Legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has praised steelworkers at William Twigg Ltd for designing, building and delivering on time the steel sledges for his next expedition.
The Matlock company were selected to build the sledges which will be used in the first ever 2,000 mile crossing of Antarctica in Winter.
Much of the journey will be made in complete darkness and in temperatures as low as 70 degrees.
Mr Fiennes has already sent his ‘thousand thanks’ to the team for delivering the 14 sledges in a very tight timescale.
In a personal message to Twigg’s works manager, Alan Boden, who co-ordinated the design and fabrication project, Sir Ranulph wrote: “Hopefully, they, and we, will make it all the way”.
The skoots will carry vital supplies of fuel to power the expedition’s two giant caterpillar-tracked bulldozers from the Russian base at Novolazarevskaya to the American base at McMurdo via the South Pole. It will take the team about six months and has been described as “the coldest journey on earth”.
Twigg’s steelworkers have no reservations about the quality of their skoots. Alan said: “We’re very proud of our workmanship and each skoot has been rigorously tested to exacting standards.”