Harbour Security Staff foil Thefts

Harbour Security Staff halt thefts in progress

Swift action by the Harbour’s security staff has resulted in thefts being foiled on each of the previous two nights. The first incident took place in the early hours of Monday morning in Bowcombe (Newbridge) when the security patrol witnessed two men making off with a kayak from racks adjacent to the slipway. When the patrol approached them the men dropped the kayak and drove off at high speed, almost knocking the security team over in the process. Details have been handed to the Police and the Harbour Office are trying to trace the kayak’s owner so that it can be returned.

The second incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning when the security patrol saw two men acting suspiciously at Victoria Quay in Salcombe. When the men were approached they got into a Silver BMW and drove off at high speed. Again, all information has been handed to the Police but members of the public who may have witnessed anything are also encouraged to pass on what they know to the Police.

The Harbour Master, Adam Parnell said “A number of ports and harbours in the South West have seen a spike in marine crime recently and unfortunately we have not been immune, and a small but significant number of outboard thefts have been recorded within the estuary this summer. The quick actions by the security team are to be commended on these occasions but we are obviously concerned that the thieves may try again, and we would urge boat owners to take especial care of their belongings. During the summer we have run several marine crime awareness events and have handed out security marking kits.”


Simple steps to improve security

Boat owners are encouraged:

  • not to leave valuable or attractive items unattended if possible;
  • to ensure that outboards etc are properly security marked. Even a post-code written in indelible ink can be a deterrent;
  • if possible, lock outboards to the transom of the boat to make it more difficult to steal;
  • report any suspicious activity to the Police on 101

BBQs at The Millbrook Inn during July

It’s a sure sign that summer has arrived when confidence in the weather is strong enough to schedule in BBQs and that’s just what Charlie and Tess, the new owners of The Millbrook Inn, have done.

BBQs at The Millbrook Inn

Why not nip across to welcome them and enjoy some local produce at the same time?

Don’t forget that if you’re a local business and you’d like to promote an event on our website then you can by visiting our Add an Event page.

Dredging of Salcombe estuary to start soon

Dredging campaign could start as early as 21 Jan

Van Oord, who were awarded the contract to undertake maintenance dredging of parts of Salcombe estuary following a competitive tendering process, have confirmed that they could start the dredging campaign as soon as 21st January when their newest dredging vessel BORR completes its current tasking elsewhere. This date is of course weather dependent and may slip a few days if poor weather is encountered between now and then.

The type of dredging to be undertaken is known as Water Injection Dredging; water is used to lift the sediment from the estuary floor so that the tides and other natural forces can disperse it over a wider area. Comprehensive computer modelling – the accuracy of which was proven during the last dredge which took place in 2011 – estimates that at worst case, the estuary floor in non-dredged areas will rise by less than 3-10 cm. This means that navigation in the non-dredged areas won’t be adversely affected, whereas safety of navigation in the main (dredged) areas will be significantly improved.

Dredging areas

The areas to be dredged include the Kingsbridge basin, an area around Lincombe Boatyard and several areas in and around Salcombe. These include the slipway and pontoons in Batson Creek, the Fish Quay and the channel from there to Salcombe and the Normandy, Whitestrand and RNLI lifeboat pontoons. Over 10,000 cubic metres of silt – equivalent to approximately 4 Olympic sized swimming pools – will be dredged over a number of outgoing tides. The scheduled length of the campaign is between 1-2 weeks in total, weather permitting.

The silting of the estuary is itself a natural phenomenon caused by run-off from surrounding countryside, and the harbour is regularly surveyed to judge where and when dredging is necessary; at the moment this is about every 5 years.

Impact on harbour users and the environment

The dredging campaign has been carefully planned and timed to cause minimum disruption to both harbour users and the environment. The biggest impact will be the need to temporarily move both vessels and pontoons off their pilings in the Kingsbridge Basin. This may limit individuals’ access to their boats during the 2-3 days that dredging occurs in Kingsbridge, but the Harbour Staff will make sure that everything is put back as it was.

Dredging vessel BORR

The BORR is a road-transportable dredger which is broken down for movement and re-assembled on site. It is approximately 19m long and 5m wide. Further details about the BORR can be found on the Van Oord website (note: SHA are not responsible for external content).


Harbour Office and Fuel Barge opening hours, Christmas 2015

If the improving weather forecast is correct then you might be planning to get onto the water over the Christmas break and need fuel, or you might be thinking about popping into the office to update your details or have a query answered. Whatever the reason, we don’t want you to have a wasted journey so here are the opening hours of the Harbour Office along with those of the fuel barge:

Harbour Office

The Harbour Office will close from mid-day on Thursday 24th December and re-open at 0900 on Monday 4th January 2016. During this closed period, the Duty Boatman will be on the water and contactable via VHF Channels 12 and 14 between 0900-1100 daily except 25 and 26th Dec and 1st Jan. Outside of these times there is a phone number that you can ring to raise urgent (but NOT life threatening) concerns with us which is manned 24-hours a day every day of the year. That number is 01803 867034.

When calling the number please inform the operator that you’re calling about Salcombe Harbour and do provide a contact phone number. The operator will pass your message on to the Harbour Master or one of his Assistants who will then call you back and take the appropriate action.


Fuel Barge

The fuel barge (which is operated by an independent company) will be available as follows:

Weds 23rd, Sunday 27th, Weds 30th and Sat 2nd Jan: Available ‘on call’ between 1400-1600 via phone (01548 560955/07968 191060)

Closed on 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 31 December, and 1st January.

It will reopen on its normal winter opening hours from Monday 4th January.


Wherever you are, and whatever you do, the Salcombe Harbour staff wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and look forward to assisting you in, on and around the water in 2016.header

Oil spill exercise success for Salcombe Harbour

Oil Spill Exercise at Batson Quay

The Salcombe Harbour team took part in a successful oil spill exercise at Batson Quay during the morning of 3rd December.

Responding to a plausible (if hopefully very unlikely!) scenario in which a refuelling bowser rolled off of Batson Quay into the water, the team took immediate and decisive action, and quickly deployed a ‘boom’ of absorbent material around the immediate site in a bid to contain the spread of pollution, minimise environmental damage and ensure that operations within the remainder of the harbour were unaffected.

For small amounts of oil pollution this type of boom would probably be enough to contain the spill, but for larger amounts (in the scenario the fuel bowser was carrying up to 10,000L of diesel) a larger response would be required, so Adler and Allen, the Harbour’s specialist contractor pollution response company, attended.

Adler and Allen support

Adler and Allen not only bring more equipment to assist with the incident, they also bring additional people and pollution response experience which was invaluable when considering the wider implications of a real incident. Their additional equipment includes a wide range of boom equipment and oil recovery devices to remove the oil from the water once it has been contained.

The A&A Pollution Response vehicle arrives with extra personnel and equipment

The A&A Pollution Response vehicle arrives with extra personnel and equipment


Multi-Agency Response

Other exercise participants included representatives from the Marine Conservation Society, the RNLI and environmental and media specialists from South Hams District Council. The exercise was also overseen byDartmouth’s Harbour Master, Captain Rob Giles.


The Harbour Master’s View

The Salcombe Harbour Master, Captain Adam Parnell said “Today’s exercise was a real test of our planning and people and I’m pleased that both worked admirably. Although there will inevitably be things that we can learn from this, I am confident that we have the people, plans and equipment in place to succeed if we were ever unfortunate enough to experience this for real.”