#Southend Pier set to remain closed until the end of March
18th February 2012
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Fishing vessel strikes Southend Pier

Southend Pier is closed to the public this weekend after a fishing vessel collided with the structure on Friday 17th February.

The Leigh-based vessel collided with the vertical pilings supporting the Pier between Shelter A and Shelter B at 7am.

Nobody was hurt in the collision but initial examinations indicate that two vertical support pilings, two horizontal beams, a quantity of cross bracing and a lamp column were damaged.

Contractors from Fairport Engineering had only recently repaired the damage caused to the Pier when a barge moored alongside it was forced into the pilings in heavy seas in September.

They are currently on site and will prepare a provisional estimate of the repair work necessary. Structural engineers from HOP will make a structural assessment of the damage.

Executive Councillor for Culture and Tourism, Derek Jarvis, said: “The circumstances of the accident are still unclear but it appears the fishing boat sailed straight into the side of the Pier.

“Our contractors only finished repairing the damage from the last Pier strike two days ago and now this happens. It’s almost unbelievable.

“Our structural engineers are currently assessing the damage and as soon as we know how long it will take and what it will involve we will issue an update.

It has now been confirmed by Southend Council that initial indications show that the pier may need to remain shut until the end of March.


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