We were contacted to assist a client in moving to Alderney, Channel Islands. This may sound like a straight forward move if you have never been to Alderney, however is rather more tricky than that. On the Island of Alderney there is no ferry with the capability of allowing a truck (or even a car) to drive from the ferry to the quayside, only a ship with a crane. As you can imagine a removal truck is rather heavy especially if it full laden with furniture/effects, this could be quite a risky manoeuvre least alone a logistical nightmare! So to remove the risk, we utilised 20ft purpose built shipping containers (designed for this) which we loaded in Poole harbour.
Now to the unload, vehicle needed, staff needed…….. Our clients new property was down a very narrow track so the movable shipping containers had to be unloaded down at the quay in Alderney and the contents shuttled from there to the house. For this we needed to bring along our very own shuttle vehicle. This was craned onto the once weekly ship from Poole and then hoisted off in Alderney! Now we could not expect our staff to sail across as this ship took the best part of two days to get there and two days back (same as the van), so flights had to be organised to and from.
Needless to say all furniture and effects reached their ultimate destination in the same condition as they were when packed and removed from the residence just outside of Henley on Thames, even our own shuttle van (pictured) managed to survive the high seas and two crane manoeuvres with out harm. It did however go on a round trip which took the best part of two weeks due to the once weekly sailing schedule to and from the Island!