Repairs to the lock gates at Sutton Harbour in Plymouth will begin next month and continue into March.
Part of the seal was damaged last year when the lock gates were struck by a vessel, and following dive surveys undertaken to assess the damage, a schedule for the necessary repairs has now been agreed.
Work will start on Monday 15th February with a conclusion planned for March 15th, depending on progress. Repairs will be carried out between 8am and 6pm each day, including weekends.
Boats will only be able to enter and leave Sutton Harbour during published freeflow times within this period, subject to weather and technical conditions.
The lock gates will be closed to all traffic on February 26th, 27th and March 4th for specialist work to be carried out.
Harbour users have been notified of the repair dates and are being asked to monitor the Sutton Harbour Holdings website and social media feeds in case of any alternations to the planned schedule.
There may be some interruptions for pedestrians using the footbridge crossing the lock gates during this period should crane work be required as part of the repairs on the south gates.
Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, said: “Unfortunately, impacts like this collision can happen in a busy harbour, and it is necessary to repair the damage caused to the lock gates to ensure they remain fully operational. We have organised a schedule for repairs which aims to minimise any disruption to harbour users as much as possible.”
The repairs will be overseen by the Environment Agency, which has joint maintenance responsibility for the bridge and lock gates with harbour owner and operator Sutton Harbour Holdings plc.