The ship photographer always has one eye on local tide times, and just to cause frustration many of the most interesting ships come & go under the cover of darkness. Some question whether this is a deliberate action on the part of the port authorities?!
Then there's the weather! Somehow the light is never right, too bright or too dark. This can usually be overcome, but driving wind throwing spray in the direction of the camera lens is the big enemy. However for those fearless enough to brave the storm, the reward can often be the most exciting images.
Enough of the excuses, here's where you'll find the latest photos. This is my best attempt at recording recent ship movements, but not a complete one. Apologies for the variable image quality but the sun doesn't shine every day in Cumbria.
Some heritage locomotive coverage is included on occasions when shipping is quiet.
"PERLE" at Workington, 17th Sep 2018
Inbound from Sines, Portugal with furnace bottom ash.
The ship was seen lining up to make her approach and pass the south pier on a stormy afternoon.
She was soon in the shelter of the harbour basin where she was turned before reversing through the dock entrance.
The 4,300ton DWT vessel, built in 1998, is 1 of 22 of her class operated by 'Wessels'. She departed 24hrs later for Kilroot before the onset of the first autumn named storm, Ali.
"BORNHOLM" at Workington, 14th Sep 2018
Outbound for Dunkirk on a blustery afternoon.
This had been her second visit with powdered cement from Lisbon.
The vessel was eventually on her way after spending six days at the port. She had spent most of that time berthed at the timber quay behind CEG COSMOS, see photo to the right.
Built in 2008 as the general cargo vessel FLINTERFORTUNE she was converted to a 4,500ton DWT cement carrier in 2014. She is owned by 'KGJ Cement', a major operator of pneumatically equipped discharge vessels.
"SCOT NAVIGATOR" at Workington, 9th Sep 2018
Inbound from Inverness. NAVIGATOR is one of the recent 'Scotline' new-builds. She has made eleven visits since her launch in June 2017. Rain showers held off until she had passed the south pier.
"CEDERBORG" at Workington, 9th Sep 2018
Passing the south pier on a blustery morning.
Inbound from Aveiro, Portugal with baled wood pulp for the local paperboard mill. Aveiro is a regular source of this raw material along with Vlissingen.
The 4,500ton DWT vessel is owned by 'ESTE' and managed by 'Wagenborg'.
On her approach she passed SCOT NAVIGATOR waiting to dock on the same tide. Crew were busy preparing the hold hatch covers for unloading as she passed.
"LADY MARY" at Silloth, 6th Sep 2018
Sunshine greeted the early morning arrival from Les Sables-d'Olonne on the Atlantic coast of France.
Carrying a full load of wheat the Dutch owned vessel made a graceful approach & entry in calm conditions.
It was unusual to have such a well lit view of 'Tommy Legs' marking Leas Scar to the south of Silloth.
The ship owner is clearly 'Vertom' who is slowly expanding its fleet, currently standing at 73.
It was the first visit of LADY MARY, built in 2008 as IMEL ABDENA. Once in New Dock she manoeuvred towards her berth without turning (possibly prevented by low water levels) where officers of the Border Force were waiting to board and carry out their inspection.
"CEG UNIVERSE" & "WILSON LEER" at Workington, 2nd Sep 2018
On a disappointingly drizzly afternoon the pilot takes CEG UNIVERSE out & brings WILSON LEER in.
The 'CEG' timber boat is outbound for Pennyghael whilst the 'Wilson' ship is bringing peat moss from Dublin.
It's the first visit of WILSON LEER which has been part of the 'Wilson' mid-range fleet since 2002. She was built in 1996 as NORTHERN LANGNES. The familiar profile of the Workington pilot was spotted in the wheelhouse of CEG UNIVERSE passing the south pier.
"LIVA GRETA" at Workington, 31st Aug 2018
Inbound from Corpach with a hold full of round timber. Seen as she passed the south pier into the harbour basin and then entering the dock bow first. The ship which was built in 1988 is the only one operated by the 'Liepaja Trading & Shipping Agency' whose main business is crew manning. The 64m 1280ton DWT Latvian registered general cargo vessel is a regular on the West of Scotland timber run. The cheery crewman at the bow always gives a wave when he visits.
