St Mary’s Harbour Works Update Feb 27th

This is the latest update from St Mary’s Harbourmaster Dale Clark.

* Dredging works – Another disappointing week where the weather has hampered the ability to dredge. Work was due to start this morning but due to a mechanical breakdown the barge was taken back to the Innisidgen mooring. The current forecast suggests that it may be difficult to dredge until the middle of next week however, if there is a window of opportunity then Kier will exploit this to progress the works as quickly as possible

* Jack-up Barge – This will remain in the inner berth for the week. It is due for a lightship inspection and may be floated as part of this but will not leave the harbour. The tug Vulcan 2 may be brought back from Newlyn to standby during the time that she is floated.

* Carne barge – This remains in Falmouth along with the tug MTS Indus. We await suitable weather for the barge to return to the islands

* Porthloo – Work is now well underway on the sea defences at Porthloo and some of the timbers have already been installed. Work will continue throughout the week and pedestrian access is limited at certain (marked) areas due to this. The dredged material is also in place at Porthloo and will be added to as and when dredging re-commences

* Landing craft – There are no landing craft expected this coming week. Morlander will remain in the harbour throughout the week.

* Freight/ticket office -The temporary freight office (portacabin) remains in place at the rear of the building and a pedestrian walkway has been established for outside the Harbour Masters office. Work to concrete the area of where the old freight office stood will start this weekend which, when completed will be able to be used for pedestrian access to allow the new ticket office foundations to be excavated and cast.

* Moorings – Still waiting to re-instate the A-row. We are awaiting news from Kier as to any requirements to use Rechabite slip for landing craft arrivals.

* Fenders – New wooden fenders have now been fitted by harbour staff in the middle steps. We are tightening the top fixing bolt which is why the fender is still in place at the top step. When this has process is completed the fender will be removed and the studwork trimmed off.

* Temporary Moorings – 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.

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

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

* Pedestrian walkway – The sample sets of the walkway have been inspected by COIS and (I believe) approved, Work will continue on the removal of the cobbles throughout the week.

*Look ahead – Work to the front of the building will continue with some excavations for the foundations of the covered walkway/ balcony during the week along with pedestrian walkway. A 300t barge is awaiting arrival to assist with the dredge works also. Drainage works to the rear of the building will be undertaken this weekend from Saturday pm onwards.

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