‘A true St Helenian farewell’: RMS St Helena.

Some watched from the quayside, and some climbed to the high ground to watch the RMS St Helena steam across James Bay and out towards the horizon, for what everyone thought would be the last time. It didn’t turn out that way. Just when everyone was coming down from two days of high emotion in Jamestown, […]

Last hurrah for St Helena boatmen as sea freight deal is signed

A contract to operate a cargo ship to replace the RMS St Helena has been signed – and it will include a small number of passenger berths for the Ascension run. The deal with AW Ship Management Ltd has been completed four months before the planned retirement date for the RMS St Helena. The company […]

RMS St Helena lands patient at Walvis Bay and sails on

A patient has been transferred to hospital in Namibia from the RMS St Helena after the ship diverted by 399 nautical miles to put them ashore. St Helena Government issued for the following statement on Tuesday, 28 January 2014: At 2.30pm this afternoon, local time, the RMS arrived at the pilot station in Walvis Bay, Namibia, […]

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.

Work ‘in hand’ on inter-islands link – but no answer yet

The British government has been asked how people and supplies will be transported between St Helena and other islands in the South Atlantic after the RMS St Helena is withdrawn from service in 2016. But no clear answer has emerged in response to a written question in the House of Lords by the Liberal Democrat […]

25 days after setting out, Tristan passengers still couldn’t land

Three and a half weeks after first sailing from Cape Town, passengers on the beleaguered MV Edinburgh finally reached Tristan da Cunha on Monday 17 June 2013 – only to find they could not go ashore. Sea conditions were too rough at Calshot Harbour and Captain Clarence October decided to  sit out the weather in […]

Tea and fruit run out as Tristan supply ship turns back

Rationing has been introduced at the store on Tristan da Cunha after the supply ship MV Edinburgh was forced to turn back while en route to the island. The ship was 500 miles from Tristan on 30 May 2013 when Captain Clarence October MBE decided to return to Cape Town because of technical problems. The last delivery […]