Sunday, 25 November 2007

Holiday Time!

The fleet has tied up for the night, and ClydeSights is taking a short vacation over the next couple of weeks. I thank the 1,600 of you who have, over the past three months, visited my site, many of you on a regular basis. So far, ClydeSights has attracted a total of 4,500 visits from an astonishing 68 countries, the world over. Your comments and support have been most encouraging! The ClydeSighter shall be back, fully refreshed, in mid-December.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

NORNEWS LEADER outbound

The third ship that sailed from the Upper Firth today was NORNEWS LEADER, making her way back to Skogn in Norway for another cargo of paper. For more information about this ship, please refer to previous postings featuring her.

CHRISTINE outbound

After two weeks alongside at Shieldhall discharging her cargo of plywood, which could only be done during reasonably dry weather (readers of this blog may have noticed that the weather has been somewhat variable recently!), the 2005-built container ship CHRISTINE finally completed her cargo operations and sailed this morning. She was bound for Vlissingen (also known as Flushing), a Dutch port near the mouth the the Schelde estuary.

MERIWA outbound

Catching sunlight in between some fierce squalls, the container ship MERIWA heads out to sea this morning past Dunoon on her weekly voyage to Spain. As she had done a couple of weeks ago, she spent the night at Greenock, having only arrived later yesterday evening.

Friday, 23 November 2007

NORDSEE

Although the picture was taken on a previous visit to the Clyde, the feeder container ship NORDSEE did call at Greenock today. This little ship, built in 1978 by the German Sietas shipyard, has been a regular visitor to Greenock for a good number of years, having spent some considerable time on charter to Clydeport. Currently running on the BG Freight Line service between Greenock, Southampton, Dublin and Belfast, NORDSEE has a capacity of 208 TEU. She is 88.68 metres overall, and is some 2,954 tonnes deadweight. Her owners are Walter Jess Schiffahrtsgesellschaft KG. NORDSEE has also made a number of visits to the Manchester Ship Canal, the signal mast above her accommodation being hinged for such occasions.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

FORT ROSALIE - A385

Having been alongside the jetty at Glen Mallan since 29 October, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary FORT ROSALIE sailed down Loch Long this morning. At the entrance to the loch, she conducted a man overboard exercise, and is seen here in the process of recovering her rescue boat off Cove. She then continued into the Gareloch, and is now berthed at Faslane. FORT ROSALIE was built at Greenock in 1978, and was originally named FORT GRANGE.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

LOCH SHIRA

Currently lying at Gourock Pier is CalMac Ferries' LOCH SHIRA, which was launched by Ferguson Shipbuilders at Port Glasgow almost a year ago, on Friday 8 December 2006. She was purpose built for the Largs-Cumbrae Slip service, and displaced LOCH ALAINN on the route at the beginning of June this year. LOCH SHIRA is 54.27 metres long, and 1,024 gross tons. Capable of carrying up to 36 cars, she has passenger accommodation for 250. Her place on the Cumbrae run was taken by LOCH ALAINN on Sunday. LOCH SHIRA has the dubious distinction of having been the last large vessel to have been launched at Newark Shipyard, with only a small dredger and the current build being noted since, although the yard has been busy with other work.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

STRATHCLYDE

Although shown on ClydeSights a few days ago, this is a closer view of Strathclyde Marine Policing Unit's converted 'Arun' class ex-lifeboat STRATHCLYDE, seen today passing Hunter's Quay and about to enter the Holy Loch. She has been in this role since 2004, and when not out on patrol, she can usually be found in the Great Harbour. Last year, STRATHCLYDE had the unusual duty of escorting HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS, which recently visited the Clyde, when the luxury cruise ship was chartered by Buckingham Palace for a cruise around the Western Isles with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth celebrating her 80th birthday on board.

Monday, 19 November 2007

POLE STAR

Back on the Clyde for a few days is the Northern Lighthouse Board's POLE STAR. She visited Ailsa Craig and Holy Isle on Friday, and Loch Fyne on Saturday, berthing at Troon overnight. POLE STAR was in the Kyles of Bute yesterday, and today paid a visit to Loch Long, berthing tonight at Customhouse Quay, Greenock.

