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There is a lot happening in Dunbar Harbour, so we will keep you informed with our news articles and newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter on the right of this article and come back to this news page often to read more. If you have news related to Dunbar Harbour then please send us a message using the form at the bottom and we will publish it here.

 

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New blue harbour railings have been installed by local company ICI Fabricators Ltd. The new interpretation boards explain the many different activities & points of interest that go to make Dunbar Harbour the special place that it is.

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The ELC Civic Pride fund has kindly awarded Dunbar a grant to enable the crumbling steps on the north Wall to be replaced. This will enhance the look of the harbour as well as providing proper access to the boats. The work will be undertaken in the coming months by A G Thomson.

 

 

 

 

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Casualty Review Panel statistics from 2007 – 2013 show that 148 lives may have been saved by wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. Wearing a lifejacket can increase your chances of survival by up to four times when immersed in cold water. Wearing a well fitted and suitable lifejacket or buoyancy aid, could save your life. In addition you should carry a means of raising an alarm, know how to call for help, check weather conditions & tides before going to sea

 

 

 

 

 

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Further wall repairs to the Cromwell Harbour are due to start in January 2017. This project continues the most important work of grouting of the wall core and strengthening of both sides of the parapets.  DHT are grateful for the funding from Viridor, Marine Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland. Three tenders were received with A G Thomson being awarded the contract.  

Another inspection of harbour walls will take place Spring 2017.

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Following over 30 years of service Mike Shaw has turned off his pager for the last time. Mike joined the crew back in the mid-80s as a young man eager to volunteer for his local RNLI station. Mike took part in a number of shouts over the years showing his ability to help others in desperate times and gaining the trust from his fellow crewman and friends.

After 10 years as a crewman Mike decided to stand down as crew and focus on being shore crew.  He has been the warming face on the pier after long shouts for many crew over the years as well as helping casualties tie up their vessels and offering help when it was needed the most. Coxswain Gary Fairbairn presents Mike with his gift and thank him for his time and work over the years.

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To participate in the recycle for Scotland week September we’ve been sponsored by Zero Waste Dunbar to install recycling bins at the harbour. Our Harbour Master asked for volunteers to assist with a coastal litter survey and pick. The Marine Litter Survey results from 23 people collecting for about an hour show that they gathered the following....

Cigarette butts 245 - Rubber gloves 213 - Tin Cans 157 - 

Plastic bottles 138 - Foil Food wrappers 67 - Cardboard / paper 28 -

Metal objects 12 - Fishing tackle 10 - Broken creel parts 9 - Dog poo bags 8 -

This exercise may help increase awareness of the issue and help develop a strategy to reduce litter.

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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.

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August 9th saw the arrival of the much anticipated sculpture depicting a fisherwoman with  two people helping the creel into position. At the height of the herring trade, women carried fish for sale from Dunbar to Lauder in wicker creels  on their backs. The piece will sit in a paved garden in Victoria Street and guide visitors to the Harbours. The sculpture, which is made of sandstone and more than six-foot tall honours Dunbar’s fishing heritage and is the work of Cockenzie-based artist and mason Gardner Molloy. The Dunbar Harbour Gateway project has been funded by Viridor Credits & a private, local benefactor.

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Dunbar, in common with many similar ports, has young people seeking summer enjoyment by jumping into the harbour. Sometimes called tombstoning, this activity can result in the tragic loss of young lives. One teenager is recovering in hospital after dislocating both his shoulders while “tombstoning” off rocks on the Pembrokeshire coast. Quite clearly the practice is pretty dangerous and the consequences unthinkable if something goes wrong. Not wanting to restrict the fun of local children should always be kept in mind, but so should ensuring their safety. Each year the local authorities including the council, schools and police try in vain to stop the practice.

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Local Cafe owner Rhona Bell now has her 1296 coffee van at the Victoria Harbour. Coffee, tea, hot chocoate with tray bakes, toasties and much more will be available seven days a week.

This has proved to be a popular addition for harbour users and for visitors to our harbour who have been able to enjoy a snack during a visit.

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