Lo-lo still needed despite Huelin-Renouf failure
Monday 26th August 2013, 2:21PM BST.
GUERNSEY must keep its crane loading capabilities, despite last week’s loss of Huelin-Renouf, new harbour master designate Captain Chad Murray has said.
About a quarter of the imports arriving in St Peter Port come into the island using lift-on, lift-off facilities, but that is set to drop dramatically as the service’s largest provider is in liquidation, leaving the much smaller Channel Seaways as the only operator.
The majority of imports come in on roll-on, roll-off ships.
The harbour is halfway through a £13.7m. project to replace its cranes.
Captain Murray, who will become harbour master later this year, said the project would continue and a second crane would be installed this October, despite the predicted drop in lo-lo traffic.
‘It has been identified that we need to have a lo-lo operation and we still need those capabilities,’ he said.
‘We still have a lo-lo operator so we still need it and we will need it in the future.’