MP Impressed With Isles of Scilly Boat Investments

scillonian gangwayAndrew George says he’s been “very impressed” after seeing for himself the £2m investment made by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company in the Scillonian III and the Gry Maritha.

Scilly’s MP says the work appears “quite thorough” after he went for a tour of the boat in dry dock in Penzance on Friday.

The ferry is undergoing a major refit and passengers will notice a remodelled interior, a new café and a lift for disable passengers when she starts sailings in March.

The insides of the boat have been gutted and Andrew says there’s a substantial amount of external metalwork being undertaken, as well as extensive internal refurbishment.

The interior of the boat, he says, is currently unrecognizable.

Andrew says he was told that the work will extend both boat’s potential service period for another five years and that will give the company time to “plan the way forward” for future replacement boats.


4 Responses to MP Impressed With Isles of Scilly Boat Investments

  1. Dick Cliffe January 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    The Company’s investment in the Scillonian is heroic and a demonstration of commitment to sustaining the ferry route. The comprehensive updating of the passenger facilities and improved facilities for the disabled will substantially improve the passenger experience.

    The most important issue for island tourism are the terms of the Passenger Ship Safety Certificate issued annual by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency – can the vessel operate when fixed wing aircraft are unable to fly? The Scillonian is one of approximately 20 older vessels in the UK for which special arrangement exists for licencing. Under an agreement between the UK Govt and the EC, UK Class III vessels (the Scillonian is one) get a certificate under ‘equivalency’ provisons but with operational restrictions allowing operation but “only in favourable weather and during restricted periods” Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1811 (issued in 2006) explains the regime (see para 6 for blanket restrictions). The Secretary of State can give exemptions under the “The Merchant Shipping (Passenger Ship Construction: Ships of Classes III to VI(A)) Regulations 1998”.

    MSN 1811

  2. Pat Hicks January 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Can someone tell me when the scillionan start’s sailing again.
    sorry been away, so not up to date with what has been going on here. but i do know spring is on the way with summer not far behind. ha ha. and i have been told the bookings are looking good for this year. just look around you. we are all doing very well. we are far better of than some on the mainland and countrys. happy days.
    yes i know i am a silly old fart… just trying to lighten things up a bit.

  3. Adam Morton,St.Martins January 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Great tho this is can it not be used as a reason to sit back and do nothing till 2018? In all probability it will take that long to get a new vessel if we start today! Don’t forget the capacity has dropped by 150 seats which will effect gig weekend , foggy weather and cancelled flights.This is a stop gap not a solution.

  4. Kev January 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    At last a good news story, that might encourage visitors to our islands. Now we just need some better weather to get Lands End working.