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Friday, October 25, 2019 

French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique is to equip its deep dock with a new gantry with a total lifting capacity of 1050t to replace the 750t blue gantry crane that has served the dock since the site was constructed in 1968 and is now obsolete.

With a height about 10m superior to the current 1400t main gantry crane, the  Very High Gantry (VHG) will allow the installation of all the superstructure elements of large  cruise ships, such as funnels, at the deep dock stage. These operations are currently being carried out from the outfitting basin (Basin C) using leased cranes.

The new crane will be complementary to the 1400t Very Large Gantry (in white and red in the photo),  whose use will be maximised for the installation upstream of mega-blocks,  making the most of the recent extension of the pre-assembly area. Representing a total investment of around €35 million, the VHG is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2022, after the dismantling of the old gantry crane which will take place between August and October 2021.

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