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.
ARKLOW RULER (Arklow) IMO 9344502, 13th Dec 2018
Seen manoeuvring in the harbour basin.
Making her first visit to the port with powdered cement from Lisbon. At 4,900ton DWT, 'RULER' is 1 of 10 of the Arklow 'R' series. Despite the calm conditions the fully laden vessel rolled in the approach channel. She entered the dock bow first to begin unloading but would need to be turned in order to complete the process.
SMN EXPLORER (Monrovia) IMO 9137193, 26th Nov 2018
Outbound for Inverness in the weak autumn sunshine.
The ex Scotline vessel was making her first visit since changing ownership in Nov 2017.
The 2,500tn DWT vessel is now owned by 'Sky Mare Navigation' and registered in Liberia. A quick turnaround had been achieved having arrived on the previous tide from Fraserburgh with timber. The ship was keen to be on her way on the ebbing tide. As she passed the south pier the crew were busy preparing a rope ladder for the pilot transfer to the tug DERWENT.
SCOT NAVIGATOR (Rochester) IMO 9820348, 7th Nov 2018
Setting off for Kilroot, NI having made a delivery of baled wood pulp from Vlissingen.
The 'Scotline' vessel has been a regular visitor since launch in 2017.
At 3,700ton DWT, she is one of the larger vessels of Scotline's fleet of fourteen. Excellent late morning visibility allowed the departure to be followed as far as the pilot transfer about a mile out.
SCOT PIONEER (Inverness) IMO 9331347, 29th Oct 2018
Turning in the harbour basin on arrival from Dublin with peat moss.
The Barbados flagged vessel was built in 1990 at 3150ton DWT & 87m length as SIRRAH. 'Gillie & Blair' charters the vessel on behalf of her owner 'Torbulk'. She is fresh out of Kaliningrad dry dock where she underwent a refit.
It was a calm autumn afternoon to photograph the approach & entry to the dock.
SCOT PIONEER (Inverness) IMO 9331347, 27th Oct 2018
See turning in the harbour basin before reversing into the dock.
The 'Scotline' vessel had arrived with round timber from the Latvian port of Salacgriva, a new source of raw material for the local paperboard mill.
The 90m 3,600ton DWT vessel is a regular at the port, this being her sixth visit of the year.
Excellent visibility allowed good views of the pilot transfer and entry to the port.
CEG COSMOS (Riga) IMO 8303173, 27th Oct 2018
Outbound for Lochaline on the regular West of Scotland timber run.
A stunningly clear afternoon for the departure. As she passed the west pier crew were seen preparing the rope ladder for the pilot to disembark. At 63m & 1100ton DWT, COSMOS is one of the smallest vessels operated by 'Fehn Ship Management'. Exiting the port she passed SCOT PIONEER waiting her turn to dock.
ADIANTE (Madeira) IMO 9360477, 25th Oct 2018
A disappointingly dull morning saw the arrival of ADIANTE form Aveiro with baled wood pulp. The 4,700ton DWT vessel belongs to the large fleet operated by 'BRIESE SHIPPING' of Leer, Germany. It's unusual to see a visitor from a Madeira registered vessel. The gallery shows her in the approach channel, passing the west pier and being turned in readiness to reverse into the dock. The vessel was unloaded & outbound for Newport 36hrs later.
NORMAN (St.John's) IMO 9361342, 22nd Oct 2018
Inbound from Almeria with pipework for United Utilities' Thirlmere water abstraction project. Seen heading for the north buoy in readiness to enter port on the night tide.
The 90m, 4,500ton DWT vessel is 1 of 7 operated by the Latvian company, 'Alpha Shipping'. She departed for Santander 2days later, again under the cover of darkness.
PERLE (St.John's) IMO 9119579, 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 (Delfzijl) IMO 9361354, 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.
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 (Delfzijl) IMO 9356567, 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.
LIVA GRETA (Liepaja) IMO 8801072, 31st Aug 2018
Inbound from Corpach with a full hold 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.
EASTERN VIRAGE (London) IMO 9411824, 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 (Delfzijl) IMO 9341782, 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 (Nassau) IMO 9195690, 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 (London) IMO 9411824, 4th Aug 2018
Outbound for Corpach.
The vessel had arrived 24hrs earlier with baled wood pulp from Vlissingen.
The ship was 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.
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 (Arklow) IMO 9527685, 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 with it taking up to 3days to unload.
ARINA (Klaipeda) IMO 8806163, 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 (Turku) IMO 9229087, 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 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.
LADY ARIANE (Delfzijl) IMO 9760366, 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 (Delfzijl) IMO 9361354, 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 (Delfzijl) IMO 9356543, 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. The material 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,
STEFAN K. (Delfzijl) IMO 9006394, 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.
ARKLOW VIKING (Delfzijl) IMO 9503536, 18th Jun 18
Inbound from Lisbon on a blustery afternoon.
Arklow's 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 (Delfzijl) IMO 9328704, 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.
ARKLOW FUTURE (Arklow) IMO 9361768, 28th May 2018
Inbound from Lisbon with powdered cement. Seen opposite a navigation light in Workington harbour basin. The vessel looked in good shape as is usual with the 'Arklow' fleet. The 90m, 4,500ton DWT vessel was built in Spain in 2008.
SCOT TRADER (Rochester) IMO 9368405, 23rd May 2018
Outbound for Corpach after delivering timber from Scrabster. TRADER is one of the less frequent visitors from the 'Scotline' fleet. This was her first visit of the year and she didn't call once during 2017.
EIDER (St.John's) IMO 9197399, 19th May 2018
Inbound from Dordrecht, Netherlands with furnace bottom ash for the construction industry. The 3,600ton DWT general cargo vessel is a new visitor to the port.
