Sunday, 28 February 2010


Owned by a company based in Switzerland, managed by a company based in India, and registered in Gibraltar - no wonder tracing modern shipping is such a nightmare! The small tanker W-O DEVOCEAN has been seen a few times on the Clyde recently, and she was caught passing McInroy's Point after discharging a cargo at Clydebank, making her way back to Rotterdam. She was built in 2007 in Holland, being completed at the Volharding yard in February that year. With a deadweight of 12,279 tonnes, W-O DEVOCEAN has an overall length of 140.9 metres.

Saturday, 27 February 2010


Initially heading for Campbeltown, where she would spend the night, CalMac's LOCH FYNE was making her way back to her home run on the Sound of Mull, between Lochaline and Fishnish. Fresh from overhaul at the Garvel Drydock, she had been sharing the dock with ISLE OF ARRAN, still being repaired following her recent contretemps with the ferry terminal at Kennacraig.


Fast becoming regular callers at Clydebank once more, the Danish-registered tanker TERNVIK was making her way downriver past Gourock when seen on Saturday morning. Bound for Mongstad, where she had loaded her cargo for the Nustar fuel depot at Rothesay Dock, this ship had changed her name fairly recently - from TARNVIK - in November 2009. She was built in China in 2001 and has a deadweight of 14,796 tonnes. She is 141.2 metres overall.


Inward bound from Liverpool, the German containership HERM was heading for Greenock before sailing again on Saturday night for Rotterdam. Now working for MacAndrews, HERM has visited the Clyde in the past on other charters but serving similar areas in Northwest European waters. She now calls additionally at Dublin and the two Portuguese ports of Lisbon and Leixoes.

Friday, 26 February 2010


With some snow on the hillside behind Dunoon, the Fisher tanker PEMBROKE FISHER was seen on a wintry Friday morning as she headed downfirth from Finnart with a cargo of refined products for Belfast.

Thursday, 25 February 2010


About to drop anchor for the day at 'Bravo 4', the German coaster APOLLO CONDOR was having to wait for the evening tide on Thursday before heading upriver to Glasgow with her cargo of cement, loaded as is usual with the Apollo ships, at Brunsbuttel in Germany.

Monday, 22 February 2010


After a relatively short period of lay-up in the Great Harbour, the German container ship CIMBRIA left Greenock on Monday afternoon, bound for Flushing (Vlissingen), and a return to commercial service once more. CIMBRIA had arrived on the Clyde shortly before Christmas, although before that she had quite a lengthy period of inactivity with little time spent earning money for her owners.


The Norwegian-owned coaster TISTEDAL, which flies the Gibraltar flag, was seen as she headed round Cloch Point inbound for Greenock with one of her regular cargoes of paper from Norway.


Looking colourful in the morning sun as she sails from Hunsterston, the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier BARILOCHE, dating from 2007, was sailing for Ventspils in Latvia to pick up her next cargo of coal. Japanese built and owned, she is 225 metres in length, and has a deadweight of some 75,395 tonnes. She was recently reported (in January) as being on charter at a daily rate of US$35,000 although the charter on which she was embarking was for considerably less, at around half that rate according to this site.

Sunday, 21 February 2010


Seen as she was departing from Ayr Harbour, the German-owned coaster TINSDAL had been delivering a cargo of fertiliser. TINSDAL, managed by Wessels, had recently changed flags from that of Antigua and Barbuda to the parent German register. She was built in Romania by the Rousse Shipyard, taking to the waters of the Danube in 1998. She is 89.9 metres in length, with a deadweight of 4,310 tonnes.

Saturday, 20 February 2010


As ARK ROYAL spends the day running on the degaussing range off Barons Point, the Danish tanker FIONIA SWAN heads out of Loch Long for Belfast, on the regular shuttle run with refined products from Grangemouth.

