So far this year, 16 commercial vessels have traded at Rye Wharf. The most commodities shipped/unshipped were furnace bottom ash, aggregate, grain and beans. The Motor Vessel Lady Mary carried 2.969 tons which is the biggest cargo unloaded at the wharf to date.
Details were given in the report of the Harbour of Rye Advisory Committee held at Rye Harbour Sailing Club on November 8 2017.
The Harbour Master reported that Navigation Beacons numbers 17, 27 and 38 are now lit following consultation with Trinity House. This will allow all shipping and leisure boats to navigate the river safely during the hours of darkness. It was also reported that some of the wooden timbers supporting the walkway on the northern end of the Admiralty Jetty have rotted and require replacing. A temporary repair has been undertaken, a structural survey completed and it remains for contractors to give a price for the required work.
Some of the wooden vertical fender board needs replacing on Strand Quay and replacement costs have been estimated to be in the region of £30,000. Sadly, another tree has been damaged by high winds. A pre-dredge survey has been completed. This allows the EA to accurately describe the required dredging volumes which are currently being tendered for, previous cost were in the region of £60,000. It is hoped that dredging will take place early next year.
It has been reported that several small inflatable tenders have been stolen from around the Rock Channel area. This is a reminder that more care should be taken with making leisure craft secure.
A meeting took place in September between the fishermen and representatives of DEFRA to discuss future changes following Brexit.
Photos: Long Man’s Walking Guide and Rye News Library