New Street Cranes for Rosyth Naval Dockyard

streetcraneStreet Crane Company, the UK’s largest crane manufacturer has delivered 19 new overhead travelling cranes to Babcock Marine, operator of the former Naval Dockyard at Rosyth.

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

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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