Police launch CONDOR

The Ministry of Defence Police launch CONDOR bounces her way back to the relative shelter of the Gareloch today after escorting a submarine down the Firth. This vessel was previously stationed at the Royal Marines base at Arbroath, but since a major refit in 2000-01 at Portsmouth, has been attached to the Clyde Naval Base. Two of Faslane's 'Sandown' Class minehunters can be seen in the distance exercising in Loch Long.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

BEN

Singapore-registered and owned, Cypriot managed, Danish operated, and manned by a crew with Russian, Georgian, Ukranian and Filipino nationals amongst their number, the chemical/oil products tanker BEN passes Wemyss Bay this afternoon, on her way to Rothesay Dock with a cargo of fuel. Dating from 2006, she was completed by Samho Shipbuilding in Korea as SONGA DIAMOND. Shortly after completion she became BRØVIG BAY before being renamed LIQUID VELVET in July this year. She only had that name for two months, before being named BEN. She is 12,956 tonnes deadweight and 127.2 metres long. She is currently operated, as mentioned above, by a Danish subsidiary of the Norwegian Eitzen Chemical Group.

LOCH ALAINN

With LOCH DUNVEGAN now back in service between Colintraive and Rhubodach, the smaller LOCH ALAINN left the Kyles of Bute today and headed for Largs, where she is to spend some time on the Cumbrae Slip service. She is seen this afternoon passing Ardmaleish Boatyard on Bute, where the CalMac ferry LOCH BUIE, normally employed on the Fionnphort-Iona crossing, is having her annual overhaul in the shed. The smaller blue-hulled vessel is MISNEACH, a little bow-loading ferry formerly employed on the west coast of Ireland, and which was recently up for sale here on the Clyde.

Saturday, 17 November 2007

APOLLO FALCON

Fully laden with a cargo of cement, APOLLO FALCON steams slowly past Greenock today on a damp afternoon. In common with her sisters APOLLO HAWK and APOLLO EAGLE, which have both been on the river recently, this ship was built in 1972 under a different name. She was launched by the Arnhemsche Scheepsbouw yard in Holland as SUSAN MILLER, becoming ARTEMIS in 1978, ARTEMIS I in 1982 and finally taking her present name in 1999. Lengthened from 95.0 metres, like her sisters, by a Spanish shipyard in 1991 she now has an overall length of 101.38 metres. She has a deadweight of 6,336 tonnes and is some 4,255 gross tons. She is operated by a German company, L&L Shipping GmbH, and is registered in at St John's Antigua and Barbuda.

Friday, 16 November 2007

EMSLAND

Another arrival at Sandbank today, albeit one of a slightly more usual nature, was the coaster EMSLAND. Built in 1984 by Krupp Ruhrorter at Duisburg in Germany, she is on charter to Scotline and is loading a cargo of 1,100 tonnes of timber, to be supplemented by another 900 tonnes from Campbeltown, for a Norwegian pulp mill. EMSLAND is 2,200 tonnes deadweight, with an overall length of 80.73 metres.

G-MDJE

An unusual visitor to the Holy Loch Marina today was Loch Lomond Seaplane's Cessna 208 Caravan I seaplane, G-MDJE. Its arrival at Sandbank was due to poor visibility on the upper river, her normal touchdown point on her Glasgow-Oban scheduled service. This particular plane was built in 2001, and acquired from North American owners in June 2007. The Oban service commenced in August, carrying up to nine passengers at a time. In the background, berthed at Kilmun pier on the north shore of the Holy Loch, is Western Ferries' SOUND OF SCALPAY.

Thursday, 15 November 2007

WATERMAN - A146

One of the Serco-Denholm managed vessels in the fleet of naval auxiliaries based at the Great Harbour is the water carrier WATERMAN. Built at Dunston's yard at Hessle, she dates from 1978, and is 40.11 metres long. A Mirrlees 6-cylinder engine drives her single screw, and gives a speed of 11 knots. She is 263 gross tons, and was returning from Glen Mallan, where she had been delivering water to FORT ROSALIE, which has been berthed there for a few days.

LOCH DUNVEGAN at Gourock

Following two weeks at the Garvel Drydock a few miles upriver at Greenock, Caledonian MacBrayne's LOCH DUNVEGAN moved to her operator's Gourock headquarters this afternoon, prior to her returning to service on the short crossing between Colintraive and Rhubodach in a few days time. She is seen at the berth known as the 'top wires', so-called due to the heavy wires which run out to anchors several yards off the quayside. These are used for hauling vessels clear of the berth face if they are lying there for any length of time. JUPITER is approaching the car ferry berth on her 1450 sailing from Dunoon.

