The Goliath crane from Chinese manufacturer ZPMC was used to build the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and is now being sold.
The first time I visited the yard, it was explained that the government bought crane would be sold after the vessels were assembled so it doesn’t give the yard an “unfair advantage” over other UK shipyards.
Goliath has a lift capacity of 1,000 tonnes, the largest in Britain. The crane Goliath was brought to Rosyth from Shanghai in 2011 and was used for the assembly of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.
The crane, which cost £12.2 million, was part of a £80 million investment at Rosyth to allow the assembly of the vessels.
The crane was built by Zhenhua in China, and shipped to the UK partially assembled. After being delivered with the girder and upper sections of the legs assembled, the crane was fully erected on the deck of the ship on which it was transported from Shanghai, before being transferred complete onto its rails.
The delivery vessel had to be ballasted considerably in order to ensure a 2 metres (6ft 7in) clearance under the Forth Bridges.
It stands 68 metres to the underside of the main beams, with a span of 120 metres.
In 2016, it was announced by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance that the Goliath was to be sold and now the process of finding a buyer has now started.