Nothing since last issue. I understand that the next vessel at Bideford will be at the beginning of July.
LE George Bernard Shaw is still fitting out – first sea trials in July .Readers who may have been passing on the bus might have noticed that there is no gun on the fore end of this vessel; this is because it will not be fitted until she gets to her home base in Eire, using a gun from a vessel the Irish Navy bought from the British Government when we handed Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1999 (see below).
Bristol Channel Observations.
15/4 at 13.35 cargo vessel Borkum, 5,469 tons d.w., owners Borkum GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Swansea.
16/4 at 11.22 cargo vessel Paula C, 4,498 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Cowes IOW, inward bound for Newport. At 11.30 cargo vessel Pollux, 3,689 tons d.w., owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Birdport.
18/4 at 17.35 vehicle carrier Don Carlo, 28,142 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for |Portbury. (She is one of the largest vehicle carriers in the world).
21/4 at 13.35 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd, inward bound for Portbury.
22/4 at 15.22 vehicle carrier Grande Benin, 26,097 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 1035.
25/4 at 0725 vehicle carrier Florida Highway, 18,930 tons d.w., owners Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 2028 cruise liner Marco Polo, 22,080 gross tons, owners Cruise and Maritime voyages UK, inward bound for Avonmouth.
28/4 at 07.15 cargo vessel Fokko Ukena, 3,627 tons d.w., owners Kapitan Siegfreid Bojen Schiffahrtsbetrieb EK Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 07.25 cargo vessel Egon W, 3,015 tons d.w., owners Egon W KG Germany, inward bound for Newport.
29/4 at 10.25 cargo vessel Bon Vivant, 2,510 tons d.w., owners MV Bon Vivant Sia Latvia, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 06.37. At 10.30 cement carrier Encofrador, 6,528 tons d.w., owners Tedela Vegvin Spain, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 06.26. At 11.02 cargo vessel Eemsborg, 10,750 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Cardiff. At 12.30 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.
30/4 at 12.32 cargo vessel Lauren C, 5,000 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd Cowes Isle of Wight, inward bound for Sharpness.
1/5 at 16.23 vehicle carrier Virgo Leader, 20,111 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.
2/5 at 12.15 cargo vessel Erle, 4,690 tons d.w., owners Sea Rabbit Chartering Turkey, outward bound from Birdport (having sailed 30th at 19.09). At 12.35 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.03 hrs. At 13.55 vehicle carrier Virgo Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.03.
4/5 at 17.23 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.
6/5 at 19.10 vehicle carrier Grand Pioneer, 19,120 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping (H.K) Co Ltd Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury.
7/5 at 13.50 vehicle carrier Grande Portogallo, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.12.
8/5 at 15.57 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.
9/5 at 19.10 cement carrier Ronez, 1,117 tons d.w., owners Heulin-Renouf Channel Islands, inward bound for Port Talbot.