Monday, 1 October 2012

New Wiggins Forklift Machine at Trafalgar Wharf Drystack

The Drystack at Trafalgar Wharf has taken delivery of its second giant Wiggins Marine Forklift, underlining the continued expansion of the marine industry for Portsmouth.

“We’ve had so many boat owners join us at The Drystack in phase one that we decided to invest in a second Wiggins,” says Jonny Boys, MD at Trafalgar Wharf.
 
The Wiggins Marine Forklift has been imported from the United States at a cost of around $500,000. Boys says, “It’s all about achieving even faster turnaround times for boat owners. We have a team of seven fully-trained and insured drivers – which means both machines are always operational and working hard.”

The two giant Wiggins machines are an impressive sight, lifting boats of 8.5tons and up to thirteen metres long off the ground to store them in giant indoor racks. Boys is confident that “drystacking” is the future with its convenience and zero-hassle factor becoming the required marina offering in the future.

“Now that we have Fanny and Emma, (we named the Wiggins after Lord Nelson’s two female companions,) we’ll be able to look at the possible expansion next summer of what is already the UK’s biggest indoor dry stack.”