Friday, 26 October 2012

Captain Horatio Pugwash, awaiting your orders….

You may have seen Captain Pugwash sitting lonely at The Drystack. He has lost his ship, the Black Pig, and all of his crew so he is after making some new friends and would like to get back out to the Solent. 

Take him to Gunwharf Quays for the fireworks on Friday 2nd November or take him to the Christmas Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on the first weekend of December. You could even take him out using one of our days out guides and visit somewhere different.

Make sure you take a photo of your adventure together and write about it in his ships log kept in the Drystack beach hut.

To follow Captain Pugwash go to:
•    His Facebook group ‘adventures of captain Pugwash
•    JBT Marine’s blog @

If you have any pictures of Captain Pugwash please send them to

Please don't forget to return Captain Pugwash along with his logbook after your adventure, so that he can continue exploring!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) latest Vehicle arrives at Trafalgar Wharf

One of our tenants, Autonomous Surface Vehicles, took delivery of their latest vehicle last week.  The vehicle has been designed for Thales UK to meet the challenges of future off-board Mine Countermeasures operations. 

The vehicle was delivered from MonsterCAM Marine Concepts based at Lee-on-the-Solent who carried out the hull and deck fibreglass work.

The vehicle is now under construction at ASV’s facilities and will be undergoing acceptance trials later this year. 

ASV Ltd is a UK company and part of Global Fusion, a privately owned international marine services group. Formed in 1998, ASV Ltd provides rugged, reliable and effective unmanned systems using cutting edge marine technology from its operating base near Portsmouth.

Dan Hook, Managing Director at ASV, in receiving the vehicle says: “We are pleased to be developing such an advanced capability at Trafalgar Wharf and for the support provided by them”.

It is unconfirmed as to whether Daniel Craig will be using this in the next James Bond film.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

A trip in the Solent on Collective Spirit

In May we wrote about Collective Spirit. A boat that had been built earlier this year at Thornham Marina. Thousands of wooden objects were donated by people from the South East to create a seaworthy archive of stories and memories.

The Boat Project by Lone Twin is part of Artists Taking the Lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The Boat Project is the winning commission for the South East region and is funded by Arts Council England.

Since May, it has sailed many miles to make appearances at the Olympics in Weymouth and Southampton Boat Show.

Last week Jonny and Simon were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to sail on Collective Spirit with Mark Covell, the technical Manager for the project. Mark sailed to glory to win silver in 2000 Sydney Olympics in the Star Class with his sailing partner Ian Walker, and was on hand to help Jonny and Simon with all their technical questions.

Simon and Jonny had lovely weather for their trip. The wind was just right and they both said she sails beautifully.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Swan Update from Neptune Marina

Horatio and  Emma, the proud swan parents of the four gangly teenage swans, are seen every day at high tide in the Neptune Marina at Trafalgar Wharf. At other times in the day you may see them looking for food near the swinging moorings and pontoons or hoping to be given some lunch at The Drystack.

The adult swans will begin to sever the parental tie in about four weeks when they will chase  the youngsters away, sometimes aggressively, so watch out for some noisy encounters!

Monday, 1 October 2012

New Wiggins Forklift Machine at Trafalgar Wharf Drystack

The Drystack at Trafalgar Wharf has taken delivery of its second giant Wiggins Marine Forklift, underlining the continued expansion of the marine industry for Portsmouth.

“We’ve had so many boat owners join us at The Drystack in phase one that we decided to invest in a second Wiggins,” says Jonny Boys, MD at Trafalgar Wharf.
The Wiggins Marine Forklift has been imported from the United States at a cost of around $500,000. Boys says, “It’s all about achieving even faster turnaround times for boat owners. We have a team of seven fully-trained and insured drivers – which means both machines are always operational and working hard.”

The two giant Wiggins machines are an impressive sight, lifting boats of 8.5tons and up to thirteen metres long off the ground to store them in giant indoor racks. Boys is confident that “drystacking” is the future with its convenience and zero-hassle factor becoming the required marina offering in the future.

“Now that we have Fanny and Emma, (we named the Wiggins after Lord Nelson’s two female companions,) we’ll be able to look at the possible expansion next summer of what is already the UK’s biggest indoor dry stack.”