CLOCH

Immediately behind the now-disused Estuary Control Tower lies the Small Boat Harbour, home to the fleet of five vessels belonging to Clydeport Operations Ltd. The oldest of the fleet is CLOCH, built by the Ailsa Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd at Troon in 1968, as a pilot cutter for the Clyde Pilotage Authority. A smart little vessel, she is 66 feet long, and has a gross tonnage of 46 tons. Originally fitted with a single Rolls-Royce diesel, this was replaced with a Caterpillar engine some years ago. With the acquisition of new pilot cutters, CLOCH found herself surplus but was retained and fitted with equipment to maintain some of the navigation buoys around the estuary and River Clyde. Even those duties have been taken away from her, with TORCH fulfilling this important role, and CLOCH now spends most of her time lying at Greenock. The smaller vessel lying alongside CLOCH is the survey launch NEWARK.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

CLUPEA

Despite wearing the same colour scheme as some naval support craft, CLUPEA is operated by the Scottish Government's Fisheries Research Services. This little ship was built by the Aberdeen shipyard of Hall, Russell and Co in 1968, and given an extensive refit twenty years later. She is 32.10 metres long, and 225 gross tons. Normally based at Fraserburgh, CLUPEA is soon to be replaced by a new state-of-the-art vessel being built at Macduff. Named ALBA NA MARA, she was launched on 31 August and is due to be around the end of the year. Fuller details of the new vessel, together with several images, can be seen here.

IMPETUS - A345

A view showing the RMAS tug IMPETUS heading down the Gareloch, with the new MoD Police boat 07001 beyond her. IMPETUS was built on the Humber by the Richard Dunston shipyard at Hessle, in 1993 specifically for handling Trident submarines at Faslane. IMPETUS, and her sister IMPULSE, are fitted with two azimuth propulsion units mounted aft, taking power from two 8 cylinder Allen diesel engines. With a gross tonnage of 319 tons, she is 32.53 metres long, and has a maximum bollard pull of 38 tons. As well being used for submarine berthing duties, these tugs have firefighting and anti-pollution capabilities. Serco Denholm now have the contract to operate the tugs attached to HM Naval Base Clyde.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

James Watt Dock

Three very different Caledonian MacBrayne ferries undergoing their annual overhauls at the Garvel Drydock, with CORUISK on the left, LOCH DUNVEGAN on the right, and in the drydock itself, ISLE OF MULL. The Colintraive based ferry LOCH DUNVEGAN was undocked yesterday, and ISLE OF MULL took her place shortly afterwards. As noted before, CORUISK was built by the Appledore shipyard for the Mallaig-Armadale service. Both of the other vessels were built at Port Glasgow at the Newark Shipyard. At the time ISLE OF MULL was built, the Ferguson yard was grouped together with Appledore under the then British Shipbuilders group. However, by the time LOCH DUNVEGAN was built, the yard's ownership had changed and was trading once more under the Ferguson name alone.

STADIONGRACHT

On a previous visit to the river, STADIONGRACHT was pictured discharging cargo in King George V Dock, but today she was seen at the more common berth for Spliethoff ships, Greenock's Ocean Terminal. The large doors which cover the cargo-loading elevators can be seen in the open position behind her forward crane. Also visible on deck, well wrapped to protect it against the ravages of the North Atlantic in wintertime, is a yacht hull. STADIONGRACHT sailed this evening for Jacksonville, where she is due to arrive on 24 November.

More HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS

After spending the night at anchor off Ardbeg Point, HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS continued her cruise this morning with a short sail up the Cowal coast and into the Holy loch, where she anchored. Passengers were ferried ashore to the Holy Loch Marina for an excursion to the nearby Benmore Botanical Gardens. Following this call, HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS left the Holy Loch, as seen above passing Strone Point, and cruised up Loch Long.

Later this afternoon, she headed back down the Firth and berthed at Fairlie where her passengers will disembark. This final shot of HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS shows her heading southward past Dunoon.

