Konecranes and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, a shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, have signed a contract for the delivery of a Konecranes Goliath gantry crane. It will handle large ship blocks and panels over the dry dock, playing a leading role in ship assembly at this storied shipyard. The order was booked in Q4 2019.
Lasse Merenheimo, Konecranes’ Director of Shipyard Cranes, said: “We are thrilled to have received this order from Chantiers de l’Atlantique, one of the greatest shipyards in the world. When it enters service, this Goliath crane will do the heavy lifting that Chantiers needs with great precision and reliability. We are proud that Konecranes will help Chantiers to build beautiful, ultra-modern ships for many years to come.”
The Konecranes Goliath crane will be delivered with the cooperation of both parties. It will be manufactured in Europe by Konecranes in its entirety. The crane assembly on site and the erection work will be done in cooperation between the shipyard and Konecranes. Heavy lift operations will start in summer 2021, and the crane is scheduled to enter into service in spring 2022. It will have a lifting capacity of 1,050 tons, with a rail-span of 130m and a height of 81m under the main girder.
Mr. Bertrand Paquet, VP Purchasing, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, said: “This order placed with Konecranes is part of an ambitious investment plan of Chantiers de l’Atlantique. With a height of ten meters higher than the other gantry crane of the yard, the new Goliath crane will allow us to lift and install all of the superstructure parts of the large vessels we will build in the coming years.”
Chantiers de l’Atlantique has a long and famous history going back 150 years. It is renowned for its expertise and craftsmanship in building large passenger cruise ships and naval vessels. The shipyard is currently building a series of innovative cruise ships including Oasis Class and Edge Class ships for Royal Caribbean Line and Meraviglia ships for MSC Cruises, following after the Queen Mary 2 for Cunard and, going further back, the legendary SS Normandie, which entered into service in 1935.
Lasse Merenheimo, Konecranes' Director of Shipyard Cranes
Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment of all makes. In 2019, Group sales totaled EUR 3.33 billion. Including MHE-Demag, the Group has around 18,000 employees in 50 countries. Konecranes shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR).