Thames Ship Society

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             2019 Programme              (Updated 3rd July 2019) 

The programme of events for 2019 is shown below.

Saturday 26th January 2019 - Winter Social at Dover.

Some 38 members met at the Dover Marina Hotel on the last Saturday of January for our regular Winter Social get together in almost Spring like weather with good views of shipping in the Channel.

There were plenty of ferry movements in and out of port, including a few Cypriot flagged P&O ferries. Long may these movements last uninterrupted by political events.

The new Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development was now very noticeable outside the hotel. Most of the jetties appear to have been completed with the infrastructure now being put into place together with a new lock being built connecting the inner basin. It was thought that the reefer and general cargo complex could be open by the end of this year, so an incentive to return again in 2020.

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. It was good to see Norman Smith from France and our old friend Andre van Hee who, although in his 90s, had come across from Belgium to join us the day.

After lunch, the tables and chairs were re-arranged to enable local resident Mike Jackson to give a slide show of vessels calling at Dover. These included the ferries, cruise ships, bunker tankers and the various craft involved with the building of the new cargo berths, plus a few coastal vessels that had arrived with various cargoes, also connected with the new works.

Mike also showed pictures of a couple of large cable laying vessels that were operating in the area repairing and inspecting the cables running along the seabed connecting the UK with France and Belgium - the only things that will be soon - Ed.

Of course, the tragic human cargo trying to cross the Channel has led to various military craft being stationed at Dover and Ramsgate and during the weekend, ‘HMS Enterprise’ was on standby in Folkestone Bay.

For those staying overnight, Sunday dawned relatively clear but cold following a rain storm. There was plenty of shipping observed in the Channel with the help of AIS.

Our thanks must go to Dave Smith and Stephen Marginson for organising the day, Mike for the slide show and to the staff of the Dover Marina Hotel who looked after us very well once again.

It is hoped to repeat the Winter Social on or around Saturday 28th January, 2020. Members will be informed as soon as the details have been ironed out via a circular due to be issued later this year.

Photos from our 2019 Winter Social.

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Photos and report by Ian Cochran.

Saturday 6th April 2019 - AGM in London (AGM commencing at 14:00)

This year, in a break with tradition, the AGM was held at the Wetherspoons Public House, Ledger Building, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London.

We had a private room hired for the day from 10:00 for a committee meeting, followed by the AGM commencing at 14:00. This give participants time before and after the AGM to explore Canary Wharf and the surrounding area.

The Ledger Building is located along West India Quay (the old North Dock) next to the Museum of London Docklands and near to the shopping malls in Canary Wharf.

There was no charge to attend the AGM and participants had the opportunity to purchase food and drink at the bar at reasonable prices.

Saturday 27th April 2019 - South West Ship Show

We had a table at the South West Ship Show. The ship show took place at the BAWA Social Club, 589 Southmead Road, BRISTOL BS34 7RG from 10:00 to 15:30.

Members of the committee were present for the day.

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UASC's SALAHUDDIN inbound in Southampton water for the container terminal.

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CHEM NEW ORLEANS arriving at Fawley with the tug APEX.

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The vehicle carrier MANON at th Eastern Docks.

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CHRISTINE berthed in the River Itchen.

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SWAMI loading scrap at Princes Wharf.

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COSCO VIETNAM at the container terminal.

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AZURA departing for Warnemunde.

Photos and report by Chris Brooks

Saturday 8th June 2019 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

Due to the remnants of Storm Miguel still being with us the first TSS Solent Cruise of 2019 was confined to Southampton Harbour and Southampton Water as far as Calshot. The Solent was rather rough with wind gusts up to 40 mph so we were unable to visit Portsmouth Harbour. The weather, apart from the wind was generally bright, with sunny spells and the occasional shower.

Having cast off from Town Quay we proceeded down Southampton water passing the incoming UECC vehicle carrier Autostar arriving from Zeebrugge and the large UASC containership Salahuddin, arriving from Antwerp for the container terminal. At Fawley the tanker Betty Knutsen was leaving. Shortly afterwards, the tanker Chem New Orleans arrived from Antwerp, assisted by the Fawley tugs Apex and Phenix in rather choppy seas. On our way back to Southampton we passed the outbound cruise ship Seven Seas Navigator which was making an early departure for a cruise ship. She was bound for Brest for dry-docking.

