In port – Yelland Quay.
Celtic Navigator – (ex- Atlantic Sea, 2008: Hera, ’14) ; built 1990; flag Cardiff, UK; owners British; crew Polish; from Glensanda to Ribadeo, Spain; arrived 24.4, sailed 24.4; discharged 3,800 tons chippings.
In port – Bideford Quay.
Elke K – built 1993; flag Netherlands; owners Dutch; crew Polish, Russian, Filipino; from Plymouth to Castellon; arrived 5.5, sailed 9.5; loaded 2,860 tons ball clay.
Arco Dart ; 5.5, 8.5.
LE William Butler Yeats still fitting out.
Bristol Channel observations.
16.4 at 16.25 HMS Bulwark, 18,500 tons displacement, inward bound toward Ilfracombe – she returned to Bideford Bay about 2 hours later. Later in company with HMS Ocean, 22,500 tons dispacement, HMS Somerset, 4,900 tons displacement, the large French helicopter carrier Dixmunde, French fleet oiler Var , and two frigates which I believe were French. By daylight on Sunday they had all sailed off towards Plymouth. The vessels were all taking part in ‘Operation Griffin’.
At 16.50 bulk carrier Aastun, owners Hans Martin Torkelson, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 13.41. At 18.30 vehicle carrier Tranquility Ace, 18,840 tons d.w., owners Mitsui OSK Lines of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.
At 18.50 cargo vessel Franbo Prospect ,11,008 tons d.w., owners Franbo Transportation SA Taiwan outward bound from Newport having sailed on 8.4 at 1841, having been anchored in Bridgewater Bay awaiting orders.
19.4 at 11.30 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, having sailed at 05.36.
20.4 at 07.12 vehicle carrier Grande Bretagna, 18,461 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury At 06.45 bulk carrier Berge Atlantic, 17,2704 tons d.w., owners Berge Bulk Norway AS Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 03.04.
21.4 at 13.07 vehicle carrier Torino, 21,260 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmson Sweden and Norway, inward bound for Portbury.
24.4 at 09.13 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.
25.4 at 17.15 container vessel MSC Ishyka, 33,985 tons d.w., owners Mediterranean Shipping Co.s.A Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.00.
28.4 at 12.25 tug Svitzer Bentley, 200 tons d.w., owners Svitzer Towage Felixstowe, inward bound for Swansea.
29.4 at 16.25 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterraneo, 18,427 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.
30.4 at 16.03 cargo vessel Lady Menna, inward bound for Birdport. At 17.40 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.
3.5 at 0720 container ship MSC Rafaela, 51,210 tons d.w., owners Mediterranean Shipping Co S.A Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.31. At 08.22 vehicle carrier Grande Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.54. At 08.27 cruise ship Ocean Diamond, 8,282 gross tons, owners Iceland Pro Cruises, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 04.20 2nd – seen again inward bound for Avonmouth at 0852 and in the bay at 17.30 heading East. At 13.40 cargo vessel Arklow Breeze, owners Arklow Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 19.29 vehicle carrier California Highway, 18,664 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen KK (K.Line) of Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.20.
4.5 at 07.20 cargo vessel Monika Meuller, 3,723 tons d.w., owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH German, inward bound for Sharpness.
5.5 at 06.15 cargo vessel Celtica Hav , 1,720 tons d.w., owners Hav Ship Management AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.
6.5 at 14.00 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury (seen by my nephew Martin whilst at Hartland Point).
13.5 at 09.40 buoy maintenance vessel Patricia, 900 tons d.w., owners Trinity House London, working in Bideford Bay on fairway buoy – sailed later in the morning for Woolacombe Bay. At 17.38 vehicle carrier Paganino, 11,373 tons d.w., owners Paganino Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.51. At 18.13 vehicle carrier Montreal, 12,446 tons d.w., owners Montreal GMBH & Co Germany – this vessel had been at anchor of Ilfracombe for about 3 weeks (apart from going off to Falmouth for Bunkers).
14.5 at 17.25 cargo vessel RMS Goole, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Rheim Maas und see Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 18.50 vehicle carrier Grande Scandinavia, 18,440 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 2055 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 18.20.