A grey morning with rain in the air for the arrival with timber from Aveiro.
A line was attached to the pilot tug DERWENT for extra control in the approach channel.
The 5,400ton DWT self-loader was built in 2012 as DELTADIEP. She is now 1 of 40 ships operated by 'Schulte & Bruns' of Germany. Once in the harbour basin she made easy work of the manoeuvre into the dock bow first.
The 5,100ton DWT vessel was seen departing for New Ross after making a delivery of powdered cement from Lisbon.
At present 'Arklow' is providing a regular monthly service from Portugal. Unloading took three days using dockside pneumatic equipment. The 2017 launch of ARKLOW VENTURE from the Royal Bodewes Shipyard in the Netherlands was captured on YouTube video. She is 1 of 8 identical ships built between 2016 and '18.
CEG GALAXY (Riga) IMO 8516263, 26th Jun 2019
Inbound from Corpach on the evening tide.
The 1,300ton DWT vessel arrived in calm conditions with a cargo of sawn timber. The ship recently changed managers to 'Fehn Shipping' from 'Kopervik', where she was named FRIFJORD. She has changed livery but does not yet appear on the fleet list of 'Fehn Shipping'.
The name change to CEG GALAXY at the bow appears to have been done in a hurry. The gallery follows the ship passing the south pier and turning in the harbour basin.
LONGBEACH (St.John's) IMO 9518426, 23rd Jun 2019
Inbound from Aveiro, Portugal on a grey afternoon.
The 4,500ton DWT vessel was delivering baled wood pulp for the local paperboard mill. Aveiro is a regular source of this material for the mill.
Built in 2010 as KAPITAN ZHIKHAREV, she has had a number of name changes before joining the 'Lohmann' fleet in 2018. The gallery shows her entering the harbour basin where she was turned before reversing into the dock.
EVITA (Madeira) IMO 9381433, 6th Jun 2019
Outbound for Norway.
Three days after arriving from Aveiro with logs & wood chippings the ship departed on the afternoon tide. The 7,700ton DWT vessel again had difficulties manoeuvring in the harbour basin as she did on arrival, see item on 3rd Jun below. This was surprising as at 108m she is not the longest ship to visit the port recently. She became cornered along the RNLI pier and needed a line from the pilot tug to pull her away. Thirty minutes later she passed the south pier and into the Solway as normal.
EVITA (Madeira) IMO 9381433, 3rd Jun 2019
Inbound on a blustery afternoon from Aveiro, Portugal.
A new visitor with timber for the local paperboard mill. Aveiro is a regular source of fuel for the mill's biomass boiler.
The 7,700ton DWT Madeira registered vessel is operated by the Estonian company 'Amisco'. A line was attached to pilot tug DERWENT for extra control on the approach.
DERWENT applies some pressure at the bow.
Once in the calm of the harbour basin the vessel appeared to have propulsion problems. The gallery below follows progress. An anchor was dropped as a brake in front of the harbour wall. The pilot tug then helped her turn but the vessel drifted out of position. With the tide ebbing the 6.8m draught vessel became stuck on a mud bank. Eventually after spending 50min in the basin she was towed towards the dock entrance and reversed into the dock.
ARKLOW RULER (Arklow) IMO 9344502, 22nd May 2019
Outbound for Glasgow.
Making her second visit to the port with powdered cement from Lisbon.
Bright calm conditions for the late afternoon departure 2hr after high water.
At 4,900ton DWT, 'RULER' is 1 of 9 of Arklow's 'R' series.
CEG UNIVERSE (Riga) IMO 8709767, 4th May 2019
Inbound from Corpach with timber.
UNIVERSE arrived on a bright morning in her new livery which matches that of sister ship COSMOS, another regular visitor. The two are the smallest vessels operated by 'Fehn Shipping'.
The 65m, 1250ton DWT vessel has had several name changes since she was built in 1988 as FERAN. A previous name, ZUIDERZEE, was still clearly visible on the bow plates. The hold cargo was quickly unloaded and she was on her way to Drogheda on the following tide.
HENDRIK-S (Kampen) IMO 9195391, 24th Apr 2019
Seen manoeuvring in the harbour basin.
The third ship movement of the tide was the arrival bringing peat moss from Dublin, a short overnight sailing. She bears the funnel logo of 'Steenstra Shipping' and is managed by 'Amasus'.
The 3,200ton DWT vessel was photographed during her approach and passing the south pier.
MOANA (Papendrecht) IMO 9529190, 24th Apr 2019
Outbound for Dublin. MOANA departed shortly after LADY ARIANE (see below).
MOANA appeared another example of a well-maintained Dutch vessel in her unusual maroon livery.
Built in 2009 at 4,500ton DWT she flies the flag of 'AMASUS' ship management. The well-turned-out crew had already positioned the pilot's rope ladder as she passed the south pier - a brand new piece of equipment - nothing less would have been expected!
LADY ARIANE (Delfzijl) IMO 9760366, 24th Apr 2019
Outbound for Larne, NI.
The Dutch owned (Wijnne Barends) vessel looked in fine condition as she set sail on the afternoon tide in hazy sunshine. The 88m, 3,700ton DWT vessel was built in 2015 in Groningen. She had delivered round timber from Latvia. As she exited port HENDRIK-S was seen waiting her turn to be piloted in.
Built in 2018, the Arklow boat was making her second visit to the port with powdered cement from Portugal. The 87m, 5,100ton DWT vessel made a leisurely approach towards the harbour basin and entered the dock bow first.
