In an exchange of comms with Marina management the following is worth noting:
1. Hoses. The marina will not be equipping the pontoons with hoses as they cannot guarantee the healthy nature of water supplied.
2. Defibrillator. Currently the defib equipment is located in the office. All marina staff have been trained in its use. An outdoor case is being purchased and will be installed in a handy place when appropriate signage will be installed.
3. Slipway. I had suggested that to ensure correct parking of boats on the slip that markings on the slip clearly show where the boat hoist will operate. No plans at present to mark the slip but conversations will be held with road marking team will follow soon.
4. WiFi. Free wireless broadband has now been set up for the marina pontoons and the site. The Management believe that the weather station and CCTV remain under BHA management.
Hope that you have all enjoyed the Indian Summer.
In the recent spate of fine weather I managed to get a short chat with a very busy Russell Aitken.
Here follows my observations and his comments:
1. Site Work. The work is going ahead according to his plan. If you have been down at the marina recently you will have noticed that a great deal of work has been done to remove the old overgrown foliage at the entrance and a new fence has been erected. New signage has been erected and most obvious of all, the old sailing school shed has been demolished. The next to go will be the old Park’s Dept. buildings and other brick buildings round the back. End of May will see the Norway building and Sail Loft go and the air raid shelter filled in. Next, sometime later this year Shed 4 will go.
2. Forth Bridges Festival. The aim is to have a smart site for September and the Forth Bridges Festival. There are two weekends of involvement and includes the Flotilla event. The website has information.
3. Dredging. Dredging is now complete and within the next ten days the fingers will be fully reinstated.
4. Commercial Tenants. The commercial side of Port Edgar will see little change in the near future. Tenants have indicated that they are staying and no new ones are planned yet.
5. Plans for Buildings. The immediate plans for the buildings are that they will be reclad and that may start this year and plans for occupation/layout will remain as is for now.
6. Site Security. Security at the marina remains unaltered. “Vigilant” remain the site contractors and watchman. In addition the summer will see a return of the backshift of marina staff working till 2130 and the office manned till 1930 from May.
7. Launch and Recovery. For boat launches and recovery there are choices which depend upon tide/weather and boat type which will dictate whether boat hoist or crane will be used. There is also a matter of training marina staff to ensure that a full complement of drivers is available.
8. Weather Station and CCTV. They are not working. The problem is that the broadband link has been broken. It was agreed that the line would be transferred from EL to the new owners but it has not. Once we ascertain the precise position it will be remedied as we all agree they are a good and useful facility to be retained.
As a final note, we are still looking for a new Chairman for the BHA committee. Volunteers will be welcomed.
I had a discussion with Pat on 1 Oct and the following summarises what was said:
1. Transfer. Following the news that Port Edgar Holdings has been granted a 30 year lease by CEC, the Marina, management awaits meetings with that group to resolve matters of transfer of tasks and property.
2. ECSW. The marina staff gave a good account of themselves at ECSW and a successful event was held.
3. Crane. The crane maintenance has been completed and it is serviceable.
4. Pontoons. The pontoon maintenance continues and boards are being replaced as necessary. This will continue.
5. Business. The marina budget has remained as before until March 2014, i.e.date of transfer.
6. Maintenance. The pontoon electrics, cathodic protection and water checks have been completed and nothing found amiss.
7. Office. The office continues to carry out tasks as normal and will continue to do so till the handover.
8. Dredging. Thumper is serviceable. Dredging continues to the programme to clear the channels in and out of the marina and along the main thoroughfares.
9. WX Stn. The marina has been pleased to use the weather station and CCTV and are pleased with the result of the project.
I hope that you are all prepared for the winter season,
Short chat with Pat reveals the following:
New Management – No news on this front yet.
Shed 4 toilets – Roof repaired and now serviceable. Largely efforts of Kenny and Pat… Thank you both. Good result.
Thefts – There have been thefts of outboard engines. Police are liaising with the marina. Vulnerable vessels have been moved within coverage of CCTV cameras. All owners are reminded to do their best to secure their own property. Management have spotted folk seemingly recce-ing and notified police. Please challenge suspicious characters.
CCTV camera – Weather station does progress. Camera has been installed and images can be seen on BHA site at present. Awaits incorporation of weather station. Well done Karl and Kenny.
Chairman is taking active part in Cross Party Group for Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism.
Have a good season of boating.
Just a short note to advise where we are at regarding the weather station.
The apparatus for the weather station has been bought and tested. In addition Colin Henderson has donated an IP camera; thank you Colin. The marina team have arranged the pole and brackets on the loop shed wall to mount this collection of technology and a new broadband line has been kindly provided by Edinburgh Leisure. In hardware terms we are now ready.
However, none of the above will be usable without the new website, which must be in place before anything else. There have been technical delays with this, to do with removing and replacing the old website; this is now resolved but many hours have been spent on this and other issues in building and locating a totally new BHA website.
The next stage will be to “embed” the webcam images and the weather station data to pages on the new website; the work for this is being done by Karl with the devices at home. Only when these are are working correctly will they be be delivered and installed at Port Edgar.
It won’t be long now…