Newsletter from the Commodore
It is now a couple of weeks on from Storm Emma, and it is probably time to give some update to the wider membership of how this has impacted on us all here.
Firstly we have identified at least 20 boats belonging to members that have been lost or damaged – and some of those were members’ homes. The tragedy of this, the heartache and the incredible disruption to people’s lives is immeasurable. Our hearts go out to them.
The scale of the disaster in ‘official’ terms is very big, and the complications with insurance companies, people affected, government bodies and other officials, plus the growing number of official contractors appointed to resolve different bits of the mess, has made the recovery process appear to be slow to start off. But thankfully, there is some visible progress happening now.
The environmental damage needs to be contained and this has been underway for most of the week. The next stage is for the boats to be recovered.
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Update as of 2018-03-09 15:47
The Sailing Club has received this update from Rhian Pritchard on behalf of Dylan Williams – Head of Regulation and Economic Development, Anglesey County Council.
As you aware, it was agreed during the Multi Agency Strategy Meeting yesterday (Thursday 8th March) that the Control & Co-ordination response will now be led by Port of Holyhead (Stena Line Ports) and the Isle of Anglesey County Council.
The Statutory Organisations involved in this incident will be meeting on Monday 12th March (Incident Control & Co-ordination Group).
Whilst recognising your interest in the ongoing efforts, and eagerness to support, attendance will now be limited to the organisations with a statutory responsibility in the response effort.
The statutory organisations will consider and agree on appropriate arrangements to keep you and other interested parties informed of progress.
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To help with the location of vessels in the marina area
These photographs and are copyright. We have permission from Eye In The Sky Cinematography to show them in this article. They have been added so that you may be able to locate specific vessels from these images taken from the drone footage.
You can also see them in a google photos album on this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/YxNiTaJ6l9VKbBjQ2
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Following discussions over the last few weeks the Management Committee have reached a decision on a new contract with Caernarfon Harbour Trust to service our club’s moorings for 2018.
We are still looking at options for the future but it was decided, during these discussions, that in order to achieve maximum use for our moorings for this season we would draw up a contract with the CHT. The work is anticipated to take about 3 - 4 days and is programmed to be completed during the first two weeks in March.
The options we have been considering include:
- The club obtaining a suitable craft for the Bosun to carry out this work in future years. A number of vessels have been considered but a full business benefit study will be required along with an analysis of how well the contract with Caernarfon Harbour Trust works.
- Possibility of contracts with other contractors who own suitable craft
In reviewing the options there are concerns over suitability, responsibility and insurance cover as well as costs and reliability.
The contract with CHT provides suitable insurance for the vessel and the planned works; our Bosun, Brett, will be tasked with checking and photographing the mooring risers and connections; the trots will be straightened and repositioned so that all our moorings are in the prescribed area.
We are looking forward to a great season with well spaced moorings!
Our heartfelt thanks to all involved in making this happen.
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