News from Southampton and the Solent
As Southampton is the port I most regularly visit to take
photographs, I intend to keep a record of noteworthy shipping events in the
Port of Southampton and the Solent on this page.
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Archived News Items
These news items appeared on my Southampton
and Solent News page during the period April 2004 to December 2009.
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6th December 2009 - Farewell to the Saga Rose
The Saga Rose arrived back in Southampton
today from her 37 night farewell cruise which started on 30th October and
covered 19 ports extending as far as the Eastern Mediterranean. She is
currently moored at the City Cruise Terminal at 101 berth, with her
departure date set for tomorrow, 7th December at 17:00.
She was built in 1965 as the Sagafjord
for Norwegian America Line, coming under the operation of Norwegian American
Cruises in 1980. In 1983 Cunard acquired Norwegian American Cruises and she
joined the Cunard fleet, though retaining her name. She was briefly
chartered to Transocean Tours in 1996, becoming the Gripsholm. The
charter did not last for long, for in 1997, she began operating for Saga
Cruises as the Saga Rose. With the imminent arrival of the SOLAS 2010
regulations, her owners have decided that it would be too costly to upgrade
her to comply, hence her retirement.
So what does the future hold for her? The
answer to that question is being kept a closely guarded secret by her
current owners. There have been whisperings of her being sold to "West
African interests", but this did not materialise. Also, rumours of her
becoming a floating hotel at Southampton, moored at Town Quay, have, like
many other plans for retired icons of our maritime heritage, sadly, come to
One can only fear the worst and assume that
she will be broken up. If so, she will be missed by many ship enthusiasts
and cruise passengers alike.
Update 12th December : She departed
from Southampton on 7th December bound for Gibraltar. She arrived at
Gibraltar on the 11th December and remains there, in the Eastern Anchorage.
Update 20th January 2010 : The Saga
Rose remains at Gibraltar, presumably awaiting a buyer?
Update 21st February 2010 : The Saga
Rose has departed from Gibraltar bound for Kenya...
Saga Rose arriving at Southampton on 25th
(Above & Below) The Saga Rose at the City Cruise Terminal,
Southampton on 6th December after her final cruise.
The Red Jet 5 being assisted to Royal Pier by
the Itchen Marine tug, Wyeforce.
6th December 2009 - Red but not a Jet!
The fast ferry Red Jet 5 was not so
fast today. The 13:45 West Cowes to Southampton service limped back to
Southampton on one engine. On arrival at Southampton she berthed at Royal
Pier and disembarked her passengers having been assisted to her berth by two
Itchen Marine tugs.
26th November 2009 - Methania Arrives
The large LNG tanker Methania arrived
at berth 38/39 Eastern Docks, Southampton today. She had previously been
anchored in Bravo Anchorage in the Solent since 25th November. Prior to that
she has been inactive off the South Coast, primarily in the anchorage off
Falmouth for approximately a year. Her current departure date is set at 31st
March 2010, so she will be a familiar sight at Southampton for many months
to come, laid up at 38/39 berth.
She was built at Temse, Belgium in 1978 and
has retained the same name throughout her long career. She is owned by
Distrigas S.A. of Belgium. She has an overall length of 280 metres and has a
gross tonnage of 81,792.
Update : 29th September 2010 - The Methania
departed from 202 berth, Southampton, today bound for Setubal after a 10
Methania inward bound in Southampton Water on
...and at 38/39 berth a few hours after her
The Lian Yun Hu at Fawley
on 26th November.
26th November 2009 - Chinese tanker at Fawley
An unusual visitor to Fawley this week was
the Chinese tanker Lian Yun Hu. She arrived at Fawley berth 4 on 24th
November from Tracy, Canada which is in the Great Lakes. She departed on
26th November for Rotterdam.
She was built in 2006 at Dalian, China for
the Dalian Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO Dalian). She has an overall length of
228 metres and a gross tonnage of 43,153. She has spent most of this year
trading around South America, and the US Atlantic and Pacific coasts. I
believe this is her first call to a UK port.
4th November 2009 - Yet more Portsmouth ferry
As previously reported
the Norman Spirit had now left Portsmouth, her place on LD Lines night
crossing to Le Havre being taken by the Cote D'Albatre.
LD Lines have since announced that a
chartered vessel, the Birka Exporter will operate a daytime sailing,
providing freight only capacity. She made
her first sailing to Le Havre from Portsmouth on 4th November.
The Birka Exporter is operated by
Birka Line and flys the flag of the Aland Islands. She was built in 1991 as
the Grano and renamed Birka Exporter in 2002.
The Cote D'Albatre has now transferred to the night-time sailing to Le Havre.
Departing from Southampton on her final
cruise on a grey 2nd October 2009.
At berth 38/9 Southampton on 18th October in
the process of handing over to her new owners. With funnel colours painted
Removing the Fred Olsen logo on 17th October.
17th October 2009 - Goodbye Black Prince
The Fred Olsen cruise ship Black Prince
arrived back at Southampton from her farewell cruise on 16th October, her
last port of call being Lisbon. By 17th October, her funnel colours had been
removed and the "Fred Olsen Cruise Lines" on the side of her
bridge was being painted over. She has also had her bronze figurehead
removed from her bow.
On Tuesday 20th October she will be handed
over to her new owners Savteca who will use her to provide cruises in the
coastal waters of Venezuela. They will rename her Ola Esmeralda,
though it is currently unclear was to whether the renaming will occur in
Southampton or not. She is currently due to leave Southampton on 27th
As most of you will know she was built as a
ferry in 1966 at the Lübecker Flender Werke yard at Lubeck, Germany for
Fred Olsen. She was built for the company's Kristiansand to Harwich and
Kristiansand to Amsterdam services in the summer months, but operated a
London to Canary Islands service in the winter months. In the early 1970's
she operated a Newcastle to Bergen service and also a Rotterdam to Canary
Islands service in the winter time. She was renamed Venus at this
After a short spell in the early
1980's operating for DFDS and Norway Line, she was converted for use as a cruise ship
by Fred Olsen in 1987, being the company's first dedicated cruise ship. She
has remained in this role ever since.
