A colossal crane on the banks of the River Tyne is undergoing a multi-million pound revamp.
The 82-year-old crane in Walker is costing £3.2m to renovate in order to boost the region's offshore energy sector.
The regeneration work means it can can now lift up to 325 tonnes - more than ninety average-sized elephants.
Businesses - largely those in the offshore and renewable energy sectors - will be able to cut outgoings by lifting greater quantities at a time.
Newcastle City Council hope it will encourage more businesses to settle in the area and secure the careers of skilled crane workers.
The revamped crane, renovated by Finnish company Konecranes, is already attracting manufacturers such as international rope company Bridon to the area.
The business, which was established in Yorkshire over a century ago, produces the world's largest multi-strand ropes for use by offshore and mining industries.
They are installing the biggest rope-making machine in the world in their new Tyneside factory.
The crane was a direct factor in their decision to set up in Walker, just round the corner from the historic structure.
The hammerhead crane was designed by Scottish engineer William Arroll, who placed similar cranes in British Naval bases around the world.
Though his cranes still exist in Gibraltar, Sidney and Hong Kong, the Newcastle crane is one of the only machines of its size still functioning.
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