Solway Shipping    


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

Ships Expected
Port of Workington      
Port of Silloth         "Zapadnyy" 19th Mar.  "Wilson Tees" 20th Mar.  "Marjatta" 21st Mar. "RMS Rahm" 23rd Mar.
In Whitehaven Marina boatyard, an anxious owner looks on as the mobile crane lifts his brand new boat "Titch" to take into the nearby marina for the first time.
Now with the boat clear of its delivery trailer the crane gingerly starts the move.
Above the marina and one final check
Splashdown! the move is successful and a very relieved owner is happy.
After a 2 year break, dredging operations have resumed at Workington to clear the build up of silt blocking the entrance channel. The "Sospan Dau" a Dutch vessel,  has began work and it is expected to take 2-3 weeks to complete depending on weather conditions. The same dredger visited in 2002 and 2007. Built in 1978 she has undergone major refurbishment since her first call in 2002. The two yellow arms on the side are holding a suction pipe in place on the seabed which sucks the silt into the vessels holding tank and when full the silt is taken out to sea and discharged clear of the port's entrance.
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