Shipping notes No. 145 (March/ April).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping movements since last issue. Capt Hoad, the Harbour Master and Pilot, retired as Harbour Master on the 31st March but will be staying on as pilot to help to train his replacement. I would like to thank Capt. Hoad for all his help supplying information which has assisted the preparation of the shipping page.

Shipping at Appledore.

No shipping at Appledore. The next vessel for the Irish Navy the Le George Bernard Shaw is due to be launched at the end of 2017 with delivery in early 2018.

Shipping at Yelland.

None since last issue ; however there is a vessel due with chippings from Glensanda on or about the 22nd April.

Bristol Channel Observations.

20.3 at 15.13 vehicle carrier Gentle Leader, 21,122 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel in the colours of Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.15 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,284 tons d.w. ,owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on the 22.3.17 at 08.113 having sailed at 03.56. ) At 18.30 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz 3500 tons d.w.,owners Anita 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury.

22.3 at 08.55 container vessel BF Cartegena, 5,218 tons d.w., owners Paula Bijan Foroohari Schiffahrts K.G Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 12.27, vehicle carrier Athens Highway, 18,809 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 12.47.

23.3 at 09.20 cargo ship Frisian River, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Frisian River BU Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 09.23 cargo vessel Geervliet, 3,799 tons d.w, owners Geervliet Shipping Co CV Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport.

25.3 at 11.15 vehicle carrier Cape Town Highway 21676 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan , inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on the 26.3 at 08.43, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.55.)

26.3 at 08.35 cargo vessel Pilsum, 2,372 tons d.w, owners Roland Coastal Marine GMH Germany, inward bound for Cardiff. At 09.15 cargo vessel Lady Anne-Lynn, 3,688 tons d.w, owners Lady Anne-Lynn Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport. At 10.37 cargo vessel Azburg, 9,085 tons d.w., owners Azburg Shipping Co Turkey, inward bound for Swansea. At 10.50 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

1.4 at 11.30 the vintage passenger ship Stockholm, 361 gross tons, owners Ishavet AB Sweden, inward bound for Bristol ; she went to anchor close to the Oldenburg’s berth at Lundy, left on the Sunday morning and anchored close to Clovelly, and sailed on the Sunday lunch time for Bristol. (She returned to Lundy 6.4.17 before finally sailing off to Caldey Island). At 15.25 cargo vessel Arklow Valley, 5,169 tons d.w, owners Acoca Shipping Eire, outward bound from Birdport, having sailed at 10.31. At 16.15 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury ; (seen again on 2.4.17 at 14.35, having sailed at 10.20.)

2.4 at 14.02 chemical tanker Stolt Kittewake, 4,170 tons d.w, owners Stolt Nielsen BV Netherlands ,outward bound from Barry, having sailed at 10.11. At 15.30 cargo vessel Jade, 3,250 tons d.w.,owners Wagenborg Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

5.4 at 18.25 tanker Acacia Noir, 5,895 tons d.w. ,owners White Flag Ventures LL Sweden , outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 13.56.

7.4 at 09.12 bulk carrier Berge Ishizuchi, 181,458 tons d.w, owners Bergesen Worldwide ASA Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 06.10.

8.4 at 18.20 cargo vessel Lady Jasmin, 11,307 tons d.w., owners Jasmin Shipping Corp Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 19.10 vehicle carrier Bishu Highway, 17,649 tons d.w.,owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

10.4 at 11.55 vehicle carrier Diamond Highway, 19,086 tons d.w, owners Diamond Car Carriers SA Japan Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

I would like to thank the Friends of the Burton Art Gallery for listening to my talk on Bideford and Appledore shipping, and their donation to ‘Buzz’ funds.

Regards, Norman.

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