A Trip On the Hybrid Crane-Boats That Pull Wreckage from NYC Harbor

The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for keeping debris out of New York's Harbor, whether it's dead whales, helicopters, driftwood, or floating docks. Without the Corps the harbor and the outlying beaches of the Rockaways and the Jersey Shore would be filled with massive pieces of debris and ships would risk… » 7/25/14 2:52pm 7/25/14 2:52pm

Watch construction cranes come to life and dance in a fun light show

There are 42 tower cranes working together to build a brand new city district for more than 20,000 people in Vienna, Austria. It's the biggest construction site in Europe right now. But it's not always work work work for the cranes, they get to dance in a fun light show on their off day. Watch them get down and light… » 3/07/14 9:59pm 3/07/14 9:59pm

This 4,000-ton Goliath Crane Has Laser Vision and a Robot Brain

Ships today—even the massive likes of the Emma Maersk and Marco Polo—just aren't big enough to handle the demands of globalized trade. So to quickly and safely build the next generation of super-sized LNG tankers and container vessels, China's Dalian shipyard relies on GE's staggeringly-huge, laser-guided Goliath… » 5/31/13 11:30am 5/31/13 11:30am

Floating Cranes Are Unnatural, Physics-Defying Monstrosities

Those coolhunters over at Oobject have uncovered another gem of engineering: the floating crane. Because the cranes require a massive superstructure and a relatively shallow hull, designers have to approach them pretty much the opposite way they approach typical ship design. They weigh many thousands of tons, and yet… » 11/28/08 8:00pm 11/28/08 8:00pm