Shipping notes No. 177 (December).

Bideford Quay.

No cargo shipping since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

Nothing since last issue.

Appledore.

No shipyard news forthcoming, so keeping fingers crossed that the New Year will bring some good news.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/12 at 07.58 cargo vessel Wilson Clyde, 4,450 tons d.w., owners Wilson A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 10.31 bulk carrier Nordtigris, 37,000 tons d.w., owners Nordtigris Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 11.21 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.27.

2/12 at 07.20 cargo vessel R.M.S Wedau, 1,708 tons d.w., owners Rhein Maas-und See-Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 08.30 cargo vessel Ammon, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Q-shipping B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

3/12 at 12.15 bunkering tanker Whitdawn, 4,500 tons d.w., owners John H Whitaker Malta Ltd Hull, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 08.55. At 13.30 vehicle carrier Zenith Leader, 12,260 tons d.w., owners RBSAF25 Ltd London, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.29.

4/12 at 13.50 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.49. At 15.05 vehicle carrier Titania, 31,108 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

5/12 at 11.36 cargo vessel Starvip, 18,615 tons d.w., owners Vipima Societa Di Navigazioe Italy, inward bound for Newport. At 12.45 cargo vessel Erkul S., 13,347 tons d.w., owners unknown, inward bound for Newport.

6/12 at 08.45 cruise ship Marco Polo, 5,180 gross tons, owners Story Cruise Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury having sailed at 03.31. (She was 12 hours late sailing because of the severe storm, with winds of 70 mph recorded at Chivenor).

7/12 at 07.27 cargo vessel R.M.S. Deudorf, 2,620 tons d.w., outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.22. At 08.42 cargo vessel Kristel, 5,000 tons d.w., inward bound for Newport.

8/12 at 12.34 bulk carrier San, 17,083 tons d.w., owners Hermione Six Maritime Ltd Poland, inward bound for Newport.

10/12 at 13.09 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Victory Ray Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

11/12 at 14.18 vehicle carrier Crystal Ace, 18,481 tons d.w., owners Story Cruise Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (This was the fourth vehicle carrier in the Channel on this day – the others were the Monza, Niagara Highway, and Aegean Highway, all bound for Portbury but sheltered to the North of Lundy. At 19.20 the fully-illuminated cruise ship Marco Polo, 5,180 gross tons, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 22.08 vehicle carrier Apollon Leader, 18,758 tons d.w., owners Flor deVapores SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 17.56.

15/12 at 11.50 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Victory Ray Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 11th at 15.38 – she had been sheltering off Lynemouth due to the gale force winds. At 14.44 vehicle carrier Monza, 12,304 tons d.w., owners Monza GMBH & Co Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed on the 12th – she had been sheltering off Lynemouth with the Victory Leader.

19/1 at 07.30 container vessel Hansa Asia, 47,116 tons d.w., owners MRC Ship Co 1 LLC Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

21/1 at 13.00 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,817 tons d.w., owners Unisea Shipping B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

23/12 at 08.15 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.00.

28/12 at 13.50 vehicle carrier Sirius Highway, 20,419 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Also seen again at 12.30 29th, having sailed from Portbury 0854.

29/12 at 07.50 cargo vessel Celtic Warrior, 4,123 tons d.w., owners Charles M. Willie Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 10.58 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 14.41 30th having sailed from Portbury at 11.40.

30/12 at 12.10 tanker Two Million Ways, 73,965 tons d.w., owners TMW Shipping C.V Netherlands, outward Portbury having sailed at 06.57.

Regards,

Norman.

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