- From today's St. Helena Independent:
PROBLEM FOR TRISTAN
MV Edinburgh was due to arrive at
Tristan da Cunha yesterday. This is the
first incoming ship following the collapse
of the main boon on Calshot Harbour s
heavy duty crane on 11th April. Some
bulk cargo, due to be transported to
Tristan aboard MV Edinburgh has been
left in Cape Town as it will be too heavy
to unload. The island's 20 tonne barge
Atlantic Isle can not be lifted into the
water by the remaining crane, and the
two smaller barges have a capacity of
only 4 tonnes. The logistics of importing
parts for a replacement crane, for
which funding has been secured, to provide
the lift required to launch Atlantic
Isle and also ensure building work can
proceed to begin re-building the fish
processing factory, has yet to be confirmed.
At least the old crane managed
to lift a replacement electricity generator
in March to restore 24/7 electricity
to the village, and Operation Zest managed
to shore up the damaged Calshot
Harbour. Nevertheless the loss of the
crane is giving the island Government
another unwanted challenge as autumn
turns to winter and with the fishing season
due to start on 1st July without a
shore-based factory for the first time
since the 1961 volcanic eruption.
- Tristan Shipping News (12.10.05)
Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass)
[I don't understand the reference to 2005. This was posted on the Tristan Times site on 8 October 2012. Bob]
Baltic Trader arrived at Tristan on Sunday the 30thSeptember to beautiful weather.
The Baltic Trader arrived at Tristan on Sunday the 30thSeptember to beautiful weather. She spent three days unloading cargo and a day back loading lobster product, before collecting passengers and departing for Cape Town on the evening of the 4thOctober. Among the passengers were the new doctor and his wife, as the present doctor will depart on the Agulhas.
The SA Agulhas 2 arrived from Gough Island on the 3rdof October. The ships personnel spent the day ashore, the returning passenger's luggage was collected on the morning of the 4th and passengers will be flown on-board at 15:00hrs on the 5th October, at which time the vessel will depart for Cape Town.
It is sometimes possible to fly from the UK to Ascension, see this interesting island, and take the RMS and visit St. Helena, Cape Town, the Tristan islands and return to Cape Town. Or the opposite may be possible, Flying into Cape Town and ending with a flight from Ascension back to Brize Norton. At best, this will be possible only once a year.
The Airbridge serves only the UK, Ascension and the Falklands.
MORE AIRBRIDGE SEATS FOR ST HELENA AND ASCENSION ISLAND
Submitted by (Public Relations Information Office, St. Helena)
The St Helena and Ascension Island Government are pleased to announce an increase in the number of Airbridge seats between Ascension and Brize Norton available for sale to members of the public for flights connecting with sailings of the RMS St Helena.
From 1 January 2013 the Ministry of Defence will double the allocation of seats to the Ascension Island Travel Agency from 10 to 20 for the flights connecting with the RMS in Ascension. In addition the Ministry of Defence will continue to work closely with the Ascension Island Travel Agency to ensure that there is capacity to meet periods of higher demand for seats including for Christmas 2012.
This welcome development comes after discussions between the St Helena and Ascension Governments, the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It underscores the commitment to using the Airbridge to support economic development in the South Atlantic in addition to its key role of supplying the UK's military presence in the Falkland Islands.
Julian Morris, Chief Executive of Enterprise St Helena said:
"I am delighted at this important commitment from the Ministry of Defence which was the result of joined up working between the FCO, SHG and AIG. In addition to improving access to St Helena for Saints in the UK, Ascension and the Falklands, the additional seats will improve confidence in the route amongst Saints and tourists which in turn will assist our work to develop tourism to St Helena and Ascension Island."
Government of St. Helena
24 September 2012