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« Reply #60 on: November 07, 2020, 09:56:40 pm »

ASTORIA left last night in tow of tug Monte Da Luz for Portugal but returned to Tower Wharf shortly after. From facebook, she was assisted by two local tugs departing, two more were called and she was returned to her berth by four local tugs and the Monte Da Luz. No further information.
Looking at the track of MONTE DA LUZ, it looks as if they were having trouble controlling the tow. 
Reported that it was MONTE DA LUZ that developed mechanical problems.  Meanwhile ASTORIA now moved to disused berth a little downstream to free Tower Wharf for cargo operations.
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« Reply #61 on: November 08, 2020, 09:26:20 am »

Northfleet terminal is not a disused wharf. The reason Astoria was shifted to Tower Wharf was to allow a ship to berth there! The tug has returned to Portugal as local sources inform me she was not powerful enough for the job. Astor did sail yesterday - giving ETA Aliaga 17th.
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« Reply #62 on: November 08, 2020, 09:44:32 am »

Sorry if I misnamed the Northfleet Terminal - what was it called before (Deepwater Jetty now rings a bell).  So Tower Wharf is the one just downstream of Bevans, it seems.
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« Reply #63 on: November 08, 2020, 11:52:20 am »

ASTORIA left last night in tow of tug Monte Da Luz for Portugal but returned to Tower Wharf shortly after. From facebook, she was assisted by two local tugs departing, two more were called and she was returned to her berth by four local tugs and the Monte Da Luz. No further information.
Looking at the track of MONTE DA LUZ, it looks as if they were having trouble controlling the tow. 
Reported that it was MONTE DA LUZ that developed mechanical problems.  Meanwhile ASTORIA now moved to disused berth a little downstream to free Tower Wharf for cargo operations.

Suggestion on Facebook seems to say the MONTE DA LUZ was not powerful enough and she left this morning returning to Portugal.
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« Reply #64 on: November 08, 2020, 11:56:02 am »

ASTOR taking bunkers in the Thames Estuary from tanker FREDERICIA before continuing her journey to Aliaga.
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« Reply #65 on: November 08, 2020, 02:31:53 pm »

Tower Wharf is upriver from Bevan's Wharf and Northfleet Terminal (formerly known as Bowaters) is downriver from Bevan's.
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« Reply #66 on: November 08, 2020, 09:23:25 pm »

So the total sale of the entire CMV/TransOcean fleet is the equivalent of $23,419,000. Unfortunately, the Marco Polo (ex. Alexander Pushkin) was also sold for scrap to Aliaga, so she and Astor will end their useful service in Turkey. Here is the link:

https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23829-here-s-what-an-entire-cruise-fleet-sold-for-at-auction.html
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« Reply #67 on: November 11, 2020, 11:03:48 am »

MAGELLAN scheduled to sail from Tilbury at 18.30 today bound Piraeus.
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« Reply #68 on: November 19, 2020, 09:16:44 am »

Columbus sailed last night following Magellan to Piraeus via Gibraltar.

Astoria still waiting for a weather window to be towed to Portugal, tug Brent moored on the river to take her.
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« Reply #69 on: November 20, 2020, 07:52:08 am »

MARCO POLO  sailed from lay-up at Avonmouth yesterday 19 November for Falmouth Bay to take bunkers
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« Reply #70 on: November 20, 2020, 03:14:14 pm »

VASCO DA GAMA scheduled to leave Tilbury at 03.45 tomorrow (21st), destination unknown.
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« Reply #71 on: November 20, 2020, 08:55:02 pm »

ASTORIA and her tug, BRENT, are now confirming destination Lisbon, ETD 22/11, 2200hrs - very inconsiderate
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« Reply #72 on: November 20, 2020, 11:07:51 pm »

VASCO DA GAMA destination is Lisbon. ETA 26 November 08:00

Ship will change register from Bahamas to Madeira (Portuguese flag) while in Lisbon. Moves to the Lisnave shipyard at Setubal in January 2021 for refit
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« Reply #73 on: November 21, 2020, 11:32:56 am »

ASTORIA and her tug, BRENT, are now confirming destination Lisbon, ETD 22/11, 2200hrs - very inconsiderate

All CMV vessels have so far sailed from layup in darkness, even Marco Polo from Avonmouth although she's in Falmouth now for bunkers.
There are some photos/videos on the "Gravesend & Tilbury - "Gateway to the Port of London"" facebook page of all the sailings, not bad considering the time.
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« Reply #74 on: November 22, 2020, 09:08:10 pm »

MARCO POLO departed from UK (Falmouth Bay) at 2030 tonight after taking bunkers from Portland based DESERT OAK  
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