Thames Ship Society

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             2018 Programme              (Updated 9th May 2018) 

The programme of events for 2018 is shown below.

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Members enjoying the meal at the 2018 Winter Social.

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The Panama Canal Slide Show.

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The Afon Lligwy at Dover.

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The ferry Cote Des Dunes arriving at Dover.

Photos by Ian Cochran and Roger Hammond.

Saturday 27th January 2018 - Winter Social at Dover.

Some 36 members met at the Dover Marina Hotel on the last Saturday of January for our regular Winter Social get together in a developing strong wind and rain, which arrived later in the afternoon.

The visibility was reasonable giving views of westward passing shipping and the ferry movements in and out of port. The new Eastern Docks development was underway outside of the hotel, giving the tug enthusiasts views of the Holyhead Towing contingent working on the site.

The day took on its usual format with pre-lunch drinks, teas and/or coffees, before sitting down in the Chartwell Suite for the lunch, which was up to its normal very high standard.

After lunch, Roger Hammond presented a cake to John (Sam) Pellat who was due to celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday. The cake was topped with a Buries Markes funnel and flag being the company with which Sam had spent some of his career.

This year’s slide show highlighted the successful Panama Canal trip and included vessels taken in the various anchorages, some of which had been abandoned and the main areas of the canal, including the new Neo-Panamax locks.

The slides were put together by Dave Smith, aided by Peter Willey plus the technical input of Andrew Humphreys and his wife Eddy. Some of the slides were donated by John Campbell, especially of the anchorages.

A good variety of shipping was seen, including gas tankers, product tankers, containerships, cruise ships, car carriers, reefers, bulkers and of course the tugs.

Following the Panama Canal, Mike Jackson showed around 20 slides of the vessels operating in and around the new Western Harbour development, including coasters bringing piling and building materials, which discharged at the old Admiralty Pier.

The reefer Pacific Klipper was unloading at Dover during the day and for those staying overnight, Sunday dawned relatively clear and mild.

Once again, our thanks must go to Roger Hammond for organising the day, Dave, Peter, Andrew and Mike for the slide shows and to the staff of the Dover Marina Hotel who looked after us very well once again.

Due to its popularity, the committee has provisionally booked the venue again for Saturday 26th, January, 2019. Members will be informed as soon as the details have been ironed out via a circular due to be issued later in the year.

Report by Ian Cochran.

Saturday 7th April 2018 - AGM and Southampton Cruise.

The AGM was held once again on the Ocean Scene but with a difference, as we had to board at the Hythe Ferry Terminal on Town Quay, due to Blue Funnel’s normal Ocean Village being now closed.

Boarding of the 33 participants was accomplished without any problem and while the AGM was being held, followed by an excellent meal, the Ocean Scene slowly made her way up the Western Docks to the container terminal.

Once the formalities were over, the cruise began in earnest by the container terminal where the large UASC (Hapag-Lloyd) containership AL-JASRAH 16/153148 was berthed. We were to see her later underway off Dock Head.

The SHIELDHALL 55/1753 had left her berth at the top end of the Western Docks at around 13.00 and we passed her again later. In the former KGV drydock, the Supramax bulk carrier NEW VENTURE 09/32505 was handling scrap, as was the ARKLOW FERN 10/2998 alongside the bulk handling berths in the Western Docks.

Also at the Western Docks were four Kotug Smit tugs, while we were to see the Svitzer tug fleet in the Ocean Dock and at the Dock Head at their usual berths.

The amount of shipping in port was disappointing but at 35 berth was the Kawasaki car carrier HAWAIIAN HIGHWAY 15/75126, which we were to see later outward bound. The HUELIN DISPATCH 12/2597 had arrived at her usual berth in Ocean Dock.

The day could not be complete with out a sighting of the UKD BLUEFIN 97/4171, which duly presented herself. At the Fawley 1 LPG berth was the EMMY SCHULTE 09/11233, while at Esso 2 another LPG carrier NAVIGATOR GRACE 10/16823 was seen, as was the MR type NORD GAINER 11/30241 on Esso 3.

On the inside berths were the CAROLINE A 11/3364 and SUPERIORITY 07/3859, while the UKD SEALION 03/224 was working nearby, at much the same place as seen on the 2017 AGM trip.

