Posted: Monday 28th November 2011
An environmental project whose aims are to clean the river Tyne have hooked a major sponsor to help in the fight against the tons of driftwood, plastic and scrap metal which finds its way into the river every month.
The Clean Tyne Project is a partnership between the Port of Tyne and the river’s bordering council authorities of Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Newcastle. The project aims to clean up the river and raise public awareness of environmental issues through education and good example.
Now, Chester Le Street based company, Cranex who sell, service and maintain hydraulic loaders have pledged their support to the project by donating time and labour to look after the crane on the Clean Tyne’s vessel, Clearwater.
Debris Collection Vessel, The Clearwater, pride of the Clean Tyne Project fleet, was specifically designed for the Tyne and built by Mustang Marine, in Pembroke Dock, Wales at a cost of £242,000 in 2004.
The distinctive green steel boat has been operating on the Tyne since January 2005 and has collected a substantial amount of debris, which has included hundreds of whole trees and large timbers. She has been involved in a number of river rescues and has been responsible for saving at least three lives.
The Clearwater is powered by two six cylinder Cummins 6BT turbo charged marine diesel engines, which are capable of producing 180hp @ 2500rpm. These propulsion units mean the boat can travel at more than 8 knots when the Tyne tide can run at 5 knots. The large crane is a 25 tonne/m hydraulic knuckle boom deck mounted crane, made by Amco Veba, and is fitted with a hydraulic timber grab for handling items from the water.
MD of Cranex, Mark Smith was delighted to offer his team’s expertise to the project.
“Servicing cranes and loaders is what we do and this project is really making a difference to the banks of the river Tyne. We are very proud to be associated with the Clean Tyne Project.”
Clean Tyne Project Manager Jayne Calvert believes that the sponsorship by Cranex will save the project around £3000 per year.
“This is a tremendous gesture from Cranex and means that the project will now be able to reallocate this amount of money to other operational uses within the project. We would be delighted to hear from any other organisations who could help us in a similar way,” she said.
Photo shows Lto R Verrill Ellis of Port of Tyne with Jayne Calvert and Mark Smith of Cranex