Crane for Navy's new carriers arrives in Scotland

#1
Ministry of Defence said:
The UK's largest crane, which will be used to help assemble the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, passed under the Forth bridges last week on its way to Babcock's Rosyth dockyard in Fife.

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#2
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!
 
#4
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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#5
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!
Design, yes. Build, probably, but it would have been alot cheaper to get it built in China where they've been building cranes of this size for some time.
 
#6
I think you'll find that there is already a Goliath crane in the UK, in Belfast's Harland and Wolff's which was built by Krupp that stands at
96m whilst its twin is 106m in height.
 
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PrinceAlbert

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I think you'll find that there is already a Goliath crane in the UK, in Belfast's Harland and Wolff's which was built by Krupp that stands at
96m whilst its twin is 106m in height.
Which would be handy, if Belfast was in Scotland ;)
 
#8
This crane will be very useful to lift the plates straight on to the scrap wagon.
 
#9
Which would be handy, if Belfast was in Scotland ;)
Well spotted sir; it's a pity that the contract did not go to Belfast. Help the economy and all.

What will the crane be used for when the ships are built or was that not factored in?
 
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PrinceAlbert

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Well spotted sir; it's a pity that the contract did not go to Belfast. Help the economy and all.

What will the crane be used for when the ships are built or was that not factored in?
lifting arrse-maidens out of bed.
 
#11
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!
Nothing to do with the Suez Canal's maximum draught restriction of 66 feet then? Zhen Hua 13 draws 85 feet when fully ballasted.

You're not a Project Manager of any sort, are you?

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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.​
 

seaweed

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Remembring of course that the tide you get isn't necessarily exactly the one from the Tide Tables, the actual height depends on rainfall and weather.

As to Harland's, no Labour MPs' seats thereabouts.
 

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