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Harbour Talk with Tony Atkinson

By West Briton  |  Posted: April 11, 2013

  • Cementina, which over last weekend arrived at Ghent, Belgium from Howdendyke for breaking up after a long career of 53 years carrying bulk cement. She had visited Truro more than 70 times to discharge cement into the warehouse on Lighterage Quay and later into the silos. : Tony Atkinson

  • Former Royal Navy landing craft P3, now out of the water at Ponsharden. She was one of a number of landing craft built by Richard Dunston Ltd, Thorne. She was built as LCU L709 to operate from the assault ships HMS Fearless and HMS Intrepid. More recently she has been working out of Poole with the Royal Marines. : Tony Atkinson

  • Offshore oil vessel Highland Valour has been in dry-dock for more than three weeks for major refit. She was delivered to her owners in July 2003 with her hull built in Romania and then towed to Solvik, Norway for fitting out. She is operated by Gulf Offshore NS Ltd, Aberdeen who has a fleet of 22 similar vessels operating worldwide. During the coming week Highland Rover will arrive from the Caribbean to undergo a similar refit. : Tony Atkinson

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Tuesday, April 2: Just after daybreak Royal Navy survey vessel HMS Scott H131 (13,500/97) was noted off Gerrans Bay. She was returning from deployment to the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden and arrived at Devonport Naval Base, Plymouth the following day.

Around midday Greek salvage tug Hellas (606/75) called briefly to collect stores. She arrived from Mounts Bay and headed back to the same location to anchor in the afternoon. She has been in Cornish waters since October and left Mounts Bay three days later for Gibraltar.

Also, Norwegian owned, Singapore registered tanker Trans Catalonia (13,005/00) left Carrick Roads for Port Allen near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Later in the afternoon tankers Forres Park (29,266/09) Hong Kong owned and Turkish owned True (61,341/10) arrived from Emden, Germany and Milford Haven respectively to load bunkers.

Forres Park loaded her bunkers in Carrick Roads and sailed during the evening for Albany, New York.

Later in the afternoon Japanese bulk carrier Cape Agnes (92,752/10) moved into Falmouth Bay from position offshore to bunker and Greek tanker Horizon Dimitra (42,531/07) left the anchorage of Coverack for Paldiski, Estonia to load her next cargo.

Wednesday, April 3: Mid-morning Royal Navy assault ship RFA Lyme Bay L3007 (23,569/07) moved from County Wharf to Queens Wharf using the harbour tugs.

The tugs were in use again in the late evening to move British offshore support vessel Highland Valour (3,160/03) from No. 4 dry-dock to the south side of Queens Wharf.

At about the same time Chinese owned, German operated cargo vessel BBC Idaho (9,611/11) anchored outside port limits to carry out minor repairs.

Thursday, April 4: Well before dawn Highland Valour left Queens Wharf to carry out sea trials in Mounts Bay. In the early evening she returned to Queens Wharf.

Soon after daybreak German general cargo ship Heinrich G (2,446/97) arrived from La Pallice, the industrial port for the City of La Rochelle, France and berthed alongside County Wharf to commence loading glass.

A little later Greek owned; Marshall Islands flagged tanker Carpe Diem II (17,800/10) arrived from Portland and anchored in Carrick Roads to load stores.

Early afternoon Great Tang (94,710/11) a Chinese Hong Kong owned bulk carrier arrived from Saldanha Bay, South Africa, fully laden with iron ore and anchored to load bunkers.

True completed loading bunkers mid-afternoon and sailed for BP oil terminal at Sullom Voe in the Shetland Islands to load a cargo of crude oil for Rotterdam.

Early evening saw BBC Idaho sail to resume her voyage between Esbjorg, Denmark and Cristobal, Panama.

Friday, April 5: Just after midnight Libyan crude oil/products tanker Maetiga (29,304/09) arrived offshore to transfer personnel. She had loaded at Skikda, Algeria for Northern Europe and anchored of Rotterdam in early March.

However, two days before she arrived outside port limits at Falmouth she received new orders to sail for Port Reading, New Jersey to discharge her cargo.

Overnight Cape Agnes finished loading her bunkers and sailed for Santa Marta, Colombia to load coal, and Singapore owned bulk carrier Ocean Lord (42,887/05) arrived from Royal Portbury Docks, Bristol, in ballast, to load bunkers.

