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Shipping News and information / Re: Spotting at Liverpool
« on: December 05, 2011, 02:21:16 PM »
Marine promenade at New Brighton would get most ships that pass by, but could be distant views. Along the front at Seacombe, Birkenhead or the Pier head at Liverpool for upriver shipping. Eastham Woods country park for ships very close in and out from the Manchester ship canal.

Unfortunately I don't know of anywhere on the Liverpool side where you could get the Liverpool dock traffic that is public access.

Trip reports / Re: Inland English ports 1-9-11
« on: September 04, 2011, 09:38:06 PM »
The Transatlantic/PAL line service is to move to the site of the old grain silo and the quay near the ferry terminal, as you say to allow larger vessels to be used. The current vessels now regularly have to part cargo at Hull or Immingham to get up the Ouse to Goole, one of the reasons for the move away from Goole.

Just one small point TC - the vessels you have listed as being at Neap House - you may have covered Grove wharf in that list as Neap House only has two berths.

Hope this helps


Shipping News and information / Re: Renamings
« on: April 19, 2011, 08:44:44 AM »
Sunderland built bulk carrier "Dora" IMO 8024076 renamed "H Pioneer" at Hull in last few days.

Shipping News and information / Re: Shipspotting Information please
« on: April 19, 2011, 08:41:43 AM »
As John has said, Goole is ok from the public roads and footpaths but you cannot enter the dock estate. You can also get onto the riverfront at Old Goole or Swinefleet to get the vessels arriving or sailing.

For upriver vessels I would recommend the Humber Bridge, they pass from approx 3 hours before high water Hull to about 3 hours after.

Immingham is I'm afraid closed to access. It is possible to get onto the riverfront behind the oil terminal but vessels are passing at very long range. It used to be possible to get onto the riverfront at Killingholme but this might now be blocked by the ro/ro terminal there.

Spurn Point is good for viewing (3 to take the car down IIRC) but can be poor for photography as the sun is against you most of the day.

Hope this helps


Shipping News and information / Re: PNS RAH NAWARD
« on: September 24, 2010, 04:53:00 PM »
I wondered how you got that. If you drive round the ice arena towards the marina lock there is a public right of way across the Albert dock lock gates (the path is in the fence near the mini roundabout) - this then goes over the shed rooftop - that's where the photo was taken from.


Hi Bob,

As you now know, southbank locations are very rare - there is a public footpath along the river between Immingham and Grimsby but the ships are quite a way off. For access to the locks at Hull follow signs to the Rotterdam ferry - as you approach the river front there is a public car park on the right (just before the security gate). You can then walk east to the locks at King George or west to the Alexandra dock locks. In the city centre you can get some ships off the pier if they are using the Hull channel - at present most upriver traffic is using the Skitter channel which is the south side of the river.



Shipping News and information / Re: PNS RAH NAWARD
« on: September 24, 2010, 12:04:18 PM »
Official ceremony was yesterday (23/09) - I took photos but still showing Prince William on Starboard bow.

Shipping News and information / Re: Laid Up Ships
« on: March 17, 2009, 09:43:34 PM »
FGM Europe sailed from Hull today bound for Nemrut Bay loaded with scrap.
Saline due to sail from Hull to River Trent soon.
Soyana still in port - possibly repairs as freefall lifeboat on deck.

Shipping News and information / Re: Laid Up Ships
« on: March 04, 2009, 07:57:29 PM »
Hull Dock Since 02/02/09 Bulk carrier SOYANA IMO 8912819 Loa 98m
believed still working cargo - slow discharge berth
Hull Dock Since 17/02/09 Bulk carrier FGM EUROPE IMO 8313972 Loa 195 m - still detained but loaded with scrap metal
Hull Dock Since 06/02/09 Bulk carrier SALINE IMO 9048641 Loa 90 m - casualty - had engine room fire
Hull Dock Since 25/02/09 Bulk carrier ASPET IMO 8881682 Loa 122 m detained

Shipping News and information / Re: Laid Up Ships
« on: January 01, 2009, 10:07:01 PM »
Hull now has a scrap export berth - vessels often take a while to load.

Shipping News and information / Re: Collision off Ushant
« on: August 02, 2005, 09:34:01 PM »

the BBC news website has the vessels as "Sierra Express" and "Dogger".



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