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Rough seas force airport ship to sit at anchor

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Words and pictures by Bruce Salt

St Helena’s airport supply ship, the NP Glory 4, has had to retreat from her mooring in Ruperts Bay after sea conditions deteriorated on Friday 1 March 2013.

Today (Monday), the ship remained at anchor as the rough sea continued.

NP Glory 4 at anchor
NP Glory 4 at anchor

Even though the 78-metre-long vessel was moored to the shore in Ruperts soon after daybreak on Friday, it was advised that the NP Glory 4 should retreat to seaward by 13:00hrs as it was feared the sea would get rougher than it already was.

With noon just past, the starboard bow mooring line “popped”, indicating that it was time to abort to an anchorage off Mundens Point and await calmer weather.

Containers and machinery remained aboard the roll-on, roll-off ship.

On all of the vessel’s previous visits the sea has been flat calm. This had to happen soon or later.

The RMS St Helena arrived around 09:40 on Monday 4 March and passenger disembarkation and cargo removal was soon under way.

The local coxswains are particularly skilled at operating in rough conditions.

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