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Shipping notes No. 189 (December).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping since last edition.

Appledore.

No news regarding orders for the yard.

Yelland quay.

No shipping since last edition.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/12 at 08.25 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries Ltd U.K., inward bound for Portbury. At 11.32 tanker Sten Suomi, 16,470 tons d.w., owners Stenship Norway, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 06.26. At 15.50 cargo vessel RMS Saimaa, 2,634 tons d.w., owners RMS Schiffinvest GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 09.50.

2/12 at 06.46 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

3/12 at 15.30 cargo vessel Doggersbank, 6,000 tons d.w., owners Doggership BV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea.

4/12 at 06.56 cargo vessel Claire, 4,450 tons d.w., owners Claire BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 11.20 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk A/S Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 07.38. At 14.10 cargo vessel Mia Sophie-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie-B Schiffahrts GMBH & Co Germany, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 09.01.

5/12 at 07.26 cargo vessel Fracht Sund, owners unknown, inward bound for Sharpness. At 10.50 tanker Rystraum, 9,597 tons d.w., owners Utkilon Chemtrans AS Norway, inward bound for Barry. At 17.00 cargo vessel Robijn, 3,619 tons d.w., owners Van Donderen 667Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

6/12 at 11.07 cargo vessel RMS Laar, 2,304 tons d.w., owners Laar Shipping SA Greece, outward bound from Sharpness at 21.01 3rd – she had in the meantime been anchored in Swansea Bay. At 14.55 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 06.39 8th outward bound having sailed at 21.02 7th).

8/12 at 07.00 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Kujyukuri Maritima SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

9/12 at 16.15 tanker Sten Idun, 16,613 tons d.w., owners Stenoil K/s Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

10/12 at 07.45 cargo vessel Blue H, 6,063 tons d.w., owners Ruzvelt Shipping Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.58. At 08.23 vehicle carrier Brazilia Highway, 18,793 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 05.35 outward bound having sailed from Portbury at 00.52). At 08.35 vehicle carrier Figaro, 31,143 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 04.56. At 16.45 vehicle carrier Selene Leader, 18,082 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound at 16.35 12th, having sailed from Portbury at 13.23 11th – she had been anchored off the Welsh Coast with possible engine problems).

12/12 at 05.30 bulk carrier Crimson Kingdom, 84,860 tons d.w., owners MMSL Pte Ltd Singapore, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 01.45. At 07.53 cargo vessel Amber Trader, 5,727 tons d.w., owners A.Trader Ltd Portugal, inward bound for Swansea. (Seen again 14th outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 04.02). At 15.01 cargo vessel Celtic Raider, 4,537 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

13/12 at 0700 the bulk carrier Mitose, 77,376 tons d.w., was reporting off the Cornish Coast that she was proceeding to Appledore, which is impossible; at 14.30 she arrived in Bideford Bay. She sailed on the 14th, but returned in the early hours of the 15th via the Northern Point of Lundy Island She eventually sailed am 17th for Rotterdam. Various suggestions were made that she had engine problems, but this was never confirmed.

14/12 at 15.05 cargo vessel Arklow Raider, 4,953 tons d.w., owners Invermore Shipping Ltd Ireland, inward bound for Sharpness.

15/12 at 13.25 container vessel AS Paulina, 34,287 tons d.w., owners AS Paulina Opco BV Netherlands, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 09.19.

17/12 at 11.05 cargo vessel Kristin, 4,139 tons d.w., owners Kristin Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

19/1 at 08.55 cargo vessel Arklow Flair, 4,950 tons d.w., owners Invermore Shipping Ltd Ireland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.00 cargo vessel Wilson Wisla, 2,517 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again at 14.45 on the 29th having sailed from Sharpness at 06.35). At 12.15 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 08.14. At 14.10 cargo vessel Hermas, 4,903 tons d.w., owners Hermas Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

20/12 at 06.15 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.03. At 10.27 buoy tender vessel Galatea, owners Trinity House Harwich, outward bound from Coombe Martin bound for Falmouth. At 14.44 vehicle carrier Cronus Leader, 20,096 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.42 19th. At 15.22 container vessel Elbspirit, 42,594 tons d.w., owners Elbspirit GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound. At 16.17 hrs vehicle carrier Glovis Caravel, 20,434 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.02.

