St Mary’s Harbour Update 6th February

St Mary’s Harbour team has given Scilly Today and Radio Scilly and update on the ongoing harbour works.

Over the next week the main focus will be on the dredging operation in order to make the most of the good weather. As an estimate, just under 700t has been dredged so far. The barge will be working as much as it can throughout the week and loading the landing craft to run into Portmellon and/or Porthloo. The aim is for the majority of the dredged material to be transferred straight to Porthloo but due to tidal restrictions they will also use Porthmellon. An area next to the entrance to Porthmellon has been prepped to receive dredged material – this is only a temporary area and the material will be transferred to Porthloo by trailers as quickly as possible.

Blackwell Building Supplies now have the majority of their materials in place for the sea defence works and will be starting this week. It is expected to take 4 weeks. The large boat belonging to Martin Bond has been moved to an area within the fenced section of the boat park.

Landing craft – They are expecting Severn Sins on Tuesday with material for Kier and Sabrina with material for Lagans. Sabrina will visit St. Agnes on Saturday with materials for BBS from 07:00. Morlander will continue to transfer dredged material throughout the week.

Kier have started stripping out what will be the new freight office at the South side of the building. It is hoped BBS will complete their works to the gable end of the building this week after which the scaffolding will come down and Kier can continue with preparation for the new ticket office.

On Tuesday, Western Power will conduct an electrical changeover. During this process there will be disruptions to the electrical supply in the building which could last all day. It is possible that they will need to attend on Wednesday to complete the changeover. Looking ahead, WPD are also expecting to conduct electrical works to the Atlantic Inn that will require a road closure and disruption to vehicular access to the quay. This is currently being planned for Sat the 7th March from 12:00 until Sunday 8th March at 18:00. There may be a possibility of vehicular access to the quay via Jerusalem Terrace but this will be confirmed nearer the time

Kier have installed lay-by moorings at Nut Rock & Innisidgen and also a further mooring in the harbour at Old Quay adjacent to the pontoon (please see local notices to mariners attached). Please note that a temporary yellow flashing light has been fitted to the mooring buoy at Innisidgen and Nut Rock.

BBS continue work in the public toilets. The ladies are currently closed due to these works however the disabled toilet and gents are open and available to members of the public. There may be disruption to the hot water supply throughout the week.

BBS continue to work inside the building fitting out the individual retail units and offices.

Kier have now excavated an area approx. 1m2 on the pedestrian walkway for inspection prior to works on the new walkway surface taking place. The new surface samples will hopefully arrive this week and be approved.