Friday, 24 June 2011


Making her way towards the pilot station at Kempock Point, the Dutch coaster ANTJE K. was arriving from Liverpool to load a cargo of scrap metal at Shieldhall.  As the 2002-built coaster, no stranger on the Clyde, continued eastward, she passed the outbound container ship ENCOUNTER, heading for Bilbao on her weekly  run for MacAndrews.


Now a frequent caller at Greenock on the weekly SIX service from Southampton, the container ship INDIA recently added Liverpool to the port rotation served by her operators. INDIA herself is no stranger to the Clyde, having visited the river up until October 2009 under her previous name, VELAZQUEZ, when she sailed for MacAndrews. Of the Type 172 design from the Sietas shipyard in Germany, INDIA carries up to 864 TEU containers. She was built in 2003.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


Seen departing from Kilcreggan on an evening ferry run back to Gourock, Clyde Marine's small passenger ferry SEABUS heads across the Clyde towards the departing cruiseship CROWN PRINCESS, which had been visiting Greenock and sailed just a few minutes earlier. On another of her regular around the British Isles cruises, CROWN PRINCESS left Southampton on Wednesday 15 June and was circumnavigating the UK in an anti-clockwise direction. She had arrived in the morning from Kirkwall, and was now heading to Belfast.

Friday, 17 June 2011


On Saturday 11 June, Royal Caribbean Cruises' VISION OF THE SEAS left Oslo on a 9-night cruise from Oslo, taking her across the North Sea and down the English Channel to Le Havre and Cherbourg, before continuing to Dublin. From there she crossed the Irish Sea to Liverpool, before heading for Greenock. This was the first visit to the Clyde for the Liberian-flagged cruiseship. She was built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique at their shipyard at Saint-Nazaire in France, and entered service in May 1998. The 279-metre long vessel,  which has a gross tonnage of 78,491 tons, can accommodate 2,435 passengers.

After her visit to Greenock, VISION OF THE SEAS set sail in the evening for Oslo, a passage that would take her around sixty hours. She was the sixth, and last, member of her owner's 'Vision' class, some of which have visited Greenock in the past.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011


Faversham Shipping's 1993-built coaster VALIANT was seen heading upriver lightship after she had discharged her last cargo at Ayr. Launched by the Rosslauer shipyard in Germany, she was named NEPTUN but immediately renamed WOLGAST. She became LAAS NEPTUN a year later, and when she joined the Faversham fleet in 2008, was given her present name. She is 2,366 tonnes deadweight, and is 74.9 metres in length. In the distance, the products tanker MARIDA MISTLETOE can be seen as she lay at anchor off Grenock, having discharged at Rothesay Dock and waiting for her next cargo at Finnart.


The day after BLACK WATCH visited the Clyde, her sister BOUDICCA paid her first visit of the year to Greenock. Completed in 1973 as ROYAL VIKING SKY, she joined the Fred Olsen company in 2005, joining her sister BLACK WATCH, and taking over the role previously enjoyed by BLACK PRINCE which includes several cruises from the Clyde each year. Having arrived in the morning from Dublin, BOUDICCA was sailing for the Canary Islands.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


Originally one of three sister ships, each built in Finland in 1972-73 with considerable influence in their design from the Cunard liner QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, BLACK WATCH is one of two that is now a member of the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines fleet. She started her life as ROYAL VIKING STAR, sailing for the now-defunct Royal Viking Line, as was seen sailing past Cloch Light after a visit to Greenock - her first - on a Round Britain cruise from Dover. BLACK WATCH can carry around 800 passengers, and has a gross tonnage of 28,613. She is 205.5 metres in length, having been lengthened fairly early in her career. She joined the Olsen fleet in 1996, having sailed as WESTWARD and STAR ODYSSEY prior to that.

Thursday, 9 June 2011


Although pictured a few days ago arriving at Oban, this view also shows the new CalMac ferry FINLAGGAN, this time alongside at Port Askaig on Islay. After her naming ceremony on Wednesday 25th May, she had been due to enter service the next day but unfortunately FINLAGGAN suffered a breakdown as she headed towards Port Askaig. Consequently, her entry into service was delayed until repairs had been carried out at Oban, and it was Wednesday 1st June before she was able to enter service. The Islay lifeboat, named HELMUT SCHRODER OF DUNLOSSIT II, dates from 1997 and is a member of the 'Severn' class. These 17 metre long all-weather boats have a range of around 250 miles, and a speed of 25 knots.

Friday, 3 June 2011


After discharging a cargo of animal feed at Shieldhall, the Greek-flagged bulk carrier ATALANTA is seen heading out to sea on passage to Baltimore. She was built in 2010 by Tsuneishi Group in Japan to their 'Kansarmax' design, and is 229 metres overall with a deadweight of 82,094 tonnes. As is usual with these large ships, before coming to the Clyde she had already discharged part of her cargo, in this case at Immingham and Southampton.


Seen heading slowly towards the entrance of Loch Long, the products tanker MARIDA MISTLETOE was heading for Finnart but had to awiat the departure of another vessel before she could berth. About to load a cargo for Belfast, MARIDA MISTLETOE had arrived from Dublin and anchored at Brodick overnight.