Naming Hobart’s biggest cranes

THE largest cranes to ever tower over Hobart’s skyline now have names – Nevil the Devil and Wapping Big Crane – thanks to 10 year-old Liana Stubbs from South Hobart Primary School.

Liana was the winner of a “Name the Crane” competition where school students not only had to think of unique names, but also come up with three fun maths facts about the two cranes.

The furry Tassie icon and the historic name for Hobart’s first wharf inspired Liana on her choice of award-winning names, which have now been given to the two Titan cranes on the $689 million Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) redevelopment project.

“I chose Nevil the Devil because of the Tasmanian devil and Wapping Big Crane because the hospital is built in the historic area called Wapping and it’s a play on the word whopping,” Liana said.

Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, who had helped promote the State Government competition on radio and social media, joined Liana at the RHH redevelopment site to see the cranes proudly wearing their new Tasmanian names.

She also took the occasion to present Liana with a certificate.

“Liana also won an iPad for her grade four class at South Hobart Primary School, kindly donated by Titan Cranes and Rigging,” Ms Archer said.

For the visit to the construction site, Liana was kitted in her own safety gear, including a child-sized high-visibility vest.

Liana’s mother Alison, father Simon and teacher Helen Rothwell also had a close-up view of the works and the giant cranes that are helping to build K-Block, Tasmania’s new state-of-the-art health facility.

“K-Block will increase in-patient capacity by almost 250 beds, provide seven more operating and procedure rooms, a new hyperbaric chamber, helipad for aeromedical retrievals and a one-stop arrivals and departure area for patients,” Ms Archer said.

Work is progressing on-site with the construction of footings and the first slab pour that will be part of the lower ground level has already been completed.

National supplier Titan Cranes and Rigging Pty Ltd is providing, operating and maintaining the two cranes during the construction of K-Block at a cost of $6.4 million.

Name the Crane competitions are routinely run on large-scale public construction works as a light-hearted way to raise awareness of the project, involve the local community and educate school children.

Caption: Name the Crane winner Liana Stubbs from South Hobart Primary School with Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer on-site at the RHH redevelopment.