Alderney has missed it’s two scheduled cargo deliveries this week because the harbour crane is out of action.
Channel Seaways was unable to unload n Alderney for both of its scheduled visits this week after the crane suffered numerous electrical faults.
The ship is scheduled to make deliveries from Poole on Tuesdays and Guernsey on Thursdays.
The Poole boat was rescheduled for today but turned round and went back after engineers were unable to repair it.
A spokesman for the Harbour Office said:
‘A team of electricians has been working with a UK crane specialist to identify the exact fault. It was first thought that the fault was an electrical cable going to the angle sensor. The part was quickly ordered and arrived yesterday (October 21). On fitting the part an error code came up on the crane, indicating that the problem was more serious than first anticipated.
‘The engineers have ordered the additional parts needed and it is hoped that this will rectify the problem. There is, however, a risk that there may be more issues found and until the part is fitted and tested, we will not know.
‘The crane is due to be replaced this winter, as it is at its ‘end of life’. The harbour team is working hard to keep the crane functioning until the replacement arrives, being mindful that there are still COVID restrictions that may affect the delivery date.
‘Please rest assured that the States of Alderney and harbour staff are working hard to resolve this issue as soon as possible.’