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Shipping News and information / Re: ShipAIS
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:06:39 AM »
Just logged in to shipais OK,

Best regards


Shipping News and information / Re: ShipAIS
« on: November 22, 2014, 07:01:49 PM »
Hi Allan, I'm presuming you are talking about shipais (the 'Liverpool' one).  I have been unable to access the site for the past few days.  However, I have my own AIS (using ShipPlotter software running wich covers the western side of Lyme Bay, Teignmouth, and Tor Bay and have it set to upload to 'shipais' (and ShipPlotter)but do not get any messages from them to say anything is wrong.  I am getting downloaded positions for ships further afield but these can come from either shipais or from ShipPlotter.

I have looked on the shipais forum and a number of persons have notified the issue there.

Cheers, best regards


Shipping News and information / Re: C.Crawley - Fleet List
« on: July 24, 2014, 03:00:28 PM »
I believe there was some tie up with Metcalf Motor Coasters in the earlier days until at least the 1950s.  The WSS issued a fleet list in 1965 which, I believe included the earlier Crawley vessels.  Bernard McCall's Coastal Shipping magazine did an article on Metcalf's a few years back which may have also included some useful references for you.

Best regards


Lloyd's Register 1954-55 shows a call sign of SEJT.



Shipping News and information / Re: Lioness C
« on: June 26, 2010, 06:45:11 PM »
Hi Jim/Alan

Looking at AIS this evening (passing Ushant) her draught is shown as 12.3m.  Lloyd's gives her summer draught as 13.001m.  From my rather poor quality 'photos' taken on Tuesday evening when she moved from 36 to 108, she looked to have more than 0.7m to her load line.

Best regards


Shipping News and information / Re: TUG BONCHURCH INFORMATION
« on: February 09, 2010, 08:42:23 PM »
I hope the following is of interest,


1944      - built by R. Dunston Ltd., at Thorne as the TID 174, 2 Cy steam
               compound expansion engine.

1948     -  renamed ABEILLE No. 13 - owners shown in LR55-56 as Cie. de
               Remorq. & de Sauvetage "Les Abeilles", Fench flag, registered at
               Harve. 54 tons gross.

               owners shown in LR60-61 as Sirespa Building Ltd., British flag. 53
               tons gross.

1962/12  - new 8Cy General Motors diesel engine (made in 1943) re-fitted.

1963     - renamed BAIE COMEAU - owners shown in LR64-45 as Sirespa
              Building Ltd., British flag. 63 tons gross.

1966     - renamed BONCHURCH - owners Southampton, Isle of Wight &
              South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Red Funnel).

1967/03 - LR67-68 shows entry class withdrawn at Owners' request 3/67.

1967/04 - seen in Southampton on 01/04/1967.  LR No. 5418965.

1984     - seen at Torquay 19/04/1984, assisting with the Marina building work.

A previous BONCHURCH worked at Teignmouth from 1924 to 1931 when she re-located to Hull.

Best regards


Shipping News and information / Re: COUNTESS WEAR whereabouts
« on: January 16, 2010, 09:13:48 PM »
Many thanks for the info, she must have had an interesting voyage - assuming she made it under her own 'steam'.

Best regards


At the risk of opening a can of worms, I have to say that it is worrying to see so much 'radio' talk being quoted on a public site.  Many of us enjoy listening and arranging our days by the shore based on information gathered on the radio, but I feel we should respect what are largely confidential conversations, no matter what the rights or wrongs are of what is being said.

This of course is just my take on this issue,

Thank you

Best regards to all,


Shipping News and information / COUNTESS WEAR whereabouts
« on: February 10, 2008, 05:30:39 PM »
I am interested in finding out what happened to the small sludge carrier COUNTESS WEAR, built in 1963 by J Bolson of Poole as the S.W.2.  She worked out of the Exeter Ship Canal for many years until international restriction prevented her use for distributing processesd sludge in Lyme Bay.  Equasis records her as the COUNTESS, 5417507, but with little further information.  She used to be visible from the M5 Exe bridge when alongside the processing plant.

I believe that she went from the Exeter Canal to the River Dart for layup, but have no further information.

Many thanks,

FYI: the S.W in S.W.2 stood for Sewage Works, S.W.1 being a lorry used on the site.

Shipping News and information / Re: MSC Napoli bow arrives in Belfast
« on: January 17, 2008, 10:35:00 PM »
The 'unbolting the engine' which I quoted was a phrase used by the shipping media.

It had been reported that this phase of the operation would last until mid January.  Last time I saw her there was a 'digger' working where the superstructure used to be.  She had increased her list and had piles driven into the seabed to stop her from capsizing.
I have seen more recent photographs showing the plating from the post side had been removed.

I am not sure what each phase involves, but I heard that work was likely to re-start on the next in a few weeks time.

Shipping News and information / Re: MV Ice Prince cargo shifted.
« on: January 14, 2008, 08:06:27 PM »
Liverpool AIS shows ANGLIAN EARL enroute Portland for ICE PRINCE ETA 21:00.

Shipping News and information / Re: MSC Napoli bow arrives in Belfast
« on: November 16, 2007, 07:48:47 PM »
I understand that the superstructure on the MSC Napoli to be dismantled on to a barge and removed from site.  The engines are to be unbolted by divers and then removed to a barge and then the remaining vessel removed, not sure what this entails.
The BBC News item estimates that it could take until next March to complete.

From AIS, there seems to be activity on the site.

Shipping News and information / Re: MSC Napoli bow arrives in Belfast
« on: October 19, 2007, 06:55:40 PM »

According to BBC Devon the idea of popping the stern section on a barge and nipping it around to Belfast has been canned.

The locals are not impressed evidently.

The new plan appears to be to remove the superstructure, take out the engine and then remove the rest.  This to take place sometime before 'next season'.

Co-incidentally, although it may not be related AIS shows the tug SMIT BEVER and the German barge OCEANTEAM INSTALLER in Portland Harbour.

Shipping News and information / Re: The Shipping News Forum
« on: September 12, 2007, 06:58:05 PM »
A company in Heathfield, Devon brought a cargo of empty containers into Teignmouth a few years ago on the DALHEIM.  It was supposed to be the first of several consignments for conversion into mobile offices.  There have been no further cargoes so presumably the scheme was not as successful as planned.  It was interesting to see the containers being discharged alongside the Jubilee Wharf using gear specially brought in for the job.

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