Retracing our steps back up Southampton Water, we passed the Hawaiian Highway outward bound and then sailed up the River Itchen to see the aggregates carriers CITY OF CHICHESTER 97/2074 and SAND HERON 90/3751, the latter is soon to be replaced by a newbuilding.

We also passed Williams Shipping’s array of small tugs and various other craft before turning into the Empress dock, where again there were the usual number of small craft plus the bunkering tankers WHITONIA 07/4292, JAYNEE W 96/1689 and SPECIALITY 06/3859.

As we came back down the Itchen, the eagle-eyed had spotted the Al-Jasrah on her way down from the container terminal, so we waited off the Dock Head to watch her pass.

And so ended another excellent day on the Ocean Scene. The verdict on the new embarkation/disembarkation arrangements was very positive and Town Quay is ideally placed for local buses, taxis, car parking, etc.

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NEW VENTURE loading scrap in the Western Docks.

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NORD GAINER was at Fawley...

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...as was the NAVIGATOR GRACE.

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HAWAIIAN HIGHWAY outward bound.

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SAND HERON in the Itchen.

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SPECIALITY in Empress Docks.

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AL JASRAH outward bound at the end of our cruise.

Report by Ian Cochran. Photos by Ian Cochran and Roger Hammond

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SAL heavy lift vessel SVENJA passing on our first afternoon.

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Colourful Swedish tanker RAMONA passing early on the 27th April.

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TINA passing Southbound for New Holland on the 27th April.

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HEINRICH EHLER, one of the many feeder containerships seen during our visit.

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Bulk carrier PORT BOTANY passes Northbound for Ventspils.

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Russian fish factory ship AKADEMIK ALEKSANDR KARPINSKY bound for St. Petersburg.

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SEA EXPLORER catches the early morning sunshine on 28th April.

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Carrisbrooke's KELLY C passing on 28th April for Rostock.

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TSS members watch Fred Olsen's BALMORAL passing the hotel on 29th April.

Photos and report by Chris Brooks

Thursday 26th April to Tuesday 1st May 2018 - Rendsburg and the Kiel Canal.

Having assembled at Terminal 5, Heathrow, we soon found ourselves boarding the BA962 flight to Hamburg for our five night stay in Rendsburg on the Kiel Canal. After the short flight we boarded our coach for the 1.5 hour journey from Hamburg Airport to Rendsburg. Our base was to be the comfortable ConventGarten Hotel conveniently situated alongside the canal at Rendsburg.

Soon after we were checked in many of us wasted no time in positioning ourselves on the canal bank in order to photograph several late afternoon vessel movements. The pick of the movements being the SAL heavy lift ship Svenja which passed whilst on a voyage from Vlissingen to Rostock. Another vantage point to observe passing shipping is from the restaurant located at the Transporter Bridge, which is a 10 minute walk from the hotel and a favourite for many of the TSS members for an evening meal.

As well as observing and photographing passing shipping on the canal at Rendsburg, some of the group ventured further afield via the local train services to Hamburg and also to Kiel. The more energetic either hired bikes or hiked along the canal. For the mornings it is essential to be on the opposite bank of the canal to have the sun behind you for photography and this is easily achieved by using the foot tunnel under the canal which is conveniently situated right next to the hotel. Some of us were up with the larks on the first morning to catch the first movements of the day even before the hotel restaurant was open for breakfast!

Included in the early morning movements of our first day, in good light, was the colourful Swedish tanker Ramona. As the day wore on the early brightness was replaced by more cloud, which was a shame as the more interesting afternoon movements included the Hong Kong flagged bulk carrier Port Botany bound for Ventspils and the Russian fish factory trawler Akademik Aleksandr Karpinskiy bound for St. Petersburg from Las Palmas.

On our second full day, the weather was similar, sunny in the morning and clouding over in the afternoon. The Norwegian tug Boa Brage provided some interest for the tug enthusiasts towing a barge through the canal assisted by the Cuxhaven tug VB Roennebeck. We were averaging about 35 ship movments per day which kept our cameras busy. On the third day Fred Olsen’s cruise ship Balmoral passed, bound for Warnemunde.

