Force 11 gales cause dam­age at the port

Sunderland Echo - - Retro -

Vi­o­lent storms on Wearside left a trail of dam­age at Sun­der­land Port in 1991.

Port author­i­ties are try­ing to work out the cost of re­pair­ing dam­age to lock gates, two grain ware­houses which are listed build­ings, and Roker Pier.

Roker Pier suf­fered con­sid­er­able dam­age above the wa­ter line but be­cause of sea con­di­tions it has not been pos­si­ble for divers to in­spect the foun­da­tions and those of the new South Piers.

The handrail was se­verely dam­aged, forc­ing Roker Pier to be closed to the pub­lic un­til it is re­placed.

About 70 me­tres of cop­ing stone were also washed away and parts of the con­crete deck­ing were dam­aged.

Dam­age to lock gates meant ves­sels could not be locked in or out of South Docks and re­pairs were done ur­gently. Ar­eas around the ware­houses have been fenced off to pro­tect peo­ple from fall­ing de­bris.

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