Monday, 12 November 2007

HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS - Rothesay

Rothesay Pier is the setting for these two pictures, a pier which is undergoing a major transformation with the installation of a new end-loading linkspan, seen just behind HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS. As that berth on the pier is still classed as a construction site, the cruise ship had to use her tenders to land her passengers at one of the yacht pontoons in the inner harbour, surely the first time a vessel lying at a pier has been unable to use it for passengers! Astern of HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS is the CalMac ferry BUTE, built in Poland in 2005, and about to leave on one of her scheduled crossings to Wemyss Bay.

Another view of HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS alongside Rothesay Pier, this time with one of her tenders on its way round to the inner harbour, and the ferry ARGYLE arriving from Wemyss Bay. She too was built by the Remontowa shipyard in Poland, and took up service in the CalMac fleet in May 2007. At the far end of the pier the Highland Council ferry CORRAN is completing her annual overhaul, having recently been slipped at Ardmaleish Boatyard, a few miles to the north of Rothesay.

HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS - East Kyle

Sailing from Tighnabruaich a little after midday, HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS headed up the West Kyle to the Narrows, as the tight channel between the Burnt Islands is known, and entered the East Kyle. In the first view, HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS is seen passing between the buoys which mark a safe route through the Narrows.

In the second view, HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS is passing the small village of Colintraive, where the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry LOCH ALAINN is lying awaiting another crossing across to Rhubodach on the island of Bute. There is a somewhat tenuous link between these two ships - HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS was built in 1964 as the David MacBrayne car ferry COLUMBA, and placed in service between Oban, Craignure on Mull, and Lochaline on the Morven peninsula. With the passage of time, Lochaline was linked to Mull (and indirectly to Oban) by a new, shorter, crossing, to Fishnish. It was to serve on that route that LOCH ALAINN was built in 1997, although as described here previously, she commenced her career on the Rhubodach service.

HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS - Tighnabruaich

The luxury cruise ship HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS commenced her 2007 season on the Clyde, and is also paying another visit to the Firth for her penultimate cruise this year. Having departed from Oban, her usual base during her cruising season, on Wednesday evening, she has been on the Clyde since her arrival at Campbeltown on Friday night. On Saturday, she visited Arran, and spent Sunday on Loch Fyne, before anchoring in the Kyles of Bute last night. This morning, HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS was lying off Tighnabruaich, one of three neighbouring villages in the West Kyle and the only one still to boast a pier. Her passengers were given the opportunity to explore the village, being landed by one of the ship's own tenders at the pier.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

ILANDAG outbound

With her vivid red hull contrasting nicely against the autumnal colours today, the Palmali tanker ILANDAG was captured as she sailed down river this afternoon and headed for Brodick Bay, where she has anchored while awaiting orders for her next cargo. Further details of this ship were posted here, when she was shown arriving.

Two Lifeboats

Well, one relief lifeboat, and one former lifeboat. Closest is RNLB BETH SELL, a 'Severn' class lifeboat with operational number 17-33. One of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's relief boats, she was built in 2001 by the Berthon Boat Company at Lymington. 17 metres in length, this Fibre Reinforced Composite boat is fitted with twin Caterpillar engines, with a combined output of 2,400 bhp. Capable of running at up to 25 knots, she has recently been surveyed and refitted at Silvers Marine yard at Rosneath on the Gareloch. The other vessel is the Strathclyde Police boat STRATHCLYDE, which as a member of the RNLI's 'Arun' class, was stationed at Penlee from 1983 until 2003 with the name MABEL ALICE. She was then acquired by Strathclyde Marine Policing Unit, and adapted to meet their own specifications, and is now based at the Great Harbour. STRATHCLYDE is a GRP hulled vessel of 52 feet in length, and is fitted with two 500 bhp Caterpillar engines, giving her a service speed of 18 knots.

SOYANA

Lying at anchor this morning while she waited for the tide to proceed upriver to Glasgow to load scrap, this little ship has Soviet origins. Now named SOYANA, her third name, she was built in 1992 as EKHABI by Turkish builders for Sakhalin Shipping. She was renamed MEKONG QUEST in 1997, then reverted to her original name a year later. In 2000, she became SIDER STAR, then took her present name four years later. Now flying the flag of St Vincent and the Grenadines, she has previously been registered in Portugal and before that, in common with many other Russian ships, in Malta. With an overall length of 97.80 metres, her deadweight is 4,570 tonnes. her current owners are given as Springfield Navigation SA, of the Marshall Islands.

