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St Helena : ST HELENA MOORINGS ‘WORLD CLASS’
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 19.01.2013 (Article Archived on 02.02.2013)

St Helena Island now boasts ‘World Class’ moorings. Eight months of hard work and commitment have resulted in a high quality and robust mooring field for visiting yachts. Situated on the Western side of James’ Bay, the new moorings were completed in time for the finish of the 2012 Governor’s Cup Yacht Race and have received fantastic comments from race participants.



ST HELENA MOORINGS ‘WORLD CLASS’


 


St Helena Island now boasts ‘World Class’ moorings. Eight months of hard work and commitment have resulted in a high quality and robust mooring field for visiting yachts. Situated on the Western side of James’ Bay, the new moorings were completed in time for the finish of the 2012 Governor’s Cup Yacht Race and have received fantastic comments from race participants.


 


Billy Leisengang, Principal Race Officer of the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race has commented:


 


“The Governor’s Cup Yacht fleet were very happy with the moorings. We had a very good closing meeting with the Harbour Master and Chris ‘Hedge’ Shuter, Project Manager, with fantastic comments and feedback - everyone is delighted about the moorings and feeling safe about their yachts.”


 


The failure of the previous moorings in James’ Bay and the subsequent loss of the yacht Queequeg, meant that for the Island economy to develop through marine tourism, it was vital to have in place high quality and properly maintained moorings.


 


As a result St Helena Government, in partnership with St Helena Tourism, invited expressions of interest for the design, specifications and maintenance requirements of new moorings with the ultimate goal of having in place a field of robust moorings for visiting yachts – the first users being the participants of the 2012 Governor’s Cup Yacht Race. The contract was awarded to offshore marine consulting engineers, Beckett Rankine, who produced a design based on a similar mooring field developed for open sea moorings in the Scilly Isles. Overseen by Project Manager, Hedge Shuter, of Marine Maven (T&T) Ltd, the necessary components were procured and local contractors, Keith and Craig Yon and Graham Sim, came on board for the project.


 


The contractors worked tirelessly and adapted to all the inevitable challenges that cropped up during installation – all of them dealt with in a professional and timely manner.


 


Keith commented:


“It was a privilege to be involved with a world class marine project. The experience was very good, helped along the way with the work of a very good team. Despite a few little hiccups in the project, it has turned out to be successful and the main thing is that yachts can now visit the Island, moor, and enjoy their stay with peace of mind.”


 


Graham added:


 


“The type of moorings were more or less the first moorings of this size that have been done here, and it wasn’t an easy mooring field to put in place. Although we did a lot of planning, we still had to change some things as we went along - but overall it was a good and useful experience. I was pleased that everything was completed successfully which was a reward to what at times was a very tiring job, but in the end it was a worthwhile, interesting and fulfilling project.”


 


Project Manager ‘Hedge’ was very impressed with the installation of the new moorings and remarked:


 


“The new moorings are a fine achievement by all those involved. Initial feedback from the users of the moorings has been very positive and inspections and maintenance will be carried out as the performance of the moorings is monitored and evaluated.


 


“St Helena now has a yacht mooring field of world class quality. Word will spread around the yachting community and it is hoped that this will lead to more and more visitors arriving by sea, thus generating more income for the local economy.”


 


Deputy Chief Secretary, Gillian Francis added:


 


“The end result is pleasing and we hope to see an increase in the number of yachts calling at St Helena. Whilst the design and specifications were provided by an offshore company, the installation was carried out by local contractors, Craig and Keith Yon and Graham Sim who have done an excellent job. It was also good to have Hedge Shuter on board as Project Manager, whose assistance throughout the project has been invaluable. SHG will now ensure the on-going maintenance of the moorings and thanks are extended to everyone who contributed to this project.”


 


Matt Joshua from Enterprise St Helena, set the context:


 


“Last year a third of our ‘pure tourists’ were yachties. Improvements in facilities and services, sprucing up the wharf, improvements to the Yacht Club and of course the new moorings, should start to send a clear message to the yachting community that they are valued and that we as an Island are keen to increase yacht visitor numbers. Many opportunities exist in supplying services, amenities and experiences to the yachting community. Come and talk to us at Tourism/Enterprise St Helena if you’d like to get on board.”


 


The moorings are currently being utilised by participants of the World ARC 2012/13, with the first race participants arriving yesterday and the rest of the fleet expected to arrive in the next 48 hours.


 


The new mooring system is based on trot moorings. This has a long central spine of over 500 metres of heavy ground chain, crossed by a further nine ground chains of varying lengths. All the chains are anchored at each end with very high spec drag embedment anchors. At various points on the ground, chain grid, high spec chains rise to specialist polymer buoys with integral mooring rings.


 


SHG


16 January 2013


 


 

 

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