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Title: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on September 29, 2018, 07:53:24 am
The dutch tug WATERSTRAAT arrived at the Svitzer tug moorings at Gravesend today for Thames operations.


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on September 29, 2018, 03:47:20 pm
How lucky can you get?
After a (I assume) bollard pull test (tug of war) with Svitzer Adira at the lower end of Gravesend Reach, I wished that the newly arrived Waterstraat would head up river pass Tilbury, minutes later my wish was granted :-)

Photos to follow


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on September 29, 2018, 03:57:16 pm
Another interesting "rumour" I've heard is that a South American based tug may come to the Thames to cover for the late delivery of the SVITZER MERIDIAN.
The tug SVITZER HAWK has been mentioned, she is currently in Peru.


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on October 05, 2018, 04:09:17 pm
Update:
SVITZER MERIDIAN (DELICAY III) is underway in the Mediterranean bound for London. ETA 18/10/18

IMO 9834167


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on October 13, 2018, 01:19:09 pm
DELICAY III now heading north off Portugal still with ETA Gravesend on the 18th @ 10.00 after bunkering in Spain.


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: gwrdave on October 14, 2018, 02:29:24 am
Lead one is at Port Taranaki

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2921287 plus a couple more shots.

Dave


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on October 14, 2018, 01:08:02 pm
Thanks for the info Dave.
DELICAY II is now the SVITZER VALE that operated on the Thames for a couple of months before going to Germany
DELICAY III as above, is heading for the Thames still under the name DELICAY III and Turkish flag but is to be renamed SVITZER MERIDIAN

Regards

Bob


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: davidships on October 14, 2018, 07:30:54 pm
DELICAY III arrived Cies Anchorage, outside Vigo this morning, probably for shelter.

Another Thames tug, the old faithful KINGSTON ex-SUN XXIV is not far away, at Marin, awaiting weather window to complete tow from Tees to Algeciras with buoy tender WILTON (IMO 8201569), recently sold to Maltese owners.


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on October 18, 2018, 01:35:41 pm
DELICAY III now north of Channel Islands with ETA Gravesend this Saturday @ 07.00 .... just about getting light then :-(

WATERSTRAAT has now left the Thames and is returning to Delfzijl


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on October 20, 2018, 08:36:18 am
DELICAY III arrived in Chatham last night.


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on October 24, 2018, 01:02:22 pm
DELICAY III showing her name as SVITZER MERIDIAN since yesterday on AIS. Still in Chatham.


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on November 08, 2018, 01:37:46 pm
Another interesting "rumour" I've heard is that a South American based tug may come to the Thames to cover for the late delivery of the SVITZER MERIDIAN.
The tug SVITZER HAWK has been mentioned, she is currently in Peru.

Interestingly, SVITZER HAWK is now in the Panama Canal with destination Avonmouth.


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: em777 on November 08, 2018, 10:24:44 pm
The Hawk is the sister to the Svitzer Amazonas, already drydocked so I believe so heading straight to Avonmouth to join the fleet.

John


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on December 04, 2018, 02:49:36 pm
Svitzer Hawk due Avonmouth tomorrow morning, hopefully some photos to follow :-)


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: em777 on December 05, 2018, 07:17:41 am
Arrived early hours of the morning into Avonmouth


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on February 04, 2019, 10:51:15 am
I notice that the German tug BUGSIER 10 is moored on the Svitzer berth at Denton today, I wonder if she will be working on the Thames?


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on February 04, 2019, 03:35:25 pm
I notice that the German tug BUGSIER 10 is moored on the Svitzer berth at Denton today, I wonder if she will be working on the Thames?

Rumours has it the tug has come for the drill rig SERTAO on Tilbury power station


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Bob Scott on February 04, 2019, 10:20:19 pm
A more credible rumour on the Gravesend waterfront is that she will be stand-in for one of the locals thatís due for drydocking.


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on February 05, 2019, 08:59:27 am
My source is normally pretty good but must admit that was my first thought when she moored on the Svitzer berth.


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Bob Scott on February 05, 2019, 10:42:45 am
On charter to Svitzer, I now hear.


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: davidships on February 05, 2019, 01:56:51 pm
SERTAO not due to leave until 15/2


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on February 05, 2019, 02:55:40 pm
All good news, more chance to see the Bugsier and wait to see what will take the Sertao away.

As an aside, I see the old Thames ship handling tug SUN XXIV, now kINGSTON (IMO 5344437) is also due on the Thames on the 15th as well.


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: John Jones on February 06, 2019, 04:56:14 pm
My source is normally pretty good but must admit that was my first thought when she moored on the Svitzer berth.

Your source's source misled him!  ::)  :D


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on February 07, 2019, 12:02:21 pm
 :D :D


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Bob Scott on February 07, 2019, 01:05:37 pm
My source is very reliable: a bloke down the pub!


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on February 07, 2019, 03:22:55 pm
Sounds more reliable than mine Bob  :D


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on February 22, 2019, 03:12:33 pm
SERTAO not due to leave until 15/2

Sertao due to leave Sunday 24th Feb @ 13.45 under tow of tug MANTA (UNION MANTA)


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Bob Scott on February 24, 2019, 04:09:41 pm
Departure now scheduled 14.00 25th


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on February 24, 2019, 04:23:52 pm
Tell me about it Bob  :(
It was on schedule when I left home at midday, arrived at Coalhouse Fort half hour later to find it had been put back !!
We will see what happens tomorrow.


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: John Jones on February 24, 2019, 10:21:32 pm
Hah! Yes, I was down at Mucking and kept checking the departures list. Realised about 4.00 p.m. that the date (but not time) had changed from 24th to 25th! I'll be locked up in the office tomorrow unfortunately so no good for me  :(


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on February 25, 2019, 05:10:27 pm
Bit of a tug fest today for the departure of the Sertao

L-R

BUGSIER 10 (chartered tug)
SVITZER BOOTLE (Gravesend fleet)
SVITZER BRUNEL (Gravesend fleet)
MANTA (for tow)
SVITZER ADIRA (Gravesend fleet)
SVITZER GANGES (Medway fleet)
SVITZER VICTORY (Medway fleet)
SVITZER MONARCH (Medway fleet)

Medway tugs covering other movements on river


Title: Re: Another Thames tug
Post by: Robert J Smith on May 16, 2019, 12:49:04 pm
Danish tug SVITZER VIDAR approaching Sheerness moorings today