Sadly on our final full day, we had heavy rain showers and a thunder storm in the morning. So, most of us based ourselves in the hotel and braved the elements for various ships passing the hotel. The final morning was also wet with quite heavy rain. We departed the hotel shortly after midday for the coach trip back to Hamburg Airport where we joined the short afternoon flight back to Heathrow. Despite the rather wet end to our stay it was a very pleasant way to spend a few days. Our thanks go to Stephen Marginson for organising the trip and to the other members of the committee for assisting in the organisation when required.

Saturday 19th May 2018 (10:00 departure) - Thames and Medway Cruise (1)

***** Regrettably, owing to storm damage sustained at the Gravesend Pier the Princess Pocahontas will not operate this season. Therefore the Thames and Medway trips for this year have been cancelled. *****

The first in our popular series of Thames & Medway cruises for 2018 on the MV Princess Pochahontas starting from Gravesend at 10.00 am. Demand for places on these cruises is usually very high so the advice is, as ever, to book without delay to avoid disappointment.

As on previous cruises, the exact sequence and extent of the cruise will be subject to the tides, shipping and other circumstances on the day. However, the usual pattern has been to first proceed down river past the London Gateway container terminal, the tanker berths at London Gateway, Coryton and Canvey Island, into the estuary for Southend Anchorage and then into the Medway as far as Sheerness Docks, the LNG discharge terminals at the Isle of Grain, plus the Thamesport Container Terminal. On the return trip, the cruise continues upriver beyond Gravesend past the Tilbury Container and Grain terminals to the Queen Elizabeth II road bridge and the Dartford and Purfleet terminals. The cruise will end at Gravesend by about 18.00.

The cruise should provide excellent photographic opportunities with the prospect of seeing almost any type of vessel. Sightings on past cruises in this series have included tankers, containerships, freighters, bulk carriers, car carriers, reefers and coasters, as well as the local tug fleets and the regular Cobelfret ro-ro vessels. The London Gateway container terminal now handles some of the largest containerships afloat.

Photos from one of last years Thames & Medway trips

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ADELINE outbound at Gravesend Reach.

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PENGALIA inbound for Tilbury Dock.

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Hapag-Lloyd's CARTAGENA EXPRESS at London Gateway.

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HILAL BEY at Sheerness.

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Pilot boat ESTUARY WARDEN outward bound from the Medway.

Photos by Chris Brooks

Photos from the June 2017 Solent Cruise

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MTS VANGUARD off Mayflower Park.

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HHL NEW YORK loading yachts in the Western Docks.

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HMS DARING in Portsmouth Harbour.

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Fred Olsen's BRAEMAR was the first cruise ship to depart...

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...followed by the QUEEN ELIZABETH.

Photos by Chris Brooks

Saturday 2nd June 2018 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

This trip has something for everyone with the prospect of seeing almost all types of ships ranging from the largest container vessels, down to tugs and coasters as well as warships. Bring your partner, even if they are not particularly interested in ships, as this is a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. This trip will depart from the Hythe Ferry berth, Town Quay, Southampton, on board our old favourite, the Blue Funnel vessel Ocean Scene. The trip will last for six hours.

Ocean Scene has two open deck areas as well as large enclosed saloons with toilets, and is an excellent platform for photography. The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks and light refreshments at cost. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, which are served by some of the largest containerships afloat. Other regular visitors include cruise ships, bulk carriers, reefers, vehicle carriers and coasters. Fawley and Hamble should provide excellent opportunities to photograph all types of tankers. The furthest extent of our cruise, Portsmouth Harbour, will provide the opportunity to see Royal Navy warships and auxiliaries and possibly some ferries. The rotation will depend upon the tides on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed - bookings being taken.

Sunday 17th June 2018 (09:00 departure) - Rotterdam and Europoort Cruise on Partyschip Diane.

Due to its continued popularity, the TSS has again decided to offer a day trip on the Partyschip Diane for 2018 on Sunday 17th June. Once again participants will have the flexibility of making their own travel arrangements and hotel bookings.

The ‘Diane’ Rotterdam / Europoort / Maasvlakte cruise is always one of the highlights of the year for many people where it is possible to observe and photograph all types of ships. As last year the cruise has been extended by one hour to 11 hours (09:00 to 20:00), due to the extra time required to cover the new Maasvlakte 2 complex at Europoort. The intention is to sail as far upriver as the Waalhaven and downriver, covering Botlek Harbour, the Caland Canal, Europoort and Maasvlakte 2, however, the exact routing will be decided upon on the day by the Tour Leaders, in consultation with the vessel’s Captain, taking into consideration timings, tides, weather, etc.

