Tuesday, 17 February 2009


The barge WOOLSTON, which has previously visited the Clyde bringing sections of Type 45 destroyers from the BVT shipyard in Southampton, arrived on the river a few days ago with modules of new patrol boats being built for Trinidad and Tobago. The order for these craft was originally placed with the Woolston yard, but transferred to Scotstoun following the recent demerger of the BVT concern.

To take the barge south again, the tug BRAVEHEART arrived yesterday evening, and brought the barge downriver this morning. Currently on charter to Svitzer, and most recently based at Swansea, she was built in Italy in 2003. The 34.9 metre long anchor handler/escort tug is owned by a Madeira registered company, and she flies the Portuguese flag. BRAVEHEART has twin azimuth units delivering a bollard pull of 100 tonnes. More details about her design can be found here.