CHRISTINE

A container ship sailing loaded down to her loadline marks but with no boxes on deck is an unusual sight, but was seen this morning as CHRISTINE headed upriver to Glasgow, having spent the night anchored in Brodick Bay. Until recently, this ship was named TS YOKOHAMA, but following a period serving between Hong Kong, Port Kelang, Singapore, Osaka, Pusan, Keelung and Xingang on charter to TS Lines, she has changed her name. Managed by Reederei Karl Schlüter GmbH & Co. KG, she was bringing a cargo of plywood from China. Completed in February 2005, CHRISTINE was built by Qingshan Shipyard in China and is 140.48 metres long, with a deadweight of 11,050 tonnes.

ISLE OF MULL

Normally to be found serving the island of Mull from Oban, the appropriately named ferry ISLE OF MULL arrived on the Clyde this morning for her annual drydocking, having been relieved yesterday afternoon by LORD OF THE ISLES. ISLE OF MULL was built at Port Glasgow in 1988, by Appledore Ferguson Shipbuilders, as the yard was known at the time. When new, she suffered from a serious deadweight problem, and this was remedied by inserting a 5.4 metre long section, which increased her length to 90.1 metres. With a gross tonnage of 4,719 tons, she is capable of carrying 951 passengers, and up to 70 cars.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Two Coasters

Two coasters photographed at the Tail o' the Bank late this afternoon. On the left, lying at anchor and waiting to sail upriver, is the Erwin Strahlmann ship LINNAU, delivered by the Slovenske Lodenice Komarno shipyard in July 2006. With an overall length of 87.98 metres, she is 3,699 tonnes deadweight. The other ship is FINGAL, now chartered to JST Services, whose logo is emblazoned across her bridge front. She had just discharged a cargo of plywood in King George V Dock, and was sailing for Corpach to load round timber.

ILANDAG

Another member of the Palmali tanker fleet, based in Turkey but operating ships which are essentially Russian, arrived on the Clyde this morning. Built in 1999 by Aker MTW Werft at Wismar in Germany as MAIKOP and operated by Lukoil, this ship is designed to operate in ice, having a special bow to break her way through it. Following acquisition by Palmali in 2006, she was renamed ILANDAG. Now registered in Valetta, like her fleetmate MASALLI which visited the Clyde in October, she was heading for Rothesay Dock. This tanker is 15,441 tonnes deadweight, and is 144.53 metres overall.

CLYDENES outbound

After delivering a second cargo of road salt to Glasgow, the bulk carrier CLYDENES was seen this morning heading out to sea once more, this time for Jelsa. Her self-discharing gear is plainly visible in this view - all of which was added during her conversion in 2005. Also visible is her original green hull colour in numerous areas, where the newer dark grey paint has worn away.

One Route - Three Ferries

Caledonian MacBrayne's car ferry JUPITER is seen here limping back to Gourock Pier this morning, after suffering from mechanical problems while on her first sailing of the day to Dunoon. To take her place, the chartered catamaran ALI CAT was brought out of weekend rest in the James Watt Dock, and she took three crossings at 1020, 1120 and 1220.

ALI CAT, built in 1999 for Solent and Wightline Cruises on the Isle of Wight, has spent the last five years on charter to CalMac, giving additional passenger-only morning and evening sailings to Dunoon, Monday to Friday. Passing behind her is the container ship MERIWA, which had been berthed at Ocean Terminal overnight.

While ALI CAT on was on crossing, the crew of JUPITER was despatched to Rosneath, where SATURN had been lying spare since completing her docking a couple of weeks ago. She left Rosneath shortly before midday, and took over the Dunoon roster at 1320, allowing ALI CAT to return to Greenock. SATURN will remain on the run until JUPITER is repaired.

Friday, 9 November 2007

MERIWA inbound

A close view of the feeder container ship MERIWA, as she arrived on the Clyde this afternoon from Liverpool, her last port on her MacAndrews charter, which also takes her to Bilbao in northern Spain on a weekly basis. The small red flag visible against the top of her funnel is the international code flag 'B', signifying that she is carrying 'dangerous cargo'.

