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Free Trade Wharf JUB incident – update from Jim Fitzpatrick MP

By on November 9, 2017 in News

This update on the Free Trade Wharf Jacked Up Barge (JUB) incident just in from the office of MP for Poplar and Limehouse Jim Fitzpatrick plus a tweet and photos from What’s in Wapping!

Oh and an explanation from Tideway Thames.

Update from Jim Fitzpatrick MP

Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour Party, Poplar & Limehouse

Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar & Limehouse

“Following an operation overnight, Tideway and its contractors are now in full control of a JUB [Jacked Up Barge] that become partially submerged in the river at its King Edward Memorial Park site. 

We are continuing to support around 60 residents who were evacuated from the immediate vicinity as a precaution overnight.

We can confirm that no damage has occurred along the river wall or to nearby properties.

An exclusion zone will remain in place around the area while we continue our investigations. Measures have also been put in place to prevent a recurrence of this event at all Tideway sites.

Following the above I asked them to expand on what support was being offered to those residents evacuated from their homes:

Once the evacuation started, our on-site teams arranged immediate overnight hotel accommodation for those affected.

We have also initiated an expenses policy to reimburse any reasonable costs incurred.

This might be to cover travel, food or other sundry requirements.

Our Incident Management Team convened at regular intervals throughout the night to review both the ongoing situation and the support being offered to the community.

Members of our communications team have been present at both hotels and at Free Trade Wharf since 0530 hrs, to support residents and update them personally on the situation.

With the support of the emergency services, we’ve helped to facilitate access for some residents who needed to collect essential items, such as medication.

I’m pleased to say that the majority of those concerned have been understanding of the situation. We are currently liaising with the Police, who will lift the exclusion zone once we have concluded our safety inspections.

We’re reviewing this at 12 noon. By that point, we hope residents will be allowed to return.

I’m receiving constant updates from Thames Tideway (as is the Mayor’s office), next one is anticipated at 1:00pm.”

Jim has offered his support wherever required but as far as he and his staff are aware no constituents have been in touch with his office.

Explanation from Tideway Thames

Courtesy of Tower Hamlets Council below is the official explanation from Thames Tideway as to what happened last night. Tideway are carrying out a ‘final safety inspection’ and hope to have an update later this afternoon:

“During an operation to relocate one of our jack-up rigs at our King Edward Memorial Park site a power failure occurred which resulted in the rig becoming partially submerged in the water, with the potential for the crane on top of it to topple over.

As a precaution around 50 residents in the immediate vicinity of the area have been evacuated and an exclusion zone is in place while we monitor the situation.”

LW Comment

Thanks very much to Jim and his team for getting this update to us – and we didn’t even have to ask!






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