Solway Shipping    


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



The 2019 annual Maryport trawler race went ahead in near perfect conditions attracting large crowds. Many trawlers came to support the event from the Isle of Man, pictured are a few of the boats in the race. (and the crews)
Work has finally started to dredge the entrance channel to the port of Workington with the arrival of the "Deo Gloria" a trailing suction dredger. A large pipe is lowered to the sea bed and the silt and mud is sucked up into the vessel and then taken 1½ miles offshore and dumped well away from the channel. The reason why the dredger is here can be seen clearly in the photo's further down this page.
A screengrab of the "Deo Gloria's" track over the past few days showing where the main level of activity has been taking place.
Some serious maintenance work being carried out on the trawler "Philomena" at Silloth.
Work is continuing at Silloth to lower the mud level inside the dock to prevent ships being prevented from entering during neap tides (this is when the moon's influence on the tide is at it's weakest hence lower tides) and to prevent ships that do dock at these times from settling on the bottom of the dock seabed. It's hoped to remove at least 80cm of mud. Pictured is the grab dredger "Admiral Day" at work.
Carrying a cargo of logs and wood chippings from Portugal to Workington, "Evita" experienced difficulties when trying to dock resulting in the ship crashing into the dock wall. The bulbous bow of the ship hit a girder causing damage to the girder and the wall behind it. The ship suffered no serious damage and was able to continue.
Pictures of the entrance channel to the port of Workington at low tide shows the large build of silt and mud across the bar.This is caused by the river Derwent meeting the sea and dropping its debris and other factors such as the tidal current and a reduced dredging campaign. Worryingly it may also prevent the launching of Workington's all weather lifeboat at these times.
2018 saw a large increase in vessels calling at the port of Workington, a total of 179 ships of various types arrived compared to 128 in the previous year. This increase was mainly due to the logs and wood chippings shipments arriving for the local board mill, these alone accounted for 115 of the total (which rose from 68 in 2017)  The average figure over the past 5 years was 134 ships per year.
These figures are unofficial and taken from my diary so may be subject to error.
The most frequent ship calling in 2018 (with logs-naturally!) is "CEG COSMOS" making an amazing 57 visits.                                                         

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