St Mary’s Quay Update 13th March

St Mary’s Harbour Master Dale Clark has sent Radio Scilly an update on the St Mary’s Harbour extension and widening works.

Dredging works – Good progress continues on the dredge and there is approximately just over 1,000t to remove prior to the placement of the receipt frame. Weather permitting, the dredge barge will remain in place throughout the week working 24hrs with the Morlander running dredged material to Porthloo with Porthmellon as a back-up.

Jack-up Barge – This will remain in the inner berth next week. The crawler crane was successfully transferred on Wednesday this week. On completion of the dredge the jack-up will be towed into position at the end of the quay (seaward side).

Crane barge – The barge that brought the crane (Stemat 85) will depart Saturday morning at 05:30. It is expected that it will head to Falmouth initially and await instructions on the loading of the concrete blocks at Plymouth.

Porthloo -Work will continue throughout this coming week on the sea defences and some 36m will have been completed by end of next week.

Freight/ticket office -The temporary freight office has been moved slightly to be in position to be used as the check in office also for the Scillonian III. This will remain in its current position until completion of the new check-in office (early June)

Moorings – The intention is still to re-instate the A-Row moorings however Kier are awaiting the arrival of additional accommodation units that will need to be delivered by landing craft at Rechabite slip

Fenders – New wooden fenders have been fitted by harbour staff in the middle steps. We 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.

Toilets – The ventilation system has now arrived and is being fitted now. It is hoped that this can be completed this weekend which will allow BBS to re-instate the ceiling panels, returning the toilets back to normal.

BBS continue to work inside the building fitting out the individual retail units and offices. The service trench at the vehicle entrance to the working yard has now been filled in as a temporary measure as we await further news on works to the widening.

Scillonian III – The ship returns to service on Monday and is expected on Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat of next week.

Pedestrian walkway – The walkway will be opened up to pedestrians by Monday and the temporary surface will remain until the arrival of the new granite sets. Once on site it is expected that 10m sections at a time will be laid providing a new, smooth walking surface for members of the public. The cobbles in the area adjacent to the new steps (next to the taxi waiting area) will be removed during this coming week and vehicle permit holders are advised that there will be a dip in the surface from old cobbles to the temporary concrete surface.