ST. HELENA ISLAND
                            
 

     

                     SKIPPER VACANCY
P&G Fishing Ltd. situated at St.Helena Island in the South Atlantic Ocean is looking to employ a Grade 4 skipper with engineering experience to work upon their fishing vessel MFV Amalia. Pay negotiable. Contact us on telephone: 0029024544, mobile: 0029062688,
email: anchels@helanta.co.sh


             
                                Date Posted: 25 February 2016

      "SKANDI ADMIRAL" TOWING PIPE LAYING BARGE

Pictured below on Friday 26 February 2016 at James Town, St.Helena Island is the "Skandi Admiral" towing the pipe laying barge "Castoro 7" on route from the island of Curaca on route to Alang in India to be scrapped. The reason for the stop over at St.Helena Island was to take on supplies for the 12600 nautical miles journey. The stores were supplied by WA Thorpe & Sons Chandelery Services based at St.Helena Island. The entire journey is estimated to took 7 months to complete at a top speed of only 3 knots!

    
  
(Photo: B.Salt)

Pictured below is the "Skandi Admiral", one of the most powerful tugs in the world. Built in Norway, the "Skandi Admiral" has a GRT of 4370 tons and a bollard pull of 243 tons.
 
  
  
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Pictured below is a camera mounted to the stern of the "Skandi Admiral", in order to monitor the towing cable.

    
  
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Pictured below is the pipe laying barge "Castoro 7". Measuring 79.97 metres long, 59.09 metres wide and a draft of 11.5 metres. Built in 1975 the "Castoro 7", also formerly known as "Viking Piper" is one of the most efficient semi-submersible pipelayers, having worked in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Mediterranean, West Africa and Brazil. The "Castoro 7" has the ability to lay pipes with a diameter of 8-60 inches, equipped with a fully automated welding system.

   
 
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Pictured below at James Town is the "RMS St.Helena" in the foreground and the "Castoro 7" in the back ground.

 
 
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                   A TRIBUTE TO TREVOR O.THOMAS
                    9 JULY 1953 - 14 DECEMBER 2014

Trevor O. Thomas was one of the most influential fishermen at St.Helena Island. Being one of the two skippers who skippered the former Saldanha Bay purse seiner "Westerdam" at St. Helena Island, Trevor O.Thomas delivered the "Westerdam" from Saldanha Bay and took her back to Walvis Bay on occasions for a refit on the synscrolift. Being one of the sons of St. Helenian born
Fred O. Thomas, himself an offshore skipper and whom had
delivered the former side trawler "Jan Snyman" to St.Helena Island during the early seventies.

               
               
(Photo: B.Salt)

        
"SOUTHERN CROSS" PERFORMS TUNA TRIALS

Pictured below on 13 June 2013 at St.Helena Island is the Cape Town based tuna pole vessel "Southern Cross", awaiting the arrival of a fisheries observer from the island before leaving to conduct experimental fishing for tuna on the seamounts around St.Helena Island.
   

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"AMALIA" ARRIVES SAFELY AT
                                    ST.HELENA ISLAND


Pictured below is the "Amalia" featured on the front page of the local newspaper at St.Helena Island dated 6 November 2015, taken during her arrival yesterday morning 5 November 2015 at approx. 08:07am. The 1700 nautical miles journey was completed in just 8 days. On route to St.Helena Island the "Amalia" encountered stormy sea conditions for 6 consecutive days.

            
             
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              THE "AMALIA" CREW               
           
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   "WELCOME HOME" BANNER                   

        

        
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           'n GANSBAAI SKUIT OP ST.HELENA EILAND


Afgeneem hieronder is die 29 voet "Cindy IV", 'n voormalige lynvisskuit wat aan Boetie Daan van Gansbaai behoort het. Die "Cindy IV" is aangekoop deur 'n visserman van St.Helena Eiland, Mnr. Jeff Knipe, om die plaaslike lynvisbronne te ontgin om die eiland. Die "Cindy IV" is vanaf Kaapstad na St.Helena Eiland vervoer op die dek van die vragskip "St.Helena".

                        
        
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  Selfs die Gansbaai nommerplaat CEM 11347 het behoue gebly!
                         
        

        
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                              GOOD BYE "AMALIA" !

Pictured below on Wednesday 28 October 2015 is the very last photo taken of the former Port Elizabeth longliner "Amalia". As seen below the "Amalia" is leaving the Presidents Jetty in thick fog at Saldanha Bay on route to her new home at St.Helena Island, some 1700 nautical miles away.
           
      
       
(Photo: P&G Fishing Ltd.)

"AMALIA" PREPARED FOR ST.HELENA ISLAND VOYAGE

Pictured below the "Amalia" leaves the Presidents Jetty at Saldanha Bay on route to Yacht Port.

       
       
(Photo: P&G Fishing Ltd.)

Pictured below the "Amalia" is being lifted out of the water at Yacht Port.

       
       
(Photo: P&G Fishing Ltd.)