Friday, 19 February 2010


Well-laden as she sails, the German containership HELGALAND is still employed on charter to MacAndrews for their UK-Rotterdam-Portugal service. HELGALAND is now one of the few Sietas 'Type 172' containerships seen on the Clyde - previously they were the mainstay of most of the short-sea services using Greenock, but seem to have been superseded by other types in the past few months.

Thursday, 18 February 2010


Reflected in the tranquil waters of Loch Long, the Royal Navy's aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL was seen at Glenmallan on Thursday evening as darkness fell. While at this berth, ARK ROYAL has been loading munitions from the nearby Glen Douglas munitions depot. She arrived here on Sunday morning.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010


With the tug ANGLEGARTH making fast aft, the tanker FRANK heads slowly up Loch Long past Coulport towards Finnart. FRANK was arriving from Belfast to load a cargo for Milford Haven. Registered in Gibraltar, she is 137.8 metres long, and has a deadweight of 14,895 tonnes. She was built in Spain in 2000 and is operated by Carl F Peters, GmbH, a German company.

Monday, 15 February 2010


One of the large number of Norwegian-owned live fish carriers employed on the west coast was seen at Oban, berthing at the town's North Pier. RONJA NORDIC was completed in November 2008 by Aas Mek Verksted, although her hull was built in Poland. She is 57 metres in length, and is operated by Solvtrans.

Sunday, 14 February 2010


Following a £12 million seven-month long refit completed at Portsmouth last year, ARK ROYAL has been undergoing Basic Operational Sea Training for a number of weeks. She arrived on the Clyde this morning, and headed for Glenmallan where she will be loading munitions at the Armaments Jetty over the next few days.

Saturday, 13 February 2010


The coaster ANITA was seen passing Lunderston Bay on Saturday afternoon, outbound for Seville with scrap metal. The elderly coaster - she was built in 1975 as JUNIOR LOTTE for Danish owners - had arrived at Glasgow a few days earlier with a cargo of road salt from Kilroot. ANITA, which has carried the name since 1995, has a deadweight of 3,739 tonnes and and overall length of 93.0 metres. She is registered in the Cook Islands and is now owned by a Norwegian firm.

TARNBRIS outbound

Having discharged at Clydebank in around twenty-four hours, TARNBRIS was seen again on Saturday morning as she made her way back downriver. She was returning to Brodick Bay, where she would anchor for several days to await orders from her charterers for her next cargo.

Friday, 12 February 2010


Loaded with products from Mongstad in Norway, the Swedish tanker TARNBRIS arrived on the Clyde late on Thursday night, and anchored for a few hours before heading upriver to Rothesay Dock on Friday morning. She was built in Turkey by the Selah Shipyard, and delivered in 2007. TARNBRIS is operated by Tarntank Ship Management, and is 11.288 tonnes deadweight. She is 129.5 metres in length.


MacAndrews' container service from Liverpool and the Clyde is currently being serviced by CANOPUS J, which calls at Greenock each Friday to load for Bilbao. She was seen arriving from the Mersey with a good deck cargo of, presumably, mainly empty containers, judging by her relatively shallow draft.

Thursday, 11 February 2010


Heading smartly past McInroy's Point, the regular visitor AASVIK was noted as she headed downriver from Glasgow, on her way to Belfast for her next cargo. The 4,519 tonne deadweight ship had been discharging a cargo of cement from Port Talbot, in South Wales.


Passing McInroy's Point early on Thursday morning was the former Royal Navy tender LOYAL MEDIATOR. She dates from 1978, when she was built at Richard Dunston's yard at Thorne on the Humber as one of the 'Loyal' class of nine similar tenders operated by the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service. Following decommissioning, she has been employed as a commercial diving tender, and has spent considerable time based on the west coast of Scotland. In 2001 LOYAL MEDIATOR was instrumental in finding the wreck of a sunken British destroyer, HMS EXMOUTH, which had been torpedoed off Caithness in March 1940.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010


The 13,121 tonne deadweight products tanker MARIDA MELISSA was seen as she left Loch Long on passage to Milford Haven with a cargo of products from Grangemouth, which she had loaded at Finnart. Completed in Korea in March 2009, the German-owned tanker is 128.6 metres in length.