Update 6th November 2009 : the Black
Prince, renamed Prince departed today at 19:00 from Southampton
for the last time. She was showing a AIS destination of St. Kitts-Nevis.
14th October 2009 - Ferry Services Update
It is all change at Portsmouth...
LD Lines have announced some changes to their
- The Norman Spirit which currently
operates the overnight ferry to Le Havre will leave the Portsmouth route
on 1st November and will operate from Dover to Boulogne. She will
replace the fast ferry Norman Arrow on this route. The Norman
Spirit has a higher passenger and freight capacity than the Norman
Arrow which will better satisfy the Dover route.
- The Cote D'Albatre will move from
the day crossing and take over the overnight sailings to Le Havre from
3rd November. This will leave no year-round day crossing to Le Havre.
- In the summer months the fast ferry Norman
Arrow will provide a day service from Portsmouth to Le Havre,
departing early morning from Portsmouth.
Celtic Link Ferries
The daily service from Portsmouth to
Cherbourg has now started. Celtic Link have chartered the Norman
Voyager and she now runs the weekday service, sporting a new livery. The weekend service is run
by Celtic Link's own vessel the Diplomat.
The new Portsmouth to Ryde catamaran ferries Wight
Ryder I and Wight Ryder II have entered service, but have been
plagued by engine problems. Luckily the old Fastcat ferries Fastcat
Shanklin and Fastcat Ryde have been retained and have taken over
the service during periods when the Wight Ryders have been out of service.
The Wightlink service between Lymington and
Yarmouth has also been hit by technical problems, with several sailings
cancelled on 9th October.
The Red Funnel ferry Red Falcon has
been out of action since 8th October, with propulsion problems, leaving to a
cancellation of several sailings a day between Southampton and East Cowes.
She is due back in service on 15th October.
The Cote D'Albatre will be
transferred to the night-time sailing to Le Havre.
The Wight Ryder I arriving
at Portsmouth on 13th October.
The Cote D'Albatre
departing from Portsmouth on 21st September 2009.
The Norman Voyager will
return to Portsmouth to run for Celtic Link.
25th September 2009 - Portsmouth Ferry Update
The Cote D'Albatre has recently made
her debut on LD Lines Portsmouth to Le Havre daytime crossing. She has
replaced the Norman Voyager which was transferred to a new LD Lines
service linking Rosslare to Cherbourg. Although she has a larger passenger
capacity than the Norman Voyager she has a reduced vehicle capacity.
The Cote D'Albatre was built in 2005 at Vigo, Spain, for Transmanche
Ferries, for their Newhaven to Dieppe service.
The plans for the Norman Voyager,
have, however, now changed. She has been chartered by Celtic Link ferries to
run their new Portsmouth to Cherbourg service, which starts in the next few
weeks. So, she will be back in Portsmouth, running for Celtic Link.
21st September 2009 - NATO warships depart
Early on the
morning of 21st September five NATO warships departed from Portsmouth. They
had arrived in the previous week and were due to take part in a four day
NATO warfare trial, accompanied by the Royal Navy's type 23 frigate HMS St
The vessels involved were :
- TCG Oruç Reis (F245) - Turkish
Barbaros class frigate built in 1994 at the Gölcük Naval Shipyard,
- SPS Álvaro de Bazán (F101) -
Spanish Álvaro de Bazán air defence frigate.
- HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën
(F802) - Dutch air defence and command frigate, launched in 2000 in
Vlissingen. She is the first of the De Zeven Provinciën class of four
Otto Sverdrup (F312) - Norwegian Frigate of the Fridtjof Nansen class,
launched in 2006 and commissioned in 2008.
- FNS Latouche-Tréville (D646) -
French F70 type anti submarine frigate, launched in 1988.
TCG Oruç Reis departing
from Portsmouth on 19th September...
...followed by SPS Álvaro
...followed by HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën...
...a little later the HNoMS
Otto Sverdrup departed...
..and finally FNS
German tugs Arion and Wolf at 103 berth on
The jack up barge Odin with the tugs at 103
Saligna at berth 107 on 16th September.
Kobe departing from Southampton on 19th September.
16th September 2009 - Unusual Callers
1. Odin, Arion and Wolf.
The jack up crane barge Odin owned by
Hochtief Contrauction AG of Germany arrived at 103 berth on 15th September,
towed by the German tugs Arion and Wolf. She arrived from
Dublin and departed on 19th September, bound for Harwich. The tugs are bout
owned by Bugsier Reederei of Germany. The Arion dates from 1979 and
the more modern Wolf from 1993.
The bulk woodchip carrier Saligna also
arrived on 15th September from San Lorenzo, Argentina via Santos, Brazil
with a cargo of soya. She berthed at 107 berth in the Western Docks and
departed on 19th September for Belfast. She flies the flag of the
Philippines and was built in Yokohama in 1994. She is 39,308 grt and has an
overall length of 199 metres.
3. CSCL Kobe.
An unusual container ship arrived in
Southampton on 18th September. The CSCL Kobe owned by China Shipping
has been chartered by CMA CGM to operate on their FAL1 (French Asia Line)
service, linking ports in China, Singapore and Malaysia with European ports.
She arrived from Port Klang, Malaysia via
Tangiers and departed on 19th September for Hamburg. According to the CMA
CGM vessel schedule she will just do one round trip on the FAL1 service and
then be replaced by the CMA CGM Aquila.
15th September 2009 - Ugly but functional!
The United European Car Carriers (UECC)
vehicle carriers Auto Bank, Auto Bay and Auto Baltic
have recently made their debut at Southampton over the summer months. This
trio were originally completed as the Serenaden, Heralden and Transgard
respectively and operated by Transfennica of Finland. They were originally
completed with an open vehicle deck aft of the wheelhouse, but in 2007 were
converted to have closed vehicle storage. In 2007 they all commenced a long
term charter to UECC.
