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Peel Harbour Works In Progress 14 January 2004

Work has commenced on building piled jetties out from the East and West Quays with a 12 metre wide Flap Gate opening in the centre and a fish pass going under the jetty on the West side. On completion, a pedestrian swingbridge will be installed over the Flap Gate entrance.

The initial work will consist of pilings extending out from the East Quay to incorporate the building of the jetty and Flap Gate structures. During this phase of the works the navigable channel into and out of the Inner Harbour will be reduced to 10 metres width and will be controlled by vessel traffic lights placed on the corner of the West Quay displaying Red or Green Lights on a timed system for Stop and Go as appropriate. At particularly busy times the lights may be operated manually from the quayside. At certain times all vessel traffic movements may have to cease for Health & Safety reasons to protect workers on the construction site. In this case as much notice as possible will be given to Harbour users.

Work resumed on-site on the 5th January and piling commenced on Friday 9th January. The initial phase of piling will take approximately 12 weeks to complete. During this period impact piling will normally be limited to between 8am and 6pm. A second phase of piling will occur later in the contract when work commences from the West Quay.

Considerable attention has been given to minimising the effects of the piling operation on adjacent properties. However, those people who feel that the operation is affecting their property should contact the Project Engineer at the site office on telephone number 845981 without delay.

The scheme is scheduled to be completed in February 2005 and is expected to cost approximately £3 million.

The main contractor is the Department of Transport’s Works Division. The main sub-contractors are:

  • Dew Pitchmatic Limited - piling
  • Island Drainage and Groundworks Limited - groundworks and concreting
  • Taylor & Son Limited - manufacture of bridge and flapgate and provision of mechanical and electrical services

Navigation Lights Fl Red 3 sec. Will be placed on protective piles set North and South of the outer ends of the working area on the East side and Fl Green 3 sec. on the West Quay side during construction of the first phase of the works.

A line of buoys will be placed either side of the working area on the East side and vessels should not enter the area between these buoys and the structure. Floodlights will light the working area during the hours of darkness.

A fixed Red Lt is to be placed on a piled dolphin to be erected to the North of the East Quay jetty extension. This pile will effectively provide protection to the swingbridge when it is installed towards the end of the works programme.

Mariners should note that for the period of the works the East Quay Tongue, at the outer end of the Inner Harbour, will not be available for berthing as will a length of the West Quay at its seaward (Northern) end and ‘No Berth’ signs will be erected accordingly.

All vessels should proceed with caution when entering/leaving the inner harbour at Peel during the period of the works which are expected to be completed in February, 2005.

Further information can be obtained by calling Douglas Harbour Control Tel No (01624) 686628 or by calling Peel Harbour Tel No (01624) 842338 or on VHF Ch. 12 (which out of normal working hours will be answered by Douglas Harbour Control).

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