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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Guns transported through Barrow streets

THREE large turret guns have been transported through the streets of Barrow.

EM Gun and crane

The three Nakhoda Ragam-class vessels which have been docked in Barrow for the last six years were built in the 1990s by BAE in Scotstoun, Glasgow, for the Royal Brunei Navy at a cost of £600m.

But after they were completed in 2002, Brunei refused to accept them, despite the ships being
declared fit by the Royal Navy.

The legal battle was resolved by international arbitration in 2007 – in favour of BAE – and the ships were handed over to Brunei.

They were moved to Barrow that year to be stored while the German Lürssen shipyard, which had been contracted by Brunei, tried to find a buyer.

Now, after more than 10 years in limbo, a deal has been struck to sell the vessels to the Indonesian navy.

James Fisher Marine Services has maintained the vessels during their time in Barrow and the three 19-tonne Oto Melara 76mm guns have been transported from storage at Steele’s Removals back onto the ships.

Some shipyard workers were called out of work and asked to move their cars when, at one point, the lorry transporting the guns got into difficulty on a roundabout.

The driver of the low-loader decided to wait until the vehicles had been moved due to the camber of the road.

Have your say

ok nice storey , why the crane ?no one moved a car, why was the container propped up by scaffolding poles.

Posted by pockets on 20 January 2014 at 21:41

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