News & Events
The travel hoist teams are working flat out to get every boat which was booked ahead into the water by Easter. In fact the teams are booked solid until the end of April, so if you haven’t yet arranged your date, you might have to wait a while.
However, unhelpful weather during the fitting out season means that a few owners are behind with the antifouling and their boats are not ready for their planned launch dates, so it might be possible to fit others into their slots.
If your boat is ready to go, and you are prepared to be flexible, contact Bob Gibbon and he will try to find you a gap!
After a brief break over Christmas, the dredging team are back at work, currently in the area between the chandlery and the crane bay. They are well on schedule to complete this year’s dredging target before the season begins.
Admin, berthing management and the yard stores are now all relocated in the former Bob Spalding building near the top of the old slipway, and everything seems to be working well.
Already plans are afoot for that building to be revamped and reused when its present occupants move into the new offices currently under construction.
Piling and foundation work for the new office building are complete, the over-site floor is in, and progress is now spectacular as the steelwork rises from the ground.
Despite the decidedly unhelpful weather conditions experienced since Christmas, work is on schedule. Steelwork construction is expected to continue until about the middle of March and the shape of the new building will progressively be revealed.
The radar scanner which was on the top of the office building has been displaced by the current demolition project, but it is still working – now on a steel pole.
“We have to keep it operational throughout,” explained Jonathan Dyke, SYH managing director. The scanner belongs to Ipswich Port Authority, and monitors the river (with the help of a camera, also on the structure) for ABP.
Once the new office building is complete, it will return to its familiar position on the roof.
On December 9, the administration offices moved to the building at the head of the slipway (the former Bob Spalding building) to allow redevelopment – significant enlargement and improvement – of the original offices.
Demolition work began immediately, and the new building is due for completion in late summer 2010. In the meantime, managing director Jonathan Dyke is keen to stress that it is business as usual. All telephone numbers, email addresses etc remain unchanged, and all the functions of the harbour are continuing as normal – just from different locations.