The Moama slipway cannot support the 140 tonne vessel
Campaspe Shire Council has received an independent engineering report detailing works required on the Moama Slipway before the PS Pevensey can undergo repairs.
Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said Council requested the report, following an incident on the slipway earlier this year. The slipway is privately operated, on NSW Crown lands.
"The PS Pevensey was on the slip for its scheduled servicing. On re-launching, one of the four trolleys came off the rails, leaving the 140 tonne paddlesteamer unsupported in its heaviest section," Cr Weston said.
"The critical incident was subsequently reported to the NSW Crown lands as the landowner."
The report, received this week, recommends repairs are needed in a timely manner and concludes the design of the 110 year old structure is suitable for slipping vessels up to 140 tonne.
The PS Pevensey was due to be slipped on 30 September for maintenance works identified through the recent slipping. Works were not completed at the time of slipping as materials were required and the slipway was booked for the next vessel.
"To ensure the safety of our staff, contractors and paddlesteamer fleet, we are not able slip vessels or complete the maintenance works on the PS Pevensey and get her back into commercial service until slipway maintenance works are done," the Mayor added.
The Moama Slipway is the only one suitable for larger vessels within approximately 310 river kilometres.