St Mary’s Harbour Weekend Update

Here’s the update on Harbour activity sent to Radio Scilly by Dale Clark, the St Mary’s Harbourmaster.

Wave wall
The 2nd section of the wall has been completed and shuttering has been prepared for the next concrete pour tomorrow (Saturday) with the next section possibly on Wednesday – this, of course, is weather dependant.

Quay Surface
The last main section of deck was completed this week. This leaves an area of smaller bays to pour but will not be completed until the wall sections are finished in order to allow the tracked digger to continue to use the area.

Scaffolding remains in place at the front of the building. The off-island boating board and harbour information boards have been moved to the rails opposite the harbour office and new information boards have been mounted on the scaffolding informing visitors/users of the works currently being undertaken and how it will look when finished.

Trench Works
The road plates across the work yard have now been removed. There are still some trench works to be completed in the working yard once the wave wall and deck are finished.

Harbourside Building
This week has seen the demolition of the fire escape at the end of the building. Works to remove the first floor gable wall will now take place over the course of the coming week. Please note that there may be temporary restrictions to vehicles looking to gain access to the working yard when the dumper truck is required. Any restrictions will only be in place to allow the dumper truck to be loaded and tenants/hauliers will be given as much notice as possible prior to closing access to the working yard. When possible, access via the front of the building may be an option depending on pedestrian traffic. From Monday cedar cladding will be erected along the front of the building. Works inside both the ground floor and first floor will continue throughout the week.

Airport Project
The River Trader off loaded her cargo of stone and some of the bitumen last night. She is currently at anchor and will return alongside tomorrow (Saturday) morning to continue the discharge. On Sunday we expect the sister vessel River Martin to arrive with a full cargo of stone. We anticipate bringing her alongside at 20:00 on Sunday evening to start the discharge with a view to completing on Monday night depending on the requirements of the Gry Maritha.
The landing craft Arromanches brought additional materials for the airport today. She is presently on Rechabite slip and departing this evening at approx. 20:15.

Scillonian III / Gry Maritha
The Scillonian III is now on a 7 day a week schedule. Please note that the arrival time on Saturdays is now 13:30 and departure time 15:00.
The Gry Maritha will keep her usual 3 visits per week. Please do not bring vehicles onto the quay if they are not being loaded immediately – there is no parking space available for commercial vans to wait to be loaded!

Off Island Quays
The temporary storage sheds are now on the quay. The off island pick-up/drop off is open 24/7 and people are requested to use this rather than clutter up the waiting room.

Cruise Ships
A busy week with the largest vessel of the year (Prinsendam) making her first visit to the Isles of Scilly which was a great success and over 700 passengers stepped ashore onto St. Mary’s. The next expected cruise ship is the Marco Polo on Saturday the 26th July

Cable laying project
The inter-Island cable project is underway and MTS Viking will be employed this weekend in laying the cable between Tresco & Bryher – Please see Local Notice to Mariners 22/14 for further information. The cable laying vessel CS Resolute will be entering the pilotage district from the 21st July. It is expected that the Pegasus will tow the main cable ashore into Porthcressa on Wednesday. A local notice to mariners (LNtM) will be issued when dates & timings have been agreed with the contractors.

Trinity House
TH vessel Mair has completed her works programme in the Islands. A replacement top mark on the Crow Beacon & Woolpack beacon has been installed. She will return I August when work to fit a navigational light on the Woolpack beacon will commence

A fairly busy week with visiting yachtsmen in the harbour. Next weekend will see the annual PASAB (Penzance Around Scilly And Back) race.