The Celtic Endeavour was programmed to load a cargo of chippings at Glensanda during the first week of October ; however due to berth congestion at the load port, and the prospect of missing the high water period in the River Taw and being neaped, the voyage was cancelled.
Welsh Piper, 18/9.
Arco Dart , 20/9.
On Thursday 22nd Sept at approx. 10.15am the SS Freshspring was berthed at Appledore at Babcocks’ fitting out quay. She awaited a suitable high water period prior to being towed to her allocated berth at Victoria Park.
There she will remain for at least 5 years subject to inspections, while the owners, the Freshspring Preservation Society, complete their work on the hull and engine. Hopefully she eventually will be passed fit to undertake trips into the Bristol Channel. Her berth was ready on the 16th October (having been cleared of wreckage.) The vessel Seven Seas towed her from Sharpness, and was then due to sail for Falmouth.
Bristol Channel Observations.
20.9 at 07.54 cargo vessel Reggedijk, 4,450 tons d.w, owners Naviga Shipmanagment BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 14.20 cargo vessel Roseburg, 3,005 tons d.w, owners Sia Aquarius Shipmanagement Co Latvia, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again 23.9 at 19.05, outward bound, having sailed at 12.20).
21.9 at 18.38 vehicle carrier Michigan Leader, 17,673 tons d.w, owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K.J Japan outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 13.45.
23.9 at 17.10 cargo vessel Olza, 2,690 tons d.w, owners Baltramp Shipping SP Z OO Poland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.25 bulk carrier Clipper Bettina, 38,221 tons d.w., owners Legend Star Shipping PTE Ltd Philippines, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 11.21.
24.9 at 12..25 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux ,12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury.
25.9 at 09.13 heavy lift cargo vessel BBC Marmara, 6,203 tons d.w, owners Wittdun Germany inward bound for Avonmouth. At 11.25 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.
1.10 at 16.35 cargo vessel Helsinki, 4,221 tons d.w, owners Kapitan Siegfried Bojen Schiffahrtsbetrieb EK Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed about 09.30.
2.10 at 11.00 vehicle carrier Grand Duke, 18,315 tons d.w, owners Cido Shipping (H.K) Co. Ltd Hong Kong, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.15.
3.10 at 15.49 tug Duke of Normandy, 212 gross tons, owners The States of Jersey Harbour board, inward bound for Avonmouth.
6.10 at 11.12 vehicle carrier Glovis Companion, 18,671 tons d.w., owners Glovis Co. Ltd South Korea, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.19 hrs bulk carrier York, 181,060 tons d.w., owners Okanto Holdings Ltd BWI London, outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 06.49. At 11.55 cargo vessel Voornedijk, 4,891 tons d.w, owners Navigia Shipmanagement BV Netherlands , inward bound for Sharpness.
10.10 at 11.50 cargo vessel Mikhail Dudin, 3,030 tons d.w., owners North Western Shipping Joint Stock Co Russia, inward bound for Cardiff. At 12.20 cargo vessel RMS Laar, 2,304 tons d.w, owners Rhein Maas-und See-Schiffahrtskontor GMH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.
11.10 at 17.36 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 11.31.
12.10 at 17.25 bulk carrier Cape York, 28,471 tons d.w, owners Cape York Shipping Ltd Hong Kong China, inward bound for Newport.
The sailing ship which was anchored in the bay Tuesday 11th to the 12th was the Stavros S Niarchos, which was fitted out at Appledore and waiting to proceed to Cardiff.
Regards, Norman ( 01271 861183).