22/12 at 17.24 cargo vessel Wilson Amsterdam, 3,602 tons d.w., owners Edison Schiffahrts KG Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

23/12 at16.15 vehicle carrier Morning Concert, 21,500 tons d.w., owners Wilhelmsen Ship Management Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.35 vehicle carrier Passero, 12,755 tons d.w., owners Passero GMBH & Co KF Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

24/12 at 06.05 tanker Bro Nyborg, 16,564 tons d.w., owners Brostrom AB Denmark, inward bound for Cardiff. At 09.42 cargo vessel Truffaldino, 2,953 tons d.w., owners Waterway Shipping Lithuania, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 00.48.

25/12 at 09.00 cargo vessel Amadeus Silver, 2,570 tons d.w., owners Amadeus Silver BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

26/12 at 10.30 cargo vessel RMS Saimaa, 2,634 tons d.w., owners RMS Schiffinvest GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Newport.

28/12 at 07.20 vehicle carrier Auto Star, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.37.

29/12 at 10.00 vehicle carrier Grand Venus, 13,500 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping (H.K) Co Ltd Hong Kong, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 18.10 28th. At 21.55 cargo vessel Arlecchino, 2,503 tons d.w., owners Caribbean Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath .

30/12 at 05.17 cargo vessel Catania, 2,595 tons d.w., owners Catania Fehn Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 20.31 29th. At 14.55 vehicle carrier Euphrates Highway, 18,668 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.14.

31/12 at 14.34 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Swansea. At 15.05 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

Explanation to you all; you may have noticed a number of ships ‘seen’ in the hours of darkness. I see their navigation lights and consult with the computer Marine Traffic (AIS) equipment.

All the best for 2021, and I trust that it is better than 2020.

Regards,

Norman.

Below, a photograph from my collection – Zita, largest vessel loaded at Bideford in terms of d.w.

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Torridge Council officers working with HSE over Covid security.

Torridge District Council is pleased to announce a joint project working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to contact businesses in Torridge to make sure they are COVID-secure and to help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The checks will ensure businesses are compliant with the latest government legislation and guidance and will involve giving advice to businesses to help them to manage risk and protect workers, customers and visitors. Initially businesses will receive a telephone call from HSE to ask a series of questions regarding measures they have put in place. However, where businesses are found not to be managing risks effectively, there will be follow up action such as giving further specific advice, a visit and a more formal approach where businesses fail to comply.

Being COVID-secure means that businesses need to put adjustments in place to manage the risk and protect workers and others from coronavirus. The categories of businesses included in the spot check scheme are: – hairdressers, barbers, tattooists, cosmetic treatments, retailers, golf clubs, hotels, holiday parks, warehouses, activity centres, pubs, cafes and restaurants and care homes.

These businesses can receive an unannounced check to ensure they are COVID-secure. Common issues already uncovered by the HSE in other regions include failing to provide arrangements for monitoring, supervising and maintaining social distancing, and failing to introduce an adequate cleaning regime, particularly at busy times of the day.

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Northam Burrows Visitor Centre – steps towards renewal.

New designs for the exciting new Northam Burrows Visitor Centre have been given the green light by plans committee following a unanimous decision to approve the latest design drawings for the centre. The plans mirror a revised approach to the build which will see the modular sections for the new café built off-site, as covid-19 cast a shadow over the timescales for the previous plans. The modifications mean that the centre can be delivered in time for its planned opening in June 2021 without jeopardising the time-limited grant funding for the scheme.

The new facility will be a focal point within the 254-hectare Country Park and will sit within a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), UNESCO Biosphere and designated SSSI (site of special scientific interest). The project will transform the existing building, which has stood largely unchanged since it was built in 1984. The interior will boast enhanced exhibition spaces, a multi-purpose education room and an accessible changing places facility as well as a small shop and offices for the rangers. The new café will sit to one side of the complex with panoramic views, outdoor decking and seating as well as an all-important food and beverage outlet, which the old building wasn’t able to accommodate. Additional toilet facilities will also be incorporated into the unit.