Pictured below is the "Amalia" now featuring a blue painted hull, whilst her new home port, Jamestown is now also being displayed on the stern.

        
       
(Photo: P&G Fishing Ltd.)

                                       


                                   

                                        


                                  
                                  


 


         


                     
   

  

 



         
           
   

   

  

                             
    

                  

                            
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


          

 

                                   "EXTRACTOR"
       
        (Photo: B.Salt)

       
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Pictured above is a former South African fishing vessel from Hout Bay, the 72 foot tuna longliner "Extractor". The "Extractor" was one of 4 identical vessels brought from Australia by the South Atlantic Fishing Company, which was owned by the former mine boss Mr.Brett Kebble. At the time, a new fish processing plant was to be erected at Port Nolloth in order to process the fish caught by these boats. In the end nothing materialized and all four boats were put up for sale. On 27 February 2014, the "Connect", one of the sister boats, foundered at Betty's Bay after the skipper suffered from an heart attack. The "Extractor" was sold to Saint Marine Resources Ltd. of St.Helena Island and arrived at the island on 19 April 2014.

                                    
"OCEAN GYPSY"
       
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Pictured above is the "Ocean Gypsy", one of the five fishing catamarans supplied to the island under development aid in 1991 and shipped in CKD and assembled on the island. The 28 foot vessel is owned and skippered by Mr. Daryl "Stu" Harris. The "Ocean Gypsy" is powered by a 70 h.p. Ford diesel engine and is also equipped with a Raymarine auto pilot.

                                      "OCEAN QUEEN"

       
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Pictured above is the 28 foot "Ocean Queen", one of the five fishing catamarans supplied to the island under development aid in 1991 and shipped in CKD and assembled on the island. The "Ocean Queen" is powered by two Ford diesel engines.

                                      "OCEAN ANGEL"
 
 
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Pictured above is the "Ocean Angel", one of the five fishing catamarans supplied to the island under development aid in the early 90's and shipped in CKD and assembled on the island. "Ocean Angel" is 28 foot long and powered by two Yanmar 30hp diesels.  After all these years the "Ocean Angel" is still of the original design.

                                     "JOHN MELLIS"
     
     
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(Photo: B.Salt)

Pictured above is the 36 foot "John Mellis" which for many years remained the largest boat at the Island, she has been owned many times but has only seen two name changes since she arrived at the island new in 1976/77 to take up longlining. In 2013 the vessel  underwent a major refit and which would enable her to venture
further to sea, in past years the greatest distance was Bonaparte Seamount, but her new owner/skipper Daryl "STU" Harris envisaged exploring Cardno Seamount 184nm off the island which to date she has done successfully many times and may she continue to do so.

                            
           "LADY SARAH"
       
       
(Photo: B.Salt)

       
       
(Photo: B.Salt)

Pictured above is the 28 foot "Lady Sarah". She is one of three 28 foot long prototype boats mentioned in originally named "Skanner".  Fitted with a flushed deck, the vessel rolled extravagantly and for these reasons she remained unpopular among fishermen.After many years she was donated to the Island's only large school to enhance pupils knowledge of the sea and nautical studies but again her rolling foiled these as only the hardiest of the students elected to go back on her for a second time, for many years she sat idle on her trailer at Prince Andrew School in the center of the island until she was purchased by the then owner of the 28 foot "Catfish", Trevor O. Thomas, who was also previously the skipper of the former Saldanha Bay purse seiner, "Westerdam", at the time the vessel was based at the island. Between Trevor and his son Waylon they fished form her for many years until they too sold her. Currently she is at Ascension Island, 703nm from St.Helena Island.        

                                  "THE ARGONAUT"
        
        
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Pictured above is "The Argonaut",  also previously known as the "Little Shell", which was shipped from the USA to Cape Town and loaded onto the supply ship the "RMS St.Helena" and brought to the island in 2013 to explore the longline & greenstick Swordfish fishery for 1 year, now that trials are complete she isup for sale at a price tag of 140,000 GBP. The 38 foot vessel was built at Sneads Ferry in North Carolina in the USA by boat builder William Reuben Hair in 1994. "The Argonaut" is powered by a 430h.p. Cummins diesel engine.

                                           "CATFISH"
        
        
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Pictured above is the "Catfish",  a Colvic Watson design and was one of three prototype  28' longfishing boats imported to the island form the UK in the mid 1980's to upgrade the local fishing fleet which up until then fished solely by handline from small 25-30' open boats sometimes referred to as 'gigs' left at the island by passenger ships in the 50's & 60's.  Initially these smallboats were powered only by a pair of long oars, one man on each which was rowed to fishing grounds off the coast off the island and back again. Then small inboard diesel engines became available in the early eighties and today these boats are no longer used for commercial fishing.

                                         "BLUE FIN 2"
        
        
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Pictured above is the "Blue Fin 2" was constructed on Ascension Island and then brought to St.Helena Island when her owned retired upon completion of his contract.