Tuesday, 16 August 2011


After reaching the Tail of the Bank, the 120 ton bollard pull tug ERACLEA, built in Italy in 2010 and owned by the Augustea Group, took charge of AMT TRADER and her valuable cargo. ERACLEA had arrived earlier from Rotterdam to tow the barge to Rosyth, accompanied by SVITZER PEMBROKE.

Once under way, ERACLEA set off down the main channel still with AYTON CROSS made fast aft, while SVITZER PEMBROKE and BATTLER followed them.

As the tow approached the Cowal Buoy, it was passed by the Dutch coaster GERARDA. Shortly after this last picture was taken, AYTON CROSS was released and returned to Greenock.