Fremantle: crane at E Shed Markets to be lowered


The old crane outside the E Shed Markets in Fremantle. Picture: Matt Jelonek
The old crane outside the E Shed Markets in Fremantle. Picture: Matt Jelonek

THE iconic old crane outside the E Shed Markets will be dismantled amid growing safety concerns.

A Fremantle Port spokesperson said they were planning to dismantle and remove the 93-year-old crane, which had called the E Shed home since 1996.

“The crane is in a deteriorated condition and engineering inspections have shown it to be presenting significant safety issues,” she said.

“The WA Planning Commission has given Fremantle Ports approval for the removal of the E Shed crane subject to conditions, including preparation of a photographic record of the deconstruction process to inform future conservation works on remaining Victoria Quay cranes.

“Fremantle Ports has undertaken consultation with the WA Museum and the State Heritage Office and the crane has been documented for archival purposes.”

She said locals and visitors would still be able to enjoy a luffing crane of the same make and model at the Maritime Museum.