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Harbour Technical Reports available for 9 Feb meeting

posted Feb 6, 2012, 3:07 PM by Richard Cliffe

As previously stated, the remaining two shortlisted options are the subject of a public exhibition and consultation on 9 Feb (Pz Gallery, Coinagehall Street 11.00 – 21.00 hrs).

Hyder Consulting's draft Option Technical Review, released ~ 3 Feb is essential reading.  The report is in 3 parts and available to download/view under the ‘files’ section of this website (folder Pz Harbour Options Review).

Part 1-1 (large 8MB) + Part 1-2 (2MB) makes up the body of the report.

Part 2 comprises mainly the annexes.

You can view the impact of the 2 viable remaining options by examining the 3D representations available at:


Note:  Scroll through the 3D images to see before and after views of Penzance Harbour from different perspectives.

The final preferred option to be chosen (or more accurately ‘created’) will almost certainly be an amalgam of Options 3 and 4A.  The Management Board wants to knows people views before taking the decision on 16 Feb.



 Although the DfT have stated that replacing vessels is a private sector responsibility it has always been understood that the private sector (IOS Steamship Co) would have much more scope to find a suitable and affordable second hand vessel if Penzance Harbour was deeper allowing vessels of standard construction and draft could be berthed. 

 Dredging was costed on the basis that the shortlisted options would included berthing pockets dredged to -4 metres below Chart Datum.   This has proved unaffordable due to the cost of dredging rock and then disposing of it.  The cheapest dredging option was over £4 million (DfT indicative project budget is £4 million).  The situation is made worst by the fact that dredging is not match fundable by ERDF so all of the cost has to come from DfT leaving little for a project matched funded by ERDF.   It may be dredging, beyond catching up on maintenance dredging of silt is effectively ‘kicked into the long grass’.