Our Skyline is changing

Looking West

The three silver cranes (not the red ones) are the largest in the world. The London Eye can stand beneath them. The are currently on a ship moored at the new container dock waiting to be unloaded. They will be joined by many more in the coming months and will dwarf the oil tanks at the redundant Coryton Oil Refinery.

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  • What a shame – saw these and thought they were just for its construction. At least they don’t get any higher than the chimneys at Coryton from Canvey’s view. Someone blow the ship up before they get unloaded!

    By Liam Heatherson (05/03/2013)
  • I think I heard there was going to be 20 or more of them.

    By Janet Penn (05/03/2013)
  • Hell no! I’m sure massive protest will be on its way! Fair enough to industrial construction on an area which has been used for industry for many years now, but not if it invades public space for miles around.

    By Liam Heatherson (05/03/2013)
  • Just read it in the paper another 21 cranes are coming

    By Janet Penn (05/03/2013)
  • Great photos again Jan. I first saw this phenomena as I was driving up Belton Way, Leigh, I couldn’t believe my eyes as it appeared out of the mist slowly moving past Canvey. At first glance they looked like one giant crane that was higher than Coryton’s chimneys but as I came onto the Island my perspective improved and I realised they were not quite that tall. However it,s probably over 10yrs since the chimneys and structures of Shellhaven dissappeared as an extension of our industrial skyline and these monsters will certainly fill that gap.Fortunately from a Canvey perspective they are some distance away, although they may become more visible if Coryton is de-commissioned. Think of the inhabitants of part of Stanford-le- Hope, Corringham and Fobbing they really are in their backyard. Then again they might have mixed feelings as the refineries were an important factor for local employment and the container port will hopefully be a shot in the arm for the local economy. Liam, even industrial landscape can be inspirational, Wilko Johnson quite rightly protested in the the 70s for’No more oil on Canvey soil’ but I think he would be the first to admit he got quite a lot of mileage out of ‘those towers burning at the break of day’.

    By Graham Stevens (05/03/2013)

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