Port of Wells vessels
The Harbour Launch
The harbour launch provides an invaluable service afloat for all harbour users. Vessels visiting Wells for the first time, or other vessels on request, are normally met in the vicinity of the leading buoy or at the entrance and are escorted into the harbour, especially at night.
The harbour launch also helps with the navigational aids and towing vessels.
VHF channel 12. Call sign "Harbour Launch"
14m steel hulled vessel, with a 10 tonne carrying capacity. The vessel is equipped with a 9 tonne hiab crane and bow ramps. The vessel is used for servicing the wind farm supply vessels at the outer harbour from the quayside and also to move and lay moorings and navigation buoys. The vessel is MCA coded Cat 3.
VHF channel 12. Call sign "Frank-T"
Avon Searider 7.47m GRP construction with a planing underwater profile. 20knots cruising speed, max 30 knots. This vesel is used for fast response at sea, escorting visiting vessels and general duties around the harbour.
VHF channel 12. Call sign "William-T"
24m 200 tonne motorised barge carrying a purpose-built excavator with a large 21m reach. This vessel maintains the channel to a minimum depth of 1m at low water during neap tides.
VHF channel 12. Call sign "Kari Hege"
Road-transportable 20m grab hopper dredger with a 12 tonne long reach excavator and 6m spud legs. Capacity 40m3. Beam 4.5m. This vessel is primarily used for works within the harbour but in future may be available for hire to other ports and harbour authorities.
VHF channel 12. Call sign "Tender-S"
4.8m inflatable rib with 60hp engine. Patrols area of beach during the Summer season, advising public on safety matters
VHF channel 12. Call sign "Beach Patrol"