Participants will be responsible for organizing their own travel to and from Vlaardingen in order to join the cruise. There are many ways of travelling to and from Rotterdam / Vlaardingen without incurring too much expense, as long as the travel is booked well in advance to take advantage of cheap(er) tickets. For example, participants could catch the overnight Harwich / Hook of Holland ferry, returning the following night. Another route is by Eurostar from London, or Ebbsfleet, to Brussels from where there is a regular train service to Rotterdam; or by flying to Rotterdam, or Schiphol (Amsterdam) from where there is a direct train to Rotterdam leaving about every 20 minutes.

Date confirmed - bookings being taken.

Photos from the June 2017 Diane Cruise

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HAI YANG SHI YOU 720 in Waalhaven.

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Heavy lift vessel HAN HUI in Waalhaven.

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VLCC ZOURVA at Maasvlakte.

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CSCL INDIAN OCEAN departing from the Euromax Terminal.

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Triple-E MUNKEBO MAERSK at Maasvlakte 2.

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NAVE QUASAR and NS CAPTAIN in the Caland Canal.

Photos by Ian Cochran and Dave Smith.

Photos from the July 2017 Thames & Medway trip

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STEN FJELL inbound for Grays.

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Cement carrier CEMBAY inbound for Tilbury Dock.

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New Svitzer tug SVITZER GANGES moored at London Gateway.

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MELCHIOR SCHULTE at Northfleet Hope.

Photos by Chris Brooks.

Thursday 12th July 2018 (11:00 departure) - Thames and Medway Cruise (2)

***** Regrettably, owing to storm damage sustained at the Gravesend Pier the Princess Pocahontas will not operate this season. Therefore the Thames and Medway trips for this year have been cancelled. *****

The second in our popular series of Thames & Medway cruises for 2018 on the MV Princess Pochahontas starting from Gravesend at 11.00 am. Demand for places on these cruises is usually very high so the advice is, as ever, to book without delay to avoid disappointment.

As on previous cruises, the exact sequence and extent of the cruise will be subject to the tides, shipping and other circumstances on the day. However, the usual pattern has been to first proceed down river past the London Gateway container terminal, the tanker berths at London Gateway, Coryton and Canvey Island, into the estuary for Southend Anchorage and then into the Medway as far as Sheerness Docks, the LNG discharge terminals at the Isle of Grain, plus the Thamesport Container Terminal. On the return trip, the cruise continues upriver beyond Gravesend past the Tilbury Container and Grain terminals to the Queen Elizabeth II road bridge and the Dartford and Purfleet terminals. The cruise will end at Gravesend by about 18.00.

The cruise should provide excellent photographic opportunities with the prospect of seeing almost any type of vessel. Sightings on past cruises in this series have included tankers, containerships, freighters, bulk carriers, car carriers, reefers and coasters, as well as the local tug fleets and the regular Cobelfret ro-ro vessels. The London Gateway container terminal now handles some of the largest containerships afloat.

Saturday 4th August 2018 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

This trip has something for everyone with the prospect of seeing almost all types of ships ranging from the largest container vessels, down to tugs and coasters as well as warships. Bring your partner, even if they are not particularly interested in ships, as this is a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. This trip will depart from the Hythe Ferry berth, Town Quay, Southampton, on board our old favourite, the Blue Funnel vessel Ocean Scene. The trip will last for six hours.

Ocean Scene has two open deck areas as well as large enclosed saloons with toilets, and is an excellent platform for photography. The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks and light refreshments at cost. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, which are served by some of the largest containerships afloat. Other regular visitors include cruise ships, bulk carriers, reefers, vehicle carriers and coasters. Fawley and Hamble should provide excellent opportunities to photograph all types of tankers. The furthest extent of our cruise, Portsmouth Harbour, will provide the opportunity to see Royal Navy warships and auxiliaries and possibly some ferries. The rotation will depend upon the tides on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed.

Photos from our August 2017 Solent Cruise.

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CUMBRIAN FISHER at Portsmouth.

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BRAEMAR departing Southampton.

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Feeder containership RANGER at the container terminal.

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CARIBBEAN PRINCESS departing for St Peter Port.

