Belfast’s Goliath in action while working on Irish Ferries’ Oscar Wilde

photo of Tail shaft of the Oscar Wilde being removed by Belfast's Goliath
photo of Belfast's Goliath by Harland and Wolff

Servac were busy on the Oscar Wilde, and while there the hefty tail shaft was being removed from the ship to a lorry by Belfast’s Goliath today. Being in Belfast, was a great opportunity to discover more about The Goliath crane.

The cranes, known locally as Samson and Goliath History, are of Krupp Ardelt design, modified to meet Harland and Wolff’s special requirements. The first, Goliath, was completed in July 1969 and was largely constructed by Harland and Wolff within the company, whilst the second, Samson, was provided by Krupps in its entirety and was completed in May 1974. In most respects the cranes are identical but the second is some 10m higher than the first. Each has a span of 140m (460 ft) and a safe working load of 840 tonnes.

No 1 has a height from the rail tracks to the underside of the bridge girders of 70m (230 ft) and an overall height of 96m (316 ft).

No 2 has an overall height of 106m (348 ft) with a height of 80m (263 ft) from tracks to the underside of bridge girders.

Servac have the pleasure of working with clients all over the UK and Ireland and seeing many historical engineering feats.

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