2015 Whitehaven Sea Lock Closure

February 1, 2015

2014 saw one of the best summers in decades but also some of the worst storms in 50 years, which meant the piers, quay walls and lock gates protecting the marina and the town withstood a tough test against the awesome power of the Irish Sea. With that in mind and with winter now upon us, the team at Whitehaven Marina is busy planning the winter maintenance programme, which includes a long list of important tasks that need to be carried out on the sea lock.

This year’s annual sea lock closure will be between 0800 hours on Monday 23rd February 2015 and 1700 hours on Friday 27th February 2015.

A busy summer for the lock gates

During this time there will be NO access whatsoever through the lock and the area will be fenced off, preventing access across the pedestrian bridge. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are sure you will understand the need to carry out this annual maintenance to ensure that the gates work safely and reliably over the next twelve months.

Unlike the 2014 closure during which the lock barrel was pumped dry to allow the huge, 56 tonne outer gates to be refurbished, this year all of the work will be carried out while afloat. Despite not emptying the lock we will be setting to work on a long list of essential maintenance tasks from pontoons and vessels including:

  • Upgrading and servicing bearings
  • Refurbishing pontoons
  • Adjusting centre and side seals
  • Anode inspection and renewal
  • Preparation and painting of gate skins
  • Maintenance of the gauge board system
  • Cleaning, scrubbing and scraping
  • Servicing backup systems
  • Electrical inspection and maintenance
  • Hydraulic inspection and maintenance
  • Overall structural inspection


The lock gates stood up against last years heavy winter storm


If you have any questions or queries about the sea lock closure or the lock operation in general please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01946 692435 or email enquiries@whitehavenmarina.co.uk, we will be happy to help.

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