Bideford Buzz

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Editor – Rose Arno (Bideford Buzz),    c/o Torridge Volunteer Resource Centre (‘TVS’),  14, Bridgeland Street, Bideford, EX39 2QE.  (TVS opening hours Mon.-Thurs. 9.30am to 3.oopm [12.30pm on Thurs.]).      Telephone 07929-976120, or E-mail: editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk

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Shipping notes No. 194 (May).

In port – Bideford Quay.

Celtic Forester – built 2003; (Ex – Annerdiep 2012, Modulus 5 2019); flag Cardiff; owners British; crew Polish, Russian; from Avonmouth to Castellon; arrived 25/5, sailed 27.5; loaded 2,850 tons ball clay.

In port -Yelland Quay.

Dredger Deo Gloria; 1/5 (2 trips), 2/5 (1 trip). After this she returned to her base at Garston on the River Mersey

Appledore.

Freshspring left the H & W Shipyard about 18.15 26th and returned to her berth, arriving about 18.45 in tow of the shipyard vessel Lundy Puffin.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/5 at 06.15 vehicle carrier Gravity Highway, 21,000 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 06.37 2nd outward bound, having sailed from Portbury at 01.42. At 14.00 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Shipping A/S Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 10.25.

3/5 at 12.25 cargo vessel Arklow Cape, 5,085 tons d.w., owners Crinnis Shipping Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

4/5 at 13.30 bulk carrier White Bay, 52,502 tons d.w., owners White Bay Ltd Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.44 bulk carrier Peristil, 52,113 tons d.w., owners Peristil Maritime Inc Croatia, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 7th at 08.07 outward bound, having sailed from Portbury 02.10).

5/5 at 09.55 cargo vessel RMS Neudorf, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Rhine Maas-und See-Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 08.44 7th, having sailed from Avonmouth at 01.53 . At 10.45 cargo vessel Figaro, 1,850 tons d.w., owners Waterway Shipping Ltd Lithuania, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 01.44 . At 11.50 cargo vessel Wilson Dagenham, 3,788 tons d.w., owners Wes Pelus Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 19.16 cargo vessel Marietje Hester, 3,200 tons d.w., owners Van Gent MC CV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

6/5 at 20.32 container vessel JSP Rider, 9,340 tons d.w., owners JSP Rider Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.43 bulk carrier Agios Nicolaos, 35,217 tons d.w., owners Agios Nicolaos Ltd Greece, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 15.37. At 20.46 cargo vessel Tucana, 3,783 tons d.w., owners Tucana Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 14.08. At 21.36 cargo vessel Medal, 4,950 tons d.w., owners Vizcaina Ralear De Navegacion Spain, inward bound for Cardiff. At 21.40 dredger UKD Orca, owners Associated British Ports London, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 17.14 bound for the Humber.

7/5 at 08.53 cargo vessel Luhnau, 3,720 tons d.w., owners Luhnave Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

9/5 at 15.20 cargo vessel Lisa, 4,850 tons d.w., owners Schwartenberg Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 16.23 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 21.25 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

10/5 at 11.10 cargo vessel Spanaco Simplicity, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Spanaco Three Ltd Germany, bound from Barry having sailed at 03.17 8th . At 14.45 cargo vessel Arklow Viking, owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Eire, inward bound for Swansea.

11/5 at 07.56 dredger City of Cardiff, 2,730 tons d.w., owners LTM Western Ltd Solihull, outward bound for Shoreham. At 10.56 bitumen tanker Stella Polaris, 8,297 tons d.w., owners Azollo BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 21.21 cargo vessel Hunzedijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Stiching Bewaar DLR Hunzedijk Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth .

12/5 at 11.58 vehicle carrier Grande Ellade, 18,440 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 13.25 15th outward bound having sailed from Portbury at 08.59). At 12.17 cargo vessel Celina, 5,667 tons d.w., owners Celina Hermann Lohmann Germany, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 07.19. At 14.26 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot.

15/5 at 11.35 research vessel Ridley Thomas, 547 tons d.w., owners Ho Choi Marine Ltd Hong Kong, inward bound for Swansea. At 21.30 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Payton Maritima Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

17/5 at 11.15 bulk carrier Kmarin Mugunghwa, 37,423 tons d.w., owners Hi Gold Ocean Kmarin No 13 A SA South Korea, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 07.44. At 11.15 cargo vessel Tucana, 3,783 tons d.w., owners Tucana Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 16.10 cargo vessel Paulin-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Lilly- B Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 11.44.

19/5 at 06.05 cargo vessel Amber Spirit, 5,557 tons d.w., owners Amber Spirit Ltd Portugal, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.03. At 06.11 container vessel Elbspirit, 42,594 tons d.w., owners Elbspirit GMBH & Co K.G Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 01.51. At 06.41 cargo vessel Alpha Atlant, 8,152 tons d.w., owners Alpha LLC Russia, inward bound for Newport.

