Solway Shipping    


The news and views of the latest events along the Solway Coast

Ships Expected
Port of Workington     "Scot Pioneer" 20th Feb. 
Port of Silloth           "Lianne" 21st Feb.
An interesting view of the ratio of the various types of vessels visiting Workington over the past 30 days, which, because of the amount of coming and goings of the Robin Rigg windfarm workboats gives a distorted low figure of only 13.9% for cargo vessels.
Pictured on Maryport Marina's boatyard slip is "Bayard 7" one of a fleet of workboats attached to the Walney windfarm. This is the latest member to receive attention here, previous boats were "Bayard 1" "Bayard 2" and "Bayard 4".
An unusual visitor to Workington is "Predator" a 10m. fast RIB capable of 50 knots (approx. 55mph) which is extremely fast for any marine craft, in comparison the new Shannon class RNLI lifeboat at Workington "only" manages 25 knots. The boat is usually stationed in nearby Whitehaven Marina but due to the annual maintenance on the lock gates it is not able to access the port.
A close up of the powerful Yamaha outboard motors which would likely cost well north of £30,000.

Pictured below is Wagenborg's "LAGANBORG" docking at  Workington carrying a cargo of pipeline for a United Utilities project to transfer water from Thirlmere reservoir in the Lake District to West Cumbria, this is the fifth of an expected six shipments from Spain.  Eventually 60 miles of new pipeline will be laid at a cost of £300 million. The Environment Agency is to withdraw the companies licence to abstract water from Ennerdale Water, which it uses at present, in 2022 to prevent harming protected species.

An occasional  look back at some of the shipping along the west Cumbrian coast from the past.      
The grab hopper dredger "Clearway" built by Alexander Hall of Aberdeen in 1926 and delivered to her new owners, the port of Whitehaven twelve months later, was a very familiar sight on the Cumbrian coast where she worked for an astonishing 70 years. She was decommissioned finally in 1997 and scrapped a year later down the coast at Millom. Up to that time she was one of the last steam powered dredgers still working in the whole of Europe. The engines were saved from the scrapman and bought by a group in Norway for their renovation project, the 1908  steamer "Oster" based in Bergen.

Local film maker Julia Parks has made an amazing short timelapse film of ships in the Solway Firth ports, watch it  here.

                                 To see more photo's of shipping in the Solway Firth don't forget to check   Cumbria Ship Photo's