Arcadia passenger questions P&O’s intentions

Messages of disappointment continue to reach St Helena Online regarding the failure of P&O Cruises to allow passengers ashore in “millpond” conditions when the Arcadia called at the island in April 2012. The latest is from Diana Rainham, of Essex, UK, in response to coverage of the debacle. She writes: “I was on the Arcadia […]

Manchester United treat for ship’s crew

Ten members of the RMS St Helena crew will be in the crowd when football legends Manchester United play against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday. They’ll be taking a break from the rigours of a major refit of the St Helena supply ship in dry dock in South Africa. There has been some down-time for […]

Life’s a blast for RMS St Helena refit team

Heavy weather that has delayed the Basil Read airport supply ship on its return to Walvis Bay has also held up the RMS St Helena’s refit in Cape Town. CAPTAIN ANDREW GREENTREE reports. How time flies when you are enjoying yourself. It has been a busy week. We have had rain most of the time […]

After the nerves, praise all round for successful docking

A man in the bow of the ship gives directions as a vehicle rolls down the ramp

Islanders involved in the first ever docking of a ship at St Helena have been praised for making it go smoothly. A fault with a flow meter meant the discharge of fuel had to be halted overnight, meaning the NP Glory 4 was delayed in returning to Namibia to collect more materials for the island’s […]

Basil Read ship: the pictures that made Johnny homesick

Picture taken from high ground, showing ship from above, with bow and stern ropes splayed out in all directions.

This photograph of the NP Glory 4 – the first ship ever to dock at St Helena – was taken from the side of the new airport haul road on the Pipe Ridge. It appears on the St Helena Community website, here, along with several other photographs. UK-based webmaster Johnny Clingham said: “I feel homesick […]

All secure: airport ship is first to dock at St Helena

The NP Glory 4 has become the first ship ever to dock at St Helena. The ocean-going landing craft dropped her bow ramp on to the new jetty at Rupert’s Bay shortly after 08:00 local time on Wednesday, 11 July 2012. First to come off were several heavy construction vehicles that had been secured on […]

Basil Read ship arrives off Jamestown

The supply ship for St Helena’s airport project has arrived off the island for the first of what promise to be many visits. A gallery of pictures of the ship sweeping into James Bay has been published on the St Helena Air Access website, here. It will be updated as unloading progresses. Members of the […]

St Helena’s airport supply ship, en route to a place in history

The Basil Read ship, NP Glory 4, pictured in Cape Town shortly before making its historic first voyage to St Helena, laden with equipment and materials for building the island’s airport. It was arrived off Rupert’s Bay today, and is due to berth at a new jetty tomorrow – the first cargo ship to dock […]

Airport supply ship set to make island history

History is set to be made on St Helena this Wednesday, when the Basil Read supply ship is due to be become the first cargo vessel ever to dock at the island. The finishing touches have been applied to a temporary jetty in Rupert’s Bay and three vast pneumatic fenders have been delivered to the […]