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Sep 6th, 2011 at 8:33am
 
It is being reported that Southend Pier has been damaged by a barge that was moored alongside, the barge was forced under the pier during the strong winds and heavy seas during the night.


It is reported that piles have been damaged and that a section of decking has been pushed up.
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Reply #1 - Sep 6th, 2011 at 1:12pm
 
That's sad news. Looks like it has also been closed indefinitely. Would better controls over mooring near the Pier have helped ?
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Reply #2 - Sep 6th, 2011 at 4:05pm
 
Beleve it was alongside the neck of the pier, as they were installing a new fire ring main.

Boats often slip their moorings, its now been towed away and they are assessing damage.

Took a wander down to see if anything was visible from the shore not really but possibly...

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v142/Southendnick/Southend%20Town/PierTue6Sept...
Takrn from the viewing tower very very windy!

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v142/Southendnick/Southend%20Town/PierTue6Sept...
A heavly cropped photo, if you cut and paste look at the lamp post in the middle of the arch looks to be on the wonk.
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Reply #3 - Sep 6th, 2011 at 8:44pm
 
Yeah I drove along very slowly at about 1 PM and it was difficult to see the pier at times never mind what was happening at the end of it......I think Autumn might have arrived.
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Reply #4 - Sep 7th, 2011 at 12:37am
 
We saw a barge loaded with what looked like repair supplies on Friday 26th August. It was near an area where work was clearly being undertaken underneath the decking. The barge had all sorts of wood and cables on it. I guess it must have been that one. Would not have guessed that something moored so close could have such an impact. Glad we made our pilgrimage out there when we did though!

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Reply #5 - Sep 7th, 2011 at 11:35am
 
My wife & I had a walk down the pier last Thursday and we noticed the barge. It was moored no more than 10 feet from the western side of the pier. There was also a long very heavy duty large fender which ran the length of the barge between it and the pier, much like a giant floating tube . Although the barge was tied up to the pier there looked to be at least a couple of anchors out quite a way upstream as well, protected by bouys. There didn't seem to be too much in the barge, just a portaloo & a few odds & ends; nothing heavy although the barge itself was substantial. I find it hard to believe that the barge secured the way it was could have done such damage, at least from the position we saw it. Maybe they had moved it away from the pier 'for safety'?

I hope the Council employed the company doing the work on sufficiently tight terms so as to make them responsible for the damage & repairs necessary; I wouldn't put money on it though!
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Reply #6 - Sep 8th, 2011 at 7:41am
 
As the decking was damaged also, maybe most of damage was caused by the wave/tide action as the barge nestled into the pier structure. If the barge was pushed under the pier structure during the really windy weather during an incoming tide the rising tide would force the barge up against the structure with and incredible amount of force. Add to that that the battering ram effect of the heavy sea and wind action, even a relatively small vessel, never mind a great steel barge, would cause considerable damage.
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Reply #7 - Sep 8th, 2011 at 9:24am
 
Good point,  I guess it must have gone into the pier bow or stern first as otherwise the enormous fender/boom would have stopped it going underneath.
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Reply #8 - Sep 8th, 2011 at 12:13pm
 
This appeared on the BBC local TV news last night:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-14823786
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Reply #9 - Sep 8th, 2011 at 4:32pm
 
Things could have been worse, if it had been moored away from the pier and slipped its moorings it could have been sweept along the entire length of the pier.

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Reply #10 - Sep 11th, 2011 at 11:14pm
 
It would just be the Pier's luck if this fell on it. Currently, it's not known where the bulk of it will land ! :-

http://www.space.com/12893-dead-nasa-satellite-falling-space-junk.html
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Reply #11 - Sep 12th, 2011 at 4:12pm
 
I'm selling hard hats if anyone is intrested...
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Reply #12 - Sep 18th, 2011 at 8:23pm
 
does anyone know when the peir reopens ?? Cheesy
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Reply #13 - Sep 18th, 2011 at 8:38pm
 
jon4594 wrote on Sep 18th, 2011 at 8:23pm:
does anyone know when the peir reopens ?? Cheesy


Should be Saturday 24th September, the same day as the busking festival and the visit of the PS Waverley.
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Reply #14 - Sep 23rd, 2011 at 3:46pm
 
Southend Pier reopens tomorrow and there's plenty of reasons to visit with a fantastic weather forecast, live music from 12-5 on Saturday and Sunday along with the Waverley sailing trips also starting this weekend.

The walkway is restricted due to recent damage but the pier railway is open fully and there are special prices to make the most of the good weather: 2 return by train per adult 1 per concession.
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