Archive of Ships visiting the Port of Workington, 2012
A selection of arrival & departure shots arranged in reverse chronological order.
October to December
ARKLOW SURF (Zaandam) IMO 9218222, 11th Dec 2012
Seen emerging from the dock in ballast, outbound for Dublin on a crisp winter morning. She had arrived 3days earlier with animal feed from Portbury.
Shortly after these photos were taken the 'ARKLOW Crest' would be removed from the funnel as she changed ownership & became 'BBS SURF'.
ISIS (Douglas) IMO 771969, 2nd Dec 2012
The regular visitor is seen outbound for Kilroot, NI after unloading a cargo of Scottish timber. The 950ton DWT coaster was built in 1978 & is operated by 'Great Glen Shipping' of Corpach, Fort William. The snow-capped Skiddaw range of the Western Lake District fells makes an attractive backdrop for the midday departure.
RIVER PRIDE (Monrovia) IMO 8324593, 2nd Dec 2012
Inbound with a steel silo from Great Yarmouth to be used in the expansion of the nearby Iggesund paperboard mill. The ship was built in Hull in 1984 as the London registered 'HOOPRIDE'. There have been several changes of name & ownership, & she is currently listed as owned by 'Ionian Marine' & registered in Monrovia.
KARINA G (St.John's) IMO 9380726, 9th Oct 2012
Outbound for Southampton on a fine autumn evening having delivered baled wood pulp from Bilbao. The vessel was owned by 'Gerdes Shipping' at the time but was sold to 'Lohmann' in 2015 & renamed 'MARAS'.
VIKTORIA VIKING (Fosnavag) IMO 9521801, 7th Oct 2012
The live fish carrier arrives on a bright autumn afternoon from Cromarty. The Norwegian vessel is a "wellboat", specially designed to carry live fish under strict hygienic conditions. Salmon smolts are transferred from Cumbrian freshwater farms to Scottish offshore units where they are grown on into mature fish. The 1500ton DWT vessel is owned by 'Fosnavaag Shipping & under contract to 'Migdale Transport'.
VARNADIEP (Groningen) IMO 9263540, 5th Oct 2012
Piloted out of the port bound for Aughinish, Rep of Ireland. She had arrived from the Spanish port of Sagunto with a cargo of gypsum on the previous day. There are photos of the arrival on the Special Features 'Construction Materials' page. The livery is that of 'Feederlines' but the ship changed ownership in 2015 & has been renamed 'EZARO'.
July to September
LS EVA (Gibraltar) IMO 9379478, 26th Sep 2012
Inbound from Rotterdam to collect waste oil for export to Delfzijl.
Inbound from Fishnish, Isle of Mull with timber. A dramatic contrast of light in the foreground compared with the dark stormy skies across the Solway in Scotland. Pilot tug 'DERWENT' is ever-present to supervise passage through the dock entrance.
NORDIC ERIKA (Maasdam) IMO 9528495, 19th Sep 2012
A second visit within two months for the Dutch registered coaster. She's outbound for Liepaja, Latvia with 'baled recovered waste' having arrived 2days earlier from Liverpool.
The cargo is referred to as 'Solid Recovered Fuel', SRF. It will be burned in a combined heat & power plant in Liepaja as a 'green' fuel. The plant is a joint venture between two Latvian companies. Photo of the plant courtesy of 'Latvnergo'.
Departing for Corpach, Fort William on a sunny September evening. She had arrived the previous day from the Netherlands with baled wood pulp. It was her third & final visit of the year. 'Scotline' is expanding its fleet with larger vessels, typically 4,500ton, compared with 'MARINER' which was built in 2001 at 3,300ton DWT.
The 'Great Glen Shipping' coaster is seen inbound on a grey afternoon from Fishnish, Isle of Mull with a full load of timber. After a speedy 24hr turnaround she's on way out of the port to Kilroot, NI (last 3 photos).
'Forestry Commission Scotland' has since financed the building of a new pier at Fishnish next to the CalMac ferry. It began operation in December 2013 & saves hundreds of thousands of lorry-miles each year. Photo credit 'TSL Contractors'.
STOC MARCIA (Limassol) IMO 9390305, 21st & 22nd Aug 2012
Inbound from Ghent to collect waste oil for transfer to Delfzijl, Netherlands. 'MARCIA' is the only vessel wholly owned by 'STOC Tankers' but is part owner of others. The 4,500ton DWT vessel was built in Turkey in 2007. She was launched in Istanbul with great celebration, see photo right.
NORDIC ERIKA (Maasdam) IMO 9528495, 15th & 16th Aug 2012
Arriving from Belfast in ballast to collect baled waste which is used as a power station fuel. Twenty four hours later she is outbound for Liepaja, Latvia ( last 3 photos). The funnel bears the logo of 'Nordic Chartering', a specialist in the timber market operating from the Baltic to Ireland & Spain with 2 ships.
PINNAU (St.John's) IMO 9199139, 4th Aug 2012
Inbound from Leixoes Porto with baled wood pulp. General cargo vessels belonging to 'Strahlmann Shipping's mid-range (3,000-3,500ton DWT) fleet of 25 are regular visitors to both North Cumbrian ports.
