Crane and Quay Strategy
Major works are currently underway to repair and maintain the the freight handling facilities at St Peter Port Harbour.
The £13.7 million project, which includes the replacement of four of the five harbour cranes with two new mobile units, began in April 2012 and is expected to take more than two years to complete.
Before these can be installed, extensive work is required on the freight handling berths they will be located on.
This involves replacing the concrete deck structure of one of the three existing berths, and repairs to the other two where corrosion has occurred to their undersides, supporting beams and columns. The refurbished berths will then have a design life of at least 50 years, and the cranes 25 years.
Separate contracts have been awarded to two companies to carry out different aspects of the construction works, and a third contract agreed for the supply of the cranes.
Civil engineering contractor Dawson WAN has been appointed to carry out the work on Berth 5, which involves the complete replacement of the current upper 'deck' level. The company will then demolish the existing concrete deck and construct a new one, along with a piled supporting structure. Once complete, the crane supplier will dismantle the two on Berth 5 ready for the delivery of the first new one, which is expected early next year.
Currently, the cranes handle more than 50,000 tonnes of freight a year, and are all at least 40 years old. Two of the units being replaced date back to 1965.