Sand dredger built at Appledore delivers sand to Yelland Jetty
A SAND dredger built at Appledore shipyard in 1987 returned to North Devon on Friday when it delivered a cargo to Yelland Jetty.
The mv Welsh Piper made its run into the Taw and Torridge estuary at 7.15am on Friday morning, after picking up a pilot who travelled out from Bideford harbour.
The ship took just two hours to discharge its cargo of rough grade sand, which was taken from the Jetty to a concrete plant storage area by Notts. Around 1,190 tons of sand were offloaded.
The sand was dredged from the seabed near Flat Holm Island, which is located in the Bristol Channel directly between Weston-super-Mare and Cardiff.
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The ship sailed out of the estuary at 10.30am, taking the last of the ebb downriver to sea.
Bideford harbourmaster Roger Hoad said: "The excellent ship has a single screw and bowthruster and an efficient bucket and conveyor discharge system."
He also said the cargo was worth around £15,000 and that plenty of road miles had been saved by delivering directly to Yelland.
"Her arrival has saved 50 to 80 lorry journeys," he said, "normally from Appledore to Yelland and return. The sand will last, perhaps, for two months."