Shipping notes No. 169 (April).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Welsh Piper 18/4.

In port – Bideford Quay.

Clavigo – built 1992; flag Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Russian & Ukrainian; from Greenmore to Castellon; arrived 16/4, sailed 18/4; loaded 2,800 tons ball clay.

(The vessel actually arrived in the Bay on the 13th but could not berth due to neap tides. Arrangements were made to berth on pm tide Monday, but could not because of the gale blowing and the pilot boat had to return to Bideford).

In the news on Radio Devon on Sunday 7th April it was reported that the Oldenburgh had sustained a rope round her propellers whilst at Lundy. The passengers had to be accommodated overnight on Lundy by the Landmark Trust and the vessel towed to Ilfracombe by the tug Afon Alaw on the Sunday morning, arriving approx 08.00. Further report on Monday 8th; 79 passengers where involved, some of whom had to be sent to Ilfracombe for medical reasons via the lifeboat, with the balance returned to Bideford on the Monday evening about 19.30. According to the interviews everything was fine.

Appledore.

In the financial edition of the Daily Mail a report on the reopening of the shipyard. Three firms, one British and two foreign, are putting together an offer for a long lease or a joint venture with the shipyard owners Langham Industries. Another six companies have expressed an interest in building vessels at the yard.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/4 from about 10.00 the cargo vessel Stellar Toledo, 16,765 tons d.w., owners Stellar Toledo Co Ltd Netherlands, anchored in Bideford Bay towards the east anchorage off Saunton Sands. She left her anchorage approx 15.30 3/4 and was seen approx 16.05.

2/4 At 11.40 cargo vessel Gundem Azra, 4,964 tons d.w., owners Musad Shipping Inc Turkey, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 07.00.

4/4 at 11.32 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.55 container ship Demeter, 41,647 tons d.w., owners Puerto Varap Shipping Co Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 0741. At 15.42 bulk carrier Aasvik, 7,564 tons d.w., owners inAssen Bulk Norway, outward bound for Port Talbot. Also in the bay the small cruise ship Stockholm seen steaming towards Clovelley, where she stayed overnight and sailed the next day for Oban..

9/4 at 17.30 vehicle carrier SFL Conductor, 17,709 tons d.w., owners SFL Conductor Ltd Singapore, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.56.

10/4 at 13.54 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 18.06 11th outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 13.53).

11/4 at 14.25 vehicle carrier Lyra Leader, 21,453 tons d.w., owners NYK Line Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.38 vehicle carrier Morning Chorus, 21,276 tons d.w., owners WW Shipowning Singapore PTE Singapore, inward bound for Portbury.

12/4 at 09.16 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

14/4 at 15.47 cargo vessel Conger, 5,207 tons d.w., owners Conger GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 16.53 cargo vessel Adela, 7,321 tons d.w., owners Break Bulk Shipping Turkey, inward bound for Avonmouth.

20/4 at 10.30 cargo vessel Werra, 4,443 tons d.w., owners Roland Ship Administration Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

21/4 at 12.14 bitumen tanker Bit Eco, 7,977 tons d.w., owners Theodora Tankers BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 14.43 container ship Jacob, 24,069 tons d.w., owners Jacob Maritime Ltd India, inward bound for Portbury.

24/4 at 05.45 Coral Leader, 12,161 tons d.w., owners Fujyukuri Maritime SA Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.08.

25/4 at 12.58 cargo vessel Nihat Bey, 3,712 tons d.w., owners Egemar Inc Turkey, inward bound for Newport (she had been outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 22.21 hrs 9th and was anchored Blue Anchor Bay and Clovelly awaiting orders.

26/4 at 06.30 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

28/4 at 06.30 vehicle carrier Titus, 21,500 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Sweden and Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards

Norman.

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