22/5 at 16.30 cargo vessel Gulf Angel, 4,454 tons d.w., owners Pasifik Global Gemi Islet Turkey, inward bound for Cardiff. (Seen again at 21.05 26th having sailed at 03.11 24th). At 18.49 hrs cargo vessel Celtic Ambassador, 5,679 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie Shipowning Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

23/5 at 08.25 cargo vessel Wilson Gaeta, 3,697 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 09.34 bulk carrier Aastvik, 7,546 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Shipping A/S Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 10.03 cargo vessel Kleipeda, 4,068 tons d.w., owners Aurora Shipping JSC Lithuania, inward bound for Newport. At 21.32 vehicle carrier Passero, 12,270 tons d.w., inward bound for Portbury.

24/5 at 06.30 cargo vessel Wilson Weser, 2,500 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.21 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.21. At 19.48 buoy tender vessel Galatea, 1,300 tons d.w., owners Trinity House Harwich, outward bound from Blue Anchor Bay en route to Whitsand Bay South Devon.

25/5 at 06.11 chemical tanker Stolt Jaeger, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Netherlands Jaeger B.V., inward bound Barry. At 19.40 bulk carrier Sagar Samrat, 76,404 tons d.w., outbound from Port Talbot having sailed at 16.10. (I was wondering why she came past Lundy when the shortest route to Mo I Rana in Norway is via the Welsh coast, St Georges Channel, and the Irish Sea). At 21.54 the cargo vessel Arklow Cliff, 5,094 tons d.w., owners Crinnis Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 18.31. At 22.03 cargo vessel Huntetal, 3,687 tons d.w., owners Huntetal Schiffahrts LG Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

26/5 at 11.21 cargo vessel Arlecchino, 2,503 tons d.w., owners Caribbean Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath.

28/5 at 16.14 vehicle carrier Adriatic Highway, 18,869 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

30/5 at 06.58 vehicle carrier Grand Venus, 13,500 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping (H.K.) Co. Ltd Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.41 vehicle carrier Grande Baltimora, 18,447 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury

31/5 at 06.52 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.56 cargo vessel Ammon, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Q-Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport.

Regards,

Norman.

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Burton Art Gallery – exhibitions.

Exhibition: Woodlands, Wastelands & Waterways – Lucy McLauchlan

May 17- June 27

This exhibition showcases the work of international artist, Lucy McLauchlan. The works on display capture specific moments spent wandering amongst urban woodlands, wastelands and waterways. Emerging from a background in mural painting, Lucy’s work evolves directly through the very physical act of painting and printing outside within the elements and all that entails.

Exhibition: BellHouse – Roop Johnstone.

May 17 – July 12.

Conceived by artist and ceramicist, Roop Johnstone, BellHouse is a playful, interactive sound sculpture originally commissioned for the EUPORIAS General Assembly in 2016. Comprised of 34 ceramic bells situated in an open-sided ‘house’ structure, it uses motion capture and robotic beaters to respond to visual data, translating it into the sounds of the bells.

 

Exhibition: Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society.

17th May – 4th July.

Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society are delighted to announce our 99th Annual Exhibition – the Burton Art Gallery’s re-opening show from Monday 17th May 2021. Due to COVID things are a little different this year, with a smaller more considered show in Gallery 2 only. Unfortunately there will be no Private View this year.    We are also running a concurrent online show on our website from 17th May at http://www.whobidarts.co.uk/exhibition.html. Further details of the Burton Exhibition opening times are on the poster below.

More details, including other shows, are available on our website – https://www.burtonartgallery.co.uk/whats-on-at-the-burton/exhibitions-activities/

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Blue Flag award cements Westward Ho!’s status.

Charity reveals country’s best beaches with announcement of Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for 2021.

As the UK looks forward to a post Covid recovery, the South West is poised to become one of the destinations of choice as families plan their holidays for this year’s summer vacation getaway. The further easing of restrictions has also coincided with the charity, Keep Britain Tidy, announcing the 76 Blue Flag and 132 Seaside Awards for the year, and Westward Ho! is once again in the elite group of just 56 that have received both accolades.

The Blue Flag is widely considered to be the gold standard for beaches and as such is internationally recognised. While most people are aware that the certification guarantees the quality of the bathing water this is only part of the criteria on which beaches are judged. To qualify to fly the Blue Flag the beach must satisfy standards in four categories and against 33 individual targets covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.

Backed by the pebble ridge and Northam Burrows Country Park, the golden sands of Westward Ho! beach stretch for over 2 miles at low tide. Popular with visitors throughout the year, the award supports its claim to be the area’s premier seaside destination. Westward Ho! also became the focus of national attention earlier this year when community led initiatives saw the resort become the first in the country to ban the sale of cheap polystyrene bodyboards (with over 16,000 of these discarded on our beaches up and down the country each year). A ‘beach clean 4 beach toys’ scheme was also launched in May in a bid to recycle collected beach plastic into brand new beach toys such as buckets and spades. Torridge Council and rangers have given their full backing to these initiatives aimed at encouraging responsible beach use, which is a key element in the Blue Flag and UK Seaside Awards.

