Shipping notes No. 152 (October/ November).

Shipping at Bideford.

Oldenburg was due to sail from Bideford 14th November for drydocking at Sharpness, but it has been delayed due to faulty lock gates at Sharpness.

Shipping at Appledore.

The launch of the LE George Bernard Shaw is due to take place in the Spring of 2018.

Bristol Channel Observations.

11/10 at 19.00 cargo vessel Notos, 8,049 tons d.w, owners Sykron GMBH Co K.G Germany, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 11.53.

12/10 at 05.48 cruise ship Marco Polo, 22,080 gross tons, owners Cruise and Maritime Voyages UK, inward bound for Avonmouth (Although still dark all cruise ships have their deck lights on during the night and as she was the only passenger ship in the area was easy to identify via Marine Traffic AIS system). At 18.29 container vessel MSC Sophie, 43,600 tons, owners Navigio Co SA Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.16.

13/10 at 18.04 vehicle carrier Bosphorus Highway, 18,792 tons d.w, owners Kawasaki Kisen KK Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.12.

17/10 at 10.45 cargo vessel Arklow Bank, 8,565 tons d.w., owners Glenthorn Shipping Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 06.35. At 13.06 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kiasha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.31. At 13.24. container vessel Vega Philipp, 10,750 tons d.w., owners Vega Philipp Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 08.42. At 13.27 tanker Eken, 13,072 tons d.w., owners Turus Shipping Ltd Sweden. having sailed from Avonmouth at 07.31.

20/10 at 11.36 vehicle carrier Jasper Arrow, 12,105 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

25/10 at 16.14 cargo ship H & S Fairness. 2,980 tons d.w., owners Biesborch Shipping Netherlands. outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 10.21. At 17.42 vehicle carrier Leo Leader, 22,733 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.47.

26/10 at 08.30 tanker Oramalia, 6863 tons d.w., owners Malia Shipping B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 02.45.

27/10 at 07.50 bulk carrier Nimertis, 28,396 tons d.w., owners Iris Shipping and Trading Co Greece, inward bound for Newport. ( Seen again 4/11 having sailed from Newport at 05.46.) At 08.49 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

28/10 at 17.57 vehicle carrier Global Highway, 20,685 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

29/10 at 07.43 tanker Stolt Greenshank, 4,350 tons d.w., owners Stolt Tankers BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. At 08.29 cargo vessel Swedica Hav, 2,276 tons d.w., owners Hav Ship Management AS Norway, outward bound from Birdport, having sailed at 01.04.

31/10 at 19.55 the cruise ship Marco Polo, 22,080 gross tons, owners Cruise and Maritime Voyages UK, inward bound for Avonmouth.

1/11 at 10.23 vehicle carrier Theben, 23,786 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

2/11 at 07.16 cargo vessel Wilson Dunkirk, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Wilson SA Norway, inward bound for Birdport. At the same time the tanker Ek Star, 13,780 tons d.w., owners Turus Shipping Ltd Sweden, inward bound for Avonmouth. ( Seen again 4/11 at 09.47, having sailed from Avonmouth at 04.41.

4/11 at 09.21 Jinsei Maru, 17,914 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 04.50. At 09.56 tanker Stolt Cormorant, 5,498 tons d.w, owners Stolt Tankers BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

6/11 at 07.31 cargo vessel Fri Kvam, 4,909 tons d.w., owners Fri Kvam AS Norway, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again outward bound 9th at 16.47, having sailed at 10.53.) At 07.55 hrs bulk carrier Kai Xuan, 51,599 tons d.w, owners Hai Kuo Shipping 1355 Ltd Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.26 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on 7/11 at 13.45, having sailed from Portbury at 11.28.) At.10.31 cargo vessel Scot Mariner, 3,300 tons d.w., owners Scotline UK, inward bound for Newport.

8/11 at 12.59 container ship MSC Sophie, 43,600 tons d.w., owners Sophie Naviera Co SA Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.36.

10/11 at 08.40 cargo vessel Voornedijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Voornedijk B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness.

Any readers travelling on the A39 between 6th and 10 November towards Bude may have seen the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth on her sea trials ; at the time of going to press I am not sure how long the Navy will keep her in the area, but she appeared to have gone 15th November. Quite a few pieces of the vessel were constructed at Appledore, including the bulbous bow.

Below are screenshots of her position at 11.44 9th November and her track prior to that time.

As this is the last shipping page of the year I would like to take the opportunity to wish all readers a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Norman. 01271 861183

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