Solway Shipping    


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


"WORKINGTON     "Noest" 30th Mar.

 SILLOTH          "Wilson Garston"  4th April  "Marjatta" 5th April  
With the change of the offshore operations arrangements with EoN and RWE, the C-Wind vessels have now been replaced and cover is now provided by the Windcat vessels "Windcat 23" and "Windcat 4"
Pictured is "Windcat 23" and below "C Wind Challenger", "C Wind Sword" and "C Wind Buzzard"

The trials and tribulations of a ship photographer. After making the 15 mile journey to Silloth to capture a shot of the well named  "Rix Mistral"  docking, this enthusiast encountered a wall of mist, perhaps a radar scanner might have been more handy than a camera this day.

These figures, from my personal records are unofficial and maybe subject to error. They show the number of shipments made of each type of cargo into the port of Workington in 2019.
A pilot is an essential part of the maritime scene but probably for most people an essential part they are totally unaware of. Pilot's are highly skilled people, usually ex ships captains, with a deep knowledge of the local ports navigation situation where they are working.
All ships, apart from ones exempted for various reasons, are required to have a pilot on board when entering or leaving a port. To get these pilot's on board the ships specially designed vessels are used, or in some cases helicopters. These pilot boats come in various shapes and sizes but generally they have a high speed and an uncluttered deck with lots of handrails.
It can be a very dangerous job transferring the pilot and requires great skill on the pilot boat skipper, many pilots have been lost overboard during the transfer process so great care is required.
The pictures below show some of the various types of pilot boats in use in different countries.
Barcelona, Spain
Cagliari, Sardinia             
This one is unusual as it has a fixed ladder for the pilot on deck which doesn't require the pilot to board the usual way, that is, climbing a rope ladder attached to the ships side, the downside is that the fixed ladder would be more prone to swaying about in rough weather.
Cherbourg, France
Workington. UK     not all pilot boats are fast,  The "Derwent" doubles up as the port tug.
Gibraltar, UK
Pine Island, BC Canada, Inside Passage.
Ostend , Belgium
Lisbon, Portugal
Victoria BC  Canada
finally, Southampton UK
This Maryport registered trawler, Silver Stream, ran into difficulties after getting what was thought to be a rope around its propeller. The skipper decided to ground the vessel on nearby Harrington beach to wait for low tide when the rope could be removed, however it turned out to be a gearbox fault which was rectified. The Workington Inshore Lifeboat  was launched to assist but was not required and returned to station.

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