The crane vital to the movement of pipe and other items to and from the barges at the Phillips County Slack Water is back on line after a bit of down time.

 

The crane vital to the movement of pipe and other items to and from the barges at the Phillips County Slack Water is back on line after a bit of down time.
“It’s operating again,” said Martin Chaffin, executive director of the Phillips County Port Authority, during the board’s initial 2010 meeting Monday night.
 The crane was damaged last April when a tornado swept across the Delta. There have been other problems such as “dirt daubers” attacking it and an apparent electrical short most recently.
“It appears to have been a low voltage short,” Chaffin said causing the crane’s downtime in late December and early January.
Chaffin said six inspectors monitored the activities at the harbor. He said when a track hoe was brought to the site it helped expedite the unloading of pipe from barges to trucks.
“We’re doing all we can,” Chaffin said.
Board member Jim Frazier told Chaffin “We need to reply” to complaints about the crane down time.
The board discussed the option of having someone at the harbor to monitor the crane activity to see how much down time actually occurs.
Chaffin reported that the total cost for repairs to the crane hit by the tornado was $315,777 and that the insurance firm that serves the port authority paid $282,784.
At the recommendation of David Solomon, the attorney who represents the port authority, the board agreed to accept a $10,000 check as settlement.
“Let’s take the $10,000 and close it out,” Chaffin said in reference to Solomon’s recommendation.
“We got some new wheels,” Frazier said regarding the work done on the crane.