We then made our way up the River Itchen. The Wallenius Wilhelmsen vehicle carrier Manon was at berth 35, loading for Halifax. In the Itchen the smart tug Christine was berthed having arrived from Poole. The veteran tug Princeton was also berthed on the river undergoing renovations. At Princes Wharf, the Swami was loading scrap before departing, bound for Tilbury. On our way back down the Itchen we called into Empress Dock where the research ship Discovery was berthed having previously arrived from Walvis Bay.

Then around Dockhead past Fred Olsen’s Braemar at 38/39 berth. P&O’s Britannia was in the Ocean Dock, together with the dredger Sand Heron. In the Western Docks, the Azura was at berth 106 and the coaster Arklow Valiant was at berth 109. In the container terminal, the Cosco Vietnam was berthed, together with the previously photographed Salahuddin.

Retracing our steps we paused to watch the departure of P&O’s Azura for Warnemunde in interesting lighting conditions. By this time it was time to make our way back to Town Quay where the cruise ended. Our thanks go to Dave Smith and Ian Cochran for organising the day and also to Captain Rob and the crew of the Ocean Scene for looking after us so well.

Sunday 16th June 2019 (09:00 departure) - Rotterdam and Europoort Cruise on Partyschip Diane.

Some 40 members gathered at Vlaardingen in fine weather for the usual 9 am departure.

Once again, this year’s 11-hour Partyschip Diane trip around Rotterdam and Europoort/Maasvlakte started with a trip along the Hartel Canal, due to high winds along the Nieuwe Waterweg.

While waiting to sail, there were a few movements, including the Navig8 Andesine seen outward bound.

Once through the Hartel Canal to keep the barge enthusiasts happy, we entered the Beer Kanal where the feeder Conmar Bay was at a layby berth. The Mississippihaven revealed the large bulkers Captain Vangelis L and Lacon, as well as Carisbrooke’s Kristin C.

Unfortunately, we were not allowed to enter the Amazonehaven as the MOL Empire was departing and the MOL Tribute was arriving. The eagle eyed spotted Evergreen’s new containership Ever Golden and a ‘K’ line containership berthed.

Idling off the Europahaven was the Munich Maersk, which was outbound from Maasvlake 2. She was being held until the MOL vessels had cleared.

In the 8th Petroleumhaven, the Tsakos Suezmax Alaska could be seen. The Euromax terminal contained the Talos and the usual collection of feeders. On the way to Maasvlakte 2 we saw the shuttle tanker Jag Leela on the buoys awaiting orders and the relatively new Ice Class Maersk containership, Vilnia Maersk, which was was moving off the buoys to berth at Euromax.

The only vessel of note at Maasvlakte 2 was the Maribo Maersk, which set off a chain of jokes about sweets.

Retracing our steps into the Europahaven, we saw the MSC Vidisha R, ER Tokyo, MSC Alessia and Maersk Enping lying alongside, while at the petrochemical complex the Handysize Omodos and RHL Dresden were berthed.

Onto the Caland Canal where the large bulk berths contained the Leo Facility, JSW Salem and Golden Endeavour on EECV and the bulker Anglo Barinthus on the grain terminal outer berth.

Moving up the Caland Canal, we saw the Oinoussian Star and Pacific Jewels. Other tankers seen included the VLCC Farhah, Bow Star, Troy, ex Cape Troy, Affinity V, Baltic Sky 1, Seamusic, STI Hammersmith and Navigator Leo, plus several smaller chemical and products tankers.

The Brittaniehaven yielded the usual number of Cobelfrets but as the lock was ready we did not stop and returned via the Hartel Canal to view Botlek. In the drydocks were the Happy Buccaneer and the Songa Fortune with the tankers Southern Quokka, which had everyone on Google to find out what a ‘Quokka’ was - a little Australian furry animal - Greta Maersk, Stolt Inspiration, and some smaller ones at the various petrochemical complexes.

In the St Laurenshaven were the bulkers Mandarin Singapore, Sofia and Solitaire 1.

In the upper petroleum harbours and alongside the Vlaardingen complex were the tankers Champion Trader, Genuine Venus, Elandra Baltic and Agisilaos, plus smaller tankers.

In the Eemshaven was the usual collection of feeders, plus the MACS multi-purpose vessel Bright Horizon and the laid up Russian vessel Inzhener Trubin.

