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The ship anchored off Colwyn Bay for almost two weeks - and why it's there

Daily Post 01/07/2020 Mari Jones
a large ship in a body of water: THV Patricia has been anchored off Old Colwyn for the past week © Daily Post Wales THV Patricia has been anchored off Old Colwyn for the past week

A ship has been anchored off Colwyn Bay for almost two weeks.

The presence of the THV Patricia has stirred a lot of interest amongst residents wondering why the vessel has pitched up off the bay.

It turns out the 38-year-old vessel had to stay at anchor longer than planned, to shelter from the recent spell of bad weather.

Its owners, London based charity-Trinity House, said they are "dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers".

The vessel which was built in 1982 has been carrying out routine buoy servicing operation in North Wales waters during its time here.

The 2,639 tonne vessel is 86 metres in length and has made for an arresting sight off the coast-especially at night when it's all lit up.

A member of the crew, who didn't wish to be named, spoke to North Wales Live, explaining what they've been up to.

"We arrived in the area Friday, 19 June, spending a few days using the Hilbre Swash Anchorage but, Colwyn Bay has provided better shelter for the last few days.

a ship in a body of water: THV Patricia has been off the coast of Colwyn Bay for the past few days. © Daily Post Wales THV Patricia has been off the coast of Colwyn Bay for the past few days.

"Predominantly trying to complete inspections of the Hoyle Channel buoyage. These buoys are in shallow water and therefore attendance has to be planned around high water and (for the last couple of days) the weather too."

 

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He added: "These buoys proved difficult to complete last year as well due to foul weather and the tidal constraints.

"Currently looks like weather will keep us anchored here for a couple more days."

Meanwhile seven large vessels have anchored off the coast of Anglesey.

a small boat in a body of water: The vessel had to take shelter near Colwyn Bay during the recent spell of bad weather. © Daily Post Wales The vessel had to take shelter near Colwyn Bay during the recent spell of bad weather.

Having set sail from different parts of the globe, including Russia, Antigua and Barbuda, the large vessels were sitting still by the Moelfre coast for several hours yesterday.

It is unclear why the vessels are all stationed off the island.


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