The project has already been funded by a £1.2M grant of Coastal Communities funding and as well as improved educational facilities will create new job opportunities at the complex as well. The wooden cladding, non-reflective roofing and other materials have all been chosen to minimise the impact of the building within the sensitive natural landscape. It’ll also be bursting with energy efficiency upgrades, which will reduce the environmental impact compared to the older and now less efficient structure.

The next steps will involve a decommissioning of the existing offices and ancillary spaces with building work due to commence on the site in early January. The new designs were supported by the AONB and Natural England with the officer report noting the AONB welcoming the “enhancement the centre will bring to the visitor experience”.

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Shipping notes No. 188 (November).

In port – Bideford Quay.

RMS Carelie – built 1993; (ex- Panta Rei, 2008; Talos, ’06; Jason, ’00); flag Mairenhamm, Finland; owners Finnish; crew Estonian & Philippino; from Belfast to Naantali; arrived 7/11, sailed 12/11; loaded 2,300 tons ball clay.

The Oldenburg left Bideford at 23.47 22nd for her annual drydocking at Sharpness.

Appledore.

The work boat Sarah Grey arrived on 12th with the barge Mormaen 15 in tow and berthed at Harland and Wolff berth Appledore, sheltering from the weather in the channel. They sailed at 22.42 21st , for Falmouth.

No news of any firm orders for the yard. MP Mr Cox thinks the government review on defence spending will mean orders for smaller vessels.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/11 at 13.25 vehicle carrier Hoegh Tracer, 28,538 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound at 11.57 3rd having sailed from Portbury at 05.40).

3/11 at 12.16 tanker Stolt Osprey, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Sea 142 Leasing Co Ltd Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 08.54. At 12.12 cargo vessel Arklow Rebel, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping ULC Eire, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 08.54. At 12.19 cargo vessel Hurst Point, 13,274 tons d.w. owners Ministry of Defence operated by Foreland Shipping Ltd London, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 08.02. At 12.22 vehicle carrier Grande Miraflores, 15,853 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.35 cargo vessel Rova Stones, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Rova Shipping GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Cardiff.

4/11 at 1320 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

5/11 at 14.03 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

6/11 at 15.00 cargo vessel Ventura, 5,699 tons d.w., owners Ventura Edwin Strahlmann GMBH Germany, outward bound from Sharpness.

7/11 at 16.18 vehicle carrier Grande Portogallo, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

8.11 at 01.31 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.55 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.39.

9/11 at 11.14 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Aires Del Mar Compania SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 08.33 11th having sailed from Portbury at 03.58). At 15.55 bulk carrier Aasvik, 7,566 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Bulk Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 12.19. At 17.14 vehicle carrier Toreador, 22,098 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Sweden and Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.34.

10/11 at 08.51 ro-ro vessel City of Hamburg, 3,546 tons d.w., owners Airbus France, having sailed from Portbury at 03.57. At 14.59 cargo vessel Verena, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Verena Hermann Lohmann Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 22.28 9th.

12/11 at 08.05 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,817 tons d.w., owners Unisea Shipping B.v., inward bound for Newport .

13/11 at 06.50 cargo vessel Magdalena, 4,247 tons d.w., owners Ilze Shipping Co Ltd Latvia, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 05.10 12th. At 10.47 cargo vessel Adiante, 4,672 tons d.w., owners Sudersand Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 04.08.

14/11 at 06.40 cargo vessel Bonay, 1,891 tons d.w., owners Courland Shipping SIA Latvia, inward bound for Sharpness. At 10.35 cargo vessel Valeri, 4,450 tons d.w., owners Valerie BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 04.17.

15/11 at 09.55 bulk carrier Aasvik, 7,560 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Bulk Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 05.36.

19/11 at 15.37 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.54 cargo vessel Lingedijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Lingedijk BV Netherlands, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 09.13.

20/11 at 05.57 cruise vessel Marco Polo, 5,180 gross tons, owners Story Cruise Ltd Monaco, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 22.18 19th en route to Falmouth for bunkers – she was only doing 6 knots. (She subsequently left Falmouth pm 22nd destination Dubai Anchorage. She has been sold by auction for $2.77 million to be used in Dubai, UAE as an accommodation vessel). At 05.58 cargo vessel Brufjell, 4,372 tons d.w., owners AAT Shipinvest AS Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 21.35 19th.

