Solway Shipping    


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

Ships Expected
Port of Workington   
Port of Silloth     "Swedica Hav" 24th July

Anyone wishing to have a close up look at Workington's new lifeboat will get a chance on Saturday 29th July when the boat will be available for inspection at the upper harbour in Workington between 3 and 4-30pm, also, on Sunday 6th August between 10-30 and 11-30 the boat will be at Maryport marina. It's a rare opportunity to see the boat close up and shouldn't be missed!
Problems during the approach to the entrance channel at Workington today resulted in the "Scot Leader" which was bringing in a cargo of logs, hit the breakwater and in doing so lifted the ships bow out of the water. Luckily the tide was still rising and the "Derwent"  the ports pilot/tug boat, was able to pull her clear of the stone blocks. Off course and heading for the breakwater.
Firmly lodged on the concrete blocks. Note angle of the ship.
above photo's courtesy of   cumbriashipphotos

Now clear of the blocks the ship slowly is pulled stern first away and back into the channel.

In the channel and the ship turns to return to sea for another approach.
No problems this time as the "Scot Leader" safely enters.
At low tide the result of the collision is plain to see. The large concrete blocks have been split open with the impact. The channel can be seen to the left of the picture. Damage to the ship would appear inevitable.
Jack up barge "JB 119" is drilling for core samples off St Bees Head for the new proposed coal mining operations.
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.

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