Solway Shipping    

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

SHIPS EXPECTED

"WORKINGTON      "CEG Cosmos" 19th June  "Scot Navigator" 22nd June

SILLOTH               "Admiral Day" 18th June  "Wilson Algeciras" 24th June "Ayress" 29th June
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.
"Windcat 41" pictured at Maryport marina. Quite a difference from the early MK 1 boats built in 2006/7. This 23m MK 3.5 boat is capable of 25 knots and can carry 45 passengers to work on the offshore windfarms. "Windcat 3" and "Windcat 4" were used on the Robin Rigg windfarm in the Solway Firth.
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.                                                         
Since the closure of the local steelworks and the resulting loss of trade to the port of Workington new cargo had to be found to allow the Cumbria County Council owned port to remain open and viable. Over the following years the mainstay of the port has now become logs and wood chippings for the local boardmill and is now the largest percentage of the types of cargo the port handles. Below is a random selection of a few of the vessels that have called with the logs and chippings.

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