After daybreak Carpe Diem II left Carrick Roads for Amsterdam for orders. As soon as Carpe Diem II had sailed British owned; Dutch operated tanker Bomar Eris (5,713/08) arrived from Port Jerome on the River Seine, France and anchored in Carrick Roads to bunker.

During the evening Bomar Eris sailed for Fos-sur-Mer, near Marseilles on the Mediterranean coast of France.

Just after midday Dutch sailing vessel Mercedes (258/58) left the docks for Den Helder, Netherlands, and, Heinrich G completed loading a cargo of glass and sailed for Figuiera da Foz, Portugal.

Later in the afternoon RFA Mounts Bay L3008 (23,569/05) arrived from Marchwood, Southampton and berthed alongside County Wharf at the start of a repair and maintenance period which will include a period in No. 2 dry-dock.

Saturday, April 6: Highland Valour left Falmouth Docks soon after dawn for the warmer waters of Chaguaramas, on the northwest peninsular of Trinidad were there is a supply base handling cargo associated with the offshore oil and gas industry.

A short time later French roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel Ciudad de Cadiz (15,643/09) arrived from Pauillac, near Bordeaux and anchored in Carrick Roads to load bunkers. Late afternoon she sailed for Ro-Ro Terminal Mostyn, North Wales, a purpose built berth for loading aircraft wings for Airbus A380 Super Jumbo.

Late morning River class fishery patrol vessel HMS Severn P282 (1,700/03) arrived from Plymouth Sound and berthed alongside the south of Queens Wharf.

Just after midday Devonport tugs SD Forceful (384/85) and SD Eileen (121/10) arrived from Plymouth at the start of refits and berthed ahead of HMS Severn. Just over an hour later Danish tanker Karina Theresa (5,706/09) berthed alongside Eastern Arm to discharge cargo for World Fuel Services, Falmouth.

She had loaded her cargo of marine diesel in Rotterdam and had spent a few days anchored in Mounts Bay waiting to berth.

In the early evening Marshall Islands flagged, Greek owned crude oil tanker Flagship Orchid (42,208/12) arrived from Port Canaveral, Florida, in ballast, to load bunkers.

Late evening Dutch tugs Bever (607/10) and Sea Gulf (221/07) arrived from Portland towing Danish jack-up crane barge Sea Jack (6,060/03) which was secured to Crossroads Buoy, Carrick Roads. The Sea Jack had left Ijmuiden, Holland in tow on March 29 for Mostyn, North Wales.

Sunday, April 7: Bulk carriers Great Tang and Ocean Lord left Falmouth Bay just after dawn for Redcar, Teesport and Puerto Bolivar, Colombia, respectively having completed loading bunkers.

A short time later London operated, Norwegian owned refrigerated cargo ship Cape Town Star (10,614/93) anchored in Carrick Roads to load bunkers and Greek operated, Liberian registered tanker Naxos (3,220/09) arrived from Portland to carry out bunkering operations.

Cape Town Star sailed just after midday to continue her voyage between Guayaquil, Ecuador via Panama Canal to St Petersburg, Russia, fully loaded with bananas.

Mid-morning Flagship Orchid sailed for Rotterdam, but since her departure orders have changed and she is now due at Ventspils, Latvia to load for North America.

Just before midday, large Greek owned bulk carrier Aquagrace (85,315/97) arrived to bunker. She arrived from Puerto Prodeco a location off the coast of Colombia for loading coal.

In the afternoon Karina Theresa sailed for Fawley, to load at the ESSO terminal for Ceuta, North Africa.

Late evening Tenten (44,009/12) a Greek owned bulk carrier arrived from Port Talbot, South Wales and anchor of Coverack.

Monday, April 8: Soon after daybreak Dutch tug Sea Foxtrot (327/11) arrived towing Norma I (2,371/69) a Dubai owned self-propelled floating crane. Tug and tow arrived from Vlissingen, Holland and anchored in Carrick Roads, sheltering from the weather. Also, Tenten moved into Falmouth Bay to load bunkers.

Early afternoon HMS Severn moved from Queens Wharf into No. 4 dry-dock with the aid of harbour tugs.

Bahamas registered, Greek owned bulk carrier Tubarao (32,474/07) arrived during the evening from Brunswick, Georgia, USA to load bunkers and German owned tanker Cape Tampa (42,010/09) left Coverack Anchorage for Vlissingen.

Acknowledgements: Tam-lyn, Denholm Barwil, Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, Truro harbour master, Marine Operations – A & P Falmouth, Falmouth Offshore Supplies and local members of the WSS.

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