Noticed on my computer on the 1st April the Oldenburg was sailing towards Sharpness. I spoke to the Lundy Office, and they informed me that as passenger services to the island were suspended due to the Coronavirus they took the opportunity for the vessel to undertake further maintenance work, and expected her to be at Sharpness for a few weeks. She left Sharpness on the 27th to return to Bideford.
No further news regarding reopening shipyard.
No shipping movements.
Bristol Channel Observations.
1/4 at 14.20 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway outward bound from Portbury (having sailed at 09.30). At 19.23 cargo vessel Bramau, 3,704 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann German, outward bound from Birdport having sailed 12.59.
2/4 at 08.00 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Paxton Maritima SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 18.55 4th, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.59). At 1653 vehicle carrier Rigel Leader, 18,884 tons d.w., owners Lucia Navigation SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.15. At 17.08 cargo vessel Wilson Algeciras, 3,584 tons d.w., owners Wilson A/s, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 10.25 4th outward bound, having sailed at 04.10). At 18.25 vehicle carrier Dignity Ace, 20,589 tons d.w., owners Dignity Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.30.
3/4 at 11.15 cargo vessel Celtica Hav, 1,720 tons d.w., owners Hav Shipmanagment Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 02.18. At 16.35 cargo vessel Arklow Rival, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Avonmouth.
4/4 at 09.03 cargo vessel Spanaco Fidelity, 4,192 tons d.w., owners Spanaco Four Ltd Malta, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.03 vehicle carrier RCC Tianjin, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Tianjin Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 19.43 4th having sailed from Portbury at 16.46).
8/4 at 14.00 cargo vessel Sarah-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie -B Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport.
10/4 at 11.00 cargo vessel Amuesa, 5,045 tons d.w., owners Navinorte SA Spain, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.40 cargo vessel Wilson Flushing, 4,321 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.
13/4 at 06.42 cargo vessel Fehn Caledonia, 2,589 tons d.w., owners Fehn Caledonia Germany, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again 1615 17th having sailed at 22.08 14th). At 10.40 cargo vessel Amber Trader, 5,727 tons d.w., owners Canqber Management Ltd Portugal, inward bound for Swansea. At 11.14 supply vessel Seazip Fix, 325 tons d.w., owners Idefix Danmark APS Netherlands, inward bound for Hinkley Point Power Station. (Seen again at 1706 18th outward bound from Hinkley, having sailed at 14.30 ). At 11.10 cargo vessel Pregol Hav, 2,291 tons d.w., owners Hav Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 12.25 suction dredger UKD Bluefin, 5,500 tons d.w., owners UK Dredging Management Cardiff, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 05.02.
14/4 at 14.34 vehicle carrier Pleiades Leader, 21,462 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.35 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners European Car Carriers Ltd Norway, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 06.22.
15/4 at 0630 cargo vessel RMS Laar, 2,304 tons d.w., owners Rhein Maas-und See-Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.11. At 06.52 hrs cargo vessel Leine, 2,928 tons d.w., owners Roland Ship Administration, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 23.19 14th. At 15.43 bulk carrier Aastvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 12.13.
16/4 at 05.52 cargo vessel Pride, 2,981 tons d.w., owners Briese Chartering Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.33. At 11.36 cargo vessel Muhlenau, 3,670 tons d.w., owners Redderei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 11.51 15th. At 20.12 vehicle carrier Porgy, 18,009 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.15 cargo vessel Longdijk, 6,359 tons d.w., owners Longdijk Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 14.53.
17/4 at 18.06 vehicle carrier Don Quijote, 28,144 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.
18/4 at 17.08 cargo vessel Sea Harmony, 2,900 tons d.w., owners Saturn Shipping Ltd Market Rasen, inward bound for Newport.
20/4 at 09.12 tanker Anuket Ruby, 7,279 tons d.w., owners Combe 111 Ltd Glasgow, inward bound for Cardiff. At 11.42 tanker Stolt Fulmar, 5,498 tons d.w., owners Sea 137 Leasing Co Ltd Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 07.34.
22/4 at 05.35 cargo vessel Lianne, 3,075 tons d.w., owners Scheepvaartbedrijf Van Dam Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 19.41 21st. At 17.45 cargo vessel Meike-B, 4,143 tons d.w., owners Shuya Marine Ltd Ukraine, inward bound for Newport.
23/4 at 15.25 cargo vessel Antwerp, 3,600 tons d.w., owners Sibet Attena Vertoom-Bojen Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 08.01.
26/4 at 11.50 vehicle carrier Serenity Ace, 21,004 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Ltd Israel, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.45 cargo vessel Feed Rogaland, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk A/S Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 07.43 22nd.
27/4 at 12.50 cargo vessel Celtic Venture, 5,005 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Shipping Cardiff, inward bound for Swansea.
30/4 at 06.17 vehicle carrier Autosky, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 06.17 cargo vessel Isidor, 4,273 tons d.w. owners Smythe Shipping Inc Denmark, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 22.11 29th. At 17.00 cargo vessel Wilson Limerick, 3,812 tons d.w., owners Bremen Rhenus Schiffinvest Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 10.04.
During the last month since my last issue life has changed completely; the number of vehicle carriers heading for Portbury has slackened as the car dealerships having closed down and I would think that Portbury is now fairly full (100,000 capacity max). Strange things have happened to these vessels – one, the Mediterranean Highway has been anchored off Swansea for nearly three weeks, and the Columbia Highway has been anchored off the North Cornwall Coast with nowhere to go. Also a lot of cruise ships are laid up in Dover,Tilbury and the Firth of Forth. The Allure of the Seas has visited the Celtic Sea on quite a few occasions.