This press release is being written on board the Stena Britannica as owners Craig Ambury and John Haresnape are sailing from Harwich to the Hoek of Holland to meet the Allen Gardiner after her voyage from Durban. Allen Gardiner is safely in the hold of the MAC Lines freight ship Blue Master ll. As this is being written, she is somewhere off Beachy Head and is due to dock in Rotterdam at 00.01am Wednesday 16th October, having departed Durban Friday 20th September.
She will be lifted on her cradle from the Blue Master ll and lowered into the water in Beatrixhaven. She will float clear of the 3.7 ton cradle, which will then be lifted on to the dockside prior to shipment to Ipswich. Allen Gardiner will then move to a local marina for handover to the delivery crew and take on diesel and provisions for the cruise across to Ipswich, which may take up to four days.
Once safely in Ipswich, she will be once more be lifted out of the water for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) survey and tests prior to the issuing of the relevant licences. It is hoped that all is on track for the launch and maiden voyage on the River Orwell early November.
The first booking for a private charter cruise for the Allen Gardiner was taken last Saturday 12th October, and provisional private charter bookings have also been made by three business networking groups as well as the prestigious Ipswich and Suffolk Club.
Meanwhile back in Suffolk, Susan and Kris and the team are preparing Lady Florence to be put back in the water at Woodbridge after her annual inspection and refit.
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