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Covid testing – “Go for the Flow”.

People of Devon encouraged to ‘Go for the Flow’ and take twice-weekly tests.

 

We want everyone to feel safe when they leave their home, while taking the necessary precautions when out and about. That’s why we’re encouraging adults in Devon to include regular rapid lateral flow testing as part of their weekly routine. It’s free, painless and results are back within the hour.

Devon County Council have mobile vans which move around the county offering testing to people without symptoms of COVID-19. This service is available for anyone 18 and over that doesn’t have access to workplace testing and we are offering two tests per week in line with the government recommendations. You can also collect packs of home testing kits from our friendly staff. One of our community testing vans will be in the Morrisons Car Park in Bideford on Mondays between 1100 and 1900 and again on Thursdays between 1530 and 1900.

Lateral flow tests are only for people who do not have symptoms. Anyone displaying any of the main COVID-19 symptoms must still book a PCR test at www.gov.uk

Any changes to times or days for our testing vans will be updated on our website: devon.cc/flow Case rates throughout Devon remain low, but with restrictions lifting and socialising returning, now is the time to take regular tests as a part of your routine to help break the chain of transmission.

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Launch of swimming pool safety webinar & guide.

Following on from a highly successful practical training program for pool operators, Devon and Cornwall Councils in conjunction with the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are delighted to launch phase two of this initiative.

A new online resource is now available.

This will include a series of free bite-size webinars aimed at business owners and their staff in the tourism and leisure industry and includes a practical pool safety guide with helpful checklists to assist with the safe running of any pool. The programme is hosted by the Better Business for All (BBFA) Heart of the south west growth hub website. Better Business for All – Growth Hub (heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk)

The importance of swimming as a recreational activity is recognised by many across the South West and is a vital component of the tourist offering and marketing for local businesses that operate in that sector.

The first stage of the project saw business operators in Devon attend one day training events to raise awareness of pool safety requirements. These events were well attended and received great feedback.

The online training resource has been launched to build on that success and includes a pool safety guide covering the essential points to make sure pools are operated safely and without incident.

There are many health and safety issues that are specific and unique to the safe operation of swimming pools. These include:-

Operator training.

Risk assessments.

Operational procedures – Normal Operating Plan (NOP) and Emergency Action Plan (EAP).

Pool hire arrangements.

Controlling access.

Safe pool – physical surroundings, profile, outlets, inlets and features.

Safe use – pool rules, supervision, and lifeguarding.

Safe plant – maintenance and record keeping.

Safe pool water – management, treatment and monitoring of pool water.

Safe storage and handling of chemicals.

The project aims to help pool owners and operators to give their guests a safe and healthy swimming experience.

Janet Williams, Torridge District Council Public Health and Housing Manager, said: “The scheme will be of interest to anyone who operates a pool as part of their business such as holiday lets, B&Bs and small hotels. We’re keen to get as many people as possible to complete the web based training, especially as we approach the reopening of many of these facilities. Pools are an integral part of many people’s holiday experience in Devon and it’s important that they are operated safely and competently. Aimed both at experienced or new operators it’s also an opportunity for business owners to make sure any staff with the responsibility for a pool are up to speed with operational and legal obligations and will help ensure pools are operated to the best standards.”

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Bideford Soapbox Derby – 18th July.

bidefordsoapboxderby@gmail.com

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Shipping notes No. 193 (April).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping at Bideford since last issue. The Oldenburg has made various cargo runs to Lundy, mainly from Ilfracombe.

Yelland Quay.

Dredger Deo Gloria24/4, 25/4 (2 trips), 26/4 (2 trips), 27/4 (2 trips), 28/4 (2 trips), 29/4 (2 trips), 30/4 (2 trips).

Appledore.

The Freshspring was moved to H&W’s Bidna Yard on the 27th for bottom painting and her 5-year test on the hull, returning to Bideford early part of May. Photos below.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/4 at 06.35 cargo vessel Wilson Hull, 4,247 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.25. At 16.10 vehicle carrier Swan Ace, 18,867 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carrier Express Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.06 offshore supply vessel Afon Wen, 200 tons d.w., owners Holyhead Towing Co Ltd UK, inward bound for Avonmouth with barge.

2/4 at 08.33 tanker Annette Essberger, 11,340 d.w., owners Annette Essberger Germany, inward bound for Barry. (Seen again at 17.07 5 th having sailed from Barry at 12.56). At 12.17 cargo vessel Wilson Bergen, 2,595 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

3/4 at 06.17 vehicle carrier Amber Arrow, 21,120 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.52. At 16.20 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Assen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

4/4 at 08.59 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Aires Del Mar Compania SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 21.20 cargo vessel Anzoras, 5,757 tons d.w., owners Naviera Mureta SA Spain, inward bound for Cardiff. At 21.20 cargo vessel Luhnau, 3,720 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann, inward bound for Swansea .

