massive cranes still being used today. In year 2000, the Thialf set a world record for lifting over 11,000 tons at once. The Thialf has been used in bridge constructions all over the world for installing pylons.

Kockums Crane

This crane was built in Sweden’s Kockums shipyard, and therefore the name. This huge, orange-painted monster can lift up to 1,500 tons in a few seconds. The crane is huge and truly heavy, weighing 7,500 tons. This is the crane that engineers use to lift entire sections of bridges.