Alderney’s new crane straight to work

ALDERNEY’S new harbour crane unloaded its first supply shipment yesterday, just a day after being installed.

Alderney’s new crane, right, was put together in three days. (Picture by David Nash)
Alderney’s new crane, right, was put together in three days. (Picture by David Nash)

Four engineers with critical worker status arrived on Friday to piece it together while living and working in isolation. They have now returned to the UK.

Private accommodation was arranged with catered meals provided for the E.H. Hassell & Son workers, a partner company to the crane’s manufacturer, Sennebogen, all under Covid-19 regulations.

‘I am grateful to the harbour staff for their preparatory work in ensuring Hassell’s men met all the Covid restrictions regarding accommodation, transport and a safe working environment,’ said Boyd Kelly, General Services Committee chairman.

Mr Kelly said the crane is vital to the community since the vast majority of Alderney’s food, goods and building equipment arrive by sea.

MV Trinity had delivered the crane parts in two separate shipments in January, but bad weather delayed the arrival of the engineers with their equipment.

Construction was expected to take three to four days, while working around shipping movements and under full Covid restrictions, but was completed in three days.

Frequent problems with the retired crane led to food deliveries being turned away.

Initially parts were ordered to try to fix the old machine, but further issues were identified.

The replacement crane was estimated to cost in the region of £800,000 to £880,000.

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