The 200-tonne Blue Boar Wharf shipping crane was originally one of a pair, built in 1957. It had a 10-tonne lift capacity and was used to unload aggregates for the nearby cement works.
The cranes were dismantled in 2006 to allow the construction of the new river wall. But in 2007, one crane was reassembled and re-painted in its original colour before being erected at the edge of Blue Boar Creek on the River Medway.
Operatives from PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd used rope access (abseil) techniques to clean and paint the structure. Rope access is considered the most effective method of accessing high buildings or other structures safely and quickly, enabling operatives to easily move vertically or laterally to complete their work.
PTSG has a steeplejack and specialist rope access division, whose operatives are highly experienced in scaling the heights of all kinds of industrial structures from chimneys and flare stacks to historical monuments. Their IRATA training gives customers absolute peace of mind that safety and quality of workmanship are assured.