The Auto Baltic is, as her name
suggests, currently employed on a Nordic/Baltic service linking Southampton
with the ports of Zeebrugge, Bremerhaven, Malmo, Gdynia, Hanko and Kotka and
made her first call at Southampton on 29th June 2009. The Auto Bank,
meanwhile, currently operates between Southampton, Montoir, Vigo and Le
Havre. Her first call at Southampton was on 29th May 2009. Auto Bay
links Southampton with Santander, Pasajes and Zeebrugge and made her first
call at Southampton on 24th May 2009.
Serenaden as built. Photographed in the River
Schelde on 22nd July 2004.
The Auto Baltic, now with her enclosed
vehicle deck, at Southampton on 12th September 2009.
Ocean Majesty departing from Southampton on
10th September 2009 - Cruise Ship Veteran
The veteran cruise ship Ocean Majesty
visited Southampton today on the first of two calls she will make this year.
She is owned by Majestic International Cruises and operated by Page &
Moy. She arrived at 38/39 berth from Warnemunde and departed at 16:00 for
She was built in 1966 as the Spanish ferry Juan
March in Valencia, Spain for Trasmediterranea.
She was converted in 1989 from a ferry for cruising and was renamed Ocean
Majesty by Majestic International Cruises. For a short while during 1994
to 1995 she was renamed Olympic and then Homeric, but has
operated as Ocean Majesty since that time.
Ocean Majesty is
due back in Southampton on 24th September.
2nd September 2009 - Portsmouth Ferry Changes
The LD Lines ferry Norman Voyager,
which currently operates the weekday service between Portsmouth and Le Havre
will be replaced in mid September by the LD / Transmanche Ferries Cote
d'Albatre. This vessel currently
operates a service between Newhaven and Dieppe.
This change is taking place in order to free
the Norman Voyager which will be used on a new service between
Rosslare and Cherbourg - starting on 19th September. She will make three
round trips per week on this service.
Celtic Link Ferries
Celtic Link Ferries have announced a new
service to start in October 2009, connecting Portsmouth to Cherbourg. The
service will operate 365 days a year by an as yet un-named 1000 passenger
and 130 truck/500 car ferry.
During the weekdays the new ferry will
operate the service, and the weekend service will be operated by the Diplomat
currently operated by Celtic Ferries on Cherbourg to Rosslare route. The Diplomat
was built in 1978 as the Stena Trader, and up to 2005,
P&O's European Diplomat.
Let's hope that Celtic Link will have more
luck with this service. In early 2007 they tried to start a similar service
between Portsmouth and Cherbourg, which did not get off the ground due to
the fact that the vessel they chartered for it, the Celtic Mist, was detained with many
Update 7th September 2009 - Regarding
the above announcement by Celtic Ferries - it appears that Portsmouth Port
has not been approached by Celtic Link yet. So the likelihood of the service
starting in October is remote at the least!!
The Norman Voyager will be replaced
mid-September by the Cote d'Albatre.
Celtic Link's previous chartered vessel for
the Portsmouth to Cherbourg service, the Celtic Mist at Southampton in April
Bremer Forest with her name
painted out in Ocean Dock on 25th August.
The smartly painted Svitzer
Bentley at Southampton on 23rd August.
25th August 2009 - Name changes Huelin and
The general cargo ship Bremer Forest arrived at berth 44, Eastern
Docks, Southampton on 23rd August from Emden. She was built in 2000 is of
2528 grt, Gibraltar flagged and owned by Briese Schiffahrts of Germany. She
has carried the name of Bremer Forest since 2001... until now. On
25th August her name was being painted out, so presumably she is due to be
Update : 2 Sept 2009 - She will be the new Huelin Renouf vessel and is
to be renamed Huelin Dispatch.
Update : 10th September 2009 - the Coastal
Wave, which has been maintaining the Channel Islands link for Huelin
Renouf over the last few months has been renamed Huelin Endeavour.
2. The local tug Bentley, arrived back
from refit on 12th August in smart Svitzer livery with her name changed to Svitzer
Bentley. There is now only one of the Southampton tugs which has not
been renamed with the Svitzer prefix - the Adsteam Surrey. In fact I believe the Adsteam
Surrey is the last tug in the UK still carrying the Adsteam name?
17th August 2009 - Saga Rose to become a
It has been reported in the local press that
there are plans being considered to turn the Saga Rose into a
floating hotel berthed at Southampton's Town Quay.
The Saga Rose is due to be retired at
the end of this year, making her final call at Southampton on 6th December.
Saga Rose was originally built in 1965 as the Sagafjord,
becoming the Gripsholm in 1996 and then the Saga Rose in 1997.
The berthing of the Saga Rose in
Southampton as a floating hotel is apparently only one of three possible
locations for the liner to spend her retirement.
Berthing a vessel the size of the Saga Rose
at Town Quay is not without it's complications. The structure of the quay is
not able to support a vessel the size of the Saga Rose, and parts of it are
already unsafe. It will be interesting to see whether this plan comes to
The Saga Rose departing
from Southampton on 5th May 2009.
The Margaret Hill at 202 berth,
Southampton shortly after her arrival on 24th November 2008.
8th August 2009 - Margaret Hill detained
The Margaret Hill, which was recently
sold for scrap, and was due to depart from Southampton on 8th August has
been detained in port. The Environment Agency intervened and used it's
powers fro the first time to stop the sailing of the vessel, which was
destined for an undisclosed foreign destination for breaking. The vessel may
contain hazardous substances such as asbestos which means the vessel must be
dismantled in authorised sites within the European Union or an OECD country.
International law states that any vessel
leaving a UK port for breaking must obtain permission from both the
Environment Agency and the local authorities at the destination port. This
permission had apparently not been sought.
The Margaret Hill originally arrived
at Southampton on 24th November 2008. She is a veteran of 1974 having
been launched at Moss in Norway as the LNG Challenger. She has had a
string of names, most recently she was the Hoegh Galleon until her sale in
2007 to Maverick LNG Holdings who renamed her Margaret Hill. The vessel is
currently owned by the Fortress Investment Group, having been acquired by
that company in July 2009.
Previous to her arrival in Southampton, she had been laid up at Ferrol
in Spain. Maverick LNG Holdings had planned to turn her into a floating LNG
plant, which means she was to perform offshore gas liquefaction directly
from the wellhead or offshore production facility. She was planned to be
converted by 2010 and was to be the first LNG vessel in the world to be
converted for this type of work. The project failed, hence her sale to the
Fortress Investment Group earlier this year.
