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Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:46 pm
by Allan
Just two visitors this incoming week, as we approach the final month of the season:-

Wednesday 29th August – MSC MERAVIGLIA (171,598grt, 4,500pax) in from Invergordon
out to Dublin
Sunday 2nd September – SAGA PEARL 2 (18,591grt, 912pax) in from Tarbert out to Belfast

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:03 pm
by clydesider
Timing change for MSC Meraviglia. Now in at 10.00am at GOT. Let’s hope it’s a decent day and that it does the turn in front of the Esplanade before arrival rather than at departure!

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:21 am
by clydesider
Latest update for MSC Meraviglia. She is now expected GOT at 9.30am.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:02 am
by riverman
MSC Meraviglia in for GOT 09.15 hrs this morning.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:21 pm
by williemac
With MSC Meraviglia's late arrival I got her coming through the Cumbrae Gap just for a wee change.Weather was ideal,so there is a couple as she passes Bute and makes her way upriver to Greenock.A great morning to be onboard and take in the views!Cheers Williemac

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:06 pm
by Allan
Just two visitors this incoming week:-

Monday 3rd September ROYAL PRINCESS (139,000grt, 4,610pax) in from Belfast out to Kirkwall
Thursday 6th September DISNEY MAGIC (83,338grt, 3,325pax) in from Dublin out to Liverpool

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:05 pm
by williemac
The Saga Pearl 11 slipped in yesterday amidst the gloom.Fortunately it brightened up at the Splash as she canted and reversed into her berth.Cheers Williemac

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:31 pm
by Gerry Ward
I thinks she had a blue funnel a few years ago.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:50 pm
by williemac
I think you are right Gerry,she's had several name changes,Astoria and Arkona to name but two.Cheers Williemac

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:13 pm
by clydesider
Second picture down explains why I didn't see the Clyde Clipper at Victoria Harbour on Sunday!
SP II made the press last week after colliding with a few yachts in Dartmouth harbour.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:31 pm
by williemac
The trouble with this time of year it's dark till about 6a.m.Thankfully Disney Magic dawdled till it got a bit lighter.I must admit I love this time in the morning,with the mists not quite cleared in the valleys,hopefully the pics will show what I mean.Cheers Williemac

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:35 pm
by williemac
Aw Naw!There's moreCheers Williemac

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:00 pm
by clydesider
Ignoring the waterslides for the moment, she is a smart looking ship for her age.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:11 pm
by Allan
Three visitors this week:-
Wednesday 12th September – REGAL PRINCESS (141,200grt, 3,560pax) in from Kristiansund out to Dublin
Thursday 13th September – STAR BREEZE (9,975grt, 212pax) in from Oban out to Belfast
Friday 14th September – SAGA PEARL 2 (18,591grt, 912pax) in from Oban out to Dublin

Also worthy of note –
New Visitors’ Centre for Greenock Ocean Terminal
Still at an early stage, part of a planning application – completion date Spring/Summer 2020.
Expected cost £14.7 million.

https://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/news/2018 ... n-terminal

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:58 pm
by clydesider
Regal Princess is likely to encounter rough seas during her passage towards Greenock and potentially this could delay her arrival into GOT until 9.00am or 9.30am tomorrow.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:37 pm
by clydesider
Regal Princess could now not be into GOT until 10.30am/11.00am.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:38 am
by riverman
Regal Princess in for G.O.T. this blustery morning. Spot on timing by Arthur.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:01 pm
by williemac
Sorry for the delay,thanks again to Arthur's heads up managed to get Regal Princess in a beautiful morning.I daresay it was different in the open waters,might be a big ship I'll bet it still rolled a bit.Cheers Williemac

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:08 pm
by williemac
Entirely different morning for the Star Breeze the weather rolled in just as she appeared,needless to say it was pouring as she passed the Cloch.Cheers Williemac

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:02 pm
by Allan
With the end of the high season fast approaching, just two vessels into Greenock this week:-
Wednesday 19th September – NAUTICA (30,277grt, 684pax) in from Leith out to Belfast
Friday 21st September – BLACK WATCH (28,613grt, 539pax) in from Tobermory out to Liverpool.

