Tuesday, 25 November 2008


A most unusual arrival today at a berth that has not seen commercial shipping for many years, was Faversham Shipping's SHETLAND TRADER, seen here alongside the south wall of the former Princes Dock. Carrying steel sections of a new footbridge being constructed further upriver linking the former Bridge Wharf and the Broomielaw, SHETLAND TRADER was waiting for the arrival of craneage to discharge the sections, which she had loaded at Invergordon. The coaster was built in 1992 as LASS MARS at the Rosslauer Shipyard on the River Elbe, and has a length of 74.94 metres, and a deadweight of 2,386 tonnes. She joined the Faversham fleet in September 2007, at which time she was renamed and re-registered in Barbados.