EASTERN VANQUISH (London) IMO 9411836, 29th Mar 2019
Seen making an early exit, 2hrs before high water.
The 'Eastern Shipping' vessel is on charter to 'Scotline'. She was departing for Belfast having made a delivery of baled wood pulp from Vlissingen.
She is 1 of 2 identical 'Eastern' ships on charter, built in the Netherlands in 2012 at 89m & 3,600ton DWT .
EEMS DELTA (Delfzijl) IMO 9015929, 22nd Mar 2019
Heading out for Belfast on a wet blustery afternoon.
It had been the first visit of the 63m, 1,700ton DWT vessel with a cargo of timber from Kyle of Lochalsh.
She was built in 1992 as TORRENT and flies the flag of owners 'EXE Shipping'. The funnel logo is that of ship managers 'AMASUS'.
Once clear of the harbour entrance the ship hit rougher waters, see left & gallery below. Two hours after leaving Workington MarineTraffic showed her to be following an erratic path. Shortly afterwards she headed back to port and docked on the next tide. It transpired she had problems with the port engine. She was docked for two days before setting off in calmer conditions to Sharpness for repairs.
MARRY-S (Kampen) IMO 9148178, 14th Mar 2019
A late afternoon arrival from Dublin as the light fades.
In the wake of Storm Gareth and with strong westerlies still blowing in the Irish Sea she had passed close to Douglas, IOM to gain shelter during the sailing.
With a cargo of peat moss the fully laden vessel passed the south pier into the harbour basin where she was turned and reversed into the dock.
The Dutch owned & registered vessel bears the logo of 'Sierra Maritime'. She was built at 89m and 3,500ton DWT as 'ELAN' in 1997.
Twenty four hours later she was unloaded and ready to return to Dublin.
CEG COSMOS (Riga) IMO 8303173, 14th Mar 2019
Inbound from Lochaline, West of Scotland.
The timber boat made a smooth approach In blustery conditions.
Once passed the South Pier into calmer waters she unexpectedly drifted towards the North Jetty. A correction pushed her towards the river and she continued to manoeuvre towards the dock entrance where she entered bow first.
SCOT TRADER (Rochester) IMO 9368405, 13th Mar 2019
Inbound from Inverness on the afternoon tide.
With the approach of Storm Gareth from the Atlantic the sailing took twice as long as scheduled.
The vessel had sought shelter in Keiss Bay shortly after leaving Inverness. Off the West of Scotland the island of Colonsay provided a 12hr overnight haven, In the Irish Sea conditions were no easier and the vessel sheltered in Ramsey Bay, IOM before completing the final leg. The 4,600tn DWT vessel was built in 2008 as PENAFIEL and acquired by 'Scotline' in 2014.
The approach at Workington went smoothly. Some movement of deck cargo was noticed. Once in the harbour basin an anchor was dropped to assist manoeuvring towards the dock entrance.
ARKLOW FALCON (Arklow) IMO 9527659, 3rd Mar 2019
Making her approach in a heavy swell and strong southwesterly.
The 5,000ton DWT 'F' series vessel made her first visit to Workington with powdered cement from Lisbon.
Her arrival on the morning tide was well-timed to avoid the worst of developing Storm Freya. Even so, the fully laden vessel pitched and rolled on the approach and as she crossed the bar at the harbour entrance.
FALCON is 1 of 10 'Arklow' boats in her class built between 2006-11.
So far this year Arklow have made a delivery each month from Portugal.
Unloading into storage silos is a lengthy process, taking up to 4days using dockside pneumatic equipment.
AURORA (Turku) IMO 9255579, 25th Feb 2019
Inbound from Aveiro, Portugal on a bright but misty afternoon.
With the pilots transferred (photo right courtesy of Ian Cormack) and a line attached, the vessel made its way out of the murk towards the south pier.
The 118m, 7,750ton DWT self-loader is listed as owned by 'Aalto Shipping'. The funnel logo indicates management by Groningen Shipping, 'SCG'.
Deliveries of timber from Portugal using larger vessels are becoming a regular feature at Workington. The cargo is used as a biofuel by the local Iggesund paperboard mill.
The gallery shows the approach of the ship and entry to the dock bow first. Under calm conditions and with a well-controlled approach the pilot had time to enjoy a cuppa on the bridge courtesy of the crew.
SAGASBANK (Delfzijl) IMO 9369655, 19th Feb 2019
A grey morning for the arrival from Aveiro, Portugal. Seen passing the South Pier below.
The 4,500ton DWT vessel was bringing one of a regular delivery of baled wood pulp for the local Iggesund paperboard mill.
The ship bears the funnel logo of 'Pot Shipping' and flies the standard of the 'ESTE' trading organisation.
The bridge area of the 2010-built vessel looked to be maintained in very smart condition.
Once in the harbour basin she attempted to turn in preparation to reverse into the dock, however the bow thrusters appeared to be out of action and she drifted towards the basin wall. Pilot tug 'Derwent' was needed to nudge her through the dock entrance.
ARKLOW RIVAL (Arklow) IMO 9344514, 5th Feb 2019
Inbound from Lisbon with a full load of powdered cement.
The 4,900ton DWT vessel was making a second visit to the port on a calm grey winter's morning. Five of the ten Arklow R series have so far been used on these regular deliveries. The gallery shows her gliding passed the south pier towards the harbour basin where she was manoeuvred to enter the dock bow first.
PHOTOS FROM EARLIER YEARS CAN BE FOUND ON THEIR INDIVIDUAL PAGES