In port – Yelland Quay.
Celtic Warrior – (ex- Thule, 2014) ; built 1996; flag, Cardiff; owners British; crew Russian; from Glensanda to La Legue; arrived 13/11, sailed 13/11 ; dscharged 3,900 tons chippings.
In port – Bideford Quay.
Pur Navolok – built 1997; flag Limassol, Cyprus; owners German; crew Russian; from Rotterdam to Castellon; arrived 13/11, sailed 15/11 ; loaded 2,800 tons ball clay.
Oldenburg due to depart for her annual drydocking at Sharpness.
The Freshspring left the berth at Appledore at 18.20 16th October, in tow of the Seven Sea and proceeded to the allocated berth at Victoria Park. This will now allow the owners The Freshspring Preservation Society to start on the restoration work and apply for further funds to get her back into working order.
Bristol Channel Observations.
15.10 at 09.38 cargo vessel Arklow Valley, 5,769 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping V Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.19 cargo vessel Nautica, 2,166 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Birdport.
16.10 at 12.20 vehicle carrier Onyx Ace, 18,529 tons d.w., owners Mitsui OSK Lines Japan, inward bound for Portbury.
18.10 at 16.00 cargo vessel Hendrika Margaretha, 3,200 tons d.w., owners Koning Cans CV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed 08.02.
19.10 at10.07 cargo vessel Lady Menna, 3,332 tons d.w., owners Osprey Ship 2 Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.55 vehicle carrier Tombarra, 19,628 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.
22.10 at 1551 vehicle carrier Aniara, 30,089 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Whilhemson Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.10. At 1600 bulk carrier Puffin Arrow, 6,2967 tons d.w., owners Gearbulk Ltd Bermuda, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.09. At 16.20 cargo vessel Tomke, 3,171 tons d.w., owners Tomke Germany, inward bound for Birdport.
29.10 at 13.16 cargo vessel Fehn Mariner, 2,953 tons d.w., owners Fehn Mariner Germany, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 05.34. At 1324 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterraneo, 18,427 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.
31.10 at 13.35 container vessel MSC Koroni, 48,244 tons d.w., owners Waldo Shipping Co Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.30.
1.11 at 11.13 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w., owners JR Shipping V Holland, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 06.55. At 11.16 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,879 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.18. At 13.56 chemical tanker Bro Nakskov, 16,427 tons d.w., owners Maersk Tankers A/S Denmark, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 17.15 on 30.10 (previously anchored off Lundy awaiting orders).
3.11 at 10.56 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelson Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 06.30. At 11.20 cargo vessel Svetlana, 8,865 tons d.w., owners Svetland BV Bulgaria, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 06.15.
4.11 at 12.04 container vessel Elbstrand, 11,367 tons d.w., owners Elbstrand GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 07.17. At 13.53 vehicle carrier Grande Europa, 18,461 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.
5.11 at 12.10 cargo vessel Westewind, 2,815 tons d.w., owners Weststrate JL Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 12.31 cargo vessel Akela, 5,572 tons d.w., owners Akela UG Haftungsbeschrankt Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 13.31 vehicle carrier Morning Chorus, 16,178 tons d.w., owners Eukor Car Carrier Ltd South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.
6.11 at 11.02 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,200 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.
7.11 at 113.40 vehicle carrier Oberon, 24,600 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound Portbury.
Just out of interest between the 31.10.and 8.11, apart from the vehicle carriers I have seen passing Lundy, there have been a considerable number of vehicle carriers calling at Portbury as follows – Arcadia Highway, Heogh Xiamen, Ciudad de Cadiz, Grande Benelux, Autosun, Titania (one of the largest carriers visiting Portbury), Leo Spirit, Asian King , Auto Eco (the first vehicle carrier to be powered by LNG) and, on her maiden voyage, Genuine Ace. None of these vessels seen, due to misty weather.
9.11 at 16.40 vehicle carrier Auto Eco, 12,600 tons d.w., owners United European car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.51 (& see comments above).
10.11 at 08.15 vehicle carrier Grande Benin, 26,097 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.51.
11.11 at 15.07 cargo vessel Arklow Rally, 4,400 tons d.w., owners S & P Bulk X1 AS Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 1101.
13.11 at 07.26 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.43. At 0952 vehicle carrier Michigan Highway, 17,673 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.14.
Review of 2016
Things have been rather quiet at Bideford, with just a few clays ships loading for Castellon and Bendorf. Yelland has not seen as many ships this year even though the building industry has been busy. The shipyard at Appledore completed the third patrol vessel Le William Butler Yeats and also obtained an order for a fourth vessel, due to be delivered in 2018. As shown above the SS Freshspring finally arrived at Victoria Park after long negotiations with TDC and clearing the berth of the wreck in September.
As this is my last Shipping news for 2016 may I take the opportunity to wish all our readers and Happy Christmas and New Year.