Solway Shipping    


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


"WORKINGTON        "Triton"  20th Oct.

 SILLOTH          "Elke" 17th Oct
Members of the public got the chance to have a look round the Royal Navy training vessel "HMS Biter" whilst she was on a visit to Whitehaven with students from Manchester and Salford University. "Biter" takes the students, from the university's Royal Navy Unit, for weekend trips around the Irish Sea to give them a taste of life at sea and a better understanding of the Royal Navy.  more here.

  Pictured is the Norwegian live fish carrier  "Sørdyrøy"  docking at Workington to collect salmon smolt (young fish) from a local hatchery near Ullswater. Although this has happened on an annual basis for a number of years its very rare to see two live fish carrying vessels in at the same time. "Migdale" (see "Latest Movements" picture) another Norwegian vessel is already in port collecting a cargo which is brought to the port in specially designed road tanker wagons. The smolt will be delivered to fish farms in Scottish waters. In "Migdales" case her destination is Unst in Shetland which is the most northerly inhabited island in the UK.

Trinity House's buoy tender "Patricia" has been in the Solway Firth doing maintenance work on the Workington North and Workington South buoy's. During the visit the buoy's are lifted out to be either replaced by spare one's ready on deck or maintained then put back into the water, the specially adapted crane can be seen in this long range photo captured by Alun James.
The government is to invite bids for potential new wind farms around the UK coast which is intended to raise £25 billion in investment. The Solway Firth is part of the plan.     more here 

The wind turbine installation ship "MPI Adventure" has arrived on the Robin Rigg windfarm for maintenance duties, built in 2010 the self propelled vessel can lift itself out of the water with jack up legs to provide a safe and steady work platform.
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)

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