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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Cumbrian marina shuts lock for essential repairs after storms

Essential work began yesterday on the sea lock at Whitehaven Marina which has been battered by record-high waves in recent weeks.

Whitehaven harbour photo
Whitehaven’s harbour and marina have taken a pounding in recent weeks

As part of the annual maintenance programme at the marina, the lock is to be closed for two weeks for the work to be carried out.

The main focus will be on the huge, 56-tonne outer gates which have recently served their purpose in preventing the town flooding during gale-force winds, storm surges and “king” tides of up to 10.5 metres.

A spokesman for the marina said: “It’s been a relentlessly wet and windy end to 2013 and with winter now upon us, the team at Whitehaven Marina is busy planning the winter maintenance programme, which includes a long list of important tasks that need to be carried out on the sea lock.”

The sea lock closed at 6am yesterday and will reopen at 11pm on March 3.

During this time there will be no access through the lock in either direction and the area will be fenced off to stop people from using the pedestrian bridge.

The spokesman added: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are sure people will understand the need to carry out this annual maintenance to ensure that the gates work safely and reliably over the next twelve months.”

The first stage in the repair work is to install a 12-metre high dam to pump the lock barrel dry before work can begin on a “long list” of essential maintenance.

This will include upgrading and servicing hinge bearings; replacing seals, painting gate skins; cleaning, scrubbing and scraping; upgrading control systems and servicing backup systems.

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