A £1.3million investment has swung into Poole Port with Poole Harbour Commissioners adding a brand new crane to its fleet supporting the harbour’s busy freight port.

The machine, which can be used in either hook or grab mode, will be the main crane for cargo coming into Poole which includes: bricks, timber, steel, clay, sand and roadstone.

The Sennebogen Harbour Crawler Crane measures 38 metres high and weighs approximately 156 tonnes. The crane was shipped from Germany and has now joined the rest of the port fleet of four cranes, with an estimated value of around £4.2million.

Commenting on the investment Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners said: “The new crane will be used to move anything from bulk cargoes to hook work and everything in between.

“It’s essential that we make efforts to continually improve efficiency in order to ensure our operations, and those of our customers, remain competitive to allow Poole to develop and grow.

“This latest purchase, which forms part of our planned programme of on-going investment, means the port will continue to thrive.”

Ian Hassell, managing director of the Sennebogen sales and service partner E.H. Hassell & Sons Ltd., added at the official handover: “We have a long standing relationship with Poole Harbour Commissioners and see this new addition to their Sennebogen fleet as sentiment that they are happy with the quality of the product, reliability and most importantly our parts and service support. Like all our customers we work closely with them and Sennebogen to make 100 per cent certain, what they require we collectively deliver.”