St Mary’s Harbour Update After Chemical Spill

Dale Clark, St Mary’s Harbourmaster, has issued this statement on behalf of St Mary’s Harbour after yesterday’s chemical spill.

At approximately 13:20 on Thursday an incident occurred on St. Mary’s quay during normal freight operations resulting in temporary restrictions to public access of the quay.
The Isles of Scilly Fire Service undertook an operation to clear spilled material which resulted in necessary restrictions to boats and members of the public at St. Mary’s Harbour – at no time during this operation was there a threat to the safety or health of members of the public. The harbour continued to operate boating services utilising Old Quay and the “New Steps”. Access to the normal boarding area of the Scillonian III was not possible during this clean up operation but, with the co-operation of local boat operators, the Scillonian III sailed at 16:25 with her passengers and their luggage.
St. Mary’s Harbour would like to thank the Isles of Scilly Fire Service who conducted a very thorough and well organised operation with assistance from the police, ambulance service and harbour staff.
The co-operation from all Isles of Scilly boat operators must also be noted and their understanding during a very busy period on the quay, especially Tresco Boat Services and St. Mary’s Boatmen’s Association who assisted in the loading of the Scillonian III. At 19:30, all restrictions were lifted to boats and members of the public.
A review of the incident is now underway.