Three masts depart from Portchester factory

Magma structures masts leave Portchester on a barge. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150952-9)
Magma structures masts leave Portchester on a barge. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150952-9)
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HUGE masts that took three years to build have finally set sail for their final destination.

The three masts are the world’s tallest carbon composite free-standing masts and they have been manufactured by Magma Structures at Trafalgar Wharf, in Portchester.

The masts, which measure up to 120m, are being transported on a barge to Kiel in Germany, where it is believed they will be fitted to the White Pearl, the largest sailing yacht in the world.

The operation to move the masts started last Monday and they finally left Portchester yesterday morning, before they were transferred at Portsmouth Harbour and set off for Germany in yesterday evening.

Clive Johnson, MD at Magma said the rigs were ‘the most technically challenging free-standing carbon composite structures to have ever been manufactured.’