She bears the 'ES' logo indicating 'Strahlmann Shipping' which comprises a fleet of about 50 vessels.
CYPRUS CEMENT (Delfzijl) IMO 9037173, 8th May 2018
Poor visibility after the drizzle had eased for the departure to Germany.
The 5,500ton DWT vessel had made her first visit with a delivery from Lisbon. The vessels 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.
The departure proceeded without incident unlike that from Levanger, Norway in July 2013 when she collided with pleasure craft moored in the marina (YouTube Video). No one was injured but the vessel was detained for an investigation.
FRI MARLIN (Nassau) IMO 9073892, 7th May 2018
Arriving from St.Nazaire, France.
The delivery of wheat destined for Silloth Mill was to be partly offloaded at Workington due to the arrival coinciding with a cycle of neap tides affecting access to Silloth.
The 88m 3,000ton DWT vessel bears the funnel emblem of the 'KOPERVIK GROUP' but is not listed on their website's fleet list.
The gallery shows the ship passing the south pier and turning in the harbour basin in preparation to reverse through the dock entrance.
JEANETTE (Winterswijk) IMO 9357509, 19th April 2018
Inbound from the Mediterranean port of Almeria with pipework for United Utilities Thirlmere water abstraction project.
Seen arriving on a disappointingly dull afternoon after a 6day sailing from Spain. The cargo consists of plastic-lined pipework manufactured by 'Noksel' at their Lorca site, 70miles from the port of Almeria.
The 110m, 6,000ton DWT vessel was built in 2007. She is owned by 'ANET Shipping' of Delfzijl and managed by 'Wagenborg'.
The gallery shows a line being attached to pilot tug 'DERWENT' for extra control in the blustery conditions.
DROGDENBANK (Delfzijl) IMO 9474163, 13th Mar 2018
Inbound from the Spanish port of Almeria with pipework for United Utilities Thirlmere water abstraction project.
Seen above reversing into the dock having turned in the harbour basin with the help of pilot tug DERWENT. This is the sixth delivery of pipework from the Mediterranean port, a 5day sailing. The Dutch registered (Delfzijl) 6,000ton DWT vessel is one of a fleet of eleven owned by 'Pot Shipping'. in addition to the usual technical details of the fleet, the website has a link showing the present positions of the whole fleet. The gallery below shows DROGDENBANK making her approach with dredger SOSPAN-DAU waiting in the background.
SCOT LEADER (Inverness) IMO 9404235, 6th Feb 2018
The 'Scotline' vessel enters port following the arrival of CEG COSMOS 30min earlier (see below).
After a 7day sailing from Sweden SCOT LEADER was made to wait until COSMOS was safely turned & moored alongside her berth. It's the second visit of the year from the 4,500ton DWT ex 'ODERTAL'. On this occasion she was delivering baled wood pulp from the Skärnäs Terminal, a facility owned by the 'Holmen Group', the parent company of the Iggesund Mill at Workington.
CEG COSMOS (Gibraltar) IMO 8303173, 6th Feb 2018
Inbound from Lochaline on a crisp winter afternoon. The Western Fells have a covering of fresh snow.
The Gibraltar flagged coaster has been a regular on the West of Scotalnd timber route since 2014. At 1,100ton DWT she is the smallest vessel in the fleet operated by 'Fehn Ship Management'.
LIVA GRETA (Liepaja) IMO 8801072, 3rd Feb 2018
A new visitor with timber from Corpach.
The 64m 1280ton DWT Latvian registered general cargo vessel made her entrance on a damp winter afternoon. The ship which was built in 1988 is the only one operated by the 'Liepaja Trading & Shipping Agency' whose main business is crew manning. Despite the weather, the crew look happy with their new destination. The cargo was discharged the following morning & she was soon on her way to Liverpool.
LAGANBORG (Delfzijl) IMO 9407419, 30th Jan 2018
Inbound on a grey morning after a 6day sailing from the Mediterranean port of Almeria.
The 122m 6,700ton DWT vessel is amongst the largest handled at the port. A line was attached to pilot tug DERWENT for additional control during the approach towards the harbour basin.
The cargo of steel pipes was destined for United Utilities Thirlmere water abstraction project which involves the construction of a 60mile pipeline to West Cumbria. The plastic-lined pipework is manufactured at 'Noksel's' site at Lorca, 70miles from the port of Almeria.
This was the fifth delivery by 'Wagenborg' vessels.
CEMBROOK (Limassol) IMO 9731547 , 24th Jan 2018
Inbound from Lisbon with powdered cement.
The cement carrier arrived in the wake of Storm Georgina having sheltered in Ramsey Bay for 12hrs before making her final approach. The pilot waited for maximum water depth before bringing the fully laden vessel into port as there was still a heavy swell at the port's entrance.
CEMBROOK is the newest addition to 'Baltrader's' fleet of 10 self-discharging vessels. At 100m length & 4,550ton DWT she is second in size to CEMISLE, another regular visitor. This is her third visit to Workington. There was a good turnout of photographers to capture some dramatic shots of the approach which was handled with precision by pilot & crew.
SCOT LEADER (Inverness) IMO 9404235, 13th Jan 2018
Outbound on a grey morning for Varberg, Sweden.
This was the fifth visit of 'Scotline's' ex-ODERTAL, on this occasion with baled wood pulp from Vlissingen.
Built in 2007, the 90m, 4,500ton DWT general cargo vessel was acquired by 'Scotline' in 2016.
The pilot makes a graceful exit from the dock. A slight swell is encountered at the sand bar as the tide has been ebbing for 90min.
PHOTOS FROM EARLIER YEARS CAN BE FOUND ON THEIR INDIVIDUAL PAGES