St Mary’s Harbour News June 27th

Vehicle access remains an issue during this busy time.There is no parking on the quay and that the rear yard is especially congested during the unloading of the Gry Maritha. Due to the continued use of Old Quay as a parking spot the Harbour staff will be taking steps to ensure vehicles cannot access this area.

The Scillonian III will depart early today at 1245. After this weekend she will be undertaking Sunday sailings for the comings weeks

The opening of the new luggage store has been delayed slightly. Extra work has been carried out to make the floor ready to accept it’s covering. The Altro floor is due to be laid in the coming days after which this area will be opened to the public.

The new ticket office is taking shape now with chipboard walls having been erected ready to accept render in the coming days. Work will continue.

A solution to the drainage issue under the proposed chiller/freezer has been found. A new manhole will be installed around three metres outside of the current worksite. This, as well as the blinding for the foundation slab will be fitted and both works should be complete by Monday.

The weekend will see investigatory works to the front of the Harbourside building where the balcony steels will meet the existing structure. The areas of work will employ a short scaffold tower and will be adequately fenced off. This work should not cause any disruption to the movement of pedestrians along the quay.

Work continues to the walls in the new freight office. This work is within the building and causes no disruption to Harbour operations.

After discussions with Kier and Mace it has been agreed that the works to the new freight shed will now not start until after the busy summer holiday period. This is to allow for the continued use of the freight yard.

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CRUISE SHIPS

This weekend marks the end of a busy week for cruise visits with the Windsurf (14745gt) and the Corinthian (4077gt) in on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Records were broken this week by the ‘Magellan’ for both size of ship (46052gt) and passengers ashore (1095 (previous around 850)).
After the visit of the Corinthian the next visit will be 5th July after which the season slows down.

SHIPPING (KIER)
The ‘Stemat’ barge arrived back in the Islands last week and started to unload the 4th layer of blocks into position. These are now clearly visible from the edge of the quay but are yet to break the surface of the water. Unfortunately one of the spud legs sustained damage during the week and has had to be lifted out for repairs. The ‘Stemat’ has been moved back to the moorings at Nut Rock while this has been undertaken. The repair has been completed within the last few hours and we currently awaiting instruction that the barge will be moving back in to position to continue her discharge.

The ‘Arromanches’ is on her way from Falmouth and is due to arrive after the departure of the Scillonian III today. She will discharge alongside the quay this afternoon.
The ‘JML 35’ remains on a mooring at Nut Rock with her cargo of stone. The stone will be used as infill for the concrete blocks.