On arrival at King Edward Point the excess buoys, anchors and chains are offloaded to free up deck space in readiness for the first job. We will need plenty of room for the anchor chains and mooring buoy.
As work progresses the deck space fills with the mooring and riser chain. Even in the Summer, the snow can fall without warning.
There is a lot of manual labour to keep the lads busy. Sometimes the shackles will part without any fuss, the next time some "persuasion" is necessary.
While working on the mooring at King Edward Point, passenger ships may also be using the harbour. I have seen three of these ships call into port in one day.
Welding the shackle fasteners can be a very demanding job, especially when the ship is rolling and water breaks over the deck.
The last of the fasteners is on, the mooring and buoy can now be put back in position.