Campbeltown has a visitor on Friday 21st September, SEABOURN OVATION (40,350grt, 604pax) in from Dublin out to Killybegs.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:02 pm
by clydesider
Black Watch is now coming to GOT on Thursday instead of Friday. In at 7.00am and departing at 8.00pm.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:15 pm
by riverman
Cruise ship NAUTICA departed G.O.T. berth this morning and at present at anchor riding out storm Ali. Tugs Anglegarth and Svitzer Milford stood down with tug Ayton Cross standing by. :(

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:48 pm
by davidwat
Went to Tesco in Greenock this morning, and could see that Nautica was alongside at GOT, and could see some of her drookit passengers wending their way along the pavement. About 30 mins later I drove down to the Esplanade and could see that Nautica was almost at right angles to the pier, with all stern moorings gone. She lay like that for around 15 mins and then they managed to get 2 tugs to her. I assumed that the wind had caused her to break her moorings and blew the stern off the pier. Once the tugs were made fast, and her engines fired up, she moved astern into the channel and swung round to starboard. I could see she still had a couple of headlines out, but they were eventually released, or parted. She then slowly made her way out to the Tail of the Bank and let go her starboard anchor, and the tugs let go. (A 3rd tug had arrived by this time.) As soon as the tugs were clear she started to drag her anchor---quickly! One of the tugs came back alongside to assist, and eventually the anchor began to hold. I then departed the scene and listened to the event on my radio scanner. I don't know whether the pilot was the original berthing pilot or not. Given the incoming weather forecast, I thought yesterday that Nautica would have fun and games at GOT, and was somewhat surprised she didn't cancel.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:40 pm
by clydesider
The gangways collapsed in the wind and a stacker truck ended up in the drink!

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:48 pm
by Allan
Tug ANGLEGARTH currently (1940hrs) rendezvousing with NAUTICA and AYTON CROSS – would assume the object of the exercise is to manoeuvre NAUTICA back to GoT.

Given that her scheduled departure time is 2200hrs, seems reasonable that she will be able to get back on schedule.

Once again, given today’s events, a further instance of “All Hail The Tugs”.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:20 pm
by Allan
As anticipated, tugs ANGLEGARTH and AYTON CROSS currently (2015hrs) assisting NAUTICA back to GoT.

"All hail the Tugs"

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:29 pm
by clydesider
Possibly the captain was waiting for high tide, knowing there is likely to be a fork lift truck and probably a gangway beneath him when she docks.
I understand there were two volunteers from Inverclyde Tourist Group on board manning a Hospitality Desk when her lines parted. No doubt, they have had a rather nice lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, whilst they wait to get ashore!
Thankfully there were no injuries.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:18 pm
by williemac
With thanks again to Arthur for updates I managed to get Black Watch arriving this morning.These dark Sept. mornings are a pain in the wotsit.I must admit she's a favourite of mine with her classical lines.Cheers Williemac

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:22 pm
by williemac
Couldn't resist a couple more,O.K. three moreCheers Williemac

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:00 pm
by Allan
Just one visitor this week,
Saturday 29th September – COLUMBUS (63,786grt, 1,817 pax) in from Ullapool out to Belfast.

We appear to be at the end of the “Cruise-ships Season” – but let’s not forget visits from HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS on 30th October and 6th, 12th and 18th November.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:02 pm
by Allan
Started this thread in March this year, pleasantly surprised to see the number of views, as of now, exceeds 10,000…..

Would like to thank in particular Williemac and Riverman for their photographic contributions – reckon we have a great pictorial history of ships visiting our shores this year – also many thanks to all other contributors to this thread, enabling it to reach in excess of 10,000.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:32 pm
by clydesider
The Columbus call was cancelled some time ago. She has opted for Portree on 29 September instead.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:34 pm
by clydesider
I very much agree with you, Allan. There have been some excellent photographs.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:00 pm
by clydesider
Just when you think the season is finished!
Silversea Cruises’ Silver Wind is calling at GOT tomorrow, arriving at 7.00am from Belfast and sailing at 6.00pm for Torshavn, Faroe Islands.
She is on a one way trip from London Tilbury to Reykjavik, but her original itinerary seems to have been re-jigged.

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:36 pm
by williemac
Thanks once more to Arthur,I managed to get Silver Wind coming into Greenock,mind you I had to get up to all sorts of trickery to compensate for nae light!However,it is what it is.Cheers Williemac

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:41 pm
by clydesider
Excellent photos, Williemac!

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:32 am
by williemac
Thanks for your kind comment Arthur,and thanks for all your help through the season.Cheers Williemac

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:07 pm
by Allan
Sadly, the international cruise-ship season comes to an end – however, we still have several weeks of visits from HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS, cruising well-known Scottish locations.

Thanks again to all contributors to this thread – reckon it’s been a very worth-while exercise.

Here’s to 2019………