ISIS (Douglas) IMO 7711969, 3rd Aug 2012
Outbound for Lochaline having arrived 2days earlier with timber from Portavadie, Loch Fyne, Argyll. The vessel is a regular visitor on the West of Scotland timber route. She shows no logo but is owned by 'Great Glen Shipping' along with sister ship 'BURHOU.I'.
Inbound on a murky summer afternoon from Dublin to collect baled waste.
Watching from the south pier, progress from the pilot station was very slow. It became apparent the vessel had an engine problem when attempting to set off to enter the port. The pilot instructed the tug to attach a line to the stern to act as a brake. And so the unusual position of the tug in the photos - a rare sight at the port.
Conditions couldn't be more different for the departure, fully loaded, 24hrs later in the evening sunshine to Riga, Latvia.
The vessel is in 'WAGENBORG' livery but later that year changed ownership & was renamed 'LEHMANN FJORD'. In 2015 there was a further change to 'GRIFBOR'.
HELENE G (Gibraltar) IMO 9195406, 1st Jul 2012
Inbound from the Spanish port of Bilbao with baled wood pulp. The swell produces a wash as she crosses the sand bar at the entrance to the harbour entrance. The 3,200ton DWT vessel is one of 14 operated by the German 'Gerdes Shipping Company'.
April to June
FLINTERBALTICA (Rotterdam) IMO 9279410, 6th Jun 2012
Arriving in ballast from Drogheda, R of I, to collect baled waste for export to Latvia where it is used as a power station fuel. In 2015 'FLINTERBALTICA' was converted to a carbon dioxide tanker and renamed 'GERDA' (see final photo, credit Jens Boldt, shipspotting.com).
HENDRIK S (Kampen) IMO 9195391, 29th & 30th May 2012
Seen inbound with baled wood pulp, & in the second photo after a 24hr turnaround outbound in ballast for Dublin. The 3,200ton DWT vessel displayed little identification in terms of logos or flags, other than being Dutch registered. A search shows she was built in 2001 & owned by 'Steenstra Shipping', although comes under the management of 'AMASUS'.
SCOT MARINER (Rochester) IMO 9243916, 22nd May 2012
After making a delivery of baled wood pulp (see below for arrival) 'MARINER' is outbound in ballast for Inverness. 'Scotline' has an informative website full of detail about the fleet, sailing schedule, current positions & a gallery of photos.
SCOT MARINER (Rochester) IMO 9243916, 21st May 2012
Inbound on a bright Spring morning with baled wood pulp from Vlissingen, Netherlands. 'Scotline' has specialised in forest products since 1979 when it began carrying logs from Inverness to Sweden. It has a fleet of 12 ships, many of which are regularly seen at Workington.
KRUCKAU (St.John's) IMO 9199141, 20th Apr 2012
Inbound from Dublin with peat moss. General cargo vessels belonging to 'Strahlmann Shipping's mid-range (3,000-3,500ton DWT) fleet of 25 are regular visitors to both North Cumbrian ports.
Inbound from Immingham to collect waste oil for export to Rotterdam. 'Nordic Tankers' operates globally with a fleet of 65.
January to March
BURHOU.I (London) IMO 7726897, 31st Mar 2012
Seen arriving with a full load of timber from Lochaline, Sound of Mull. She was to be a regular visitor during 2012 with raw timber.
The 950ton DWT vessel built in 1978 is one of two owned by 'Great Glen Shipping' of Corpach, Fort William. It often operates in remote areas where few facilities are available & use can be made of its self discharge equipment.
SCOT EXPLORER (Rochester) IMO 9137193, 18th Mar 2012
An early morning arrival in bright sunshine for the 'Scotline' ship from Vlissingen, Netherlands with baled wood pulp for processing in the local paperboard mill.
VINGA SAFIR (Donso) IMO 9200158, 15th Mar 2012
It's a murky afternoon for 'VINGA SAFIR' to set off for Kalundborg, Denmark with waste oil. She is the sole vessel under management of the Swedish company 'Vinga Ship Management'.
STOLT KESTREL (George Town) IMO 9009528, 12th Mar 2012
Inbound from Immingham to collect waste oil for forwarding to Eastham.
WILSON GIJON (Bridgetown) IMO 9056038, 8th Mar 2012
Returning to Dublin after delivering peat moss.
SCOT CARRIER (Inverness) IMO 9137208, 13th Jan 2012
Inbound on a crisp winter's afternoon from Vlissingen with baled wood pulp.
PINNAU (St.John's) IMO 9199139, 12th Jan 2012
The 3'600 DWT general cargo vessel belonging to 'Strahlmann Shipping' is seen outbound for Belfast after delivering peat moss from Dublin.
WILSON MARIN (Valletta) IMO 7610103, 11th Jan 2012
Outbound for Glensanda after arriving from Esbjerg, Denmark. Ships of the Norwegian 'Wilson Shipping Group' are regular visitors to the port, however at the time of writing, the 5,8ooton DWT 'MARIN' doesn't appear amongst their fleet of more than 100 vessels.