LORD OF THE ISLES outbound

Fresh from her annual survey and overhaul at the Garvel Drydock, LORD OF THE ISLES is seen this afternoon as she makes her way back from the Clyde to her usual base at Oban, a passage which was scheduled to take her around twelve hours. On her return to Oban, she will take her place on the Oban-Craignure service, freeing another Ferguson-built ship, ISLE OF MULL, to have her overhaul.

BRO ATLAND inbound

Back from Belfast, and inward bound for Finnart for another cargo of oil products, Brostrom's 1999-built ship BRO ATLAND catches the early sun as she passes Cloch Lighthouse this morning. The oil terminal at Finnart has two berths, one of which was modified a number of years ago to allow tankers to load there as well as discharging oil cargoes for the BP refinery at Grangemouth. Pipelines run across the width of Scotland connecting the deepwater terminal on Loch Long to the refinery.

WERDER BREMEN inbound

With Strone Church framed between stacks of containers, the German-owned WERDER BREMEN looks as if she could do with a little cosmetic attention to her paintwork. Full details about the ship can be found on her managers' website.

Thursday, 8 November 2007

SOUND OF SCARBA

The northwesterly wind causes a swell to run directly ashore at Western Ferries' McInroy's Point terminal, as this view of SOUND OF SCARBA lying there this afternoon illustrates. This ferry is the older of the two ships built locally, by Ferguson Shipbuilders at Port Glasgow, and was delivered to Western Ferries in May 2001.

JUPITER

A rather blustery day on the firth, with a brisk northwesterly wind blowing for most of it. Caledonian MacBrayne's JUPITER heads across from Gourock to Dunoon as the spume lifts in a squall behind her. Further down the firth, CALEDONIAN ISLES, based for the duration of the winter timetable at Ardrossan instead of Brodick as in previous years, remained stormbound for much of the day, only managing to make one return sailing to Brodick this afternoon.

DURA arriving yesterday

Another picture kindly supplied by a good friend shows the bulk carrier DURA arriving at Hunterston yesterday. This ship was built by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding at Tamano in Japan, and was launched in October 1981 as MAYASAN MARU. With a deadweight tonnage of 105,496 tonnes, she is 249.8 metres long. In 1997, she was renamed BRILLIANT CORNERS, and became DURA in February this year. A Capesize bulker, she is now operated by Johann M K Blumenthal, one of Germany's old established shipping companies, and flies the Maltese flag.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

DEO VOLENTE

Described by her designers as "the fastest coaster with heavy-lift capability under 3,000 gross tons", DEO VOLENTE is a new ship which has already become a well-known name on the Clyde. Owned by the Dutch company Hartman Seatrade, this ship was completed in Holland in 2006, using a hull built by OAG Stettin in Poland. With a service speed of 18 knots, DEO VOLENTE is fitted with two Liebherr cranes rated at 120 tonnes each. Within her 104.8 metre long hull, her single hold can accommodate lifts up to 63.6 metres in length. Her deadweight is 3,750 tonnes, and her cargoes vary from modules for oil rig platforms, to wind turbines. It is this latter cargo that she has recently been bringing to the Clyde, for a new windfarm being built at Whitelee, to the southeast of Glasgow. An in-depth article about this interesting ship, which has just won a 'Ship of the Year' award, can be read here (PDF file). DEO VOLENTE was sailing this afternoon for Esbjerg for another cargo of wind turbines.

BRO ATLAND

Built in Spain by Factorias Vulcano AS at Vigo for the Swedish company United Tankers in 1999 as their UNITED ATLAND, this tanker was renamed BRO ATLAND shortly after completion, when Brostrom took over the United fleet. Seen sailing today with product loaded at Finnart for Belfast, BRO ATLAND is a double-hulled chemical/oil tanker of 16,326 tonnes deadweight, and is 144.05 metres overall. Her crew of 16 is made up of has Swedish officers, and a mix of Swedish and Spanish ratings.

CLYDENES

Seen regularly at Hunterston, but not so frequently in the Upper Firth, Jebsen's CLYDENES arrived this morning from Kilroot with a cargo of road salt for Glasgow. She was built at Appledore in 1996 for Arklow Shipping, and originally named ARKLOW BRIDGE. She joined the Jebsen fleet in 2005, and was converted into a self-discharging bulker in Poland. She is 99.88 metres in length, and her deadweight is 7,182 tonnes. Although managed by a German subsidiary of her owners, she flies the Norwegian flag. Recently, she has been on charter to Clydeport.