The news and views of the latest events along the Solway Coast
Port of Workington "Scot Pioneer" 20th Feb.
Port of Silloth "Lianne" 21st Feb.
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.
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.