The RMS St Helena entered the port entrance of Edinburgh, Tristan da Cunha at 09:38 on Tuesday 19th April on her final call to the Island before she is removed from her service in the South Atlantic. On arrival at the Islands port the sea conditions were not favourable and the contributing high winds made it unsafe for offloading of cargo and passenger’s. The entire Island was preparing for the ships final visit along with passengers and also St Helena,s new Governor H.E Lisa Phillips who was staying over night on Island.The RMS continued onto the leeward side of Inaccessible Island which is 30 kms away from Tristan. An assessment of the weather will be made today to attempt offloading and disembarkation of passengers, however local sources on Tristan commented to said it dont look favourable.
Updated 08:00 200416: The port authorities will launch one of their boats at 8.30 am local time to go along side of the ship to make an assessment of the situation and if it is safe the Governor an Alex Cameron from FCO will disembark followed by passenger’s. It is also thought locally on Tristan that the weather will begin to deteriorate again tonight so this will be the best possible window of opportunity.
Updated 13.00 200416. Some passengers were able to get ashore onto the Island along with the H.E Lisa Philips and Alex Cameron from FCO.