More walk-ashore moorings being sought

A number of key changes to Yarmouth Harbour on the Isle of Wight are on the horizon.

Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners seek to

‘optimise the water space within the harbour’ and ‘rationalise the current berthing

arrangement’ to create more walk-ashore pontoon berthing for both residents and visitors.

The

proposals are separate to the scheme for the South West Corner which will

provide dedicated facilities for the fishing fleet.

The

proposals specifically address:

Moorings

The

optimisation of the water space allows the introduction of a greater number of

walk ashore berths and a consequent reduction in pile and harbour moorings.

The layout

will not increase the overall berth numbers and the aspiration is to maintain

visitor and resident berths at current levels – nominal capacity 300 berths

with an approximate 50/50 split of resident and visitor berths.

Pontoons

To maintain

the visual character of the Harbour, all pontoon equipment will be of a similar

form to that currently present. There will be an increased provision of water

and electrical services to berths

Fuel

Berth

The

reconfiguration offers an ideal opportunity to address navigational concerns as

well as improving the infrastructure of the facility.   The relocated fuel berth provides an increased number

of dispensing points and concentrates the associated vessel movements

immediately adjacent to the navigation channel.

Main

Navigation Channel

The project

will address the alignment of the channel through the Harbour and on to the

River Yar. The reconfiguration opens up the area to the north of the Inner

Harbour and creates clearer water space through which vessels can navigate,

also improving the lines of sight for skippers in the area.

RNLI

Berth

The

proposals seek to realign the RNLI berth to reduce the area of water required

for the lifeboat’s navigation, and to offer a better orientation for the RNLI

vessel to leave and return to the berth and generally makes better use of the

available water space.

Slipways

The

proposals will considerably reduce the requirement for tenders to access the

harbour moorings as the vast majority of Inner Harbour berths will be walk

ashore. This therefore negates the need to maintain the slipway located to the

west of the Harbour Office. The two Public slipways within Yarmouth Harbour

will remain and continue to operate unhindered by the proposals.

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