"RMS RUHRORT" at Silloth, 29th Aug 2018
Making a graceful entrance on a bright afternoon.
Bringing a full load of wheat from Vierow, a Baltic Sea port. Owned by the German company 'RMS', the vessel looked to be maintained in good condition.
Built in 1993 at 2,500ton DWT she has had several name changes; one of those, TALOS, was still visible engraved on the hull.
It looked to be a textbook manoeuvre as she passed into New Dock where she was turned and made secure at her berth by the waiting welcome party.
"EASTERN VIRAGE" at Workington, 23rd Aug 2018
Inbound from Scrabster with round timber on the morning tide. Luckily a break in the showers allowed for a few shots. The 3,200ton DWT 89m vessel was built as the Dutch registered VIRAGE in 2012. Now London registered & bearing the 'Eastern Shipping' logo she is on time charter to 'Scotline'.
"ICELAND" at Workington, 21st Aug 2018
A new visitor with powdered cement from Lisbon. As is often the case, timing wasn't good for photography, as she made her entrance with the sun setting on a cloudy evening. The 4,500ton DWT pneumatic self-discharge vessel bears the funnel logo of 'JTCement'. Built in 2006 as VERITAS she was converted from general cargo in 2017. Her departure to Denmark two days later was also under the cover of darkness. Not even the company website has a recent photo of her.
"FRI OCEAN" at Workington, 21st Aug 2018
Heading out to Cork as dusk falls.
A quick turnaround having arrived on the morning tide from Belfast with aggregate. The Nassau registered vessel, built as VERA in 2000, now bears the funnel marking of the Norwegian 'KOPERVIK GROUP'.
"EASTERN VIRAGE" at Workington, 4th Aug 2018
Outbound for Corpach.
The vessel had arrived 24hrs earlier with baled wood pulp from Vlissingen.
The ship is currently on time charter to 'Scotline'. She has since become a regular visitor with timber from West of Scotland.
As she entered the Solway she passed ALANA EVITA at anchor after visiting Silloth.
"PRISCILLA" at Silloth, 2nd Aug 2018
PRISCILLA finally joined sister ship ALANA EVITA in Silloth Dock, more than 2weeks after leaving the Baltic port of Klaipeda with a full load of fertiliser.
Photo by MCA
Four days into the sailing across the North Sea she ran aground at Clettack Skerry, 10miles northeast of John o' Groats. Thurso & Longhope Lifeboats were launched & stood by on a rota system to await assistance. No casualties were reported amongst the six man crew & there appeared no significant damage to the ship.
Several tugs & tow vessels arrived including, GREEN ISLE & MULTRATUG 20. Attempts to refloat her were unsuccessful. The more powerful Emergency Tow Vessel, IEVOLI BLACK, also failed.
The incident became a salvage operation with MULTRASALVOR 4 arriving from Vlissingen. It was planned to transfer about 1,300ton of cargo to sister ship ALANA EVITA using barges (see item below). The salvage operation was a success with PRISCILLA refloated. After inspection by divers, she was towed to Scapa Flow for further assessment. She was declared fit to continue to Silloth which she did via a 2day stopover in Bangor Bay, Belfast. Photos of the salvage operation courtesy of Robert Murdoch.
PRISCILLA arrived at Silloth on an overcast afternoon.
The 89m 'Wagenborg' vessel made an uneventful entry. News of the arrival had spread with more than the usual number of spectators present. The only outward signs of the incident was a missing section of hull at the stern & bruising by fenders. Once in New Dock she was tied up at the east quay. She departed 4days later for Swansea.
"ALANA EVITA" at Silloth, 2nd Aug 2018
Unloading a part load of fertiliser transshipped from the PRISCILLA which was grounded off the Pentland Skerries, North Scotland en route to Silloth from Klaipeda.
The photo above shows cargo being closely monitored for any contamination which may have occurred during the salvage operation.
