The Albion class Landing Platform Dock (LPD) are amphibious assault ships in service with the Royal Navy where they land Royal Marines with their vehicles and equipment ashore, by air and sea. As part of extensive refits, HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark required two new ship-sets of gantry cranes, alongside the supply of a bespoke anti-collision system.
These cranes transport weapons, explosives, and ammunition to and from landing craft within the vessels’ well docks, requiring compliance with the MoD’s JSP 467 and JSP 482 standards for power-driven lifting appliances for handling conventional and nuclear armaments.
This high-integrity lifting equipment supplied by SCX Special Projects is designed for at least 25 years of service, operating 5000 lifting cycles per year. It is also compliant with the Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment (CLAME).
These gantry cranes possess a safe working load of 4.5 tonnes and are built to compensate for
the tilt of the well-dock, to operate in turbulent ocean conditions, and to withstand the harsh maritime environment.