The news and views of the latest events along the Solway Coast
Port of Workington "Arklow Raider" 3rd May
An unusual event in Whitehaven Marina as three lifeboats were moored together and a fourth one was in the boatyard. At the rear is the new Shannon class Workington Lifeboat, in the middle is a relief Tyne class that was on duty covering for the previous Workington boat and in the front is a relief Shannon that was covering for the new Workington boat while a "snagging" issue was being carried out at lifeboat headquarters in Poole. The old Workington Tyne class meanwhile is in the boatyard awaiting transport to return it to Poole.
Workington's new lifeboat arriving, leading the way is the outgoing Tyne class boat "Sir John Fisher"
Maryport annual trawler race is on May 27th (weather permitting) The race commences at 12-30.
A none too common sight at the Port of Workington these days is a ship whose cargo is for export. The tanker LS Jamie moored alongside taking on a cargo of fuels for reprocessing elsewhere. The tanks where the fuels are stored awaiting shipment, can be seen in the background.
"Eemslift Nelli" docked in Workington with a cargo of five brand new locomotives for Direct Rail Services of Carlisle. Built in Spain this is the latest delivery of various types of train for DRS. As the ships cranes lift the loco to swing it onto the railway line alongside of the ship, the weight and balance of the ship changes and will de-stabilise the vessel, so to counter this change in the centre of gravity, a large heavy counter balance weight is fixed onto the side of the ship (seen under the Amasus name) which alters to match the loco's weight as it is moved.