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January 2010

Taw Torridge estuary and Bideford Harbour January 2010.


Ball Clay shipments from Bideford remain quiet with the last ship in December 2009 loading 2650 tonnes for Spain. 

The Babcock/ Royal Devonport Dockyard at Appledore is working to produce the bow sections of the Navy’s new aircraft carriers, and the next set of steel sections will be ready for shipment in late March.
During March a caisson gate mounted on a pontoon will be sent from the covered yard to Plymouth, and a very large barge will arrive for more aircraft carrier sections. 

MS Oldenburg, the Lundy Ferry was away over the Christmas period at Sharpness dry dock for shaft seal renewal and a steel underwater hull section replacement. She is continuing with renewal and maintenance work ready for her return to service in the Spring.

Planning permission has been submitted by myself for change of use at the old Cattle Market at Bideford ready for shipping of Torridges (and other authorities) waste glass for recycling from Bideford to Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. If the new trade materialises many thousands of lorry miles will be saved. At present glass is sent from Devon by road to Avonmouth, Southampton and Kirby in Northants. A Director of Recresco the contract holder for Devon’s glass, has visited the port and approved arrangements. Commencement of operations will be subject to negotiations with our local authority and other local authorities and recycling companies as well. It is hoped that the influence of TDCs new Chief Executive who is joint C/E of Teignbridge council as well, will assist in our efforts to achieve our aims.

No new houseboat arrival requests have been made for Bideford. 
Another new pontoon/houseboat has arrived at Heanton, outside of Bideford Harbour and outside of TDC leased land area.

The Severn Sands (formerly ISCA) ex dredger, remains beached near Fremington Quay with the apparent owner requesting for her to be towed into Bideford Harbour and converted. The request was refused.

Captain Roger Hoad Pilot Harbour Master. January 14th 2010
 
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