External repair work is underway at McArthur’s Store. Nevins of Edinburgh are on site and will carry out necessary repairs to the external building.The work will include repainting of external doors, windows, window bars and external rainwater/plumbing goods. The work is planned to be complted in six weeks.
McArthur's Store is one of the oldest continuously used harbour buildings in Scotland.
With low tides and a lessening of the swell repairs to North Wall Undermining are continuing.The crane is on site and further shoring up of undermining areas is progressing.We have also began the initial stages of repairs to high level walkway on North Wall.
Regular wall inspections are carried out and projects prioritised with the work being carried out when appropriate funding is in place.
A G Thomson has cleared the area that is to be used for the Interpretation Hub on the Battery and archaeologists have recorded the original flagstones and that formed part of the old fumigation room at the hospital.
The vaults behind have been opened up (and closed again for the time being) but two of the three rooms are in relatively good condition with their old fire-places.
The main contractor, Graeme Brown, is already well under way with the consolidation repairs to the walls. This is a dangerous building site and is to be avoided by the public while work is on-going.
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Dunbar Harbour Safety Management System
Dunbar Harbour follows the Port & Marine Safety Code which applies to all harbour authorities in the UK that have statutory powers. The code establishes the principle of a national standard for every aspect of port marine safety. Dunbar Harbour Trust follow this code and by doing so are promoting a policy of good management and governance of Dunbar Harbour.
The Harbour Trust is proud of its safety record.
DHT consultants produced a 2015 conditional survey and report of all the Dunbar Harbours which identified that repairs to the Cromwell Harbour wall were needed as a priority.
The most important work was the grouting of the wall core at four locations and the strengthening of both sides of the parapets.
In 2015 A G Thomson of Dunbar made an important start to these repairs which were funded by Marine Scotland.
During 2016 further grants have been made by Historic Environment Scotland, Viridor Credits and Marine Scotland. Tenders were issued to three contractors during August and the successful contractor will be appointed in early October with works due to start on site in late October. Once this work has been completed the most sensitive parts of the Cromwell Harbour sea defences will have been repaired at a cost of over £140,000.
It was with great sadness that the board learned of the untimely death of Andrew Brooking on 6th October.
Andrew joined the Dunbar Harbour Trust as a Director in April 2016 and contributed with great good humour to many important aspects of the management of the harbour. He actively participated in the Port & Marine Safety Code agenda, and will be remembered as the champion of our chain inspection programme. He volunteered to join the Harbour Management Committee and provided valuable information to that body.
Andrew was also a keen user of the harbour and his boat Jalan Jalan was moored in Cromwell Harbour. He had spent fifty years in the Merchant Navy, both in command at sea and in the most senior shore based management positions. He was able to provide expert opinions on safety, port and terminal development, ice navigation, oil spill response and marine risk assessment. His breadth of knowledge far exceeded what is needed at Dunbar but he provided help and advice in the most modest of manners to the Trust.
The Directors have written to Andrew’s family to offer their condolences at their sad loss. He will be sorely missed by all at Dunbar Harbour.