5/4 at 18.15 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.43 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. (Seen again at 07.15 7th, outward bound).

6/4 at 09.48 bulk carrier Kai Xuan, 51,599 tons d.w., owners Polestar Shipping Co. Ltd Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 04.15. At 13.09 cargo vessel Amadeus Gold, 2,570 tons d.w., owners Amadeus Gold BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 15.24 cargo vessel Paula C, 4,998 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Cowes I.O.W., inward bound for Sharpness.

7/4 at 07.49 cargo vessel Jevenau, 3,702 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.10. At 07.54 cargo vessel Fri River, 3,300 tons d.w., owners Kopervik Shipping AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.15.

8/4 at 09.10 cargo vessel Marley, 3,002 tons d.w., owners Marlin NV Belgium, inward bound for Sharpness.

9/4 at 08.39 work boat UKD Sealion, 350 tons d.w., owners Associated British Ports London, inward bound for Swansea. At 10.44 cargo vessel Amber Sky, 5,750 tons d.w., owners A Sky Ltd Portugal, inward bound for Swansea. At 1655 cargo vessel Sider Moon, 26,000 tons d.w., owners Nova Carriers Ltd Italy, inward bound for Newport.

10/4 at 05.39 tug Svitzer Brunel, 210 tons d.w., owners Svitzer A/S Denmark, inward bound for Avonmouth (returning to her home port having been away at London and Southampton since 2010). At 09.11 cargo vessel Adamas, 3,754 tons d.w., owners Adamas Scheepvaartderneming Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 17.10 14th outward bound from Newport having sailed at 10.52).

11/4 at 22.00 cargo vessel Hermas, 4,903 tons d.w., owners Hermas Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

12/4 at 05.08 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,500 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 07.34 cargo vessel Bon Vivant, 2,520 tons d.w., owners MV Bon Vivant SA Latvia, inward bound for Newport. At 22.00 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

13/4 at 21.40 cargo vessel Arklow Cape, 5,085 tons d.w., owners Crinnis Shipping Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

14/4 at 05.56 cargo vessel Christine, 4,753 tons d.w., owners Christine Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 08.40 cargo vessel Somovskiy, 3,721 tons d.w., owners Joint Stock Co Northern River Shipping Line Russia, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 21.59 13th. At 13.25 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.34. At 17.00 cargo vessel BBC Ocean, 6,152 tons d.w., owners Ballum Briese Schhiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 05.35 20th having sailed from Avonmouth at 23.55 19th). At 20.17 cargo vessel Kazim Dede, 9,861 tons d.w., owners Aurora of the Sea Shipping Marshall Islands, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 06.25 22nd having sailed from Newport at 01.09).

15/4 at 11.58 cargo vessel Celtic Commander, 4,700 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 21.48 cargo vessel K.Dadayli, 9,405 d.w., owners Dadaylilar Shipping Corp Marshall Islands, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 05.10 having sailed from Avonmouth at 22.17 17th).

16/4 at 07.03 hopper dredger Artevelde, 8,327 tons d.w., owners Dredging Internation Lux Luxembourg, inward bound for Avonmouth.

17/4 at 13.35 cargo vessel Wilson Rotterdam, owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Swansea. At 15.35 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece ,inward bound for Portbury. At 1802 vehicle carrier Liberty, 19,600 tons d.w., owners American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Inc USA, inward bound for Portbury.

18/4 at 05.23 vehicle carrier Grande San Paolo, 26,170 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound from Portbury at 14.10 19th having sailed at 09.26). At 12.08 bulk carrier Aasnes, 7,182 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 12.14 container ship AS Paulina, 34,287 tons d.w., owners AS Paulina Opco BV Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.04.

19/4 at 14.20 hopper barge Pagadder, 4,850 tons d.w., owners Decloedt En Zoon N.V Belgium, inward bound for Barry. At 17.42 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

20/4 at 05.05 cargo vessel Sunmi, 4,148 tons d.w., owners Misje Bulk AS Norway, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 23.27. At 17.35 vehicle carrier Delhi Highway, 18,891 tons d.w., owners Kawaskai Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

21/4 at 15.40 vehicle carrier Passero, 12,755 tons d.w., owners Passero GMBH & Co Kg Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.17.

22/4 at 07.30 cargo vessel Kongsfjell, 3,332 tons d.w., owners Aat Shipinvest Norway, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 01.45. At 11.57 cargo vessel Ambassadeur, 6,665 tons d.w., owners TSS Ambassadeur CV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea. At 11.45 cargo vessel Blue Six, 4,251 tons d.w., owners Blue Six Navigation Ltd Montenegro, inward bound for Cardiff.

