Fault with hydraulics keeps floating bridge out of service for longer than planned

The council say that whilst undergoing tests prior to returning to service, an intermittent fault with the prow hydraulics was identified

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The Cowes Floating Bridge will not be returning to service tomorrow as previously planned.

The Bridge has been out of service for the last ten days and was due to return on Friday.

A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight council said,

“The Floating Bridge will remain out of service until next Tuesday.

“Whilst undergoing tests prior to returning to service, an intermittent fault with the prow hydraulics was identified.

“Our maintenance contractors will be working on this, and in the interests of the safety of users and staff the vessel will remain out of service with an expected return to service at 0500am, Tuesday 28th July.

“The launch service for foot passengers will continue to operate from 0500-2300 (0630-2300 Sundays).”

Thursday, 23rd July, 2020 5:21pm

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4 Comments on "Fault with hydraulics keeps floating bridge out of service for longer than planned"

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Chiverton Paul
When are IWC going to refer this mess for an independent investigation that will establish who is to blame for this mess? The contractor or the council. If it’s the contractor what are they doing to recover public money. If it’s the council who is to blame and what measures have been put in place to prevent this happening again. Failure to address this stinks of corruption… Read more »
confidential

When will the naval architects who ‘designed,’ and the shipbuilders who constructed this vessel be taken to court by the Isle of Wight Council?

Rockhopper

It’s the designers who are culpable, the builders construct to design specifications.

confidential

Indeed they do, but many of the failures could be associated with non-compliance to the specifications by the shipbuilders.