The Waalhaven proved to be busy with the tankers Gold Point, Stena Primorsk, Navig8 Aragonite, Selenka and Atlantic Guard lying at various berths and buoys. A bonus was the Sri Lankan flag containership Mercs Jaffna, plus the CMA CGM Marseille, CMB Adrien, Talia H, Captain Tassos D, and several tugs and offshore units. The nearby Franklin Offshore base also yielded a couple of larger offshore units.

Crossing the river, we noted the Orange Wave at her usual berth and in the Lekhaven were the tugs MTS Viscount and the Greek Christos XXII.

The Laxfoss passed us inward bound before we headed into the Wiltonhaven to see CMV’s cruise ship Columbus languishing in drydock having suffered rudder damage at the end of May. Two new dredgers were also seen as was the self discharger Stornes undergoing repairs.

So ended another successful day around the Rotterdam harbour complex and our thanks must go the TSS committee, Tony van Bussel, Hans and his crew for looking after us so well again putting on another excellent selection of food.

A provisional booking has been made for Sunday, 21st June, 2020, taking in the same format - weather willing.

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MUNICH MAERSK departing from Maasvlakte 2.

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Bulker SOFIA in Botlek.

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SAMIRA in Eemhaven.

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MERCS JAFFNA moored in Waalhaven.

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Greek tug Christos XXII in Lekhaven.

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The new dredger VOX AMALIA in the shipyards at Wiltonhaven.

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UNIQUE INFINITY artiving at Vlaardingen.

Report by Ian Cochran and photos by Roger Hammond.

Photos from our August 2018 Solent Cruise.

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BARZAN at the container terminal.

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Ro-ro ARROW in St Helen's Anchorage.

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The vehicle carrier THALATTA outward bound in Southampton Water.

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Fred Olsen's BRAEMAR departing for Eidfjord.

Photos by Chris Brooks.

Saturday 13th July 2019 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

This trip will have 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 Town Quay in Southampton, on board Solent and Wightline Cruises vessel Ali Cat. This will be our first time using this vessel which is faster than the Ocean Scene and will allow us to cover more areas in Southampton, Portsmouth and the Solent. The trip will last for six hours.

Ali Cat has an open deck area as well as large enclosed saloon 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, Fawley and Hamble, Portsmouth Harbour, St Helen's Anchorage and the Solent and will provide the opportunity to see all types of vessels from the largest container ships and cruise ships in Southampton, a variety of tankers at Fawley and Hamble, Naval vessels and ferries at Portsmouth and any vessels anchored in St. Helen's anchorage. The rotation will depend upon the tides and weather on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed - bookings being taken.

Saturday 14th September 2019 (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. As with recent Solent cruises, this trip will depart from Town Quay in 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.

Photos from our June 2018 Solent Cruise.

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CMA CGM LA TRAVIATA at the container terminal.

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First of the outbound ships from Southampton was the DAEDALUS LEADER.

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INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS was the first cruise ship to depart.

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EVER DELIGHT was the final departure leaving for Le Havre.

Photos by Chirs Brooks

Photos from our April 2018 trip to Rendsburg

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

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Bulk carrier PORT BOTANY passes Northbound for Ventspils.

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

Photos by Chris Brooks

26th - 30th September 2019 - Trip to Rendsburg

We are planning a trip to Rendsburg, Germany, on the banks of the Kiel Canal to view shipping in the Kiel Canal. As we have in the past, we will be staying at the ConventGarten Hotel, situated right on the banks of the canal. Members will be free to spend their time as they wish whilst at Rendsburg. Options are to simply relax on the banks of the canal watching and photographing the passing shipping, or travel further afield. Rail links to Hamburg and Kiel are available from the local railway station.

Flights will be to Hamburg airport with a coach transfer to the hotel.

Date confirmed - bookings being taken.

Saturday 5th October 2019 - North West Ship Show

We are taking a table at the North West Ship Show. The ship show will take place at Old Christ Church, Waterloo Road, Waterloo, LIVERPOOL, L22 1RE from 10:00 to 15:30.

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

Date confirmed.

Saturday 16th November 2019 - Southampton Ship Show

We are considering taking a table at the Ocean Liner Society's Southampton Ship Show. More details about the location of this show will be posted as soon as they are available.

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

 

 

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