23/4 at 07.23 tanker Stolt Jaeger, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Stolt Jaeger BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 01.23. At 07.30 Arklow Viking, 5,150 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 01.28 hrs. At 20.58 cargo vessel Hav Grouper, 3,053 tons d.w., owners Hav Coasters AS Russia, inward bound for Newport,

24/4 at 16.28 cargo vessel Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Swansea.

25/4 at 05.50 cargo vessel C.Epsilon, 4,211 tons d.w., owners C epsilon Shipping Corp Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 10.04 bulk carrier Ivory Gull, 32,929 tons d.w., owners KK33K Inc Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 17.01 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, outward bound from Rosslare Eire having sailed at 15.50 16th (in the interim having been anchored in Blue Anchor Bay Minehead awaiting orders). At 17.35 cement carrier Bornholm, 4,535 tons d.w., owners JT Cement A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport.

26/4 at 8.14 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk a/s Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. (Seen again at 09.45 27th, outward bound having sailed at 06.27. At.09.20 vehicle carrier Hoegh Traveller, 21,918 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.55 tanker RF Alice, 13,273 tons d.w., owners RF Tankers 111 AS Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 06.30. At 22.03 cargo vessel Steinau, 3,712 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

27/4 at 10.02 tanker Okakai, 6,686 tons d.w., owners Kai Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury.

28/4 at 06.22 bulk carrier Agios Nikolaos, 35,217 tons d.w., owners Agios Nikolaos Lib Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 15.53 hrs vehicle carrier Canadian Highway, 18,581 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

29/4 at 05.10 tanker Nave Estella, 74,999 tons d.w., owners Great Serifos Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.57 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.37.

Regards,

Norman.

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Children’s Hospice “Rainbow Run”, 19th – 20th June.

Help your local children’s hospice reach pot of gold this summer.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is excited to announce plans for its ‘Rainbow Run Your Way’ fundraiser on 19 – 20 June 2021.

Rainbow Run has become an event synonymous with sunny days and explosions of colour across three different locations in the South West, including at Westpoint in Exeter. Last year, due to the pandemic, the event went virtual, and around 2,000 people raised an incredible £100,000 for the charity. This year, participants will be encouraged to once again take on the Rainbow Run in their own way.

Open to absolutely anyone who wants to get involved, CHSW is encouraging participants to pick a route of any distance and complete it however they wish. It will be a chance to don a bright outfit and complete your distance by running, skipping, walking, skating or riding and have fun along the way. Over the Rainbow Run weekend, the aim will be to collectively raise £30,000 for each of the charity’s three children’s hospices; Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in Somerset and Little Harbour in Cornwall, a poignant target to reach for the charity’s 30th anniversary year.

This free, fun and very colourful fundraiser is kindly being sponsored by Ann’s Cottage and The Exeter; it is a fantastic way to show your support for CHSW during its 30th anniversary year and will also mark the start of national Children’s Hospice Week.

Kiley Pearce, Event Fundraiser at CHSW, said: “We were overwhelmed by the amount of people who got involved last year. We could see from social media that everyone really embraced the fun and colour that Rainbow Runs are all about. To be able to raise £30,000 for each of our hospices in our 30th anniversary year really would be very special, and would help us to ensure that local children and families can continue to receive the vital care they so desperately need now and in the future.”

It is free to take part in this event, but CHSW encourages everyone to register on its website to ensure they have access to event information and free resources. If participants raise £15 or more in sponsorship, they will be sent a 30th anniversary commemorative medal after the event.

For more information and to register visit www.chsw.org.uk/rainbow

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North Devon Ramblers.

Have you been enjoying walking locally during the last year? Are you keen to explore a little bit further afield? North Devon Ramblers have expert walk leaders who organize walks throughout the area, usually twice a week. We have been able to restart our walks programme under government guidelines which means we have some restrictions, but walks are fully risk assessed to ensure everyone’s safety. We have walks to suit all abilities, recent rambles have included a Nice and Easy 3 miles around Torrington, 8 miles around Baggy Point and Woolacombe and 9.5 miles in the Instow area.

Ramblers are about more than guided walks. The charity has been responsible for ensuring that our wonderful footpath network and open spaces are maintained and developed. We work with government and local authorities to ensure that any new initiatives consider the needs of walkers. Ramblers are currently leading the drive to ensure that historic rights of way are maintained, the “Don’t Lose Your Way” initiative.

We are keen to welcome new members. North Devon Ramblers are one of a dozen groups in Devon and one of hundreds nationwide. You can find out more from our website www.ramblers.org.uk/north-devon or take a look at our Facebook page. If you would like to join us for a walk the leaders’ details and booking information is on the programme.

Maggi Rogers (North Devon Ramblers).

willowshed@gmail.com

April 2021.

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Shipping notes No. 192 (March).

Bideford Quay.

Celtic Forester – built 2003 ; flag Cardiff; owners British; crew British, Polish; from Workington to Castellon; arrived 12/3, sailed 13/3; loaded 2,860 tons ball clay.

You will note the vessel sailed on a Saturday and loading was actually completed that day. The quarry at Peters Marland usually does not work at the weekends, and this is only the second time in 18 years I have known this to happen.

