St Mary’s Harbour News

Here’s an update on Harbour and Porthloo works from St Mary’s Harbourmaster Dale Clark.

Dale says much better progress has been made this week with the dredging. From this evening (Friday) the barge will be working 24hrs and as such the barge will remain on station at the end of the quay – weather permitting. Please ensure that you give the barge a wide berth and pass at slow speed if out on the water. The Jack-up Barge is ready to receive the crane and has today undergone a lightship survey on Friday. The jack-up was assisted by Pegasus and the tug Vulcan 2 which returned to St. Mary’s earlier this week

The 2 Bruce Anchors at Old Quay and associated chain that were stored adjacent to the Old Quay have now been removed. This kit has been used to install an additional mooring to the SW of Nut Rock.

Crane barge – It is hoped that the crane barge will sail from Falmouth on Sunday and arrive at around 07:00 on Monday morning. The present plan is to have the sea fastenings removed and be ready in all respects to transfer the crane to the jack-up (in the inner berth) on Wednesday 11th March

Porthloo – Good progress continues to be made on the sea defences with approx. 20m installed so far. Work will continue throughout this coming week

Freight/ticket office -The temporary freight office (portakabin) remains in place at the rear of the building and a pedestrian walkway has been established for outside the Harbour Masters office. Concreting at the gable end of the building has been completed and this will form part of the pedestrian walkway when the Scillonian enters service on the 16th March. Work will continue this week to install the base for the new check in office

Moorings – The Harbour staff is still waiting to re-instate the A-row. They are awaiting dates from Kier to use Rechabite slip for landing craft arrivals.

Fenders – New wooden fenders have been fitted by harbour staff in the middle steps. They are continuing to tighten the top fixing bolt which is why the white inflatable 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.