After months of planning by ingenious engineers the Port of Workington moved its two redundant Nelcon cranes to their new home in Teesport.
The mega move took place on 8th May 2020 and the task was to drive the two cranes, each weighing 198 tonnes, from the dock side onto a sea barge. This feat of engineering took over 12 hours to complete and was achieved with only inches to spare. Blue skies over the Port meant perfect conditions for the whole operation.
Take a look at the time-lapse video, it makes the loading operation look so easy and yet so spectacular.
The skyline at the Port of Workington has been changed forever after 30 years of domination by these impressive workhorses.
The cranes were originally brought to Workington by barge from Rotterdam on the 27th April 1990. Two of our staff who saw the cranes arrive at Workington all those years ago were also involved in the loading operation, it was quite an emotional day for them.
The cranes left for Teesport on the 11th May 2020 and arrived at their new home on 18th May after carefully navigating from Workington all the way down to the English Channel and finally up the North Sea to Teesport.