by tocle on August 14th, 2012 - Comments Off
No 2 Dock under construction in 1956 (left), and with Grimaldi’s Grande Buenos Aires docked in 2012 (right)
Queen Elizabeth Dock (No 2 dock)
The excavation work on the dock commenced in August 1956 and involved moving a 30.5m high cliff back 45.7m; the volume of solid rock removed in this operation amounted to191,139 cubic metres.
The Queen Elizabeth Dock was also then hewn out of solid rock, the amount removed being 229,367 cubic metres, which was later used for reclamation on the Docks Estate.
The Queen Elizabeth Dock was opened on 16 May 1958 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and was rededicated by The Duke on its 50th Birthday on 12 June 2008
by tocle on August 9th, 2012 - Comments Off
The annual Greenpower Event was recently held at Newquay Cornwall Airport with over 1500 school pupils gathering to race electric cars on the Treloy area of the airport. The event was a huge success and was the culmination of months of hard work from primary and secondary schools across the region. The competition allows children to design and build electric cars, find sponsors and incorporates maths, engineering, physics, design, marketing, problem solving and communication into the curriculum. A&P Falmouth’s Steven Annear and Stuart Bush, both fabrication workers, attended the event to represent the dockyard which sponsored Falmouth School’s entry in an ongoing collaboration.
by tocle on August 8th, 2012 - Comments Off
Falmouth was named 6th in the UK Ports Table drawn up by Lloyd’s List based on ships calling by deadweight tonnage.
This position reflects a combination of ships handled; cruiseships, shiprepair and bulk and general cargoes, and also includes the tonnages involved in bunkering and ships in lay-up in the River Fal, totalling some 55.5m dwt.
Topping the league is Felixstowe with 141.6m, followed by London (including Tilbury) 96.1m and Immingham 80.2. Only Southampton and Liverpool are ahead of Falmouth.
by tocle on August 7th, 2012 - Comments Off
A&P Falmouth’s Main Office was turned into an Emergency Reception Centre when the survivors of MSC FLAMINIA were brought ashore at Falmouth last week.
18 crew and 2 paying passengers arrived onboard the launch Boy Brendan. Sadly the body of the Polish Chief Officer, who was fatally injured in the explosion onboard the container ship was also brought ashore.
Falmouth Mission to Seafarers’ volunteers were on hand to assist the crew who were fed, re-clothed, examined by Doctor, legally entered into the UK by Immigration and interviewed by Police – all within the A&P Main Office.
Following the formalities the crew were then able to relax in The Flying Angel Centre, before boarding a coach for Heathrow at 0400 hrs on 19 July.