Shipping notes No. 174 (September).

In port – Bideford Quay.

Celtic Crusader – (ex- Scorpius ’98, Lamego ’13); built 1994; flag Cardiff; owners British; crew Polish & Ukrainian; from Brombrogh Wall (Mersey) to Castellon; arrived 26/9, sailed 27/9; loaded 2,860 tons ball clay.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Appledore.

Throughout Friday 27/9 on Radio Devon, reports of a ‘summit meeting’ called by the North Devon MP G. Cox at 10, Downing Street. Reports that new owners have been found, and there is hope that reopening of the yard could happen before Christmas. (My own opinion is that Babcocks may be involved, having secured the contract to build the Type 31 frigates. This could bring heartbreak to some of the labour force who were previously made redundant by Babcocks).

British Channel Observations.

1/9 at 11.12 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w., owners White Bear Maritime ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 23/9 at 13.21 outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 08.01).

3/9 at 13.46 vehicle carrier Oberon, 30,134 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.05 container vessel Endeavour, 9,167 tons d.w., owners J.R. Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.27. At 20.05 cargo vessel Arklow Valour, 5,159 tons d.w., owners Avoca Ltd Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 13.35.

5/9 at 18.34 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,817 tons d.w., owners Unisea Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 12.17. At 18.44 vehicle carrier Taipan, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound 19.33 6/9 having sailed at 15.20).

6/9 at 19.37 cargo vessel Bramau, 3,704 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 11.58.

7/9 at 06.36 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.06. At 07.30 cargo vessel Hav Zander, 2,999 tons d.w., owners Hav Ship Management AS Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 15.10 cargo vessel Wilson Brest, 3,000 tons d.w., owners Wilson A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport.

8/9 at 07.13 vehicle carrier Ruby Ace, 18,724 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carrier Express, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.25 cargo vessel Ambra, 18,510 tons d.w., owners MGD Shipping SPA Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.00 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries U.K. Ltd , inward bound for Portbury. At 19.17 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

10/9 at 12.20 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Aries Del Mar Compania SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.42.

12/9 at 13.10 vehicle carrier Fidelio, 30,017 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.05.

13/9 at 11.25 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.55 bulk carrier Aasli, 6,630 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.35 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Unisea Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 16.50 cargo vessel Arklow Dusk, 11,000 tons d.w., owners Kilbride Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Portbury.

14/9 at 16.25 cargo vessel Ulrika G, 4,419 tons d.w., owners Kaptain Josef Gerdes Schiffahts & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.43.

15/9 at 10.23 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.05. At 10.37 chemical tanker Gioconda, 7,746 tons d.w., owners Gioconda Tanker GMBH & Co K.G Germany, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 06.20. At 13.45 cargo vessel Arklow Valour, 5,159 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea . At 14.43 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 14.55 16th outward bound having sailed at 10.47).

19/9 at 13.55 cargo vessel Paula C, 4,998 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd Cowes Isle of Wight, inward bound for Sharpness. At 19.30 cargo vessel Arklow Dusk, 11,000 tons d.w., owners Kilbride Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.05.

21/9 at 11.17 bulk carrier Agria, 56,805 tons d.w., owners Palomino Trading Co Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.25 vehicle carrier Rhea Leader, 21,425 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 22/9 at 19.26 outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 14.55). At 15.40 tanker Stolt Seagull, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Stolt Seagull BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 12.04. At 17.33 tanker Oratuulia, 6,089 tons d.w., owners Tuulia Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury.

22/9 at 07.20 cargo vessel Nuri Sonay, 14,887 tons d.w., owners Ilkay Shipping AS Turkey, inward bound for Swansea . At 15.28 cargo vessel Celtic Warrior, 4,123 tons d.w., owners Charles W Willie Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 16.40 cargo vessel Hav Grouper, 3,053 tons d.w., owners Hav Ship Management AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.

25/9 at 19.40 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.28.

28/9 at 11.25 tanker Polar Unicorn, 73,956 tons d.w., owners Polar Unicorn Shipping LLC Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.47.

29/9 at 12.44 vehicle carrier Sirius Highway, 20,419 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.30.

I’m sorry to report that the proposed visit to Ilfracombe on 24/9 by the cruise ship Rotterdam failed again due to the weather conditions, and she diverted to Liverpool for her passengers to enjoy a visit to Merseyside.

Regards,

Norman.

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