The part cargo had been loaded at Linklater, South Ronaldsay, the nearest sheltered anchorage to the PRISCILLA grounded at Clettack Skerry. ALANA EVITA then departed south to Bangor Bay, Belfast where she waited 3days before proceeding to Silloth.
ALANA EVITA carries the logo of Dutch owner 'De Jonge Maritime'. The 3,300ton DWT vessel, built in the Netherlands in 2009, is a sister ship to PRISCILLA, both trade for 'Wagenborg'.
"BEAUMONT" at Silloth, 31st Jul 2018
Outbound for Rouen on a blustery afternoon. The ship had arrived the previous day with wheat from La Pallice, France.
The 89m vessel built in 2005 as DAMEN BERGUM 9350 is one of 'Faversham's' fleet of ten.
The gallery shows her alongside ready for departure then exiting the dock into the Solway.
"CELTIC ENDEAVOUR" at Workington, 30th Jul 2018
The Cardiff registered vessel inbound from Spain. The 3,700ton DWT vessel, built in 1997 is 1 of 9 belonging to 'Charles Willie Shipping'. She is seen above turning in the harbour basin on a cloudy afternoon. The gallery shows her approach in the channel before turning in the basin..
"ARKLOW FOREST" at Workington, 26th Jul 2018
Outbound for Glasgow after delivering powdered cement from Lisbon.
The 5,000ton DWT vessel was added to the 'Arklow' fleet in 2011. She is 1 of 10 of the ARKLOW 'F' series built between 2006-11. She is not a specialist cement carrier with on-board pneumatic equipment. Contractors dockside pumps are used to do the job. This method is less efficient taking 3days to unload.
"ELBETOR" at Silloth, 16th Jul 2018
Inbound from Ghent on a bright summer's afternoon.
The 3,400ton DWT general cargo vessel was built in 1990. Her original name PORT FARO is still visible on the bridge under layers of paint.
She was last seen at Silloth 2yrs ago. The present owner is 'R.E.S Group' whose mid-range fleet are frequent visitors to Cumbria's ports.
ELBETOR flies the flag of Antigua & Barbuda and is registered in the capital, St,John's. Calm conditions at the port's entrance enabled a problem-free arrival and she was soon alongside & tied up.
"ARINA" at Workington, 14th Jul 2018
Seen outbound having arrived 24hr earlier with peat moss from Dublin.
The 4,400ton DWT vessel, built in 1989, is owned by the Lithuanian company 'Afalita Shipping'.
The gallery below shows a smooth departure from the port. The pilot chose to have a stern rope attached to the tug DERWENT to assist exiting the dock.
"BOTHNIA" at Workington, 13th Jul 2018
Outbound in ballast on a drizzly afternoon.
The general cargo vessel had arrived 3days earlier with round timber from Aveiro, Portugal. The cargo was the largest single load of timber to be imported by the port. The 7,750ton DWT vessel is 1 of 2 owned by a new Finnish company 'Aalto'. She was built in 2002 as NORDLAND and later changed hands to become VOORNEDIEP before her latest reincarnation in 2018. The gallery shows her departure with pilot tug DERWENT in attendance. The final shot shows ARINA in the background waiting to enter port.
"AMADEUS AQUAMARIJN" at Silloth, 10th Jul 2018
Inbound from Rotterdam on a dull morning with Criffel visible in the background across the Solway.
Built in 2003 as CRESCENT RHINE her last name was RMS RHENUS.
The 2,700ton DWT vessel is carrying a cargo of fertiliser for the local supplier.
The gallery shows her passing into Marshall Dock and onward into New Dock where she is turned towards the unloading quay.
"LADY ARIANE" at Workington, 4th Jul 2018
Inbound from Inverness on a calm summer's evening.
The Dutch owned general cargo vessel is on time charter to 'Scotline'. In the background of the photo to the right can be seen the Iggesund paperboard mill, the final destination of the round timber cargo. LADY ARIANE has also made deliveries of baled wood pulp from the Netherlands to Workington
The 88m, 3,700ton DWT vessel was built in 2015 in Groningen and appeared in good order. The gallery shows her passing the south pier & manoeuvring in the harbour basin.
