Saturday, 29 December 2007

RED JASMINE outbound

Finally sailing from the Clyde today, the bulk carrier RED JASMINE was escorted as far as Greenock Ocean Terminal by the tugs SVITZER MALLAIG and AYTON CROSS, with WARRIOR III also in attendance. All three tugs are presently wearing their owner's houseflag and ensigns at half mast in the traditional show of respect for their lost colleagues.

Svitzer UK has, following a request made by the crews of the Clyde tug fleet, set up a fund for the families of Stephen Humphreys, Bob Cameron and Eric Blackley. A special account has been set up by the tug company, and I will gladly forward the relevant details to anyone wishing to make a contribution either by cheque or by a direct bank transfer. I can be contacted by e-mail at clydesights @

A Book of Condolence has also been opened at the Wellpark Mid Kirk in Greenock's Clyde Square, and is available Monday to Friday from 1000 to 1400, Saturday and Sunday from 1200 to 1400.