Saturday, 22 March 2008

Hunterston Jetty

Two ships are often seen together at Hunterston, one discharging coal while the other is loading it. In this case the larger vessel, the Bermuda-flagged CAPE CARMEL, is discharging coal from Colombia. Built in Japan in 1996, this 179,869 tonnes deadweight ship was originally named SGC CAPITAL before joining the Associated Bulk Carrier fleet, a joint venture in which P&O had a 50% stake, becoming their PYTCHLEY. She took her present name in 2005. On the inside berth is MORNES, a regular caller operated on charter to Clydeport and owned by Erik Thun, a Swedish company. She dates from 1991, and was built at the Ferus Smit shipyard in Holland. Self-discharging, she has a deadweight of 9,125 tonnes, and an overall length of 116.3 metres. MORNES, which is registered at Oslo, is usually employed carrying coal to Kilroot near Belfast, or occasionally to Manisty on the Manchester Ship Canal.