From the ‘Journal’ of September 29, 1989
Derry Port buys £500K. crane
As part of the continued upgrading of Derry Port and Harbour, a half million pound crane has been bought by the Port Commissioners.
Weighing 30 tonnes, the new mobile grab crane was brought from Rotterdam in Holland on board the West German heavy lift vessel, the Este Submerger I.
This remarkable ship is built without a stern which enables her to flood her gold and float off her cargo.
She is normally used for transporting barges and boats around the world but, in this case, she also carried the new crane for Derry firmly tied on top of a barge she was transporting from Glasgow.
Among other recent improvements at the port is the new public weighbridge and the purchase of a new cargo bob-cat for use in ships’ holds.
Complaints over Derry holidays
Following a considerable number of complaints about the lateness of the 1989 annual holidays, the Chamber of Commerce in Derry has conducted a survey of its 148 members in order to ascertain their views for 1990.
The survey showed that a majority of members favoured dates July 9-July 22 and July 23-August 5.
The Chamber is taking “comprehensive soundings’ from representatives of substantial employment sectors, such as the building and clothing industries, so that, taken in conjunction with their own survey, they will be in a position to issue a list of recommended holidays by late October 1989.
‘October ‘68: what went wrong’
A number of veterans of the early civil rights movement will take part in a television-style discussion which will be the centrepiece of the ‘October Weekend’ to take place in Derry next month.
Among those taking part are Eamon Melaugh, Eamonn McCann, Dermot McClenaghan, Charlie Morrison, Tommy McCourt, Kitty O’Kane and James Doherty.