Ian responds to critics on Rupert’s port project

Traders in Jamestown have been strongly critical of the plan to land cargo at Rupert’s Bay – leaving them with a difficult journey to transport goods to the shops, on narrow roads that hug steep hillsides. Executive councillor IAN RUMMERY offers a personal response.  The thing about Rupert’s is that with limited funding, albeit £15 million, […]

Rupert’s set to be new ‘port’ as wharf is approved

It won’t quite be a harbour, as such, but approval has been given to new plans for a wharf for Rupert’s Bay, big enough for cargo ships to come alongside for the first time in the island’s history. The decision has been made by the Governor in Council after extensive public consultation, with only minor […]

Wharf works will bring noise and dust, but benefits too

Building a new wharf in Rupert’s Bay will bring both benefits and burdens to St Helena. They include a heavy increase in traffic in Rupert’s Valley, bringing noise and dust – listed as a “major adverse” impact. A speed limit of 10 mph has been proposed. Airport construction firm Basil Read has asked to be […]

Sailors welcome: but don’t leave any nasty gifts

Visiting mariners have been described as a potential health risk to people on St Helena – because of what they might get up to on shore. The danger of them passing on diseases through amorous encounters has been identified as one of the impacts of the newly-approved plan to build a port in Rupert’s Bay. […]

Siting of a dock in the bay…

Work could start in early 2014 on building of a new, permanent wharf in Rupert’s Bay, allowing ships to come alongside a dock to discharge cargo and passengers for the first time in St Helena’s history. Click here to see a gallery of plans and artists’ impressions.

Wharf plan prompts conservation worries

Concerns are being voiced privately by conservationists as work moves ahead on a proposed wharf in Rupert’s Bay. There are fears that the project might harm undiscovered relics from St Helena’s maritime history, as well as natural life – including rare insects in a little-known cave. Approval has been given for work on final designs […]

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 […]

Jetty delayed by four years to pay for Rupert’s Bay dock

Jamestown’s planned breakwater and landing stage have been put on hold for at least four years – but it means a permanent cargo dock can be built in Rupert’s Bay. Executive councillors made the decision after being told they risked losing funding from Britain and Europe for the Rupert’s project and seafront improvements in Jamestown. Funds […]

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 […]

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 […]