23rd July 2009 - Grand Oji Pioneer
The large, Panamanian flagged, bulk woodchip
carrier Grand Oji Pioneer arrived in Southampton today for 107 berth
in the Western Docks. She arrived from Santos, Brazil, but her voyage
started in San Lorenzo, Argentina. She brought in a cargo of Soya and is due
to depart on 26th July for Belfast. A
number of this type of ships have called at Southampton this year, all
discharging Soya, originally loaded in San Lorenzo.
Grand Oji Pioneer was built in 1997 in
Mizushima, Japan and is operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines of Japan. She has an
overall length of 195 metres and weighs in at 36,712 gross tons.
This is her second call at Southampton she
last arrived in October 2007, again from San Lorenzo, Argentina.
Grand Oji Pioneer arriving
at Southampton on 23rd July 2009.
Two views of the Celebrity
Equinox at the City Cruise Terminal, Southampton on 19th July 2009.
Two views of the Celebrity
Equinox departing Southampton on a taster cruise to Guernsey on 23rd July
...and departing on her
maiden cruise on 31st July to the Norwegian Fjords.
19th July 2009 - Another new cruise ship -
The latest new cruise ship arrived in
Southampton today on her delivery voyage from her builders. The Celebrity
Equinox arrived at dawn from Eemshaven, Netherlands, having been
completed at the Meyer Werft Shipyard at Papenburg, Germany, in June.
She will play host to the UK press and travel
industry over the next few days departing on a number of single night taster
cruises starting on the 23rd July.
She will be christened on 29th July by Nina
Barough - founder of the breast cancer charity "Walk the Walk".
Her first cruise for paying passengers will
be on 31st July when she departs for a 8 night Norwegian Fjords cruise,
returning to Southampton on 8th August. She will then depart for
Civitavecchia, Italy, which will be her home port for the rest of this year.
She is the second of five Solstice class
cruise ships to be built for Celebrity Cruises. The third ship, the Celebrity
Eclipse, currently under construction, will be based in Southampton next
Some measurements - she has an overall length
of 315 metres and weighs in at 117,200 gross tons. She has berths for 2,852
passengers in 1,426 cabins.
features on this vessel include a half acre of "live" grass on the
top deck forming the "Lawn Club", where passengers can enjoy
activities such as boules or a game of croquet. The vessel is also equipped
with 61 solar panels generating electricity to bring down the energy
consumption of the vessel.
19th July 2009 - Red Jet 5 arrives at
Red Funnel's new Red Jet 5 arrived at
Southampton today from her refit at Portsmouth. She will be christened at
Cowes, Isle of Wight on 21st July.
Although designed by FBM Marine in Cowes, she
was built at the Pequot River Shipworks in New London,
Connecticut, USA. She has a passenger capacity of 187 and is just under 33
metres in length. She is a near sistership to the Red Jet 3, but has an
extra open deck with seating aft of the bridge. It will be interesting to
see whether Red Funnel utilise this open area.
being built in 1999, and up to her sale to Red Funnel in 2009, she was owned
by the Bahamas Ferries Services Ltd, of Nassau, Bahamas and named Bo-Hengy.
For Bahamas Ferries she used to run a daily service between Nassau and
Harbour Island. She arrived in Southampton originally as deck cargo on the CEC
Meadow early in June 2009.
Red Jet 5 at Royal Pier,
Southampton on 19th July 2009.
Two views of Red Jet 5
departing from Royal Pier for engine trials on 23rd July 2009.
The Grand View arrives at Southampton on 18th July
18th July 2009 - Grand View arrives
The large bulk carrier Grand View
arrived in Southampton today. She arrived from Genoa and will load a cargo
of scrap at 109 berth in the Western Docks, before departing on 24th July.
The Grand View was built in 1994 at
the Daewoo Shipyard in Okpo, South Korea. She has an overall length of 190
metres and a gross tonnage of 26,818 tons.
She is owned by Honour Team Shipping of Hong
Kong, but managed by COSCO (Hong Kong) Shipping. She is Hong Kong flagged.
13th July 2009 - Another container crane
collapses at Southampton
this morning, another of the cranes at the container terminal at Southampton
collapsed whilst performing loading operations on the container ship NYK
Themis. The boom of the crane fell on to the container ship crushing a
number of containers. The crane operator we seriously injured in the
incident and flown by helicopter to hospital with life threatening injuries.
is the second crane at the terminal to have failed in recent times, on 20th
January 2008 a similar accident happened, which caused significant
disruption to the operation of the terminal for many months.
The NYK Themis is a new vessel
completed at the Hyundai Heavy Industries yard at Ulsan, South Korea in
October 2008. She has an overall length of 300 metres and weighs 76,928
tons. She arrived at Southampton 12th July from Hamburg. She is employed on
the EU1 Europe to Asia service calling at Amsterdam, Hamburg, Southampton,
Le Havre, Singapore, Kobe, Nagoya, Tokyo, and Shimizu.
NYK Themis on a previous visit to
Southampton on 24th November 2008.
HMAS Ballarat departed from
Portsmouth on 30th June...
...followed by HMAS Sydney.
30th June 2009 - Australian warships depart
The two Australian warships, FFG03
HMAS Sydney and FFH155 HMAS Ballarat which arrived in Portsmouth
on 26th June, departed today on a trip across the Atlantic to St. John's and
Halifax, Canada and then on to New York on 20th July.
The two vessels are involved in Northern
Trident 09, a six month deployment that sees them circumnavigating the
globe, visiting several ports in Asia, Western Europe and North America.
HMAS Sydney is an Adelaide Class
Guided Missile Frigate, one of 6 currently in the Royal Australian Navy. She
was commissioned in 1983, but extensively upgraded recently.
HMAS Ballarat is an Anzac class Guided
Missile Frigate, commissioned in 2004. There are eight ships of this class
in the Australian Navy.
