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Serious problem with chain ferry

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 10:00

From Colin McCourt, East Cowes:
So, the floating bridge has yet another problem. 
However, this is not a “simple” matter of electrical problems, noise etc. Oh no, this is much more serious. 
There has been a failure of the south chain on the west (Cowes) prow of the floating bridge. This occurred mid stream and caused the prow to drop. 
Now this problem is serious, as the chains are load bearing and to have failed in this manner is very serious. 
Whether the chain snapped (claimed by some on board) or was a failure of the winching mechanism is something that we may, or may not, be told about. 
Given the IW Council failed to communicate the removal of the floating bridge service for over 12 hours we may never find out. 
However, I believe this is a serious issue and throws into doubt the other three chains, which are of identical construction.
The council has stated the bridge will be back in service by Monday. However, I believe that the Marine Accident Investigation Branch need to know of this serious failure, and I have informed them of the incident. 
We need to ensure this bridge is built to standard and that sufficient load checking has been carried out.
This must bring into question whether ANY load testing has been carried out correctly and the safe use of the bridge must be questioned. How long must we go on with this sub-standard vessel before the intransigent council leader and his officers open their eyes and realise they have a dead duck?
Someone may  get hurt if another chain fails/snaps. What would our council leader have to say then?

 


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