St Mary’s Harbour News January 30th

Dale Clark and his team at St Mary’s Harbour have provided an update on Harbour activity for Radio Scilly and Scilly today. Dale says that, whilst it is clear that a delay to the quay widening works is inevitable, Kier continue to work towards a completion date of July for the remainder of the works. The harbour team is working with Kier to ensure there is minimal disruption to harbour users.

If you use the waiting room on the quay whilst traveling to or from the off-islands, there’s no planned closure of the waiting room over the next week. Although Dale accepts that it is “rather bare and lifeless, it does provide shelter from the elements for those waiting for boats or taxis.”

Work continues in the public toilets. The ladies are currently closed but the disabled loo and gents are open and available to members of the public. There may be disruption to the hot water supply throughout the week, though.

The poor weather has meant that the dredging operations have been suspended. The dredging barge has taken up the mooring at Innisidgen. That site is now lit. The landing craft, the Morlander, remains within the harbour. It is hoped that a break in the weather from the middle of next week will allow dredging to recommence.

The dredged material from the quay extension will be stored at Porthloo. Morlander will deliver dredged material to the beach and dumper trucks will deposit the material on the green to the north of the boat park. It is also hoped that Martin Bond’s boat will be moved over the next week.

Kier have installed temporary “lay-by moorings” at Nut Rock & Innisidgen and also a further mooring in the harbour at Old Quay next to the pontoon . A temporary yellow flashing light has been fitted to the mooring buoy at Innisidgen and the harbour team hope to fit a similar light to the mooring at Nut Rock when the weather allows.

The old freight and ticket office has now been demolished and Kier have started stripping out what will be the new freight office at the south side of the harbourside building. Work to the new ticket office will start once Blackwell Building Services have completed their work to install the timber cladding at the north end of the harbour building. They’ll continue to work inside the building fitting out the individual retail units and offices.

When the weather improves there will be more landing craft activity. The Severn Sins will make numerous trips to the Quay for Kier. Terramare will one trip to Porthloo for Blackwell Building Services carrying the materials for Porthloo flood defences and the Sabrina will take similar materials to o St. Agnes for their flood defence work.

The Gry will continue with her normal programme of 3 visits during the week week. We do not envisage any disruption to her timetable at this stage and will of course advise in advance of any changes.