Big Ships Lying Offshore in the Firth of Clyde

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Big Ships Lying Offshore in the Firth of Clyde

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat May 24, 2014 8:01 pm

Lying in the order North-to-South, 1-7 hereunder, the present Q of 'big uns' awaiting berths or Orders :


1. GOLDEN BULL : Bulker : IMO 9438626 : Year – 2012
Country & Port of Registration : Hong Kong / Hong Kong
GRT : 41,586 T.
DWT : 74,500 T.
Dimensions : 225m x 34m x 14.1m

2. IAN M : Bulker : IMO 9434773 : Year – 2010
Country & Port of Registration : Greece / Athens
GRT : 93,916 T.
DWT : 179,700 T.
Dimensions : 292m x 45m x 18.1m

3. GOLDEN ICE : Bulker : IMO 9401362 : Year – 2008
Country & Port of Registration : Hong Kong / Hong Kong
GRT : 41,655 T.
DWT : 75,750 T.
Dimensions : 225m x 32m x 14.3m

4. HUBERT FEDRY : Bulker : IMO 9500754 : Year – 2012
Country & Port of Registration : Panama / Panama
GRT : 92,379 T.
DWT : 180,643 T.
Dimensions : 292m x 45m x 17m

5. MAJESTIC : Oil Tanker : IMO 9194995 : Year – 2000
Country & Port of Registration : Greece / Athens
GRT : 78,918 T.
DWT : 150,284 T.
Dimensions : 274m x 48m x 14.6m

6. OKINAWA : Bulker : IMO 9376361 : Year – 2009
Country & Port of Registration : Liberia / Monrovia
GRT : 42,747 T.
DWT: 81,397 T.
Dimensions : 225m x 32m x 7m
OKINAWA thought to be awaiting Orders

7. SHOEI PROSPERITY : Bulker : IMO 9599810 : Year – 2012
Country & Port of Registration : Panama / Panama
GRT : 92,752 T.
DWT : 181,403 T.
Dimensions : 292m x 45m x 10.1m
SHOEI PROSPERITY as been at anchor here for over two weeks, since leaving Hunterston 08-05-2014.

... and finally .... M.V. ARKLOW FIELD is at anchor just outside the entrance to Ayr Harbour, where she will dock tomorrow. She was originally scheduled to dock today, but for reasons unknown this was deferred until tomorrow. So, in the interim, she is out there swanking it with the Big Boys ! :lol:
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Re: Big Ships Lying Offshore in the Firth of Clyde

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri May 30, 2014 4:31 pm

The Ayrshire Post publication dated 30th May 2014 carries a front page story entitled :

IRON COAST - We have become the parking bay for the world

with a half-page photograph of the Firth of Clyde with four of the large ships moored offshore on show.

It then does on to describe the seven 'giant' freighters anchored off the shore for the past week, stuck in a log jam waiting to enter the Hunterston coal port and mentions how their presence has sparked fears it increases the chances of an accident with smaller craft. It also refers to locals being worried that the volume of ships could put off tourists, with one Prestwick trader stating "It makes the Firth look industrial, like a graveyard for ships the way they have been at anchor for days on end - surely they can be parked further out at sea until they can get berthed?"

The article then states :

"Here is your Ayrshire Post guide to the 'leviathons' (think they mean leviathans!) sitting off our shores" - and then proceeds to list the seven large vessels providing details of the ships in much the same as my above article of 24th May, except they have shown the incorrect length for the bulkers M.V. Golden Bull and M.V. Golden Ice.

What a load of nonsense. There was a time when you could not look out from the Ayrshire coast towards Arran without seeing more than a dozen vessels of every type and size steaming either Northwards towards the Clyde or South for the sea and foreign parts - i.e. the good old days, when we had a merchant navy, and the majority of these would be British flag and crews.

Anyway, let's hope that someone points out to that Prestwick 'trader' that these vessels are simply doing what he does for a living - trading - and thank goodness to see some marine traffic off our shores again. If nothing else, they blot out that terrible island across the water - isn't that right, Arranite ? !
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Re: Big Ships Lying Offshore in the Firth of Clyde

Post by Robert » Fri May 30, 2014 4:51 pm

What a load of nonsense.
Not your post, of course, but your sentiments.
"The Prestwick trader" should get a life.
Keep the Clyde busy and be happy!

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Re: Big Ships Lying Offshore in the Firth of Clyde

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri May 30, 2014 5:06 pm

.....and someone should also point out that it's been a long time since ships were made of iron ! (Iron Coast heading)
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Re: Big Ships Lying Offshore in the Firth of Clyde

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri May 30, 2014 5:08 pm

........ and that cars are parked, ships are moored or anchored ....
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Re: Big Ships Lying Offshore in the Firth of Clyde

Post by davidwat » Fri May 30, 2014 10:14 pm

Liked your post, Angus, and am fully supportive . If your local rag is anything like our local rag then they don't know b******* all about anything maritime, and nothing about the history of our coastline. And I guess you have a personal grudge as you were, no doubt, the last subscriber to the website to have sailed in an iron ship?
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Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri May 30, 2014 11:47 pm

Aye, Capitano, there will not be too many can claim to have shovelled coal into the boiler of the old S.S. FELSPAR - at six years of age! (Then got a row from his Old Man when arriving topside for being rather black from top to bottom.) Loved that wee steamer though, great crowd, mostly Irish, but could she roll in the Irish Sea. That gallant wee vessel served her Owners and her country well, on Government service for a total of 12 years between the two world wars, and with the Company for 42 years before sale to Holderness S.S. Coy. Broken up here in Troon, where she arrived as HOLDERNAB at the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Company of Troon on 30th January 1955 at 47 years of age! However, I don't think she was of iron construction ....... !
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Re: Big Ships Lying Offshore in the Firth of Clyde

Post by yorkieman » Sat May 31, 2014 6:59 am

I presume the reason for this 'offshore coalfield' is that the power companies ordered it all a year or so back and the mild winter has meant they just haven't burned the existing stocks so have nowhere to put this lot?
If you are on direct debit combined power tariff and have internet access to your billing, have a look to see how much credit you might have built up .... I found an astonishing £900 or so and got my monthly payments reduced by £50 until we catch up.
Of course, we might remember the days when you used your gas and electricity, then paid for it .... now it's all money up front!
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Re: Big Ships Lying Offshore in the Firth of Clyde

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat May 31, 2014 10:16 am

Yes, it could be that, George, but I suspect it's more likely to be a combination of bad planning, poor logistics, some technical problems with the Hunterston unloading equipment, and other more mundane issues like that. Maybe they should open up the mines again and store the stuff down there ... ? It's certainly costing someone somewhere a lot on money to have these large ships lying idled for so long offshore. I've been toying with the idea of operating a wee shore service whereby I run a boat out to the big boys at anchor and provide a rapid in-situ, down to the waterline, paint job. Frances can operate the mails, newspapers and home-baking side of this new lucrative business, whilst I'm getting on with the brushes and rollers !
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Post by yorkieman » Sat May 31, 2014 4:28 pm

You painting and Frances doing the home stuff? .... ah, so it's a role reversal in the family, about time too :lol:
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Re: Big Ships Lying Offshore in the Firth of Clyde

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat May 31, 2014 8:56 pm

Now, George, you said you would not tell anyone ....... : - (
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