20th June 2009 - FastCat Shanklin Aground
The Portsmouth to Ryde fast ferry FastCat
Shanklin ran aground today at about 18:00, whilst on a voyage from
Portsmouth to Ryde. There were 65 passengers on board at the time and the
ferry was taking a course to avoid some of the 1,700 yachts taking part in
the Round the Island yacht race, when she ran aground on Ryde Sands. She was
successfully refloated at 19:35 with no damage and continued her
16th June 2009 - It's vehicle
carrier day at Southampton!
The vehicle carrier Tagus
(built 1985, 48,357grt) operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen arrived in
Southampton Water on 15th June and was laid up on the Afterbarn Mooring
Buoy, near the Hamble Oil Terminal. She arrived from Galveston, USA and had
recently been trading between Brazil and other countries in Central
and South America. According to the VTS website she is due to stay in
Southampton Water until 30th June.
The vehicle carrier Atlas
Highway, (built 1987, 45,742grt) operated by "K" Line, also
arrived in Southampton today from the Nab anchorage where she had been
moored since 19th May. She is not due to leave Southampton until 19th June,
bound for Emden. When photographed today she did not appear to be
working any cargo.
The Southern Highway
(built 2008, 39,422grt) and the Sierra Nevada Highway (built 2007
44,364grt) are still in the Nab Anchorage. The Southern Highway has been
inactive in the Nab anchorage since 8th May. The Sierra Nevada Highway since
8th June, having arrived from Bremerhaven at Southampton on 7th June and
sailing from Southampton for the Nab Anchorage on 8th June.
Today there were NINE car
carriers in Southampton including the laid up vessels :
arrived from Valencia for 201 berth on 16th June and sailed on 17th June
arrived from Antwerp at 102 berth on 16th June and sailed on 16th June
Faust was at 46
berth, having arrived from Zeebrugge on 16th June. She departed on the
same day for Halifax.
Pacific Spirit was at
43 berth, having arrived on 16th June from Le Havre. She departed on the
same day for Santander.
Triumph and Tokyo
Car remain laid up at 40 berth. Their current departure date is 1st
August 2009. (Update 2nd November 2009 - both vessels departed today for
Atlas Highway was at
39 berth, having arrived from the Nab Anchorage as mentioned above. She
will sail on 19th June for Emden.
Morning Crown was at
34/35 berth having arrived on 16th June from Antwerp. She departed on
the same day for Djibouti.
Tagus was moored in
Southampton Water as mentioned above.
This must be a record!
Update 30th June - the
departure date of the laid up Tagus has been put back a month to the
30th July 2009.
Tagus laid up in
Southampton Water on 16th June.
Atlas Highway at 39 berth
on 16th June, having arrived from layup in the Nab Anchorage.
Grande Detroit arriving on
16th June from Valencia.
Atlas Highway at berth 39
on 16th June with Tokyo Car and Triumph laid up on 40 berth.
Tokyo Car and Triumph laid
up on 40 berth on 16th June, with Faust on 46 berth and Pacific Spirit on 43
Tokyo Car and Triumph at 40 berth on 22nd May.
Tokyo Car and Triumph at 40
berth on 16th June.
Our Lady Pamela in the
Solent on 14th December 2003...
...and departing from
Portsmouth on 8th April 2007.
Fastcat Ryde arriving at
Portsmouth on 16th March 2009.
Wight Light and Wight Sky
at Lymington on 7th February 2009, before their introduction.
The Cenred arriving at
Lymington on 7th February 2009, shortly before her withdrawl.
The St. Faith will have a
second car deck and be lengthened in 2009.
3rd June 2009 - Wightlink - Solent Ferry
Portsmouth to Ryde
Wightlink have reportedly sold their high
speed catamaran Our Lady Pamela which has been a familiar sight on
the Solent, operating the Portsmouth to Ryde service since their
introduction in the 1980's. She was built in 1986 by InCat of Hobart,
Australia. With a top speed of 29.4 knots, she was capable of crossing from
Portsmouth to Ryde in about 18 minutes.
She has been sold for scrap and is due to
leave Portsmouth within the next week. Her sistership Our Lady Patricia
was withdrawn from service in May 2006 and was subsequently scrapped.
Two new catamaran vessels are currently
being completed in a shipyard in Cebu in the Philippines to replace the
current vessels, the Fastcat Ryde and Fastcat Shanklin, on
this route. Named Wight Ryder I and Wight Ryder II, they
are due to leave Cebu in June, ready for a autumn introduction on the
Update 12th July 2008 - the Wight
Ryder I and Wight Ryder II have arrived at Portsmouth on the
general cargo ship BBC Georgia.
Lymington to Yarmouth
The last of the three new ferries to operate
the Lymington to Yarmouth service, the Wight Sun, arrived at
Lymington on 14th April from her builders in Croatia. All three ferries are
now in service.
The three previous ships to run this service,
the Cenred, Cenwulf and Caedmon remain laid up at
Husband's Shipyard in Southampton, having been reportedly sold to Danish
Portsmouth to Fishbourne
In order to increase capacity on this route,
the St. Faith and the St. Cecilia will be converted, to have a
fixed upper vehicle deck and will be lengthened by 12 metres. The capacity
of these ships will be increased by about 40%. This is due to take place
later this year.
The terminals at Portsmouth and Fishbourne
will also be reconfigured to allow loading of the upper vehicle deck.
Of the remaining vessels, St Helen or St
Catherine will be converted to a freight only vessel, the other one
being sold in spring 2010. St Catherine is currently laid up at Hythe,
18th May 2009 - Chelsea loses power
The Singapore registered LPG tanker Chelsea
lost engine power after departing from Fawley Oil Terminal at 13:00 today
whilst she was off Calshot Spit.
The tugs Thrax and Phenix came
to her rescue and escorted her out of the Solent after her engines were
re-started. Luckily she did not ground in the shallow water nearby.
The Chelsea had previously arrived at Fawley
from Mohammedia, Morocco and was departing for the same port at the time of
She is a new vessel having been completed in
2008 at the shipyard of K.K. Miura Zosensho at Saiki, Japan. She has an
overall length of 120 metres and is of 7,218 gross tons.
