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Coordinates: 37°35′48″N 121°23′39″E / 37.59667°N 121.39417°E / 37.59667; 121.39417

Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd
subsidiary of CIMC Offshore Holdings Ltd
IndustryShipping and Logistics
FounderBrian Chang
Area served
People's Republic of China
Overview of Yantai Raffles Shipyard in November 2007

Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard (Chinese: 烟台中集来福士海洋工程有限公司) is a shipbuilding company in Yantai, Shandong Province, People's Republic of China. The shipyard is one of three operated by CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd.

Yantai Raffles specializes in offshore and marine fabrication, and shares in the company have been traded on the Oslo OTC system in Norway since May 2006.

In 1994, Singaporean of South African descent Brian Chang founded Yantai Raffles at the junction of Bohai Bay and the Yellow Sea.[1] The shipyard is in close proximity to Korea and Japan, an area that accounts for 80% of the global shipbuilding capacity. YRS is the only shipyard in China to be majority foreign-owned. It has agreed to acquire 100% of the Sanlian Longkou shipyard in Shandong, China.[2]

The company since March 2013 is now a wholly own subsidiary of CIMC.


Brian Chang founded Yantai Raffles Offshore Limited (YRS) in 1994. Previously, he has worked with various companies in Singapore and Malaysia in the marine industry, including Mobil, Jardine Offshore, M.J Batty and Far East Shipyard (now known as Keppel FELS) between 1965 and 1970. In 1971, he started his own company, Promet (now known as PPL), which grew in size over his decade-long tenure. He has worked for 40 years in the shipbuilding and marine fabrication sector, overseeing more than 600 marine construction projects [3]

Yantai Raffles became known as CIMC Raffles after CIMC invested in the company. As of March 2013, CIMC has acquired all outstanding shares of CIMC Raffles. It will now become an subsidiary of CIMC Offshore Holdings Co., Ltd.[4]

Types of vessels builtEdit

  • Semi-submersible drilling Rig
  • Jack-up drilling Rig
  • Platform Conversion
  • Platform Supply Vessel
  • Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel
  • Heavy Lift Carrier
  • Floating, Production, Storage & Offloading Vessel (FPSO)
  • Mono-hull circular column FPSO
  • Floating, Production & Offloading Vessel (FPO)
  • Pipelay Vessel
  • Fallpipe Vessel
  • Semi-submersible bare deck Vessel

Yard FacilitiesEdit

  • 72-hectare shipyard
  • Building facilities
  • World's largest gantry crane [5] with lifting capacity of 20,000 metric tonnes due for completion in July 2007
  • One of the world’s largest [6] dry docks (L430m x W120m x D14m)
  • One of the world's largest [7] land-based pedestal crane
  • 2 X 370 metric tonnes gantry cranes
  • Fully automated warehouse, with a capacity of 4,000 pallets

World's Largest CraneEdit

Taisun, the world's largest gantry crane, with a lifting capacity of 20,000 metric tonnes, has taken over 7 years to plan and an additional 12 months for the preparation of its design framework.

The crane, capable of muscling up to 10,000 cars in one lift, allows the mating of an entire outfitted deck box of a semi-submersible rig onto its hull/pontoons in one single operation. The shipyard states that this will reduce work hazards at high altitudes and in the open sea[citation needed]. The lifting of the complete deck box reduces man-hours by as much as half[citation needed].


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