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Steam Clock is repaired

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SUCCESSFUL repair work on the much-maligned Steam Clock has been carried out – ensuring it now tells the correct time, Ports of Jersey has confirmed.

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Repairs on the clock had been planned to take place earlier this year but were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ports of Jersey capital projects director Steve Tanner said: ‘This has been a real team effort from our engineering colleagues over recent weeks in achieving what was a complicated and specialist piece of engineering, something that we wouldn’t usually undertake.

‘I’d therefore like to express my thanks and gratitude to them, along with the team at Smiths, who have worked closely with us and guided us through the process in fixing the inverters, allowing the clock to finally display the correct time.’

Although the clock’s timing mechanism is currently working, Ports of Jersey has said it will monitor it over the coming weeks as further work may be required.

The States-owned body had been liaising with specialist clock repairers Smiths of Derby, but Covid restrictions meant the Smiths team has been unable to travel to the Island to undertake the work. As a result, Ports of Jersey’s group engineering team has been working with Smiths to gain the appropriate knowledge and guidance to fix the clock.

Last week, Deputy Montfort Tadier lodged a proposition asking States Members to agree to the clock being repaired by 31 December, to request the Treasury Minister to formally transmit the view of the States to Ports of Jersey and to request the same minister to report back no later than 30 November with an update.

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