Archive of Ships Visiting the Port of Silloth during 2016
Approximate tonnages of imports received during the year were as follows :- Fertiliser, 75,400 Wheat, 32,900 Molasses, 20,000 Furnace bottom ash, 16,500.
Below is a selection of arrivals, departures & quayside shots arranged in reverse chronological order.
October to December
PANTA RHEI (Vlissingen) IMO 9489522, 31st Dec 2016
The general cargo vessel arrives on a grey afternoon with a cargo of fertiliser from Klaipeda, Lithuania. Setting sail on Christmas Eve, the voyage had taken 7days via the Baltic Sea, Kiel Canal & English Channel. The ship is a modern coaster belonging to the large Dutch shipping company, Wagenborg, which is responsible for 170 vessels.
The unusual name 'PANTA RHEI' means 'everything flows' in Greek; there must be a Greek scholar working for Wagenborg.
The ship is registered in Vlissingen, in the Zeeland Province of the Netehrlands. The flag of the province, the most westerly area of the country, is displayed on the superstructure.
FRI STREAM (Nassau) IMO 9115896, 29th Dec 2016
Seen inbound from the French port of La Pallice with wheat.
Situated on the Atlantic seaboard, La Pallice, the commercial port of La Rochelle, is a major grain exporter, second only to Rouen.
'FRI STREAM' is one of 17 coasters operated by the Norwegian KOPERVIK GROUP.
FEHN CAPELLA (St.John's) IMO 9142576, 20th Dec 2016
The vessel is operated by Fehn Ship Management who have ten other similar mid-range vessels. Having arrived in the early hours, only dockside shots were possible. Photographic conditions were poor on this dull afternoon with drizzle threatening.
AYR (Valletta) IMO 9313711, 30th Nov 2016
Inbound from Ghent with fertiliser on a grey November morning. As 'OHLAU' is already berthed at the unloading quay 'AYR' ties up at the east quay to await her turn.
'AYR' is listed as one of 28 vessels operating in the short-sea market owned by 'BOJEN SHIPPING'. The ship was previously named 'WILSON AYR' until 2011. The company owns several ex-Wilson vessels. There were reports in the press earlier in the year that 'BOJEN' had become insolvent but this difficulty appears to have been overcome.
FRI SKIEN (Limassol) IMO 9148192, 28th Nov 2016
A busy morning for the port with 'ZAPADNYY' departing & 'FRI SKIEN' arriving from Ghent with fertiliser. She is berthed at the east quay while the unloading of 'WILSON BRAKE' is completed.
'FRI SKIEN' is one of 17 coasters operated by the Norwegian KOPERVIK GROUP.
The ship was previously named 'FRISIAN SUN', and before that 'POLAR SUN'. The remnants of these names can still be seen underneath layers of paint on the stern.
WILSON BRAKE (Limassoll) IMO 9150511, 28th Nov 2016
Seen unloading fertiliser from Amsterdam, having arrived on the evening tide the previous day.
Seen arriving on a hazy morning from Ghent with fertiliser. Calm conditions make the approach & entrance into Marshall Dock look straightforward. The sight of a ship passing so close by is an impressive sight for a visiting family.
BALTIC SAILOR (Gibraltar) IMO 9138214, 30th Aug 2016
Inbound with fertiliser from Klaipeda, Lithuania, via Ayr. On arrival at Ayr, after a 6day voyage from the Baltic, half the cargo was discharged before making the short 10hr journey to Silloth to unload the remainder.
'Baltic Sailor' is one of 4 ships operated by the Baltic Forest Line of Stade, Germany.
Conditions at the port entrance were unusually blustery & considerable skill was required from pilot & crew to guide the vessel safely through the narrow entrance.
CATANIA (St.John's) IMO 9556832, 12th Jul 2016
Seen manoeuvring out of New Dock after delivering fertiliser from Ghent, BE, having arrived on the early morning tide.
Cargo was quickly unloaded allowing departure to Coleraine, NI, on the afternoon tide. The vessel is operated by Fehn Ship Management of Germany but none of the usual company flags or funnel markings were visible.
OHLAU (St.John's) IMO 9375903, 7th Jul 2016
Inbound on a grey afternoon from Northern Ireland with a full load of 'furnace bottom ash' for use in the construction industry. The ash is a byproduct of combustion at Kilroot Power Station.
The vessel, built in 2007, is a new visitor to the port. It is one of 25 in its class operated by the family-run R.E.S Group.
Departure was made 24hr later for Workington anchorage to await orders.
April to June
PRIWALL (St.John's) IMO 9051208, 17th Jun 2016
Inbound with fertiliser from Antwerp via Ayr.
Silloth has seen several shared cargos recently, shared either with Ayr or Newport. Turnaround is usually achieved within one tide with morning arrivals.
