Crane for Navy's new carriers arrives in Scotland

Discussion in 'Royal Navy' started by MoD_RSS, Mar 7, 2011.

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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!
  3. Is this supposed to be a positive spin?
  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!
  5. 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.
  7. 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. 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?
  10. lifting arrse-maidens out of bed.
  11. 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?

  12. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    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.