Despite appearances two new red and white towers at Eastland Port do not indicate the seaport is open for haircuts!
“We’re replacing old light towers to give staff and contractors working on port more light and visibility,” explains contracts project manager Mark Richards.
“The port is a 24-hour operation and so proper lighting is important for keeping a safe and healthy workplace.”
“It can prevent workplace accidents by increasing the visibility of moving machinery and other safety hazards.”
Not too dissimilar to sport stadium lights each tower, designed and built by Universal Engineering in Gisborne, is 30 metres high, 60cm in diameter, and weighs around three tonnes.
The towers feature an array of three to eight energy efficient LED lights that have come from Italy.
Mr Richards says the lights use energy saving technology. “The life of each light is 80,000 hours. If we run it 12 hours a day, 365 days a year, we’ll get 18 years of use and we’ll never have to change a lamp in all that time.”
CR Taylor transported the last tower from Stanley Road to the port earlier this month.
Once commissioning is complete both towers should be turned on by the end of next week.
Image caption: Eastland Port’s two new light towers, similar to sports stadium lights, were designed and built by local company Universal Engineering. The energy-efficient LED lights used in the 30-metre high towers come from Italy. CR Taylor transported the last tower from Stanley Road to the port earlier this month.