Marine dredging firm Van Oord has its own bicycles for Guernsey work

June 23rd, 2015 by Richard Lord

Van Oord's five bright orange bicycles parked outside the Guernsey Visitor Information Centre (click image to expand)

Van Oord’s five bright orange bicycles parked outside the Guernsey Visitor Information Centre (click image to expand)

It is hard to miss the bright orange bicycles in front of the Guernsey Information Centre in St Peter Port.

On first seeing them while traveling along the waterfront one might think that they belong to a new Guernsey cycle hire company.

The bicycles have caught the attention of Guernsey’s cycling community because of their bright colour and attractive design.

On close examination the bicycles, and there are five of them, are labelled as belonging to Van Oord – the Dutch company laying the new long and short sea outfall pipe in Belle Greve Bay.

The company, which operates all over the world as a leading contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects, brought the bicycles to Guernsey so that their employees could cycle back and forth the two miles from St Peter Port harbour to the site on Les Banques from where the outfall pipes will go out to sea.

Ton Slagboom of Van Oord using one of the company's bicycles to travel to the site of the pumping station chamber construction site on Les Banques (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Arjan Dirkmaat of Van Oord using one of the company’s bicycles to travel between St Peter Port harbour and the site of the pumping station chamber construction site on Les Banques (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

For the Dutch employees, using the company’s bicycles is the most obvious and convenient way to commute between locations along Guernsey’s east coast cycle path.

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