Back-up tractor for Hornsea fishermen, East Yorkshire

Awarded funds towards the purchase of tractor which can be used as a back-up by all of the Hornsea fishermen.

The eight fishing vessels in Hornsea are all launched from the beach. The fishermen rely on tractors to haul their vessels from the nearby fishing compound down to the water and to recover them again at the end of the day. Each vessel has it’s own tractor, but if a tractor breaks down, which is an unavoidable hazard of working in such a harsh environment, it’s vessel may be unable to put to sea, causing the crew to lose a day’s income; or may have difficulty getting off the beach, putting the vessel at risk.

This funding helps towards the purchase a tractor and winch, which is to be jointly managed by all of the fishermen of Hornsea as a back-up in the event that one of their individual vehicles breaks down. This will ensure all vessels can always be sure of getting safely in and out of the water. Looking forwards, the managment, maintenance and ongoing costs of operating the tractor are to be met by the Hornsea fishermen.

This project was financed by Ørsted as part of an agreed fisheries co-existence plan between the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm and local fishermen.

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