Place and chips in St Mawes

Guests at the official launch of the new Place Ferry enjoy the trip from St Mawes to Place. The ferry, which underwent a winter refit, now runs of waste chip fat.

Place and chips has taken on a new meaning on the Roseland after transport on one of the area’s ferry crossings and South West Coast Path’s essential links underwent a makeover.

After a major refit over the winter, the new-improved Place Ferry and its innovative energy system was unveiled at an official ceremony in St Mawes last week.

Carried out by Fawley Marine, the Cornish built Cygnus 19, which is run by Cornwall Ferries and links St Mawes and Place, is now powered by waste chip fat.

Tim Light, managing director of Cornwall Ferries, said: “Like many companies in Cornwall the environment and sustainability is extremely important to us and our visitors.

“With a number of initiatives already in place to help people reduce their car usage and carbon output we wanted to take things to the next level.

“When we decided to replace the Place Ferry we had the perfect opportunity to do something different, and we did this by ensuring that it can now run on waste chip fat.

“Place and chips is very much the order of the day!”

The waste chip fat will be supplied by a number of local businesses including the St Mawes Hotel.

The launch of the ferry also coincided with the opening of a new pontoon at Totty Steps, which has been part-funded by Rural Development Programme for England funds issued by the EU and DEFRA.