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Repairs begin at North Berwick harbour

Published Monday 17th December 12

North Berwick harbour after tidal surge

Weather permitting, the breach in the harbour at North Berwick wall should be repaired by Friday 21 December.

Work has now begun to repair a six-metre wide breach in the harbour wall at North Berwick. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed by Friday 21 December to the 150-year-old structure. In the coming weeks, repairs will also be carried out on other harbour infrastructure such as damaged steps and railings. The cost of repairing the wall is an estimated £30K.

The main damage to the wall was the collapse of an area of the outer section six metres wide and five metres deep.

To carry out repairs a 90-tonne crane is being used to lift the original large stone blocks from the shore where they fell and lift them back to the outer section of Harbour wall. The inner core of the wall will then be reformed using high strength concrete and stone. 

The repair work was necessary following a combination of a high tide and a tidal surge whipped up by high winds, caused extensive damage to North Berwick’s harbour early on Saturday morning of 15 December.

The storm damaged many boats moored in the harbour, swept a large empty goods container into the harbour, and caused a 15-metre collapse of masonry on the seaward side of the harbour wall.

The basement of the Scottish Seabird Centre was flooded and the high tide also swept away several containers containing chemicals for boat maintenance from a harbour store. The containers were later located on the West Beach by the Coastguard and disposed of by the Fire Service.

A Council team, together with the other emergency services, launched a huge effort to clear the debris before the following high tide at 3.30pm on Saturday. A big crane removed the goods container and damaged boats from the harbour and a large skip was used to secure other debris.  

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