Going to Guzz.
An update in the long running challenge of securing HMS P's future in Guzz.
Thanks to Ian's tireless and relentless work another step in the right direction was achieved by him recently.
As I'm sure most people know berthing HMS Plymouth in Guzz was never going to be simply 'let go for'd and aft' in Birkenhead head South and turn left at the bottom.
You will have seen Martin's post detailing some of the concerns raised, such as, will the stern drop off if unsupported, or will the stern glands leak etc.
One of the major issues has been the dredging requirement, what type of dredging, plough / hydro, what type of berth pocket / grounding at low tide or afloat at all states of the tide, volume of material to be removed, distances to dumping ground, license to dredge, avoidance of fish spawning season etc, to say nothing of the considerable costs associated with each and every option.
However there was one issue above all others that needed resolution and agreement; were WML able to insure the vessel? Without insurance there is no business and with no business there is no HMS P in Guzz.
Well WML, aka Ian to all intents and purposes, now have in their possession a "Demands and Needs" document from the insurance brokers effectively agreeing to the ship being allowed to sit on the bottom at low tide, there are a number of other requirements like removal of all underwater projections et al.
And here is the bottom line....... it is another step in the right direction but there are plenty of other 'show stoppers' waiting in the wings.
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