The barge Terra Marique and tug boat Fortitude arrived at Tiree around the Friday 3rd September, carrying new parts for Tilley the Turbine after she suffered a fault back in September 2020. The upgrade meant transporting equipment and parts from Ayr on the Mainland via the sea-towed barge Terra Marique hired from Robert Wynn and Sons Ltd.
When Tilley was originally built in 2011, CalMac transported the neccessary equipment and parts to the island, but due to the strain caused by the coronavirus the facilities via CalMac were unavailble and thus the sea-going barge was hired.
The barge is built with a combined state-of-the-art technology with traditional marine and heavy transport engineering, developed to maximise the utilisation of UK and European ports, rivers and inland waterways. She has a hydraulic roadway and ballast system that will allow the vessel to offload on varying quay heights and riverbanks as well as a specially strengthened hull to allow the vessel to beach land with minimal need for site preparation. The barge could have been offloaded on the beach closer to Tilley but would have damaged the Machair.
The size of the equipment and parts for Tilley meant that parts of the pier had to be removed such as lamposts, signs and part of the crash barrier to carry it safely up the pier. Thanks to the delivery of the parts, Tilley is on track to recovery.
Thanks to Alan Miller from Life On Tiree for the photos