It is this time of year again for the yearly service and maintenance of the local navigation markers in preparation for the new season. Poole harbour is suitable for a lot of ferry traffic from Europe and the Channel Islands, large local shipping and local leisure marine traffic, so there is an important requirement to ensure all the harbour navigation markers are in top condition at all times. With over 73 large floating navigation markers and additional sub channel markers in other parts of the harbour, away from the main shipping channels, it is a very important requirement to ensure these markers are managed and maintained at all times.
With our experienced team we were commissioned by the Poole Harbour Commission to assist with the replacement of some of the navigation markers and to ensure they are ready for another year of safe marine navigation within our local harbour. With the Stour workboat, having a sizable work deck, powered 12m spud legs for fast leg deployment and good Hiab crane, it has been instrumental in the recovery and deployment of the markers.
The markers get assessed on a yearly basis by the harbour commission with our assistance and assessments are made prior to having the markers swapped out, repainted and generally maintained.
We carried out the initial loadout of the new markers from the port storage facility with our workboat, the Stour, and went to the corresponding locations where the markers are positioned. Once on location we recovered the existing navigation markers, anchor chain and ground tackle. After inspecting of all the tackle, the connections were remade and the deployment was made.
This operation ensures our harbour and all local marine traffic is protected for another year. We are proud to assist in this vital activity to safeguard lives at sea. If your local harbour or navigable stretch of water need any assistance for the servicing and replacement of navigation markers, please feel free to give us a call and we would be happy to help.