21/11 at 14.15 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.25 bulk carrier Posidana, 54,106 tons d.w., owners Master Bulk Pte Ltd Singapore, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.27.

22/10 at 12.24 cargo vessel Pola Pelagia, 8,145 tons d.w., owners State Transport Leasing Co Russia, inward bound for Portbury.

21/11 at 05.41 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.04 cargo vessel Scot Pioneer, 3,638 tons d.w., owners Scotline Line UK, inward bound for Newport. At 16.12 vehicle carrier Auto Eco, 16,995 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.52. (This vessel uses LNG for propulsion purposes rather than fuel oil or diesel).

24/11 at 07.35 vehicle carrier Autostar, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.38 cargo vessel Karen, 4,750 tons d.w., owners HS Karen OU Estonia, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.05 vehicle carrier Saic Anji Phoenix, 12,778 tons d.w., owners Anji Shipping Hong Kong Co Ltd China, inward bound for Portbury.

25/11 at 17.37 vehicle carrier Hoegh Pusan, 12,500 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autolines Singapore, inward bound for Portbury.

26.11 at 0747 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 07.55 container ship AS Paulina, 34,287 tons d.w., owners AS Paulina Opco BV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury.

27/11 at 11.27 bulk carrier Nanac, 12,235 tons d.w., owners Nanac Shipping and Trading & Co Turkey, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 16.05 24th – had been at Avonmouth Anchorage awaiting orders and sailed 08.03 hrs 27th. At 15.05 deck-cargo vessel Topaz Amur, 2,969 tons d.w., owners Bue Bulkers ltd Kazakhstan, inward bound for Avonmouth – this vessel is well away from home waters and usually trades on the Russian river system and the Caspian Sea. At 15.25 tanker Levana, 14,999 tons d.w., owners Neunte Buttner Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 01.34 26th

29/11 at 12.35 cargo vessel BBC Magellan, 6,264 tons d.w., owners Hullbalje Briese Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport.

As this is my last blog of the year may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (Stay Virus free, Stay Safe).

Regards

Norman.

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Linear sea defence works at Westward Ho!

Recent storm activity, coinciding with high tides and strong winds, have resulted in several points of overtopping of the pebble ridge at Westward Ho! in recent weeks causing flooding and some disruption to local businesses and properties. Flooding was also evident across the Northam Burrows with the Sandymere Lake area flooded up to the access road for the third time this year. In the aftermath of the last storm the Council and partner agencies have been involved in the task of assessing and fixing breaches, which has so far included beach recycling of over 600 tonnes of pebbles to provide reinforcement to the most badly affected elements of the ridge.

The project teams had already been working on longer term linear defence works for this area of coastline, the bulk of which were originally scheduled to be implemented early next year. The planning has included collaboration with the Environment Agency and Natural England and a careful consideration of the need to protect the special character of the dunes and burrows, which forms part of North Devon’s important UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. However, the recent events and flooding has prompted the planned work programme to be accelerated and brought forward as a matter of urgency, and ahead of any further potential winter storms. The partners and contractors have now agreed a schedule of works that will commence from 30th November 2020.

Contractors Atkins and Kier have been appointed with the heavy plant operations subcontracted to local firms (including ground works to SEL Clarke of Bideford, bringing a welcome financial boost to the local economy and jobs). Over 2,560 tonnes of rock armour have been procured that will now be delivered by road over a three-week period from the beginning of December. The initial plan to have these delivered by sea-going barges has been ruled out as the weather required for safe operations could not be guaranteed. The energy-dissipating boulders, each weighing approximately 8 tonnes, will be placed in front of concrete Legato blocks and will form the backbone of the first phase of Linear Sea Defence works. The rocks will be brought in on flat-bed lorries each carrying 3-4 rocks totalling around 24 tonnes per load. As a result, there will be a requirement for over 100 lorry movements over the anticipated three-week period when the bulk of these materials will be delivered. The works to position and place these will continue to around 20th January with a short break in the works scheduled over the Christmas period.