Photos by Chris Brooks.

Photos from our third 2017 Thames & Medway Cruise

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NORDIC HANNE at the Vopak Terminal.

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GRANATO inbound for Grays Terminal.

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MAERSK LUZ approaching the Gateway Terminal.

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Cement carrier ENCOFRADOR departing for Gijon...

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...followed by the MAXI out from Erith.

Photos by Chris Brooks.

Saturday 8th September 2018 (10:00 departure) - Thames and Medway Cruise (3)

***** Regrettably, owing to storm damage sustained at the Gravesend Pier the Princess Pocahontas will not operate this season. Therefore the Thames and Medway trips for this year have been cancelled. *****

The third in our popular series of Thames & Medway cruises for 2018 on the MV Princess Pochahontas starting from Gravesend at 10.00 am. Demand for places on these cruises is usually very high so the advice is, as ever, to book without delay to avoid disappointment.

As on previous cruises, the exact sequence and extent of the cruise will be subject to the tides, shipping and other circumstances on the day. However, the usual pattern has been to first proceed down river past the London Gateway container terminal, the tanker berths at London Gateway, Coryton and Canvey Island, into the estuary for Southend Anchorage and then into the Medway as far as Sheerness Docks, the LNG discharge terminals at the Isle of Grain, plus the Thamesport Container Terminal. On the return trip, the cruise continues upriver beyond Gravesend past the Tilbury Container and Grain terminals to the Queen Elizabeth II road bridge and the Dartford and Purfleet terminals. The cruise will end at Gravesend by about 18.00.

The cruise should provide excellent photographic opportunities with the prospect of seeing almost any type of vessel. Sightings on past cruises in this series have included tankers, containerships, freighters, bulk carriers, car carriers, reefers and coasters, as well as the local tug fleets and the regular Cobelfret ro-ro vessels. The London Gateway container terminal now handles some of the largest containerships afloat.

Thursday 13th September 2018 (09:30 departure) - Rotterdam and Europoort Cruise on Partyschip Diane.

This year, due to the popularity of the cruise in June, we will be offering an additional cruise on the Partyschip Diane. Once again participants will have the flexibility of making their own travel arrangements and hotel bookings.

The ‘Diane’ Rotterdam / Europoort / Maasvlakte cruise is always one of the highlights of the year for many people where it is possible to observe and photograph all types of ships. Due to the shorter daylight hours in September, this cruise will last for 9 hours (09:30 to 18:30). We will endeavour to cover as much of the Rotterdam and Europoort complexes as time permits. The intention is to sail as far upriver as the Waalhaven and downriver, covering Botlek Harbour, the Caland Canal, Europoort and Maasvlakte 2, however, the exact routing will be decided upon on the day by the Tour Leaders, in consultation with the vessel’s Captain, taking into consideration timings, tides, weather, etc.

Participants will be responsible for organizing their own travel to and from Vlaardingen in order to join the cruise. There are many ways of travelling to and from Rotterdam / Vlaardingen without incurring too much expense, as long as the travel is booked well in advance to take advantage of cheap(er) tickets. For example, participants could catch the overnight Harwich / Hook of Holland ferry, returning the following night. Another route is by Eurostar from London, or Ebbsfleet, to Brussels from where there is a regular train service to Rotterdam; or by flying to Rotterdam, or Schiphol (Amsterdam) from where there is a direct train to Rotterdam leaving about every 20 minutes.

Date confirmed - the circular for this trip will be out at the beginning of May.

Photos from the June 2017 Diane Cruise

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HAI YANG SHI YOU 720 in Waalhaven.

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Heavy lift vessel HAN HUI in Waalhaven.

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VLCC ZOURVA at Maasvlakte.

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CSCL INDIAN OCEAN departing from the Euromax Terminal.

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Triple-E MUNKEBO MAERSK at Maasvlakte 2.

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NAVE QUASAR and NS CAPTAIN in the Caland Canal.

Photos by Ian Cochran and Dave Smith.

Saturday 10th November 2018 (10:00 to 16:00) - Southampton Ship Show

We will have a table at the Ocean Liner Society's Southampton Ship Show. The show will be held at Southampton Masonic Hall, Albion Place, Southampton SO14 2DD.

Members of the committee will be present. Come along and say hello.

Date confirmed.

 

 

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