Tuesday, 8 February 2011


Occupying the same berth that had, until October, been used by two Maersk container ships laid up in the Great Harbour, SD NEWTON is currently also laid up and awaiting disposal from the fleet, having been replaced by a new ship from the Damen shipyard in Holland. SD NEWTON was built by Scott's of Greenock as an oceanographic survey and research ship, also able to lay submarine cables, and she joined the then Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service in 1976. More recently, however, she has been used as a support ship during the training of amphibious troops.