Shipping notes No. 225 (December).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping this month. Oldenburg returned on 17th from drydocking at Sharpness.

Appledore.

Quorn and Atherstone still at Shipyard.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping this month.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/12 at 15.43 vehicle carrier RCC Passion, 11,196 tons d.w., owners Passion Ray Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.45.

3/12 at 12.20 ro-ro vessel Celandine, 9,415 tons d.w., owners Coblefret Belgium, outward bound from Portbury having at 07.26.

4/12 at 05.52 heavy lift cargo vessel BBC Belem, 8,128 tons d.w., owners Bentmersiel Briese Germany, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 07.32 8th outward bound from Newport having sailed at 01.00). At 14.17 tanker Askholman, 16,821 tons d.w., owners Oom Tuna Askholmen LLC Denmark, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 05.48 7th outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 00.10).

5/12 at 06.15 cargo vessel Arklow Beach, 8,661 tons d.w., owners Glenthorn Shipping Ltd Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 00.55. At 15.02 bulk carrier Aasvik, 7,561 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk AS Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 11.16.

6.12 at 11.01 heavy lift cargo vessel Rolldock Sea, 6,879 tons d.w., owners Rolldock BB 2 BV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury.

7/12 at 06.01 chemical tanker Stolt Kingfisher, 5,890 tons d.w., owners Sea 139 Leasing Co Ltd Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 02.07. At 06.36 vehicle carrier Auto Energy, owners Unipersessoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 07.24 9th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.35). At 07.46 cargo vessel RDJ Maasstroom, 3,158 tons d.w., owners RDJ Maasstroom Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 16.00 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w.,owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 06.47 9th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 00.29).

8/12 at 11.18 vehicle carrier Viking Emerald, 12,491 tons d.w., owners Gram Car Carriers Shipowners Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

9/12 at 09.26 vehicle carrier Azul Ace, 17,961 tons d.w., owners Primavera Montana Co Ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

10/12 at 14.52 cargo vessel Barbara B, 5,535 tons d.w., inward bound for Newport.

11/12 at 09.57 tanker Bro Nissum, 16,654 tons d.w., owners Maersk Product Tankers Denmark, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 01.35 13th outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 06.31). At 14.12 chemical tanker Stolt Jaeger, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Stolt Auk B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

12/12 at 12.10 vehicle carrier Grande Italia, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

14/12 at 06.23 vehicle carrier RCC Passion, 11,196 tons d.w., owners Passion Ray Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.25 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.25 vehicle carrier Hamburg Highway, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.59 cargo vessel Elise, 3,075 tons d.w., owners Elise C.V Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

16/12 at 13.35 bulk carrier Hagland Pioneer, 4,902 tons d.w., owners Hagland Bulk Transport K.S Norway, inward bound for Cardiff. At 13.50 chemical tanker Stolt Auk, 5,064 tons d.w., owners Stolt Auk BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. At 14.05 vehicle carrier NOCC Oceanic, 20,883 tons d.w., owners NOCC Shipping AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

17/12 at 11.50 tanker Askholmen, 16,821 tons d.w., owners Oom Tuna Askholmen Denmark, inward bound for Avonmouth.

19/12 at 17.05 ro-ro vessel Eurocargo Istanbul, 14,413 tons d.w., owners Malta Motor of the Seas Ltd Malta, inward bound for Portbury.

20/12 at 13.20 vehicle carrier Colombia Highway, 18,930 tons d.w., owners Olive Investments Corp Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 10.27 22nd outward bound for Portbury having sailed at 05.06). At 16.38 vehicle carrier Auto Aspire, 12,452 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury.

22/12 at 09.02 bulk carrier Stamford Pioneer, 32,211 tons d.w., owners Dan Skip 83 Denmark, inward bound for Avonmouth.

23/12 at 08.20 cargo vessel Benabell G, 3,798 tons d.w., owners Benabell G Agrimare GMBH Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 01.43. At 08.25 cargo vessel Wilson Garston, 3,568 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.56.

26/12 at 11.20 vehicle carrier Morning Cornet, 21,051 tons d.w., owners Trelav Maritime Inc South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

28/12 at 11.19 vehicle carrier RCC Passion, 11,196 tons d.w., owners Passion Ray Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.04.

30/12 at 08.12 cargo vessel Reiderdijk, 6,050 tons d.w., owners MV Reiderdijk LLP Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea. At 10.02 hrs ro-ro vessel Celandine, 9,415 tons d.w., owners Cobeflet Belgium, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.37 vehicle carrier Auto Aspire 12452 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy 2024.

Regards

Norman.

Instead of usual Bideford photographs, this is Irish Naval vessel LE William Butler Yeats leaving building dock at Appledore in March 2016.

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