Engineers have acknowledged that the scale of the coast protection works will mean there will be some unavoidable disruption to local businesses and residents while this necessary work is undertaken. During the three-week period access to the Burrows from Pebbleridge Road will be closed as lorries will be entering the staging area for materials via this route. They will exit the site along Sandymere Road. Work will be scheduled to minimise disruption as far as possible and the Council are also asking for the public’s co-operation to adhere to new signage advising of road closures and other restrictions so that the work can be completed quickly and without interruption. The works will be funded by Torridge District Council in the interim, but will ultimately be paid for by the Environment Agency as part of the wider linear defence scheme for the region.

Councillor Ken James, Leader of Torridge District Council, said: “The teams involved in this project have been working flat out not only to make safe the existing structure damaged by the recent storms but also to bring forward the longer-term programme for defences. We regret that some residents and businesses may be inconvenienced due to the scale of these works, but they are necessary to protect the area from further breaches or even a potential more catastrophic failure of the existing defences. We would like people to know that we had planned for a longer lead-in time, including more time to consult with those most likely to be affected by the works. However, due to the urgency this hasn’t been possible, but we will continue to adjust and modify our approach where the process allows to limit and moderate any disruption.”

Details of the works, changes to access arrangements, site maps and ongoing updates will be available on the Council’s website shortly.

 

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Arts Society North Devon virtual events.

The Arts Society North Devon is continuing to deliver its outstanding lectures via Zoom. Enjoy top quality talks from the comfort of your home during the pandemic.

We are now offering membership up to May for £25, which represents excellent value for top quality monthly talks.

For more information visit tasnorthdevon.org.uk , contact the chairman on selman.smile@talktalk.net , or phone 01271 866661.

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Shipping notes No. 187 (October).

In port – Bideford Quay.

Celtic Ambassador – built 1994; (ex – Bettina K, 2004); flag Cardiff; owners British; crew Ukrainian & Russian; from Larne to Castellon; arrived 14/10, sailed 16/10; loaded 2,859 tons ball clay.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Appledore.

It was drawn to my attention on Monday 1st October that the Richmond Drydock at Appledore had been sold, and the new owner Keith Wheatcroft of the Donington Racing Circuit was going to use it to store his collection of wartime vessels. Having seen some photograghs of the dock’s state, with overgrown greenery and remains of some of the fishing vessels left in the dock from the previous owner of the yard, a lot of hard work is needed to restore it to its original condition. I’ll keep you advised on the work in progress.

No news from Harland and Wolff regarding orders for the shipyard.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/10 at 11.11 ro-ro vessel City of Hamburg, 3,546 tons d.w., owners Airbus SAS France, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.14.

2/10 at 12.40 tanker North Sea Rational, 6,232 tons d.w., owners North Sea Chemicals BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

3/10 at 08.46 chemical tanker Stolt Cormorant, 5,508 tons d.w., owners Stolt Cormorant BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

5/10 at 10.45 cargo vessel Paivi, 3,450 tons d.w., owners Paivi Interscan Shipmanagement Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

6/10 at 14.10 vehicle carrier Tulane, 28,818 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.44 container vessel MSC Iris, 23,000 tons d.w., owners NSM Iris Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

7/10 at 08.17 cargo vessel Hendrika Margaretha, 3,200 tons d.w., owners Koning Gans CV Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 21.51 6th. At 09.37 cargo vessel Albiz, 5,750 tons d.w., owners Naviera Murueta SA Spain, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.25 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 17.44 8th, having sailed from Portbury at 13.23).

8/1 at 09.15 cargo vessel Saros B, 11,443 tons d.w., owners NCCB Navigation SA Turkey, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 01.08. At 12.57 cargo vessel Lisa, 4,850 tons d.w., owners Sohwartenberg Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 13.15 chemical tanker Aral, 8,915 tons d.w., owners Maya Shipping Turkey, inward bound for Avonmouth with a cargo of molasses. At 13.17 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,650 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.07.

9/10 at 16.00 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 15.45 10th having sailed from Portbury at 09.42. At 19.05 tanker Whitdawn, 4,650 tons d.w., owners James Whitaker Malta Ltd Hull, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 12.16.

10/10 at 16.07 bulk carrier Aasvik, 7,566 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 12.15.

