Sunday, 29 May 2011


Built in 2008 by the Weihei Shipyard in China, the 16,975 tonne container ship PETKUM is owned by the German company Briese Shipping, and is presently on charter to the Mediterranean Shipping Company. She is employed on their feeder service between Greenock, where she is seen arriving from Dublin with the local Svitzer tug AYTON CROSS made fast aft, and Antwerp. PETKUM can carry around 1,300 TEU containers on this weekly service which has seen a variety of ships recently.

Saturday, 28 May 2011


The second member of the Princess Cruises fleet to visit Greenock this year was the 2006-built CROWN PRINCESS on a Round Britain cruise from Southampton. Derived from the original 'Grand Princess' class, CROWN PRINCESS is somewhat larger at 113,561 gross tons and can accommodate just over 3,000 passengers. She had arrived earlier from Belfast and her next port was Invergordon. As in previous years, in 2011 she is due to visit the Clyde on a number of occasions.

Monday, 23 May 2011


The luxurious motor yacht LAUREN L arrived on the Clyde from Gibraltar, and had been due to head upriver to Glasgow to embark a party of wealthy people who had taken her on charter for a cruise around the west coast. She had initially attempted to anchor off Gourock but, as can be seen above, weather conditions were atrocious and instead she spent the day riding out the storm off Bute before proceeding upriver next day. At 88.5 metres in length, she is now one of the world's largest superyachts but LAUREN L was built by Cassens at Emden in Germany as a small cruise ship and named SUN BAY II. Completed in 2002, she was soon renamed CORINTHIAN, later becoming CONSTELLATION. In 2008, she was given a major refit and emerged as LAUREN L, and is now on the charter market at a weekly rate of €695,000. 20 double-berth suites mean that she can carry up to 40 'guests'.

Sunday, 22 May 2011


After a delivery voyage lasting around seventy two hours, CalMac's newest ferry is seen above making her entrance past Dunolloie Castle and into Oban Bay. FINLAGGAN, built by the Remontowa Shipyard at Gdansk in Poland, left her builders on Thursday. The new £24.5 million vessel was handed over to Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd on Wednesday 11th May and immediately chartered to CalMac Ferries Ltd for use on their Islay service from Kennacraig. After storing at Oban she was expected to undertake berthing trials and enter service after a naming ceremony on 25th May.

Friday, 20 May 2011


One of the container ships employed on the MacAndrews' services to Rotterdam and Lisbon is PHILIPP, a German-owned vessel completed in 2008. Her hull was built in Turkey and then towed to the Netherlands for fitting out, which was done by the Volharding Shipyard at Hoogezand, where she was completed as BELUGA MEDITATION although she had been launched as ESTIME. She took her present name in March, and shortly afterwards had a collision with a small fishing boat off the Isle of Man. An investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch is ongoing. PHILIPP has a deadweight of 10,600 tonnes, a length of 154.9 metres, and can carry 917 TEU boxes.

Thursday, 19 May 2011


Having discharged a cargo of cement, loaded as usual at Port Talbot, the Gibraltar-registered coaster AASVIK was seen heading for Glensanda to load her next cargo, around 4,000 tonnes of aggregates, which she would bring back to the Clyde a few days later.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


After more than four years lying idle at Rosneath, the former CalMac car ferry JUNO has been sold for scrap. At high water on Wednesday 18th May, she was moved from the face of the pier to the south side, and berthed at the landward end where dredging had been carried out to allow her to move close inshore. Over the next few weeks, demolition of the ship will be undertaken, and as much material as possible sent for recycling.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011


First large cruiseship of the year to visit Greenock in 2011 was GRAND PRINCESS, seen here arriving early in the day. As she had done last year, she had had just crossed the Atlantic after spending the winter months cruising in the Caribbean. Prior to leaving that area, she had undergone an extensive drydocking in the Bahamas, during which the Skywalkers nightclub was removed, altering her profile considerably. GRAND PRINCESS left Fort Lauderdale on 6th May and will now spend the summer in Europe. Lying at anchor in the distance is DRAGON, fourth of the Type 45 destroyers built on the Clyde and which was waiting to return upriver to Scotstoun after successfully completing another phase of trials.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011


The National Environmental Research Council's research ship JAMES COOK was seen making her way upriver to Glasgow, where she would load stores before setting off on a deployment to the Darwin Mounds, a massive field of underwater sand mounds approximately one hundred miles north west of Cape Wrath. JAMES COOK replaced an older ship in the NERC fleet in 2006 and was built in Norway.


Also seen arriving the same day was a similar sized ship, ANDROMEDA J, which was running for MacAndrew on their Iberian peninsula service from Dublin, Liverpool and Greenock to Bilbao. Eleven years younger, she was built in 2006 and has retained her original name since she was launched at the Hegemann shipyard near Bremen in Germany. 139.6 metres in length, she has a deadweight of 11,052 tonnes and can carry 850 TEU containers.


The Dutch feeder ship ELUSIVE is seen here heading towards Greenock after sailing overnight from Dublin, while employed on the OOCL SIX service from Southampton. She has been running on this route since October 2010 and was built by the Sietas shipyard at Neuenfelde in 1995. Capable of carrying up to 660 TEU containers, her original name was ARCTIC OCEAN although she was renamed NORASIA ARABIA shortly after completion for a charter, reverting to her original name after about a year. She took her current name when acquired by JR Shipping in June 2007.