The 250-berth Amble Marina in the UK’s northeast has completed the building of a dock to handle a new 40-tonne boat hoist which is now operational. The hoist was supplied by British firm Wise Handling.

According to a report in the Northumberland Gazette, the marina went ahead with the investment because the future of other local boat lift services was uncertain. The marina’s management said there was a risk that boat owners might move to other marinas to have access to lift services, posing a threat to its future.

In a quote to the Gazette, Karl Brunton, managing director of Amble Marina, said: “We found ourselves facing a very difficult situation but we are committed to our customers, business and region. This development required the biggest investment we have made in our 25 years and was the most technically challenging due to the geology of the site.

“We are delighted that we have successfully completed the project. It is excellent news for the marina, our customers and for Amble and is fundamental to the longevity and success of the business.”

The main contract for the project was CMP Thames, which completed it on time and within budget. The UK’s Marine Management Organisation approved a licence to construct the boat lift dock in summer 2016 and it monitored progress of the build throughout.

Brunton told the Gazette: “Our annual customer satisfaction survey overwhelmingly showed support for the build and this new development ensures we can continue to provide the highest quality service. Future plans include offering a full range of services to customers in order to assist them with their boat maintenance and repair. The marina aims to have a number of specialist contractors working on-site who offer the high level of knowledge and skill customers require.”