Ainscough Crane Hire is working closely with the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and the BBC to film the lifting of an ‘Ark’ that was created by Southampton’s Hamble Yacht Services. The ark was commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights for the Lord Mayors Parade in London and was built as part of an appeal scheme to inspire children and young people to take interest in the maritime world. The appeal also aims to help raise £100,000 in donations per year for other initiatives in an effort to reinvigorate a maritime heritage amongst children and young people in the UK.
To help drive further awareness of the scheme, and as a thank you, the ark was then donated to a local Southampton primary school as a playing area. Peter Mould, a member of the build team from Hamble Yacht Services, submitted his children’s school as a potential candidate to receive the ark and subsequently the school, Oakfield Primary, was chosen by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and is being lifted in to place at the school by Ainscough Crane Hire. The lift is then being filmed by the BBC to mark the occasion.
The 12 metre long, 2.4 metre wide ark was handmade for the Lord Mayors Parade in London and was crafted in the image of the ark depicted in the famous story of Noah and the deluge of Gilgamesh (The Flood Story). A sculptured cast of a dove baring the olive branch was also created by a member of the build team at Hamble Yacht Services, Alison Morton, and placed on top of the ark. Once the ark was used for the parade in London it was then shipped back to Southampton to be lifted in to position on a tailored platform at the primary school and once fitted will be used by attendees of the school. When asked about receiving the ark, Elizabeth Smith – Head Teacher at Oakfield Primary School, said; “We are very lucky to have been selected. There were many schools put forward to receive the ark and we are just so very thankful that we were chosen.”
Ainscough Crane Hire is pleased to announce the acquisition of Specialist Crane Hire with immediate effect.
This acquisition gives Ainscough a broader geographical reach, access to a wider customer base and the influx of the experienced and very capable team at Specialist.
“Specialist Crane Hire is a very successful business with a track record of delivering excellent customer service” said Robin Richardson, Ainscough Crane Hire’s Managing Director. “Acquisitions are a key part of our 5 year plan and we are delighted to make such an excellent acquisition at the beginning of this process”.
Ainscough Crane Hire has joined the British Port Association as an affiliate member to re-enforce its commitment to being the partner of choice for crane hire in UK Ports. As part of our offering we have agreed new preferential rates that are available to all BPA members.
With lifting capabilities of up to a thousand tonnes, and 470 cranes working out of 30 depots, Ainscough has the flexibility to react quickly to the changing needs of the quayside, helping to speed up vessel turnarounds with reliable cranes and an experienced and knowledgeable team. Ainscough already has extensive experience in dealing with specialist port projects and complex lifting projects with ports and related industries; oil and gas, renewables, industrial sectors throughout the UK.
Specialist port services include;
– Early involvement and project planning.
– Crawler cranes up to 600 tonne.
– Access to Ainscough’s full fleet of mobile cranes ranging up to 1000 tonnes.
– CPA crane hire, including certified operator and crane specific to the project
– Contract lifts including RAMS, qualified AP’s and slingers as well as certified operator.
– Complex contract lift for large projects including RAMS, qualified AP’s, slingers and crane operators as well as an integrated team assigned to the project.
– Full technical support and back office CAD drawings.
– Access to the most experienced lifting team in the industry.
– 30 strategically placed depots nationwide from Invergordon to Plymouth.
– A dedicated Special Projects team who can offer full end to end logistic solutions.
For more information or to discuss your current requirements contact our specialist ports team on 01257 478524, don’t forget to outline your BPA membership to benefit from the new preferential rates.
Ainscough has invested in a new fleet of Mercedes Sprinter vans for its network of heavy crane mobile engineers. As part of our continued investment in our infrastructure we have taken delivery of four new Mercedes medium wheelbase sprinter vans for the engineering team. The vans are highly specified to support our engineer’s ability to provide a high level of first time fix in the field.
First and foremost they are a fully fitted mobile maintenance workshop, each vehicle is fully equipped with power points, extra storage space for tools and equipment, work benches, cutting and welding equipment and oxy acetylene bottles.
The panel vans come with 3.6m wheelbase, a high roof for ease of access as well CDI diesel engine with BlueEFFICIENCY technology for lower carbon and nitrogen oxide emissions in keeping with our strict QHSE commitments to the environment. Equipped with a kitchen and rest/sleeping area, the new vans have been designed to maximise comfort for the engineers.
The feedback on the new vans from the engineering team has been very positive; the new sprinter vans will help improve the service levels our maintenance team provide to our customers. Engineering Manager – Graham Weights added “getting our engineering team the right equipment is key to meeting customer expectations, these new vans are perfect for the job”
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