The vessel is one of 32 minibulkers operated by Wessels. The company has a long history with roots founded in building ferries to cross the River Ems.
MICHAELA ROSE (Southampton) IMO 1002756, 15th Jun 2016
The luxury motor yacht made a 1 day stopover in the port while its passengers visited local attractions. The unusual visitor had previously been cruising off the West of Scotland & the Isle of Man. The 49m yacht was built in Germany in 1984 & refitted in 2008. With accommodation for 16 passengers & 13 crew she is designed for the luxury experience. The American owned vessel is well travelled having made at least two circumnavigations and is reported to have been used by President George H. Bush for a Mediterranean vacation. She departed for Liverpool the next day. Photos are courtesy of SolwayShipping.
EDZARD CIRKSENA (St.John's) IMO 9375824, 23rd May 2016
Inbound from Ghent with fertiliser on a bright Spring afternoon. Fine views are to be had across the Solway to the Scottish hills which has tempted new photographers out to try their hand. The 3600ton DWT vessel was built in 2008 & displays the funnel marking of the German company Siegfried Bojen Schiffahrtsbetrieb .
The vessel appeared in very good order, flying a full set of flags & with crew positioned at all bow & stern observation points for entry into the dock.
SMARAGD (Alkmaar) IMO 9267704, 11th May 2016
Outbound for Newport having unloaded its part cargo of fertiliser from Klaipeda, Lithuania.
The 3,150ton DWT vessel built in 2003 belongs to the small Dutch company 'De Brock Maritiem'.
BALTICA HAV (Nassau) IMO 8215728, 27th Apr 2016
Inbound from the German Baltic port of Mukran with lime. It's a typical April afternoon with a mixture of cloud, sunshine & snow showers. The vessel is one of 16 operated by HAV Shipping of Oslo.
BEKAU (St.John's) IMO 9197454, 21st Apr 2016
It's 24hr after the arrival of 'BEKAU' and she has discharged her cargo of Furnace Bottom Ash & is ready for departure to Belfast in ballast. The first photo of the Gallery shows the pilot boarding. Thirty minutes later preparations for departure are complete & 'BEKAU' is seen passing through the dock entrance.
A photographer takes up position on the south pier where she is in an ideal position to gather time-lapse images. These will be used to create a video about shipping on the Solway.
BEKAU (St.John's) IMO 9197454, 20th Apr 2016
Inbound from Northern Ireland with Furnace Bottom Ash (FBA) from Kilroot Power Station. FBA is the non-combustible residue left after burning coal in power stations. It is used locally for the manufacture of breeze blocks.
'BEKAU' is a 3,700ton DWT general cargo coaster belonging to 'Strahlmann Shipping'. It is one of 25 similar sized vessels owned by the company, many of which are regular visitors to the port. The company emblem is seen on the funnel plus, as is becoming more common, their email address, R.E.S.eu, along the hull.
KREMPERTOR (St.John's) IMO 8817409, 7th Apr 2016
Inbound from Northern Ireland with Furnace Bottom Ash, a by-product of combustion at Kilroot Power Station .
The vessel built in 1990 as PORT FOZ, is part of the large fleet operated by R.E.S. Group. The original name is still visible on the side of the bridge under layers of paint.
FLINTERBAY (Rotterdam) IMO 9279434, 4th Apr 2016
A grey morning for the arrival of 'Flinterbay' after making an eventful 3 week journey from Riga, Latvia.
Shortly after departure she came to halt off the Swedish island of Gotland with engine problems. A Polish tug assisted transfer to Gdynia where repairs were undertaken, resulting in a delay of 5 days.
The final destination was reached on 30th March but a lack of water forced a further 4 day wait in Ramsey Bay, Isle of Man, before being able to enter Silloth dock.
The first two photos courtesy of Capt Mattijs de Winter showing passage between the Scottish mainland & the Isle of Mull at Salen.
January to March
WILSON BLYTH (Valletta) IMO 9124419, 28th Mar 2016
Inbound from Lithuania with fertiliser. Arrival off the port is made in good time for entry on the afternoon tide. The vessel manoeuvres to achieve optimum position before entering Marshall Dock within minutes of high water.
GEERT K. (Delfzijl) IMO 9195705, 20th Mar 2016
Inbound from Sagunto, Spain, with a cargo of fertiliser. Entry to the port was delayed for 2 days by neap tides which cut the tide back by up to 0.5m. During this time the ship anchored off Workington. The general cargo vessel is 1 of 16 operated by "Alstership" of Hamburg.
FEHN LUNA (Gibraltar) IMO 9130212, 7th Mar 2016
The recently re-named FEHN SKY inbound from Klaipeda, Lithuania with a cargo of fertiliser.