11/10 at 18.52 vehicle carrier Passero, 12,755 tons d.w., owners Passero GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

14/10 at 11.30 vehicle carrier Autostar, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.35 cargo vessel Boha Wittenbergen, 3,744 tons d.w., owners Fortune Corporation Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Birdport having sailed 0527. At 13.43 vehicle carrier Hawaiian Highway, 20,606 tons d.w., owners Kawasakai Kisen KK Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.45 vehicle carrier Fidelo, 30,137 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.21. At 15.25 container vessel AS Paulina, 34,287 tons d.w., owners AS Paulina Opco BV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea.

18/10 at 09.43 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 17.20 19th having sailed from Portbury at 12.49). At 10.35 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot.

20/10 at 07.05 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.15 cargo vessel Celtic Navigator, 3,240 tons d.w., owners Charles M. Willie Cardiff, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 10.04. At 17.30 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.25 19th. At 16.35 cargo vessel Warber, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Wijnne and Barends Cargadoors -en-Agentourkantoren B.V Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 11.57.

22/10 at 12.45 cargo vessel Perfect, 6,500 tons d.w. owners Monte Zoncolan Perfect B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

23/10 at 17.57 bulk carrier Aastvik, 7,566 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot.

27/10 at 17.57 vehicle carrier Autostar, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

27/10 at 07.10 cargo vessel Arctica Hav, owners Hav Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Sharpness . At 10.40 cargo vessel Arklow Venture, 5,164 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Ireland, inward bound for Swansea.

29/10 at 08.20 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot.

31/10 at 09.15 tanker Ekfors, 13,702 tons d.w., owners Ekship AB Sweden, inward bound for Cardiff. At 10.30 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fujyukuri Maritime SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

The main activity in the Bristol Channel 24/25/26 October was regarding the 11 containers which were washed overboard from a vessel off Lands End. One was washed ashore at Bucks Mills near Clovelly, another near Lynton. Another came ashore on the Welsh Coast while the others are thought to have sunk . They had to be found because of the danger to vessels in the narrow waters of the Bristol Channel, and also shipping movements in the Bristol Channel could be impaired.

Sorry for the short report but weather conditions have not been fruitful for ship spotting.

Regards,

Norman.

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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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Green Home Grants scheme.

On 8th July 2020 the Chancellor announced a £2 billion Green Home Grants Scheme to upgrade homes across England and make them more energy efficient. £1.5 billion of the total funding is to be made available through vouchers that can be put towards the cost of any improvements or upgrades. The scheme was launched with two goals in mind, with the first linked to addressing climate change and the UK Government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. The scheme is also part of a package of measures designed to kick-start the economy following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with local registered installers to benefit from the resulting demand for installations.

Under the scheme home owners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to their homes. The voucher will cover up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to residents’ homes; up to a maximum voucher value of £5,000 (only one voucher is available per property). If people are on a low income and receive certain benefits they can receive a voucher covering all of the cost of improvements, up to a maximum voucher value of £10,000. Only certified installers are eligible to carry-out work on properties but local tradespeople are being encouraged to sign up to the accreditation scheme operated by TrustMark.

To be eligible to apply for the voucher, you must either:-

Own your own home (including park home owners, and long-lease holders and shared ownership).

Be a private or social landlord.

The scheme is not open to non-domestic properties or new-builds, and landlords cannot apply for the low-income portion of the scheme.

The Green Home Scheme will be time-limited to help stimulate the economic recovery, and support the creation nationally of tens of thousands of green jobs immediately. The scheme goes live on 30th September 2020, although people can check their eligibility and see what energy efficiency measures would suit their homes ahead of this date by using the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) toolkit, or visiting the government website for more information. Vouchers must be redeemed and improvements completed by 31st March 2021.

Torridge District Councillor Peter Hames, Lead Member for Climate Change, said: “Obviously the Green Home Grant scheme is very welcome in terms of the impact energy efficiency improvements can have on reducing carbon emissions and help us as a Country achieve our net-zero ambitions. But it will also help householders to save money in the long term and has the potential to be an important stimulus for our local economy which has obviously been affected by the recent Covid-19 crisis. In that respect I would also encourage local tradespeople to get registered now as an approved installer so that they can take advantage of the opportunities this scheme will hopefully generate.”

