Sunday, 13 June 2010


On Sunday the latest of the Maersk Line's 'B' class ships to leave Loch Striven was taken from the east side of the raft, and towed to the Tail of the Bank. MAERSK BEAUMONT had been the first of the class to arrive on the river back in May 2009, and is seen here after she had been turned around by the Svitzer tugs AYTON CROSS and SVITZER MILFORD.

Passing the Ministry of Defence fuels jetty a little further south on the east side of Loch Striven, the two tugs carefully built up the momentum of the tow.

Some time later, MAERSK BEAUMONT was seen passing Kempock Point and the remains of Gourock Pier, as the CalMac ferry JUPITER sweeps away from the ferry terminal on a routine crossing to Dunoon.

Approaching the 'Alpha' anchorage, MAERSK BEAUMONT passes ahead of her elder sister MAERSK BOSTON. These two ships are the oldest and the newest of the class, BOSTON having been delivered in May 2006 and BEAUMONT in December 2007.