Arriving from Londonderry to load a cargo of scrap for export to Bayonne, the coaster EIDER, owned by German shipowner Erwin Strahlmann was seen as she passed Ashton on her way up the river to Shieldhall. EIDER was laid down in 1998 as GRETCHEN MULLER, but suffered (like so many other ships built on the Danube around that time) from delays caused by the closure of the river and subsequent bankruptcy of the shipyard, and was not launched until 2002, being completed as EIDER the following year. She is one of the numerous 'Rhein' class ships acquired by owners such as Strahlmann at reduced rates, but now successfully employed on the coastal tramp trades around Northern European and Mediterranean waters.


Heading back into Loch Long to continue her cargo discharge at Finnart, the massive tanker BW NYSA was seen on Wednesday being escorted by the Svitzer tug AYTON CROSS, which had been assisting the tanker to navigate safely as she came up-firth from no 6 anchorage.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010


Still berthed at Ocean Terminal, and lying astern of LYSTIND, the anchor handling tug EIDE WRESTLER was making final preparations to depart for H√łylandsbygd in Norway. Originally named SCHNOORTURM, she was built by Elsflether Werft in Germany in 1976. In 1986, she suffered a major fire while towing two ships from the USA to Taiwan for breaking up. Despite extensive damage and being declared a Constructive Total Loss, she duly underwent a major refit, which included lengthening by 7.5 metres, giving her a new overall length of 78 metres, and a gross tonnage of 1,976 tons. After four years named BARU, in 1991 she became SUN WRESTLER and hoisted the Red Ensign, working for Seaforth Marine at Aberdeen although owned by Eide, as she had been since 1987. In 1998, she was renamed STATESMAN following transfer of management to Hessle-based Specialist Marine Services Ltd. In 2009, she moved to the Eide fleet, and was given her current name. Her varied career is well-documented (in German) here.


Lying at Ocean Terminal, DFDS-Lys Line's LYSTIND discharges newsprint from Skogn in Norway, on her regular service to Scotland and Northern Ireland. The loading door on her starboard side can be seen in its open position.

James Watt Dock line-up

Now berthed in the James Watt Dock, ISLE OF ARRAN nurses her wounds in the sunshine while she gets ready to move to the drydock, which she will share with LOCH FYNE, berthed astern. Next in line down the quayside is the Fisheries cruiser NORNA, while CORUISK lies further east.

Monday, 8 February 2010


Having completed her annual overhaul, ISLE OF LEWIS left the Garvel yard at lunchtime on Monday, headed out to the Tail of the Bank for brief trials, and then returned north to resume duty on the Stornoway-Ullapool service. During her brief sojourn at Greenock, she was fitted with extensions to her main engine exhaust pipes, presumably in an effort to keep fumes clear of her accommodation fan intakes. Lying at Customhouse Quay is the lighthouse tender POLE STAR, while ALI CAT can also be seen returning to the James Watt Dock after her Monday sailing to the Maersk ships in Loch Striven.


One of the largest ships to berth at Finnart arrived on the Clyde on Friday and has lain at anchor off Irvine until Sunday morning. BW NYSA, owned by BW Maritime and flying the Singapore flag, was built in 2000. Orignally named ARGO ARTEMIS when delivered by her Korean builders, she was renamed NYSA in 2002, and took the 'BW' prefix seven years later. With a massive deadweight of some 299,543 tonnes, and an overall length of 332 metres, she iscarrying a cargo of crude oil from Nigeria. This view shows her heading back out of Loch Long to lie at No 6 Anchorage for a day or two; maintenance work at both Finnart and at Grangemouth means that there is currently insufficient storage space available for her entire cargo, and is has been decided to discharge in several small parcels, rather than to have her lying alongside all the time, with the additional cost of having firefighting tugs on standby throughout.