The Oldenburg has performed a few voyages to Lundy as cargo runs.

Appledore.

I read a report on the net that the building dock was to be used as a drydock for a couple of vessels at the end of March. Nothing heard since then and nothing from H & W in the press

Yelland Quay.

I understand the Deo Gloria is due to return with more dredged sand for the building industries and cattle bedding. No news on going to press when this will take place.

Bristol Channel Observations.

2/3 at 05.20 bulk carrier Titan, 57,337 tons d.w., owners Leyde Shipmanagement S.A Greece, inward bound for Port Talbot.

5/3 at 08.28 cargo vessel Kitty C., 6,805 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Shipping Cowes I.O.W, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 12.50 the tug Kingston, 113 gross tons, owners Griffin Towage Ltd Blandford Forum, outward bound from Sharpness towing the ex River Severn cruiser Conway Castle bound for Cowes I.O.W., having sailed 22.00 the previous evening.

6/3 at 06.07 cargo vessel Paula C, 5,000 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Cowes I.O.W., inward bound for Sharpness. At 11.17 cargo vessel Muzaffer Anan, 11,788 tons d.w., owners Arter Denizcilik AS Turkey, inward bound for Newport.

8/3 at 09.36 container vessel Elbspirit, 43,294 tons d.w., owners Elbspirit GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 04.03. At 19.03 vehicle carrier Serenity Ace, 21,004 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

9/3 at 05.10 cargo vessel Steinau, 3,712 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 01.40. At 05.15 cargo vessel Sormoviskiy 3063, 3,721 tons d.w., owners Joint Stock Co Northern River Shipping Line Russia, inward bound for Sharpness. At 14.51 cargo vessel Kongsfjell, 3,332 tons d.w., owners AAT Shipinvest A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport.

15/3 at 08.41 cargo vessel Arklow Forest, 4,960 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Sharpness.

18.3 at 11.45 vehicle carrier Passero, 12,755 tons d.w., owners Reederei F Laeisz & Co K.G Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.51. At 16.13 cargo vessel Feed Rogaland, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 17.28 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, having sailed from Portbury at 12.12.

19/3 at 12.25 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 00.21.

20/3 at 14.11 cargo vessel Celtic Raider, 4,537 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 14.48 cargo vessel Arklow Venus, 5,171 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping Eire, inward bound for Swansea. At 14.52 fruit juice tanker Orange Wave, 16,700 tons d.w., owners Altership Switzerland, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 10.01. At 16.10 tanker Stolt Auk, 5,064 tons d.w., owners Stolt Auk B.V Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 11.18. At 17.10 ro- ro vessel Hurst Point, owners British Government, managed by A.W Shipping, inward bound for Newport.

21/3 at 12.44 cargo vessel Edzard Cirksena, 3,630 tons d.w., owners Kaptain Siegfred Bojen Schiffahrtsbet Rieb EK Germany, inward bound for Newport . At 16.10 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.24 cargo vessel Aldebaran, 2,270 tons d.w. owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again 10.07 27th outward bound, having sailed at 23.50 23rd ).

23/3 at .05.14 cargo vessel Astrid, 3,785 tons d.w., owners Irving Management Ltd Lithuania, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 23.48 22nd). At 0601 cargo vessel Anittepe S, 5,322 tons d.w., owners Dinamik Denizcilik VE Ticaret Turkey, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 00.16.

25/3 at 09.20 cargo vessel Spanaco Simplicity, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Spanaco Three Ltd Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.13.

26/3 at 09.49 cargo vessel H.Can, 8,716 tons d.w., owners H. Can Maritime Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 10.15 vehicle carrier Prominent Ace, 19,550 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carrier Express Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.56. At 10.56 cargo vessel Adamas, 3,754 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Shipping B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 04.33. At 20.05 vehicle carrier Brazilia Highway, 18,793 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

27/3 at 17.35 cargo vessel Heyn, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Heyn B.V.Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 17.53 cargo vessel Tucana, 3,783 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Shipping B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

28/3 at 13.00 cargo vessel Scot Venture, 3,300 tons d.w., owners Scotline Ltd UK, inward bound for Newport. At 19.10 vehicle carrier Lapis Arrow, 12,105 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

29/3 at 15.35 cargo vessel Prima Donna, 3,004 tons d.w., owners Prima Shipping OY AB Finland, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 09.27.

31/3 at 05.16 cargo vessel Rusader, 3,710 tons d.w., owners Rivabulk Shipping Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 21.11 30th.

Regards,

Norman.

Below, another photograph from my collection – in fact, the vessel at the top of my report.

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New wet fish counter at Appledore Fishdock.

