St Mary’s Harbour News July 11th

Alan Hartwell has sent Radio Scilly this update.

Blackwell Building Supplies remain on site working in the old Harbour Office and the new restaurant/accommodation.

The coaster ‘Burhou’ has made two visits this week to remove refuse from the Islands. She has completed her loading this morning and sailed for Plymouth at 0500. She is not expected back in the near future.

Yacht numbers remain good and with this in mind, could we please ask vessel operators to leave the inner berths free for the use of the service bollards.

The new luggage store is now available for use but you will notice the waiting room is still being refurbished. Users are requested to please use the shelves provided and leave the floor space clear. Access is required to the door at the rear of the store at all times.

Please note that the defibrillator is now stored in the temporary waiting room at the end of the building.


Last week saw two more cruise ships with visits from the ‘Minerva’ and the ‘Magellen’. With over 1000 passengers landing ashore from the ‘Magellan’ it certainly was one of our busier days. A further two visits are due this coming week from the 30277gt ‘Adonia’ on the 15th and the smaller 2012gt ‘Hebredian Princess’. With only 10 ships remaining this season we are on course for a record year.


The Stemat barge is currently alongside the jack up unloading blocks into position. It is hoped that the barge will be emptied today after which it will make its way back to Plymouth to be reloaded.

The JML 35 barge will be brought alongside the jack-up once the Stemat has departed to off-load her cargo of stone which is used as backfill in the extension blocks. Once emptied, she will head to the mainland for the next load.

The landing craft Arromanches is due in today (Sat) at 1500 to unload her cargo of stone and cement.

Tugs Indus, Vulcan 2 and Polmear remain in the Islands to assist with operations and the berthing/un-berthing of the Scy III & Gry Maritha.


Works to the new ticket office continues.

Kier are awaiting the arrival of doors, windows and flooring to complete the waiting room. The doors and windows are due any day.

A walkway has been introduced for Kier staff to transit from the ticket office, through the chiller store area (work compound) and onto the new freight office allowing access without breaching the working area of the ISSCo. Kier are due to introduce fencing to this area as soon as possible.

The recent works on the quay have severely restricted space on the quay, more so during the unloading of the Gry Maritha on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning.

This area as you know is already tight for space and the reduction in the useable area is now almost untenable for safe freight operations.

With this in mind, there is a need to review and amend the current practices for vehicles arriving to collect freight from the quay. This will not be a permanent move but will certainly be in force for the coming weeks over July and August where we will see an increase in freight deliveries to the islands. These restrictions may change over the coming weeks as we work together to develop a suitable working pattern for the unloading of the Gry Maritha.

Temporary restrictions to the rear yard are as follows…

During the unloading of the Gry Maritha – namely Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings – freight operations will commence at 07:00 with the chilled/frozen items being ready for collection at this time.

Note – RHH & Island Carriers will each have 2 vehicles to clear chilled/frozen from 07:00 and will wait until they are clear before bringing any other vehicle onto the quay. Island Carriers will use the outer quay to park a lorry which will do the co-op items passing the relief lorry off the quay (i.e. no waiting lorry parked on the quay). On a Thursday, Sibley’s large truck will be parked within their shed, helping to reduce the congestion in the rear yard on the busiest freight day.

Those who collect their own freight will be restricted to 10:30am – 11:30am, after the arrival of the Scillonian III OR after liaison with the ISSCo quay manager.

Kier vehicles are not to enter the working yard until after the arrival of the Scillonian III or after liaison with the ISSCo quay manager.

Contractor vehicles engaged in harbour building works (BBS, TA Hicks, P. Gilbert, D. Stanton etc. etc.) are not to bring vehicles into the rear yard on these mornings (and only for pick up/drop off at other times)

Return waste bags from the dump is to be co-ordinated with ISSCo quay manager and Richard Hand Haulage

Normal restrictions apply at all other times for those with vehicle permits – i.e. pick up and drop off only (no parking!)

Old quay is not an area for parking. Please do not park vehicles here – this is area is for pedestrians only unless arrangements have been made in advance through the harbour office.