Sunday, 7 February 2010


The next large CalMac ferry due to be overhauled at the Garvel yard arrived rather prematurely at Gourock this afternoon. ISLE OF ARRAN, which was due to leave the Islay service on Tuesday, was withdrawn from service yesterday morning following her having collided with the berth at Kennacraig, sustaining serious damage as a result. Her bow visor, which was closed, was holed on the starboard side, while her fore peak tank - situated below the visor - suffered from major deformation. Today she left Kennacraig and moved, unaided, round to the Clyde to await docking. A full investigation into the incident is likely to be held by the MAIB. When the collision took place, ISLE OF ARRAN was carrying 14 passengers, two commercial vehicles, and five cars.

Saturday, 6 February 2010


Another cargo of North Sea, loaded at the Norwegian port of Mongstad, was delivered to Finnart aboard this tanker, the Cypriot-flagged SPARTO. Owned by a Greek company, she is 114,549 tonnes deadweight and has a length of 249.9 metres. She was built in 2004 by Samsung Heavy Industries at their Ulsan yard in South Korea.

Friday, 5 February 2010


Both SOUND OF SCARBA and ISLE OF LEWIS left the Garvel Drydock on Friday afternoon, and moved to the yard's berth in the James Watt Dock to complete their annual surveys. ISLE OF LEWIS was towed from the drydock by BATTLER and BRUISER and is seen undergoing a lifeboat drill before being berthed ahead of SOUND OF SCARBA.

Thursday, 4 February 2010


The attractive little coaster BEN VARREY, belonging to the Ramsey Steamship Company, was seen passing Greenock after having discharged a cargo of animal feed, loaded at Belfast, at Shieldhall. BEN VARREY was built in 1986 at Hoogezand in The Netherlands as TRIUMPH, and has a deadweight of 1,546 tonnes. She is 63.8 metres overall, and was heading back to Belfast. She has been a member of the Isle of Man based fleet since 1999.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

EIDE WRESTLER and barge UR-141

Another barge for conversion by Ferguson Shipbuilders for use in the cable-laying industry arrived on Wednesday afternoon. Towed by the 1976-built anchor handling tug EIDE WRESTLER, the 91.7 metre long barge UR-141, owned by Norwegian company JJ Ugland dates from 1993. It was built in Germany and has a deadweight of 14,000 tonnes. EIDE WRESTLER handed over the tow off Greenock, the barge proceeding upriver to Ferguson's yard at Port Glasgow with SVITZER MILFORD, BATTLER and BRUISER while the larger tug headed for Ocean Terminal.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010


Seen as she passed McInroy's Point outbound to Glensanda, the self-discharging bulk carrier YEOMAN BANK - no stranger to the river - had been discharging a cargo of aggregate at Shieldhall. Western Ferries' SOUND OF SHUNA heads across the river to McInroy's Point, directly behind the larger vessel.


One of the other Serco vessels about to be replaced is SD OILPRESS, the small motor barge that takes fuel out to naval ships in need of bunkers. Her successor is the dumb barge SD OILMAN, built in Poland and completed by Damen in the Netherlands. She arrived at Greenock in mid-December, towed by the Polish-owned tug SERVAL. SD OILMAN is a Damen DBa 3009 lighter, with a length of 30.42 metres and a beam of 8.50 metres. A sloightly smaller water barge is due to be delivered later this year - she will be named SD WATERPRESS. The names of these two barges reflect those of the two ships being replaced, SD OILPRESS and SD WATERMAN.

For Sale: Two 'Dogs'

Following the introduction of their newly delivered vessels, Serco Denholm are now disposing of some of their older assets, including the two 'Dog' class tugs based on the Clyde - SD SPANIEL and SD HUSKY. The pair are seen in the Great Harbour, together with SD ORONSAY.


Maersk Line's MAERSK MAINE, and her sister MAERSK MARYLAND, are seen in the Great Harbour at Greenock as they reflect on their futures. Now approaching twenty years old, the two ships may soon be transferring from the Red Ensign to the Hong Kong flag, with the prospect of further job losses from the Maersk UK fleet.