17th May 2009 - Amadea makes a call
The cruise ship Amadea called at
Southampton today - her only call at Southampton during 2009. She arrived
mid morning at the City Cruise Terminal, 101 berth, from Dublin and departed
in the evening for Hamburg.
She was built in 1991 at the Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries shipyard in Nagasaki as the Asuka for Nippon Yusen Kaisha
(NYK) Line. She was sold by NYK in 2006 to Amadea Shipping Ltd., Bahamas and
became the Amadea flying the flag of the Bahamas. She is operated by
Phoenix Reisen of Germany.
Amadea is 190 metres in length and is of 28,856
gross tons. She has a passenger capacity of 584.
Amadea at the City Cruise
Terminal on a blustery 17th May 2009.
Oceana at Ocean Terminal on
9th May 2009.
9th May 2009 - Ocean Terminal
The new cruise terminal, Ocean Terminal, at
berth 46 in the Eastern Docks opened for business today.
P&O's cruise ship Oceana was the
first vessel to use the berth, before she set sail for a Norwegian Fjords
cruise, with the first port of call Stavanger. However, it was a low key
event, designed to be a dry run for the official opening ceremony later this
The official opening ceremony of the £19m
facility will, however not take place until 29th May when P&O's Ventura
will set sail from the berth.
9th May 2009 - Red Jet 1 and Red Jet 2
Red Jet 1 and Red Jet 2 have
been sold to a company called Caspian
Mainport. They have been imaginatively renamed CM Jet 1 and CM
Jet 2 respectively. At the moment they are moored by the vehicle ferry
terminal at Royal Pier, being prepared for their new owners. They have both
been registered in Aktau, a port in Kazakhstan in the Caspian Sea.
Caspian Mainport is an Irish company mainly
engaged in the servicing of the offshore oil industry. It has offices in
Aktau, Kazakhstan concentrating in the oil production and exploration taking
place in the Caspian Sea. Presumably the CM Jet 1 and CM Jet 2
will be used in this operation - very different to their current role.
The Red Jet 1 and Red Jet 2 were
both built by FMB Marine in Cowes, in 1991.
In addition Red Funnel have purchased a new
190 seat high speed ferry to replace the Red Jet 1 and Red Jet 2.
This vessel is due to enter service in July of this year. The new vessel is
38 metres long. It was designed by FBM Marine in Cowes but built in The
United States in 1999.
Update 14th May 2009 : The newly
renamed CM Jet 1 and CM Jet 2 departed from Southampton today
as deck cargo on the low air draught vessel La Rochelle, built in
1991, and of 2691 gross tons. This vessel used to be a familiar sight in the
continental ports as Cast Salmon. The vessel departed from
Southampton on 14th May with a destination of St. Petersburg. Presumably the
vessel will make her way through the inland waterway system in Russia to the
Caspian Sea which it is presumed will be the new area of operation for the
ex Red Jet vessels.
Red Jet 1 off Town Quay on 2nd March 2009.
Red Jet 2 in the Solent on 29th April 2006.
newly renamed CM Jet 1 alongside CM Jet 2 at Royal Pier on 9th May 2009.
Triumph and Tokyo Car laid
up at berth 40 on 9th May 2009.
9th May 2009 - Laid up car carriers.
Two car carriers have arrived in the Eastern
Docks, Southampton in order to be laid up.
The Triumph arrived on 6th May at
berth 40 in the Eastern Docks from Zeebrugge. She is a new vessel built in
China at the Xiamen Shipbuliding Company of Xiamen. She was completed in May
2008, is of 46,800 gross tons and 182 metres overall length. She is operated
by Zodiac Maritime Agencies, flying the British flag. The same company
operated the bulk carriers which were laid up in Southampton for a period
earlier this year.
The Tokyo Car arrived in Southampton
on 8th May, also at berth 40 and berthed alongside the Triumph. Tokyo
Car is an identical sistership to the Triumph, having been
completed at the same shipyard in Xiamen, China in November 2008. She has
arrived at Southampton from Jacksonville, USA. She has the same tonnage,
46,800 gross tons, and 182 metres overall length as the Triumph and is also
operated by Zodiac Maritime Agencies, again flying the British flag.
Both vessels have a departure date of 1st
August 2009, according to the VTS website.
Update : 2nd November 2009 - both
vessels departed today from Southampton with a destination of Brixham.
5th May 2009 - Saga Sisters
The two sisterships Saga Rose and Saga
Ruby were in port together today the last time both will be in
Southampton together - as the Saga Rose is due to be retired at the end of
The Saga Rose arrived at
berth 101 from Vigo whilst the Saga Ruby had arrived at 106 berth from
Both departed slightly after
their advertised time of 17:00, the Saga Rose first, bound for Funchal and
then the Saga Ruby for a "Mystery Cruise".
Saga Rose was originally built in 1965 as the Sagafjord,
becoming the Gripsholm in 1996 and then the Saga Rose in 1997.
Saga Ruby was built as the Vistafjord in 1973, becoming the Caronia
under Cunard in 1999 until 2003 when she was sold to Saga to become the Saga
Saga Rose will be retired at the end of this year. Her final departures from
Southampton will be on 30th October and 6th December. Who knows what the
future holds for her....
The Saga Rose departing
from Southampton on 5th May...
....followed by the Saga
The Voyager of the Seas at
berth 101 on the 3rd May 2009...
...and departing from
Southampton bound for Hamburg.
3rd May 2009 - Voyager of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International's cruise ship
Voyager of the Seas made a short call at Southampton today berthing at the
City Cruise Terminal, berth 101, early in the morning and leaving at noon.
She arrived from Cherbourg and departed for Hamburg, for a short refit. She
is due back in Southampton for her second and final call of 2009 on 13th May
after her refit is complete.
She was built in 1999 at the STX yard at
Turku, Finland and 137,276 gross tons and a length of 275 metres. She
has accommodation for 3,840 passengers.
She is not a regular caller to Southampton,
in the summer of 2008 she was based in the Mediterranean cruising out of
Nice, Barcelona and various Italian ports. In the winter she cruises in the
Caribbean and Mexico.
