Giv­ing lock gate re­place­ment a lift

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By the time you read this, the main pro­gramme of win­ter stop­pages for lock gate re­place­ment should have just come to an end – but here’s a re­minder of the work that’s been go­ing on, in this case us­ing a novel 70ft nar­row-beam crane boat to speed up the process in in­ac­ces­si­ble sites.

In­de­pen­dent engi­neer­ing con­trac­tor the Rothen Group has been tri­alling its new crane work­ing for the Canal & River Trust on three lock gate re­place­ments in Ban­bury, Worces­ter and War­wick­shire. Founder Ian Rothen siad: “Work­ing on the canals over the past 18 years I no­ticed a gap in the mar­ket for a so­lu­tion like this, which would make lock main­te­nance safer and speed­ier for con­trac­tors work­ing in hard-to-reach and nar­row ar­eas of the wa­ter­ways.” CRT’s Bren­dan Ka­vanagh said the new crane had “re­moved the need to use gantry lift­ing cranes when main­tain­ing locks”, mak­ing man­ual lift­ing a thing of the past, tak­ing the op­er­a­tor out of harm’s way, and knock­ing two days off typ­i­cal job time.

It can safely lift up to 1.5 tonnes, and can be used for other heavy lift­ing jobs on the canals be­sides lock gates. Rothen Group also has a wide-beam ver­sion ca­pa­ble of lift­ing 6 tonnes.

The crane boat in ac­tion

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