According to the Harbour Office, the harbour Pontoon has now been severely damaged, possibly beyond repair, following a number of larger vessels using the facility, despite the signage.
A spokesperson advised that emergency work is underway to try to find a temporary solution in order to bring the pontoon back into safe use.
The spokesperson added that work has continued through the pandemic, albeit at a slower pace, and ncludes a possible joint venture with the RNLI.
Prior to this latest damage the issue was with the piling / floating platform and many repair options have been tabled and fully discussed.
The primary concern is hoped to be rectified as soon as contractor availability permits.
AY News will contined to provide updates as soon as we receive them.
In the meantime during the pandemic, due to off island specialist visit restrictions, the pontoon has been carefully monitored through its final usage.
Vessels were advised that the pontoon is only to be used by small tenders or dinghies.
The Harbour Authority made clear that they would like to thank all harbour users for their patience and cooperation as they seek a swift solution to this issue.