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Dartmouth higher Ferry declared shipshape

SHE is sailing. The Dart­mouth Higher Ferry is back in the water after undergoing her big five-yearly MOT.
And the grand floating bridge has come through with flying colours.
The vessel has been out of service for more than two weeks for her normal annual maintenance followed by a more in-depth inspection.
She made an impressive sight sitting on a purpose-made steel cradle on the Dartmouth slip.
The docking operation took slightly longer than anticipated as the crew battled against the tide.
But Higher Ferry manager Kerry Southern said: ‘This is the first time this has been used and it was a complete success.
‘It enabled us to inspect the underside of the ferry, take ultrasonic thickness readings and antifoul below-water sections of the ferry.
‘All this was able to be done over a period of two days. The five-year inspection included paint coatings, inspection of all the void spaces below the main deck, inspection of lifting equipment and prow hinges and sea cocks.’
Other work carried out over the refit period included a total paint of the ferry, roller and sheave maintenance and bull wheel drive motor replacement.
The vessel, owned by the Dartmouth and Kings­wear Floating Bridge Company, had her 12-month Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspection on Tuesday.
This covered safety equipment checks, followed by emergency procedure exercises involving the crew of 13 operators.
After getting the thumbs up, she was back in service on Wednesday.

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