28th April 2009 - Vestas to close Isle of
Wind turbine blade
manufacturer Vestas is to close it's manufacturing facility at Newport on
the Isle of Wight due to a decrease in orders.
will mean the self propelled barges MTB Blade Runner One and MTB Blade
Runner Two, which ferry the completed blades from Cowes to the Eastern Docks
in Southampton, will be surplus to requirements.
the various general cargo ships which called at Empress Dock to export the
blades around the world will, of course, be a thing of the past.
18th April 2009 - Container Ship
The new container ship CMA CGM Andromeda
arrived at Southampton today on her maiden voyage from the Far East -
breaking the record for the largest capacity container vessel to visit the
port. She has an overall length of 363
metres and weighs in at 131,332 gross tons, with a capacity to carry 11,400
She arrived from Xingang,
Shanghai, Hong Kong, Yantian and Port Klang via the Suez Canal and is
employed on CMA CGM's FAL (French Asia Line) service.
vessel departed on 19th April for Hamburg and then Rotterdam.
large new CMA CGM container ships will call later this year, including the CMA CGM Aquila
due in July.
CMA CGM Andromeda departing from Southampton
on 19th April.
(Photo by G Darling)
4th - 8th April 2009 - Portsmouth
The American aircraft carrier CVN 71 - USS Theodore Roosevelt and
the destroyer DDG 68 USS The Sullivans arrived on 4th April. The USS
The Sullivans berthed in Portsmouth Harbour and the USS Theodore Roosevelt
anchored in the Solent off Stokes Bay. They will both leave on 8th April.
Sullivans is an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, commissioned
in 1997. For more information use this link.
USS Theodore Roosevelt is a Nimitz class aircraft carrier, which was
commissioned in 1986. She has an overall length of 332.8 metres and is
powered by two Westinghouse nuclear reactors. She has recently been
supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, providing air support for forces in
Afghanistan and is on her way back to America with her escort USS The
Sullivans. For more information use this link
Arriving on 8th April
is the damaged Antarctic patrol vessel A171 HMS Endurance. She is
being transported back to Portsmouth having suffered flooding in her engine
room whilst off the coast of Chile on 17th December 2008. She is arriving on
the semi-submersible heavy load carrier Target owned by Dockwise of
the Netherlands. She will be floated off this vessel on Friday 10th and
towed into Portsmouth harbour where she will be repaired.
Endurance was built in 1990 in Norway as the commercial vessel Polar Circle.
She was chartered by the Navy and operated as HMS Polar Circle until the
Navy purchased her in 1992 and renamed her HMS Endurance.
The Belgian Reefer arriving
at Southampton on 5th April.
5th April 2009 - Belgian Reefer
The Belgian Reefer arrived in Southampton
today, from Las Palmas on the service normally operated by the three usual
callers Mogami Reefer, Nagato Reefer and Global Harvest.
She departed on the same day bound for
Rotterdam. Previously she had been trading between South and Central America
and ports in the Black Sea. Whether she will become a regular on the
service, remains to be seen.
She was built at the Hashihama Shipbuilding
yard at Tadotsu in Japan in 1983 and is of 12,383 grt and is operated by the
NYK Star Reefers Group.
4th April 2009 - Laid up Ferries
The three former Wightlink vessels from the
Lymington to Yarmouth route, the Caedmon, Cenwulf and Cenred are currently
laid up at Marchwood awaiting their fate.
There are unconfirmed reports that they have
been sold to Danish breakers so will no doubt be leaving Southampton soon.
They were all built in 1973 at the Henry Robb
shipyard in Dundee so have had a long life of 36 years.
Cenred and Caedmon at
Marchwood on 4th April.
Cenwulf also at Marchwood
on 4th April.
The Kingdom of Fife in
Southampton Water on 1st April.
The CPO Russia at Fawley on
1st April 2009 - Unusual Visitors
anchor handling tug / supply vessel Kingdom of Fife is spending the
week in Southampton, servicing the mooring buoys at Netley in
The Kingdom of Fife is owned by Briggs Marine
Contractors of Burntisland and was built at the Wadan Yard, Nikolayev, but
completed in Galatz, Romania in August 2008. She arrived in UK waters in
January this year.
Arriving at Fawley today was the nearly-new
tanker CPO Russia. She is of 23,353 gross tons and was completed at
the Hyundai yard at Ulsan, South Korea in September 2008. She flys the British flag, but is operated by Reederei Claus-Peter Offen in Germany.
She arrived at Fawley from Flushing, and is due to depart on 2nd April for
30th March 2009 - Aurora's Problematic World
Passengers on board
P&O's cruise ship Aurora for her 93 night world cruise, have formed a
protest committee, after five port calls were cancelled and only two ports
had been visited in 22 days.
The problems started when Aurora developed a
engine problem shortly after leaving Sydney, Australia. She was then delayed
in Auckland, New Zealand for five days whilst the problematic thrust bearing
The vessel then missed out calls at
Wellington, Napier, Bay of Islands, Moorea and Tahiti in order to make up
the lost time. P&O will compensate the passengers for the missed
The Aurora is due back in Southampton from
the world cruise on 13th April.
Aurora departing from
Southampton on 19th May 2007.
28th March 2009 - Maersk to switch service to
A bit of a blow to Southampton based shipping
enthusiasts - Maersk Line are to switch their AE1 Westbound (Asia to Europe)
weekly service to call at Felixstowe instead of Southampton from the 2nd
However, looking at the sailing schedules on Maerskline.com
it is still showing the AE21 Asia to Europe service calling at Southampton.
Humber Star moored at Weston Jetty in happier
times on 2nd June 2007.
On the slipway at Marchwood on 4th April 2009
having been raised on 27th March.
20th March 2009 - Humber Star Sinks!
The Humber Star has partially sunk at her
jetty at Woolston at the mouth of the River Itchen, at 04:00 this morning.
There was no-one on the vessel at the time of the incident.
The Humber Star has been a familiar sight in
Southampton for many years and regularly ferries effluent between Slowhill
Copse and the jetty at Weston in the River Itchen.
