Wednesday 6th April 2016

Welsh Piper delivers her cargo to YELLAND QUAY

WELSH PIPER inbound off Braunton Burrows. (Norman Hardaker).

mv WELSH PIPER called at YELLAND QUAY yesterday, and delivered her 1,300 tonnes of sand to NOTTS CONTRACTORS.

TDC Pilot R. Hoad was put aboard the ship at 1600 hrs by coxswain John Pavitt , and Thom Flaxman and the ship was conducted to her berth, where she discharged her cargo onto the jetty in under two hours. Notts contractors swing shovel and contracted lorries (3 vehicles) moved much of the sand to their nearby yard, finishing the job this morning.

The ship returned to sea on a falling tide about an hour and a half after high water (4.9 metres minimum water available with a draft of some 4.0 metres). the whole operation from Pilot boarding to disembarkation taking  4 hours.

The ship was heading for her Bristol Channel dredging ground to load another cargo of sand, and then to head for Avonmouth to discharge it, and to attend to some bridge equipment maintenance.

Weather conditions were favourable , with light to moderate winds and sunshine.