Shipping notes No 176 (November).

Bideford Quay.

The Oldenburg sailed about 07.00 13th for drydocking at Sharpness.

Appledore.

No further news regarding the reopening of the shipyard. Possibly an announcement prior to the General Election on the 12th December?

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/11 at 09.41 cargo vessel Pascal, 4,263 tons d.w., owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Newport.

3/11 at 12.53 container vessel Neuburg, 9,322 tons d.w., owners Reederei Jorg Kopping Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 08.43.

5/11 at 16.45 cargo vessel Fast Herman, 3,480 tons d.w., owners Fast Line Belgium N.V Belgium, inward bound for Sharpness.

6/11 at 15.55 cargo vessel Dragonera, 5,555 tons d.w., owners Roland Shipping & Trading GMBH Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.25 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

8/11 at 08.05 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.23 bulk carrier Baltic Fox, 31,459 tons d.w., owners Baltic Fox Ltd USA, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.31 6th,

10/11 at 07.35 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 04.14. At 13.48 tanker Nautical Janine, 75,111 tons d.w. owners Nautical Bulk Shipping 13 Ltd Singapore, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.11 5th (has been at anchor awaiting order). At 14.50 bulk carrier Thurgau, 32,790 tons d.w., owners Mass Mariner SA Switzerland, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 04.45.

11/11 at 0828 vehicle carrier Grand Legacy, 17,550 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping (H.K) Co. Ltd Hong Kong, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.29.

12/11 at 09.57 cargo vessel Frontera, 5,699 tons d.w., owners Frontera A Strahlmann GMBH Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.02 tanker Orasund, 4,975 tons d.w., owners Simonsen MH Denmark, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.55.

13/11 at 11.20 vehicle carrier Hestia Leader, 21,419 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

14/11 at 16.30 cargo vessel Bon Vivant, 2,510 tons d.w., owners MV Bon Vivant Sia Latvia, inward bound for Sharpness.

18/11 at 08.55 vehicle carrier Hoegh London, 20,500 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Ltd Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.45 vehicle carrier Porgy, 18,000 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

19/11 at 07.55 cargo vessel Arklow Rogue, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Invermore Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Avonmouth. At13.20 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.13 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.37.

20/11 at 14.45 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 11.12.

23/11 at 07.32 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.54. At 08.27 tug Tradesman, 72 tons, owners SMS Towage Hessle, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed 04.04.

24/11 at 11.45 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

25/11 at 07.29 cargo vessel Burgtor, 3,414 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

26/11 at 07.15 vehicle carrier Cuidad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja SNC 2 France, inward bound for Portbury.

29/11 at 09.45 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

30/11 at 06.28 vehicle carrier Grande Mirafiori, 15,580 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 06.33 vehicle carrier Lapis Arrow, 12,105 tons d.w., owners Lapis Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

As this is my final report of the year I apologise for the shortage of sightings; there have been a great deal of movements in the Channel, but lack of daylight hours has made life a bit difficult. May I take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Regards, Norman.

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