The yard is undergoing a refit for its new role as a flexible manufacturing base for commercial, marine and offshore vessels. The new cranes have been installed to enhance yard productivity and “provide a mechanical handling system with modern standards of safe lifting and performance”.
The cranes are all of double girder construction and range in capacity from ten to 35 tonnes and will be capable of up to 32 metres per minute long travel and 20 metres per minute cross travel with maximum and minimum vertical movement of 3.3 and 0.33 metres per minute. Additional safety equipment installed includes anti-collision systems, floodlights, flashing approach lights and audible alarms. Manual control will be by radio remote so that operators can work from a position that gives maximum safety and visibility. Pendant back-up is also provided.
Sales director Chris Lindley-Smith commented, “This is a major modernisation programme for a shipyard of national importance and we are delighted that our overhead travelling cranes were selected to meet the critical demands this application. The cranes and hoists were fabricated and assembled in our Derbyshire factory and were installed in September with testing and commissioning through October.”
Copyright Ken Hurst 2013