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    Default Ha'Pennypier grumble..

    Arrived Ha'Penny pier yesterday afternoon. The inside was full and already boats rafted on the outside. We tied up on the outside of a Stevens motor cruiser. But he was moving so after half an hour we untied and tied up whilst he left. He also said there were no mooring signs on the pontoon, but they had been turned round so he didn't know if there was something arriving. Instead of going ashore we had to wait for the Pier Master to appear.

    The Pier Master showed up at four to say we had to move because Thames Barge Reminder was booked to come alongside.... The port authority say they donít do booking at Ha'Pennypier ... but seems they do for some but not for others.

    We were put inside, then told we would have to move again because it was too crowded for comfort so we moved again. Finally we finished up on the outside. That's four moorings in one go.

    After all that the bloody barge didnít turn up. So apart from moving when the motor cruiser left, we were being mucked about for nothing at all. Very irritating as we would have gone for a walk ashore.
    Life is too short to drink bad wine.

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    Default Re: Ha'Pennypier grumble..

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk View Post
    Arrived Ha'Penny pier yesterday afternoon. The inside was full and already boats rafted on the outside. We tied up on the outside of a Stevens motor cruiser. But he was moving so after half an hour we untied and tied up whilst he left. He also said there were no mooring signs on the pontoon, but they had been turned round so he didn't know if there was something arriving. Instead of going ashore we had to wait for the Pier Master to appear.

    The Pier Master showed up at four to say we had to move because Thames Barge Reminder was booked to come alongside.... The port authority say they don’t do booking at Ha'Pennypier ... but seems they do for some but not for others.

    We were put inside, then told we would have to move again because it was too crowded for comfort so we moved again. Finally we finished up on the outside. That's four moorings in one go.

    After all that the bloody barge didn’t turn up. So apart from moving when the motor cruiser left, we were being mucked about for nothing at all. Very irritating as we would have gone for a walk ashore.
    Was it very lumpy❓
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    Default Re: Ha'Pennypier grumble..

    At least they didn't charge you 4 times....or I hope they didn't!

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    Default Re: Ha'Pennypier grumble..

    With due respect, I think that expecting an easy night there on a Saturday evening in July was a bit optimistic, given the very limited facilities available. I must admit that I have only used the place for lunch stops.
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    Default Re: Ha'Pennypier grumble..

    It wasn’t overly lumpy on the outside..
    It was the buggering about on account of a barge that didn’t show that annoyed.
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    Default Re: Ha'Pennypier grumble..

    What Harwich needs is a marina, or at least a few more pontoons for visitors.

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    Default Re: Ha'Pennypier grumble..

    indeed.
    with all their money as the largest port in the UK handling 40% of all international trade. ..,
    they coukd easliy sort something
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    Default Re: Ha'Pennypier grumble..

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk View Post
    indeed.
    with all their money as the largest port in the UK handling 40% of all international trade. ..,
    they coukd easliy sort something
    I think that with Harwich being in the middle of nowhere, this might not be the time to try to attract resident sailors, but certainly decent facilities for visitors could bring more of us to the town more often.
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    Default Re: Ha'Pennypier grumble..

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk View Post
    indeed.
    with all their money as the largest port in the UK handling 40% of all international trade. ..,
    they coukd easliy sort something
    Yes, except that Harwich Haven Authority isn't the largest port in the UK and doesn't handle 40% of all international trade

    That would be the Port of Felixstowe which is owned by a Hong Kong based multinational

    HHA receives pilotage fees and harbour dues etc. which in 2017 generated a revenue of £26.5m and a pre-tax operating surplus of £6.9m much of which was used to repay loans, top up the pension fund and .... refurbish Ha'penny Pier (at a cost of £213,000)! It makes not one sou from the actual operation of Felixstowe

    A trundle through the balance sheet suggests to me that HHA is financially stable but certainly not cash rich

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    Default Re: Ha'Pennypier grumble..

    By the by, do you know why Trinity Terminal at Felixstowe is so called? I didn't

    Turns out most of the land on which the port of Felixstowe is built is owned by Trinity College, Cambridge

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