No cargoes since last issue.
Captain Hoad, the pilot since 1999, has officially retired and Capt Davis is now the pilot for the Rivers Torridge and Taw.
LE George Bernard Shaw is due for delivery to the Irish Navy in early September. Trinity House buoy vessel Mair arrived 21/8 and sailed on 23rd for Barry.
31/8 – the tug Sarah Grey arrived with floating crane in tow and berthed her at the old Yelland Oil Jetty to undertake work in the estuary.
Bristol Channel Observations.
11/8 at 11.07 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.05 cargo vessel Right Step, 4,400 tons d.w., owners Profy PP Ukraine, inward bound for Avonmouth.
12/8 at 12.45 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 20,111 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. A number of people saw the tanker Gulf Crystal, 74,999 tons d.w., owners Gulf Crystal Shipping Ltd Dubai UAE, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.15 11th anchored in Bideford Bay awaiting orders. (Sailed for Antwerp about 14.20 25th ).
14/8 at 0955 cargo vessel Wilson Borg, 3,720 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 11.25 tanker Stolt Greenshank, 4,449 tons d.w, owners Broving Stainless AS care of Stolt Nielsen BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.
21/8 at 17.35 cargo vessel Zeycan Ana, 8,500 tons d.w., owners Zeycan Maritime Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 21.18 16th. At 19.00 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,700 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.
23/8 at 08.32 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja 2 SNC, France inward bound for Portbury. At 20.30 ro-ro vessel Grande Benin, 26,009 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.38.
24/8 at 10.40 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on 25th at 08.55 having sailed from Portbury at 03.59). At 11. 07 container ship ER Hobart, 13,879 tons d.w., owners Reedererei Blue Star Holding SA Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.18).
25/8 at 10.12 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,365 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.40 sail training vessel Lord Nelson, 368 gross tons, owners Sail Training Trust UK, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 07.17. At 19.10 cargo vessel Edzard Cirksena, 3,627 tons d.w., owners Kaptain Siegfried Bojen Schiffahrtsbetrieb EK Germany, inward bound for Newport.
27/8 at 10.50 vehicle carrier Taurus Leader, 19,278 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.18. At 12.15 cable layer Dependable, 9,200 tons d.w., owners Tyco Dependable Co USA, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 13.07 bulk carrier Crux, 32,744 d.w., owners Palme Shipping Co Greece, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 07.15. At 15.02 cargo vessel Denizhan Trio, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Trio Ship Invest Corp Turkey, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 08.47 25th.
29/8 at 14.41 vehicle carrier Nordic Ace, 7,387 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Ltd Israel, inward bound for Portbury.
30/8 at 07.30 container ship Fesco Askold, 13,806 tons d.w., owners Astro Moo Shipping Co Russia, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.18.
31/8 at 11.55 tanker Oramalia, 6,863 tons d.w., owners Malia Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury.