Giving a lift to luxury yachts

Luxury yacht makers Princess Yachts are using freestanding Goliath cranes from High Peak-based Street Crane Company to produce their new 30 to 40 metre M Class tri-deck yachts at the historic Devonport Dockyard.

The cranes will be used in the assembly of the high specification craft allowing large fabrications to be lifted, transported and accurately placed as the yachts are fitted out.

Andrew Pimblett, Street Cranes’s managing director, said: “We have done a lot of work for Princess Yachts over many years. The Goliaths are for a completely new and much larger class of luxury craft. To protect the final assembly operations from the weather and prying eyes, the whole process is enclosed in a light-weight wide-span structure.

“This cannot take any loading so the floor-running Goliath cranes were selected using a slim leg design to maximise hook coverage over virtually the whole manufacturing area.”

The main manufacturing area is serviced by two mirror image Goliath cranes of 16 tonnes safe working load. Each crane spans 13.75 metres with twin hoists of eight tonnes lifting capacity that can be used independently or in tandem to give maximum load flexibility.

A 28 metre span Goliath crane with hook coverage over the whole assembly area has a single 16 tonne hoist and will share the outer running rail of the smaller Goliaths.

Cranes from Street are used extensively in the marine sector, including major ship and submarine builders, naval dockyards and rig building yards for offshore oil and gas exploration and production.