Top 10 Largest Cranes In The World

10 YD 171

The YD 171 was considered a work horse during World War II. At the time it was the world’s largest self-propelled floating crane. Even today, it is considered to be an engineering marvel. The YD 171 is most famous for being towed all around the world for use after the war ended. Believe it or not, It was instrumental in helping to rebuild parts of Germany in the late 1940’s.

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia


  1. The YD171 was one of three cranes built by Germany during WWII. One was destroyed in the war, the second one, the British tried towing across the English Channel and it sunk, and the third was towed out of the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic, through the Panama canal( scraping both sides) up to Long Beach CA, where it has reamined until this day. My father, William Sawyer Hanson of Weymouth and Whitman Massachusetts was the last living crew member on the US ship that towed it that full distance and I have pictures of it, from when he and my mother visited Long Beach in the 1980’s

  2. Cool list! I love the pictures. Did you now that Konecranes is going to build the largest Goliath Gantry crane in the world? You can read about it here:

  3. The Thialf and the Saipem 7000 mentioned above are semi submersibles as well as the Balder and Hermod. Therefore the Thialf ,(Heerema) and previously the DB102(McDermot under the JV Venture Heeremac) is the largest.



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