THE freighter providing a winter lifeline for Scillonians is back on duty after hitting a rock on the approach to the islands last week.
The Gry Maritha steamed out to St Mary's on Tuesday after undergoing minor repairs at Penzance Dry Dock.
Eight days earlier at around 6.15pm she hit Crow Rock, around half a mile off St Mary's, while en route from Penzance to the islands.
After the damage was assessed the Gry Maritha was permitted to return to the mainland for repairs.
However, due to adverse weather conditions the freighter's scheduled departure on Monday from Penzance to St Mary's had to be put back by 24 hours.
There had been concerns about the condition of the surface of St Mary's quay, which had been ravaged by the storms of the past few days.
However, the Gry Maritha returned to the islands at lunchtime on Tuesday where the condition of the quay dictated a departure from normal working procedures.
During the past week, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, which owns and operates the Gry Maritha, has worked closely with St Mary's harbour authority to ensure operations continue as best they can.
Regular updates on the Gry Maritha's scheduled sailing have been made available and contingency plans were put in place to enable the transport of essential goods by air on the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company's Skybus service.