Christ are we that knackered from a manufacturing perspective we cannot even design and build our own cranes. Having to buy them in from China FFS!
Fearing the media implications of having the crane seized and held to ransom by pirates, the MoD sent the crane around the cape of Africa rather than though the Guilf of Aden and the Suez canal.
The MoD can't even guarantee the safe passage of its own equipment FFS!
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7 March 2011 - It took meticulous handling and perfect timing to sail the Goliath crane beneath the Forth Bridge on its way to Rosyth shipyard last week. But thanks to careful coordination by GAC Shipping UK's Leith office acting as port agent with all the parties involved, the massive load arrived safe and sound.
Carrying it was the Zhen Hua 13' vessel, built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co Ltd (ZPMC), the world's largest heavy-duty equipment manufacturer. At nearly 45,000 DWT the Zhen Hua 13' is one of the biggest vessels that can pass beneath the Forth Bridge - and even then only at the lowest astronomical tide.