Following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions our Marina and its facilities has re-opened to visitors. Showers and toilets are open with extra cleaning measures and sanitising facilities around the port in place to help mitigate Covid 19 risks. We pass on our thanks to all our visitors and harbour users who are adapting to these changing times by following guidelines on social distancing, hand-washing and the wearing of face coverings in enclosed spaces.
Work to refurbish/replace the decking boards on the Marina is almost complete. This work commenced before lockdown and it is good to finally see the end in sight. Installed in 2009 in the Inner Harbour, the marina has proved to be a highly successful facility for the harbour authority, its local users and visitors to the town. The harbour remains a vibrant focal point in Wick – for business and leisure use.
Concreting in the area beside the redundant slipway winch house on Commercial Quay is also complete. The retaining wall which ran alongside has been removed, resulting in a vast expanse of additional quayside space now available as laydown areas and a greater sweep for cargo traffic / cranes etc using the Commercial Quay. This contract was carried out by GMR Henderson.
A work kiosk has also been installed pending the installation of an electronic barrier.
July saw various consigned landings from vessels . As lockdown restrictions have been lifted, fishing activity is slowly beginning to get back to normal. 2 new commercial vessels have recently arrived to the port – the Saltire and Emulous. We wish both their owners well at the fishing.
Royal Navy visit
July saw 2 port calls during the month from a small fleet of Royal Navy Archer Class P2000s – fast inshore patrol boats. Essentially a scaled down version of the Navy’s larger ships, the P2000s are among the smallest in the Royal Navy fleet. Attached to the University Naval Training Units, the vessels usually host students over the summer but were unable to due to the coronavirus pandemic. This meant the crews of HMS Archer, HMS Example, HMS Explorer and HMS Trumpeter instead spent two weeks focusing on their own training. The vessels are now alongside at Leith Docks Edinburgh. Each P2000 weighs 54 tonnes and has a five-man crew on board. For more information on the Royal Navy in Scotland see Twitter @RNinScotland.
Crew Transfer Vessels
Seacat Weatherly arrived in port last week to complement the existing fleet of SSE Beatrice vessels working from the harbour. Seacat Mischief left 3 August 2020.
End July beginning August has seen 3 shipments of towhead structures for Subsea 7 safely discharged from the vessels SMN Explorer and Scot Venture. Skillfully manoeuvred under the watchful eye of Ian Cormack Deputy Harbourmaster and Pilot, the vessels berthed at North River Pier. The towheads were discharged before making their way up Scalesburn and out to the Subsea 7 Wester Site. Although a familiar sight in Wick , it is still an amazing operation when you see the scale of the towheads , the crane involved and the lorries pulling the structures up the hill and around corners. Final shipment due today 5 August 2020. Some images below courtesy of local photographers Douglas Cowie & Alan McGee Images.
Lastly a photo at sunset of the harbour….. Thanks to all photo contributors. If anyone wishes to share photos of the harbour these can be shared via our Facebook page or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org