News & Media
25th October 2023
Storm Babet Impact and Port Safety Measures
THE PIERS WILL CONTINUE TO REMAIN CLOSED, PRIORITIZING PUBLIC SAFETY. WE STRONGLY ADVISE THE PUBLIC TO AVOID VISITING THE PIERS DURING THIS TIME.
In the aftermath of Storm Babet, the Port of Tyne has proactively addressed significant damage to our critical infrastructure. This powerful storm, occurring from October 19th to midday on October 21st, wreaked havoc on our protective piers and lighthouses, leading to the closure of public access areas for safety reasons.
Safety Remains Paramount
"Public safety and navigational safety remain our number one priority during this challenging period,” commented Ashley Nicholson, Marine Director at Port of Tyne.
“Our team is actively working to reinstate the navigation lights as a top priority. To ensure the safety of the public, the piers will continue to remain closed whilst these areas are made safe. The public and media’s understanding and cooperation are appreciated."
- South Pier: The storm dislodged the South Pier Lighthouse top dome, damaging a 60-meter section of the sea-facing parapet stone wall. Specialized repairs are ongoing to restore functionality and safety.
- North Pier: Most of the sea-facing stone parapet wall was displaced or washed into the sea, leading to the extinguishment of the North Pier Lighthouse due to water ingress.
- River Tyne: Storm Babet debris is flowing downstream, being diligently cleared by our dedicated debris clearance vessel along the river.
Immediate Actions and Safety Measures
Immediate measures are underway to secure the remaining infrastructure and weatherproof the lighthouses. A comprehensive coastline inspection is in progress to locate the missing dome structure, ensuring thorough safety evaluations.
Despite lighthouse closures, other port operations continue unaffected. Our fully manned Vessel Traffic System (VTS) and additional safety measures mitigate risks. Portable lighting towers illuminate piers during darkness, enhancing nighttime navigation safety.
We deeply appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we navigate through this challenging period. Your support ensures the safety of our community and the seamless operation of maritime activities at the Port of Tyne.
Stay tuned for further updates on our ongoing efforts to restore normalcy and safeguard our port.
Port of Tyne Authority
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