Strong winds break barge’s moorings
The large accommodation barge Kalmar had to be re-secured after it broke a wire mooring rope in strong winds at the Alexandra Wharf yesterday.
The pilot boat Knab and tug Kebister both pinioned the 94m long, 220 cabin barge until the moorings could be reconnected in an operation that took about an hour-and-a-half.
According to Lerwick Port Authority chief executive Sandra Laurenson there have been recurring problems with Kalmar’s moorings in certain wind conditions.
She said: “The barge moves quite a lot on the big floating fenders that’s part of the barge kit. Yesterday, with the direction of wind, there was a wire that failed at the south end and we have doubled up the mooring system with ropes.”
She said that the barge’s owner Chevalier Barges and its master had been aware of the barge “moving quite considerably in certain weather directions” and were keeping a close eye on it.
Lerwick Observatory said that a southerly gale had been reaching force nine at around 6am with gusts hitting 57 mph. The wind had eased slightly by 9am with gusts of 50 mph and had veered slightly to the south-west.
Strong winds yesterday hampered ferry operations in Yell Sound and on the Whalsay and Skerries runs. The Yell ferry Daggri was unable to start running to schedule at 7.45am as she was unable to come around the pier and it was late morning before she made her first run from Ulsta. The second ferry on the Yell Sound run, Dagalian, was also delayed when she had to wait an hour at Toft to meet an ambulance.
The Whalsay ferry was diverted to run back and forth from Vidlin and the two scheduled sailings to Skerries at 8.10am and 1pm were replaced by one in the late morning from Symbister which also returned to Vidlin.