Just five years ago the then-privately-run Appledore Fishdock, which opened in 2008, was in some distress, with underinvestment in machinery, confusing leases, and a lack of plans to support the local fishing industry. While the intervening years have not been plain sailing, Torridge Council’s reclaiming of the facilities in 2016 has seen many of these problems turned around with financial investment and a manager appointed to oversee operations. The recent addition of a Wet Fish Stall and separate Mussel Purification business underlines the Council’s ongoing commitment to supporting local fishing enterprises.

Tony Rutherford has been in the fishing industry since he was a small boy, is the fourth generation of his family in the fish trade, and owner of T and T Shellfish Ltd. Although his recent business has been focused on the wholesale fish trade, he says he always liked the idea of a retail counter, having owned and run fish shops in Bideford and Barnstaple in the 1970s and ’80s – winning many Seafish Quality awards along the way. He has now teamed up with Nathan Townsend to launch Devon and Cornwall Fish Ltd, selling fresh fish direct from a retail outlet at the Fishdock which they hope will continue to support local fishermen for years to come.

While the Fish Counter is busy serving local people and restaurants with fresh fish, the dock is also the new home to a Mussel and Oyster purification operation, yet another sign of continued growth and diversification at the facility.

Local entrepreneur Tony Rutherford said: “While we have customers all over the UK and Europe, everything stems from the fantastic fish we have available right on our doorstep here in Devon and Cornwall. Although we moved into wholesale some years ago it has always been my ambition to have a wet-fish counter again, and with Nathan’s enthusiasm this was the right time to launch one. It’s been a huge success already, with queues of people, but I would also like to thank Torridge Council for their ongoing support and licence agreement, which allowed us to launch the project direct from the Fishdock.”

Torridge District Councillor Bob Hicks – Lead Member for the Economy said: “Appledore has a great claim to fame as the oldest fishing port in England and it’s great to see new businesses setting up and thriving even during the current pandemic. The Council-run dock is currently supporting local fishermen from Bideford, Appledore, Ilfracombe, Clovelly and Padstow as well as other areas along the North Coast, and is clearly a cornerstone of this important industry.”

The wet fish counter is open Monday to Friday 8am – 3pm and Saturday 8am – 12.30pm and has both cash and credit card facilities.

 

Appledore Fishdock Wet Fish Counter – employees Darren Raymont and co-owner Nathan Townsend (L, R).

1987 Seafish Award – Tony Rutherford 3rd from Left.

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Devon Carers – caring for carers.

If you look after someone, who looks after you?

Since COVID-19, the number of unpaid carers in Devon has increased by almost 50% to approximately 130,000 (source: Devon County Council). It has never been more important to identify and support carers than now. Devon Carers are passionate about helping those who support others.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to family, friends or neighbours who could not manage without their help on a regular basis. Anyone can become a carer at any time. It may happen gradually as a person’s health deteriorates or instantly, as a result of an accident or unexpected health condition. Quite often a person does not recognise themselves as a carer, even though they have a caring responsibility. No matter who a person is caring for and whether they have the same condition as somebody else, their situation is unique to them.

Devon Carers is an organisation who support unpaid carers to maintain their own health, wellbeing and independence to care safely, confidently and effectively. The service has been commissioned jointly by Devon County Council and NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group. They provide a range of services to over 20,000 carers across Devon, excluding Plymouth and Torbay. These include:-

Website – an excellent information resource https://devoncarers.org.uk/ 

Quarterly magazine – with the latest news, carer stories and training courses. 

Helpline and webchat – available Mon-Fri 8am-6pm: Sat 9am-1pm. Call 03456 434 435. 

Alert Card – to alert others if they become unexpectedly ill or taken to hospital that they are unable to care for their loved ones and to summon help for them. 

Training – opportunities to learn skills to assist with their caring role.

Peer Support – connecting carers to mutually support each other.

Emergency Plan – a record containing important and useful information to help others if a carer is unexpectedly unable to carry out their caring role.

Hospital services – additional support following a stay in hospital.

Carer assessments – a personalised assessment of how caring affects your health and wellbeing and how we can support you with one-to-one assistance if required. They treat each carer as an individual, taking time to find out what’s important to them, and work out together how they can support them in their caring role. The challenges carers face in different parts of the county can vary greatly, so having local teams enables them to provide specific advice and support. The teams also liaise closely with health and social care services and have strong links with voluntary and community organisations. 

If you think you are an unpaid carer, or know someone who is, please get in touch with Devon Carers to find out more: https://devoncarers.org.uk/ or 03456 434 435.

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The “Freshspring” project.

Steamship ‘Freshspring’ celebrates four years in Bideford.

During the Second World War, a fleet of freshwater-carrying steam ships was commissioned by the Royal Navy to deliver water to warships. These became the ‘Fresh’ class of ships and the last one to be built by Lytham Shipbuilders, in 1946, was named ‘Freshspring’. She served most of her time in Malta before being retired to the Clyde in the late 1970s, where she was decommissioned and mothballed.