"BORNHOLM" at Workington, 3rd Jul 2018
The first visit of the cement carrier.
All imported powdered cement is currently sourced from Lisbon & delivered by a variety of companies.
BORNHOLM belongs to 'KGJ Cement'. The company operates the world's largest independent fleet of pneumatic cement carriers. Those of less than 6,000tons are operated as a joint venture with 'Eric Thun (AB)'. The 'JTCement' funnel logo is a reflection of this association.
Built in 2008 as the general cargo vessel FLINTERFORTUNE, she was converted to a 4,500ton DWT cement carrier in 2014. Now Dutch registered, the remnants of her previous names FLINTERFORTUNE and FORTUNE can still be seen. The gallery shows her passing the south pier and reversing towards the dock entrance.
"STROOMBANK" at Workington, 2nd Jul 2018
A midday arrival in bright sunshine from Aveiro, Portugal.
The Dutch registered (Delfzijl) 4,550ton DWT vessel was making one of a regular delivery of baled bleached wood pulp from Portugal. It is used for the production of paperboard at the local Iggesund mill. The vessel, built in 2009, is one of a fleet of eleven owned by 'Pot Shipping'. The website has a link showing current positions of the whole fleet in addition to their usual technical details,
"AYRESS" at Silloth, 29th Jun 2018
Inbound from Ardcastle, Loch Fyne with round timber.
The 1,600ton DWT vessel owned by 'Coast Lines Shipping' of Cork operates mainly between the South of Scotland & Ireland. This was her first visit to Silloth. She is branded 'Timber Link' reflecting the majority of her cargos.
Built in Germany in 1979 she is registered in Portsmouth on the Caribbean island of Dominica.
The gallery shows her approach, entrance to the dock, manoeuvring towards her berth & commencement of unloading.
"STEFAN K." at Workington, 28th Jun 2018
At the quayside unloading aggregate.
The 'ALSTERSHIP' vessel had arrived on the previous night's tide from Belfast. Twenty four hours later she was unloaded & ready for the return sailing to Belfast.
"EMMA" at Silloth, 25th Jun 2018
Manoeuvring towards the unloading quay having just arrived on the morning tide.
The 3,500 ton DWT vessel was inbound from Sillamae, Estonia with a cargo of fertiliser.
The 7day sailing from the Baltic was via the North Sea and West of Scotland. Calm conditions allowed her to take a route passing Skye then via the Sound of Islay.
The 90m vessel built in 2007 appeared in excellent condition; she belongs to the 'Wagenborg' fleet.
After turning in New Dock she was berthed at the south quay.
"EEMS SEA" at Silloth, 19th Jun 2018
Outbound for Lochaline, W.Scotland.
The 2,650ton DWT Dutch registered vessel is operated by 'Amasus Shipping'. She was built in 2010 in Vietnam as EEMS SPACE. A first visit for the ship which had arrived the previous day with fertiliser from Hamburg.
"ARKLOW VIKING" at Workington, 18th Jun 2018
Inbound from Lisbon on a blustery afternoon.
Arklow's most recent addition to the fleet, launched in February 2018, arrived with a full load of powdered cement from Portugal Keen to enter port the approach was begun 90min before high water. The 87m, 5,100ton DWT vessel coped well with the strong southwesterly but after entering the harbour basin veered towards the north pier. This unusual course shown in final photo of the gallery was soon corrected & the vessel manoeuvred to enter dock bow first.
"HUNTEBORG" at Workington, 15th Jun 2018
Outbound on a grey, breezy afternoon.
The second visit of the 'Wagenborg' vessel bringing pipework from Almeria for United Utilities' Thirlmere water abstraction project.
The 114m, 5,650ton DWT vessel had spent 3days at the port. Having just finished unloading she was keen to get away to Wandelaar to await orders.
The gallery shows her manoeuvring past the north pier into the Solway accompanied by pilot tug DERWENT.