Temporary Tug Will Help Steamship Vessels During Quay Works

polmear tugThere’s a new boat that will become a fixture in St Mary’s Harbour for the next three months.

The Scillonian III and Gry Maritha will be assisted in getting into position alongside the quay by a tug, Polmear.

The mainland-based boat has been hired for three months for push and pull operations during the arrival and departure of the larger Steamship Company vessels.

St Mary’s Harbourmaster Dale Clark says it’s because they don’t want to risk the new quay extension blocks being bumped while they’re being fixed in place.

Dale says it’s not unusual to use a tug occasionally. The harbour’s own boat, the Pegasus, has been employed in this role before.

But the hired tug, which will be here for the duration of the works, is more powerful.

Dale says he’s confident in the Masters’ ability to berth the ships, but it’s an “insurance policy” when weather conditions mean there’s a risk of vessels coming close to the construction area.