While all of her sister ships were scrapped, ‘Freshspring’ was sold into civilian life and was towed to a new life in Bristol’s Floating Harbour. However, all did not go well and in the late 1980s she eventually ended up moored on the banks of the River Severn at Newnham where her machinery was kept in good order by her then owner, though externally she was deteriorating.

In 2012, a charitable trust was set up with the aim of saving ‘Freshspring’, and she was acquired by the Trust in 2013. Major funds for hull repairs were gained in 2016 and on 16th Oct 2016, SS ‘Freshspring’, towed by the tug ‘Severn Sea’, made her way down the Bristol Channel and up the Torridge to a new home in Bideford. It was an amazing journey, managed by a team classed as lunatics by experts for even attempting this remarkable project.

During her early days in Bideford, SS ‘Freshspring’ could not be opened to the public, as she needed further work. Volunteers stepped forward and achieved miracles with the ship, but some things needed funds. The wheelhouse and boat deck were rotten but the team persisted.

Four years later with Heritage Lottery Funding, local financial support and in the safe hands of the people of Bideford, SS ‘Freshspring’ is a very different ship.

Welcoming over 3,500 visitors during 2018/2019, The Trust’s 54 registered volunteers have been working hard to make sure that the visitor experience is truly memorable.

From 2017- 2019, the Steamship Freshspring Trust contributed over £18,000 to the local economy.

With its own brand of beer, sponsored and brewed in a local brewery, and a range of branded clothing, also supplied locally, the Trust is proud to cultivate maritime pride back into Bideford and be part of the community.

SS Freshspring is more than a steamship. She’s a place for volunteers to meet, learn new skills and have a sense of purpose. She’s a classroom for local schools where education involves hands-on activities and learning, she’s a venue for art classes, she helps young people to understand careers in maritime and has potential for so much more.


In recent months, Covid-19 has forced the Trust to review its ways of working. Confined spaces have made it impossible to safely open the ship to the public. However, a virtual reality tour, currently being created in partnership with BMT Global, will provide a valuable education resource and let the public tour the ship without leaving the comfort of the fore deck. This is a really exciting piece of work using cutting edge technologies. With the newly crowdfunded awning in place, tours won’t even be hampered by inclement weather!

The next challenge is to secure funding for two essential studies. Tenders are in for Feasibility and Viability studies and are ready to go. Once funds for this work are obtained, the Trust will learn exactly what needs to be done for SS ‘Freshspring’ to operate and become economically sustainable. These studies are pivotal pieces of work.

There are so many ways that you could help Freshspring, either from home or by helping on board. You are promised a warm welcome and a range of activities to choose from. Visit https://www.ssfreshspring.co.uk/get-involved/volunteering to find out more.

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Volunteers sought for “Home from Hospital”.

sophie@ttvs.org.uk

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Plans to transform the heart of Bideford.

Councillors unanimously backed outline plans that could see the heart of Bideford transformed as part of a £9.7m bid for investment and regeneration. The scheme has been developed as Bideford’s bid for a slice of the £1billion “Future High Streets” Fund set up by the government. Both Bideford and Barnstaple are among the final list of 101 towns nationally who have made it through to the final round of bids. The complex funding arrangements mean that Bideford will be asking for the highest figure available of about £4.3million.

The Future High Street Fund is designed to support the transformation of town centres. With vacancy rates increasing nationally and a general shift towards online shopping, report after report has indicated a need for towns to become more focused on providing for the needs of their local community – with a particular focus on both health and experiences. It can’t be used just for painting buildings, upgrading shop fronts or even pot holes, but has to be about creating genuine community change and making people’s lives better.

The project has already seen communities, businesses, trade organisations, and District and Town councillors come together in a once-in-a-generation chance to unlock the potential of Bideford’s town centre as a unique experience for working, living and entertainment – all with a shared goal of creating a carbon neutral development with aspiration at its core.

The properties and land at the heart of the town’s transformation will run from the Heard Brothers garage complex on Queen Street, through adjoining buildings and open spaces, right into the heart of the retail district in Mill Street. This will create an interlinked complex of vibrant workspaces, a Community Hub working in partnership with One Northern Devon (a branch of the NHS), TTVS and 361 Energy, a cultural anchor, street food and micro-breweries and a range of open spaces – all under the working title of “Isaac’s Yard”. The plans also encompass a number of architecturally important buildings whose features will be preserved, enhanced and celebrated. One of these heritage spaces is a walled garden that will be open for the public to enjoy, right in the hustle and bustle of the town centre – an “oasis of calm” protected on all sides not only from the wind but also from the noises of the world around it. A perfect place for a lunchtime catch-up with friends, all the way through to a town centre festival.

Many Councillors spoke with admiration for the package of proposals being put forward, which many of them, along with the public at a host of engagement events, have helped to shape.

An outline of the scope of the project will shortly be available at www.bidforbideford.co.uk where the community can also express an interest to be kept informed of and get involved in future stages of the plans.

The next stage in the funding bid will involve a submission to Government by 31st July, with an announcement of successful bids expected in the autumn.

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