People should visit the Simple Energy Advice website to check eligibility, decide what measures to install and then contact an accredited tradesperson to get a quote: https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/pages/green-homes-grant Alternatively local tradespeople should register with TrustMark and can find out more by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/green-homes-grant-scheme-register-as-a-certified-tradesperson-or-business

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‘Families for Chidren’ – online information sessions for 2021.

With the current COVID situation we are now running information sessions online via Zoom. I have pleasure in sending the date of our next information sessions.

Are you considering adoption but not sure where to start? Families for Children is holding ONLINE information sessions to give you the opportunity to find out more. You will hear from adopters and talk to our experienced adoption team about how you can adopt, the qualities needed to be a great adopter and of course about the children waiting. Visit us to book today https://familiesforchildren.org.uk/book-online-information-event/ or call 01271 612004

2021.

Friday 15th January – 2.00-4.00pm.

Tuesday 9th February – 6.00-8.00pm.

Saturday 13th March – 9.00-11.00am.

 

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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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Bereavement support during Covid-19.

(Scroll down below poster for links).

NHS.

Tel. 01271-322362.

Website – www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk

North Devon Hospice.

Tel. 01271-347225.

Email – scteam@northdevonhospice.org.uk

Website – www.northdevonhospice.og.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care.

Tel. 0300 330 5466.

Email – devon@cruse.org.uk

Website – www.cruse.org.uk

Families in Grief.

Tel. 01237-479027.

Email – info@familiesingrief.org.uk

Website – www.familiesingrief.org.uk

Marie Curie.

Tel. 0800 3047 412.

Email – southwesthelper@mariecurie.org.uk

Website – www.mariecurie.org.uk

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Torridge District Council ask residents to contact them for help with Council Tax or Business Rates arrears.

Torridge Council have issued a call for people experiencing any problems or anxiety with Council Tax or Business Rates arrears to get in touch with the Council as soon as possible and not to let arrears build up. The Council want people to be aware that there is support and help available ahead of an initiative to write to anyone who is in arrears or will be, in the coming weeks.

It recognises the extraordinary and uncertain times the whole Country has needed to adjust to in recent months as measures were introduced to deal with the spread of COVID-19. Many people have found themselves affected by the fallout from being asked to isolate at home and from businesses being directed to close leading to a loss of livelihood and incomes

Although many measures have been introduced by the Government to support people and businesses through this period, this did not include the suspension of Council Tax or Business Rate liability. A large proportion of these debts are also collected by Torridge on behalf of other organisations and government bodies – for example over 90% of Council Tax is transferred to bodies responsible for the provision of front line services such as the Police and Fire Services, and separately to others like Devon County Council for the provision of such things as Social Services, Highways, Schools to name just a few.

Torridge Council therefore have a legal obligation to continue collecting any arrears and in the meantime can find themselves with reducing balances, as in the short term these payments are required to be made regardless of any amount the Council collect. However Councillors have also made it clear that they want to try and engage with people in a way that will be sympathetic to potentially already heightened levels of worry or concern.

Councillor Claire Hodson – Lead Member for Customer Services and Internal Resources, said: “My message to everyone is to please read the letter you receive from Torridge Council as we really want to help. We are keeping you up to date about the payments of Council Tax or Business Rates that you have missed but continue to be responsible for. You may have simply overlooked making your payments or be experiencing a loss of, or reduced income.

For some, this may also be the first time in your lives that you have found yourself in debt. Whatever the reason, contacting the Benefits Team is the first step to solving this problem and they are ready to help you to find solutions. The letters will also detail other organisations and help available and hopefully you will feel comfortable in making a move to resolving any difficulty you find yourself in”.

Options to assist people include:

Rescheduling instalments to a later date each month or spread over a longer period of time.

Application for Council Tax support due to low income or a change in income.

Application to an exceptional hardship fund.

People can contact the Council as follows:

Council Tax Team contact details:

Email: council.tax@torridge.gov.uk

Telephone: 01237 428900

Business Rates Team contact details:

Email: business.rates@torridge.gov.uk

Telephone 01237 428700

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