Time-lapse videos recall historic landing

A Look back to a key moment in St Helena’s airport project by watching two time-lapse videos of the NP Glory 4 becoming the first ocean-going ship ever to dock on the island, in July 2012. The first, by Scott Stander, shows the vessel being manoeuvred into position, bow-first, and the first construction vehicles being […]

Rough seas force airport ship to sit at anchor

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. Even though the 78-metre-long vessel was moored to the shore in Ruperts […]

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 […]