Work begins on Falmouth pilot

The fire-damaged Falmouth pilot boat Arrow is lifted out of the water at Mylor Yacht Harbour in readiness for repairs

In the biggest project of its type ever undertaken at the historic location, Mylor Yacht Harbour has begun work to restore the fire-damaged Falmouth pilot boat Arrow.

The blaze broke out in the engine room in July this year when the boat was 100 metres off Falmouth Docks’ Eastern Wharf.

It sparked a major rescue operation involving Falmouth Coastguard and Cornwall Fire Brigade.

Now the 17-metre, 28-tonne vessel has been lifted out of the water at Mylor for the start of a repair programme that will involve all trades at the historic yard – mechanical and electrical engineers, shipwrights, glass fibre specialists, welders and fabricators.

An 80-tonne crane was specially brought in to Admiralty Quay for the lift-out and the repair work is estimated to cost at least £150k, with re-launch targeted for February and return to service in the spring.

Mylor Yacht Harbour operations general manager Martin Keeble said: “The Arrow contract is a striking reflection of our broad skills base and comprehensive range of facilities that have been upgraded and expanded with millions of pounds of investment in recent years.

“We are pleased and privileged that Falmouth Harbour Commissioners have had the confidence to award such an important and challenging contract to Mylor.”