A Swift job well done

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The Isles of Scilly Royal Mail delivery boat was recently totally rewired and re-instrumented in double quick time over a weekend.

The Swift Lady
The Swift Lady

To avoid disruption to the postal service, Falmouth Boat Construction had just 48 hours in which to remove and reinstate the Rigid Inflatable Boat’s (RIB) entire electrical infrastructure on the Swift Lady.

Through time and constant seafaring, salt water had migrated into the instrumentation and equipment.

In order to complete the job in the necessarily short time scale, the team from Falmouth Boat Construction flew to the Isles of Scilly by Skybus, while their instruments and tools were shipped on the passenger ferry Scillonian III.

Falmouth Boat Construction commercial director, Jonathan Fielding, said: “We’ve worked on the Steamship Company’s vessels for a number of years and it’s always a logistical challenge.

“We have to plan the project in minute detail and consider all of the possible eventualities. Our team showed great commitment and completed the job on time so that the postal service to the islands was not affected.”

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