Port of Poole expands crane fleet

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.”

Poole Harbour Commissioners announce future Poole Harbour Boat Show dates

Poole Harbour Boat Show, Poole Boat Show, Sandbanks Boat Show

The resounding success of the inaugural Poole Harbour Boat Show in May this year has enabled organisers Poole Harbour Commissioners to confirm dates for subsequent shows in May 2016 and 2017. There will also be a third day added to the weekend’s schedule of activities due to feedback and demand – Friday will now be included.

To coincide with the dates of the 2017 European Maritime Day, which includes a conference at The Lighthouse, the Poole Harbour Boat Show will be held on May 20 to 22, 2016 and May 19 to 21, 2017.

Poole Quay and Poole Quay Boat Haven will continue to host the free boat show which attracted more than 15,000 visitors this year. Following extensive debrief discussions and assessment through feedback and visitor surveys, organisers are planning to refine the event in 2016 and have hopes to expand the event further along the Quay.

Jim Stewart, chief executive for Poole Harbour Commissioners, is pleased to see the event so well received by exhibitors and visiting public alike. He says: “To hear such positive response from so many involved in the event and particularly from the public was overwhelming. I acknowledge all the hard work from the team and our sponsors who put so much into making this event happen and we are excited for its future, particularly as we lead into 2017 and the prestigious European Maritime Day which Poole will host.

“We understand that a significant number of boats and related products were sold by our exhibitors, Quay businesses enjoyed a booming weekend of trading, and those from the industry believed that we made boating accessible to a new audience. We really welcome the opportunity to provide an entry level to a new group of boating enthusiasts.”

Features and elements of the 2016 event will be announced in due course. Potential exhibitors are welcome to register their interest for berths or stands now, please contact John Binder at Poole Quay Boat Haven on 01202 649488.

Historic Dunkirk ‘little ship’ to visit Poole Quay for 75th Anniversary




A boat which took part in the wartime evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 will visit Poole Harbour on Saturday June 6 to mark the 75th anniversary.

Launched in Sussex in 1939, ‘Aquabelle’ was moored in Poole Harbour at the start of the war. The historic vessel will return to Poole under the direction of the grandson of its original owner, Colin Dimbylow.

The boat was one of the 700 ‘little ships’ which aided in Operation Dynamo – the rescue of more than 338,000 British and French soldiers from the coast of France during the early stages of the Second World War.

PHC’s Harbour Master, Captain Brian Murphy, said: “I think this is a superb way for Poole to commemorate the events of Operation Dynamo and the war efforts surrounding this – not just by military vessels, but by Little Ships, which played a pivotal role in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from the beaches of Dunkirk.

“The Mayor of Poole will be visiting Aquabelle, and I would invite others to come and see for themselves how an ordinary vessel became extraordinary.”

David Tofts, one of the organisers of the visit, added: “We thought it would be great to have this historic ship return to where she was moored at the outbreak of hostilities.

The Little Ship will be escorted into Poole Harbour by the RNLI and is set to arrive at 10.30am.

Excellare light the night skies at Poole Harbour Boat Show


Property developer, Excellare, is proud to sponsor Poole Harbour Commissioner (PHC) Poole Harbour Boat Show’s fireworks extravaganza at 10pm on Saturday May 9, the eve of its inaugural opening weekend (Saturday May 9 to Sunday May 10).

The free public event will take place on Poole Quay and at PHC’s award-winning marina Poole Quay Boat Haven. It will incorporate a variety of marine-related businesses, family focused entertainment and other elements associated with a regional boat show.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of the Quay over the weekend of the first Poole Harbour Boat Show. Visitors to the show can expect to see tall ships Pelican and Stavros Niarchos beside the Quay, alongside a visit on Sunday by Olympic medallist Helena Lucas, recently selected for the Rio 2016 team GB Olympic squad.

Nicholas Blakemore, director at Excellare, said: “We’re thrilled to be a part of such a brilliant event. Poole’s status as a maritime hub is obvious by its selection as the venue for European Maritime Day in 2017. Poole Harbour Boat Show further reinforces the importance of Poole as an internationally renowned maritime destination, which we are very excited to be a part of.”

PHC chief executive Jim Stewart added: “Excellare’s sponsorship of the fireworks on Saturday evening has enabled us to put on a fantastic demonstration which will illuminate the skies above Poole Quay. Sponsorship is key to the success of the event, and we feel privileged that Excellare have decided to take part.”

Paralympic Gold Medallist set to make waves at Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole Harbour Commissioners is pleased to announce that Paralympic Gold Medallist, Helena Lucas MBE, will make a special guest appearance at this year’s Poole Harbour Boat Show.

Helena will attend the inaugural free boat show, which takes place on Poole Quay and at PHC’s award-winning marina Poole Quay Boat Haven, on Sunday May 10 and meet with visitors of the event.

Helena is Britain’s first-ever Paralympic sailing gold medallist and she will  be on the ‘Sunseeker Sessions’ live music stage from 12pm to talk about her dazzling nautical career and of course showcase her gold medal.

She made history at the London 2012 Paralympic Games after becoming the first ever female winner of the Paralympic class and is now training for the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

Poole Harbour Commissioners chief executive, Jim Stewart said: “We are so excited that Helena will have a presence at our first Poole Harbour Boat Show. With an unparalleled record, her achievements have been part of a monumentally successful undertaking for Team GB.

“We wish her all the best for her attempts for a second gold medal at Rio in 2016, and are thrilled to welcome her on-board as our special guest at the Poole Harbour Boat Show 2015.”

Helena added: “I look forward to joining PHC and the exhibitors of the Poole Harbour Boat Show. It’s such an exciting time for Poole, with the port being internationally recognised as host of the international Maritime Day in 2017, and there are so many exciting events taking place over the weekend, it’s a real chance to be immersed in what promises to be a spectacular weekend.”

Poole Harbour Boat Show takes place on the weekend of May 9 and 10 and will incorporate a variety of marine-related businesses, family focused entertainment and other elements associated with a regional boat show.