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796  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Mollendo on: September 08, 2006, 05:32:00 pm
Hi Phil,

Can't remember the MOLLENDO but I have a photo of the Peruvuan PARINAS taken at Purfleet, I havent dated the photo so it would possibly be from about the same time. Was there some sort of exercise going on I wonder.

Bob
797  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Felixstowe tugs on: August 22, 2006, 06:53:39 pm
I'm told that the Dutch tug ADA-D arrived at felixstowe today and went into the dock basin. She is operated by Smit.

Bob
798  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Cranes bound for Felixstowe on: August 19, 2006, 05:34:53 pm
ZHEN HUA 1 sailed at 11:29 on the 17/08/06. Arrived from Shanhai and sail for Valletta.
I believe that ZHEN HUA 5 is also around as well.

Bob
799  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Pride of Bilbao on: August 10, 2006, 06:07:47 pm
TRIP REPORT
 
Ship: PRIDE OF BILBAO
Company: P&O Ferries
Route: Portsmouth - Bilbao - Portsmouth
 
Apart from the International ferry business and small commercial berths, Portsmouth is primarily a naval base. As luck has it, the ferry terminal is situated at the far end of the naval base so the ferries offer an un-obstructive view of all naval vessels on the outer berths and a good view of the inner berths on their inward and outward passages through the harbour. Also, there are good views of the preserved ships VICTORY and WARRIOR as well as the local ferries serving the Isle of Wight.
 
The ferry terminal traffic probably accounts for the majority of harbour movements throughout the day. The terminal supports services to a number of French ports, the Channel Islands as well as two routes to Spain (three in the winter season). Besides P&O, Brittany Ferries, Condor Ferries, LD Ferries & Acciona operate from the terminal.
 
P&O offer four day three night mini cruises from Portsmouth to Bilbao and back sailing at 21:15 from Portsmouth arriving at Bilbao before 08:00 local time on the third day. Sailing again at 13:15 local time and arriving back at Portsmouth at around 17:00 on the forth day.

I did this trip during the summer so when we sailed the sun was beginning to set but there was enough light to see the naval vessels along the berths, these included operational vessels and a number of decommissioned vessels as well as the new HMS CLYDE that had recently been launched at Vosper Thornycrofts Portsmouth yard. The harbour was busy as we sailed with BRETAGNE (Brittany Ferries) preceding us out of harbour and MONT ST MICHEL & CHERBOURG EXPRESS (both Brittany Ferries) inward bound with NORMAN SPIRIT (LD Ferries) following close behind them.
 
The second day was spent at sea transiting the English Channel and the northern Bay of Biscay, not a lot to see shipwise but plenty of dolphins close in to the ship, it was time to relax and take in the ship.
 
The third day we were woken with an early morning call for breakfast as we approached Bilbao, passing the small anchorage and outer oil/gas berths just inside the sea wall. By 08:00, we were secure alongside our berth and preparing to disembark. Adjacent to the ferry terminal is the ship building yard of Astillelos Zamacona SA who specialise in tug building, any vessel on the slip or already launched are easily photographed from both the ferry or outside roads. After disembarkation, follow the path/road to the left, this will bring you round the marina to the river. From here, you can view all movements, stroll up river to the transport bridge and you will find the tug berths just beyond.
Once back aboard and you sail, excellent views of the commercial docks are passed, as you proceed outward, the container terminal (feeder ships) and the oil/gas berths are passed although probably to distant for any good photography then its out into the Bay of Biscay for the rest of the day.

The last day finds you passing up the English Channel joining the traffic separation scheme at about midday, as the PRIDE OF BILBAO is faster than other shipping a few vessels are overtaken before turning north to cross the channel towards Portsmouth. Approaching the Nab Tower to the east of the Isle of Wight, there are normally a few large vessels in the anchorage, turning into the Solent any movements can be seen as are any vessels in the St Helens small ship anchorage. Arriving back in Portsmouth, as mentioned earlier, a full view of the naval base is passed.

Ship information

Built as OLYMPIA for Viking Line, renamed PRIDE OF BILBAO 1993.
Built 1986
37583 grt
800  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / A P Moller bid for Adsteam on: July 10, 2006, 02:03:13 pm
Just as I've (almost) finished photographing my "local" Adsteam tugs (again) under their new names I hear that A P Moller has made a bid to buy them. They will apparently have Svitzer names and colours.

Can anyone confirm this?
801  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: New Thames RoRo Service on: June 15, 2006, 04:11:54 pm
Thanks Phil,

I saw her a few times sailing from Southampton but I'll attempt to get a photo on the Thames.

Cheers

Bob
802  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: New Thames RoRo Service on: June 14, 2006, 06:43:31 pm
I've noticed that the CFF SEINE has been active on the Thames for the last couple of days but running Fords Jetty - Flushing.

Ref: PLA website.

Anyone know if she's in Ferryways livery or CFF livery?

Bob
803  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Tallink aquires Silja Line on: June 12, 2006, 03:27:08 pm
That's interesting, never knew that Sea Containers owned Silja Line. It could explain why the SILJA OPERA is laid up in Tilbury Dock along with a couple of Sea Containers cat's.
804  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: The Topaz (ex Empress of Britain) due U.K. and Europe on: May 19, 2006, 07:20:54 pm
Well, the sun came out John, along with the wind, pity THE TOPAZ never  :-x , she still there now (20:00).

But did get to see msc's RHAPSODY sail  :-)

Photo's over the weekend if I have time.
805  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: The Topaz (ex Empress of Britain) due U.K. and Europe on: May 19, 2006, 09:42:41 am
After the CALYPSO fire the other week after leaving Tilbury, the MCA checked another old cruise ship, the VISTAMAR, the other day and after landing her passengers in London, have now detained her in Tilbury Dock. I wonder if this is why THE TOPAZ has gone into the dock and not the landing stage, for inspection?
After her appearance on the Television program "Cruises from Hell" the other night, she may well be here some time  :lol: LOL
806  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: The Topaz (ex Empress of Britain) due U.K. and Europe on: May 18, 2006, 03:40:31 pm
Hi Phil,

Hope your right because I can get there on Friday but not over the weekend. Will have to see how it pans out.

Cheers

Bob
807  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: The Topaz (ex Empress of Britain) due U.K. and Europe on: May 18, 2006, 02:02:26 pm
The PLA website has her sailing on the 20th, can anyone confirm her sailing time?

Also, mentioned earlier in the thread, the NIPPON MARU is due at Greenwich on the 28th, moves down river to Tilbury Stage on the 29th and sails from there later in the day. No times given for her movements.
808  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: French aircraft carrier Clemenceau on: May 17, 2006, 11:25:33 am
According to the Seawaves website, she's due back in Brest around the 20th May.
809  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Maritime careers festival on: May 17, 2006, 10:56:28 am
According to the June issue of "Ships Monthly"(page 4) the "Maritime Careers Festival" will be held at Dover Cruise Terminal 2.
HMS Kent, RFA Wave Knight & Coastguard tug Anglian Monarch will berth there over the weekend which also coincides with the 400th anniversay of Dover Harbour Board.

No dates are given but, when checking the web, this event appears to have taken place in March!!!!

Anyone know what is correct?

Bob
810  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: The Topaz (ex Empress of Britain) due U.K. and Europe on: April 28, 2006, 12:10:30 pm
That's right, I noticed her in the list in the May issue of "Ships Monthly" a couple of weeks ago. Another interesting cruise ship amongst the ones due on the Thames during May is the NIPPON MARU which is due at Greenwich on the 28th & 29th May whilst on a world cruise.
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