Feature, Sea

Tilbury takes care of historic cranes

[ October 8, 2014   //   ]

The port of Tilbury is taking two derelict cranes at Battersea Power Station into its safekeeping pending their restoration as part of a scheme to generate the area. The cranes – built in the 1950s and not used since 1983 – have been removed so that the power station regeneration programme can start. They are being dismantled so that they can be transported by barge to Tilbury for secure storage prior to restoration, before being returned to the jetty and reinstated by the latter half of 2017, in time for the opening of the Power Station and new Riverside Park in 2019.

Perry Glading, chief operating officer at Forth Ports, owners of Port of Tilbury, says that the crane move is a perfect shop-window for its partnership with S. Walsh as part of the London Construction Link project to promote the use of the River Thames for moving big structures and construction materials for developments in London.

The restoration – a cosmetic one as it’s unlikely that the cranes’ ability to shift 240 tones of coal an hour will be needed for the plush new development – will be carried out by a crane specialist using original photos, drawings, paint samples and archive materials.

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