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Alderney’s new crane takes shape

Alderney’s new crane takes shape

Monday 01 March 2021

Alderney’s new crane takes shape


A UK team of fitters is now on Alderney with a mission to piece together the island’s new harbour crane.

The four engineers arrived on board the True Blue charter vessel from Poole on Friday and will live and work in isolation to follow all Covid-19 protocols.

The crane parts were delivered to Alderney in two separate shipments in January, followed by a vehicle and fitting equipment. The men work for E.H. Hassell & Son, partner company to the crane’s manufacturer, Sennebogen.

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Pictured: The crane cost around £800,000 and arrived in the island on the MV Trinity from Poole last month.

The team was due to carry out the work last month but bad weather delayed their arrival.

"We will soon have a new and fully operational crane to service the island," said Boyd Kelly, Chairman of the General Services Committee. 

"This piece of plant is vital to the wellbeing of the island community as the vast majority of our food, goods and building equipment arrive by sea.

It is unfortunate that weather prevented the fitters’ earlier arrival but I am grateful to the harbour staff for their preparatory work in ensuring Hassells men meet all the Covid restrictions regarding accommodation, transport and a safe working environment."

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