Solway Shipping    

LIVE COVERAGE

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

Ships Expected
Port of Workington   "Cembrook" 27th June
Port of Silloth    "Indi" 24/25th June     
Whitehaven      "Balmoral" July 29th
Jack up barge "JB 119" is drilling for core samples off St Bees Head for the new proposed coal mining operations.
Workington's new Shannon Class lifeboat, "Dorothy May White", is to be officially named on the dockside on June 24th at 2pm.
A few photo's of the 2017 Maryport trawler race, luckily the predicted bad weather held off for the race.
A certain well known "lady" made a surprise appearance!
Meanwhile this wee fella, a baby Barn Owl, was only interested in where his next meal was coming from!
The latest batch of locmotives, built in Spain, has arrived in Workington aboard "Eemslift Hendrika". Unusually, on the deck above the hold where the four loco's were located, were ten small craft of various size and type!
A lot of the small craft had to be moved to get access to the hold.
Once some space was made unloading could start
After the four were lifted, the new shiny loco's were shunted onto the main line and departed under tow to Carlisle.
Job done, sailing on the evening tide bound for Poole with the deck cargo to unload next.
An aerial view of the Port of Silloth  taken from 16000 feet.   It's interesting to see the white current of the outgoing tide as it sweeps past the port entrance and demonstrates why the Silloth Pilots need to be wary as they dock a ship.
An example of the potential problems the pilot docking a ship at Silloth can encounter can be seen below. The strong wind is blowing from left to right as the ship approaches the entrance.
Getting into calmer seas and lining up nicely when...
the wind suddenly hits the large bridge area and starts to push the vessel out of alignment
A collision with the dock entrance looks unavoidable as the angle increases 
Taking swift action the pilot manages to regain control and the ship only gives the wall a glancing blow that resulted in a few scrapes on the hull.
Causing quite a stir In Whitehaven Marina is the 68m long superyacht "Lady M" Capable of 28 knots (30 mph) and with her own helipad the vessel is estimated to be worth $55million and is owned by a Russian billionaire, Alexei Mordashov.  Mr Mordashov is a majority shareholder in Severstal, which is one of Russia's largest producers of iron ore and coking coal and is reported to have close ties to the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The futuristic looking bridge.
Nice place to have a cocktail or two.

A waterfall panel on the stern.

"Little M" the tender for transferring passengers to the shore when "Lady M" cannot moor and has to go to anchor. The stern of "Lady M" raises to allow storage for the tender.

A very modern looking figurehead.
Dwarfing the equally impressive Sunseeker yacht on the right of the picture.

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