The vessel was carrying approximately 400
tons of treated sewage and a quantity of diesel at the time of the sinking
and efforts are underway to minimise any pollution of Southampton Water. The
vessel was working for Southern Water at the time of the incident and is
owned by Oran Environmental Services.
The Humber Star was built in 1969 at the yard
of John Harker in Hull and was the Wade Stone until being renamed Humber
Star in 1988.
Update : 27th March - the Southampton
floating crane Canute was involved in the salvage of the Humber Star at
Weston Jetty today and the Humber Star is now on the slipway at Marchwood.
It has been reported that the Humber Star
will be scrapped.
19th March 2009 - New Vessels in Port
Wallenius Wilhelmsen's new
vehicle carrier Tijuca made her maiden call at berths 34/35 in
She was completed at the Daewoo
Shipyard in Okpo, South Korea in December 2008.
With an overall length of 228
metres, she weighs in at 71,673 gross tons.
She arrived at Southampton from
Bremerhaven, having previously visited Japan, the East Coast of America, the
Panama Canal, the West Coast of America and ports in Europe on her maiden
voyage from her builders.
She departed from Southampton on
19th March bound for Le Havre.
The large 2008 built container
ship Maersk Tukang arrived at Southampton Container Port today. It
was her first call at Southampton.
measures 332 metres in overall length and is of 94,193 gross tons. She was built at the same
shipyard as the Tijuca - the Daewoo yard at Okpo, South Korea.
The vessel arrived at 206 berth from
Valencia and is due to depart on 20th March for Gothenburg.
The Tijuca at berth 34/35, Eastern Docks on
Two views of the Maersk Tukang arriving at
Southampton on 19th March.
18th March 2009 - New Ferry Route -
Portsmouth to Santander
Ferries kicked off it's new Portsmouth to Santander service today with their vessel Pont-Aven.
The 184 metre vessel has berths for 2,300 passengers.
ferry will make one return journey per week, departing from Portsmouth on either 11:00
on a Wednesday or 17:00 on a Tuesday.
16th March 2009 - Portsmouth Naval Departures
two French Naval ships, the FS Tourville (D610) and FS Flamant
(P676) departed from Portsmouth on a rather misty morning. The FS Tourville had previously
arrived at Portsmouth on 12th March.
FS Tourville is a member of the F67 class of large anti-submarine
destroyers. There were originally three members of the class, the D610
Tourville, D611 Duguay-Trouin and D612 De Grasse. However the D611 was
decommisioned in 1999. The D610 Tourville was laid down in 1970 and
commissioned in 1975. She looks well kept despite her being in service for
Flamant, is the name ship of her class, consisting of three vessels, the
Flamant (P676), Cormoran (P677) and Fluvier (P678). They are small patrol
vessels, mainly engaged in fishery protection duties and were commissioned
in 1996 to 1997.
addition the Royal Navy's newest, HMS Daring (D32) departed shortly
after the two French ships.
Flamant departing from Portsmouth on a misty 16th March.
Tourville followed the FS Flamant out of the harbour.
Daring followed the French ships out of the harbour. Her modern lines
presented a stark contrast to the older style FS Tourville.
Western Highway at
berth 40 on 31st October 2008 on the North Atlantic Shuttle Service.
12th March 2009 - Inactive vehicle carriers
The Nab anchorage again plays host to
inactive vehicle carriers.
The K-line car carrier Western Highway
(2007 built / 39422grt) arrived on 19th February from Bremerhaven and is
Also belonging to K-line, the Southern
Highway (2008 built / 39422 grt) arrived on 6th March from Bremerhaven
and remains in the anchorage.
The reason for these inactive vessels is that
K-line has suspended it's weekly Bremerhaven - Southampton - Baltimore -
Charleston (North Atlantic Shuttle) service. Presumably due to the current
economic conditions. This service was operated by the Sierra Nevada Highway,
Western Highway, Southern Highway and Caribbean Highway. The last vessel to
perform this service will be the Sierra Nevada Highway departing from
Southampton on 10th April. See their schedule
Their sistership Eastern Highway (2006 built /
39422 grt) was also at the anchorage from 19th February, but recently
departed on 10th March bound for Antwerp and Emden - presumably she has
found further employment. She has recently been employed on a service
linking several Japanese ports (Yokohama, Nagoya and Toyohashi) with ports
in South America (Corinto in Nicaragua, Acajutla in El Salvador, Puerto
Quetzal in Guatemala, Caldera in Costa Rica and Buenaventura in Colombia).
25th February 2009 - Collision at Fawley
There was a collision at around 11am today at
Fawley. The tanker Vallermosa (built 2003, 25,063 gross tons) which was
arriving at the BP Jetty at Hamble was in collision with the tankers Navion
Fennia (built 1992, 95,195 gross tons) and BW Orinoco (built 2007, 76,580
gross tons). The Navion Fennia was at berth 5 at Fawley and the BW Orinoco
was at berth 4. There was a small oil spillage, but there were no injuries.
After discharge the Navion Fennia was moved
to berth 101 in the Western Docks, Southampton, on the 26th February,
presumably for repairs to be made to her damaged stern. She departed for Mongstad, Norway
on 1st March.
The Vallermosa was berthed at the BP Jetty with damage to her bow visible.
She departed on 27th February.
The BW Orinoco was subsequently anchored in
the Solent, but arrived back at Fawley to finish her cargo operations and
finally departed on 2nd March. She subsequently arrived at the Shipdock
shipyard in Amsterdam for repairs.
enquiry will take place to determine the reasons for the collision in the
Navion Fennia at berth 101
in the Western Docks after the collision.
Vallermosa at BP Hamble,
after the collision on 26th February.
The damaged bow of the
All above photos by G. Darling.
BW Orinoco at Fawley on 2nd March showing her damaged stern.
Cenred at Lymington on 7th
Cenwulf at Lymington during
her last month in service on 7th Febraury 2009.
The new Wight Light and
Wight Sky berthed in Lymington on 7th February 2009 before entering service.
25th February 2009 - Wightlink New Ferries in
Finally, Wightlink have brought the new
ferries Wight Light and Wight Sky into service on the
Lymington to Yarmouth route.
The two existing ferries on the service, the Cenred
and the Cenwulf are now laid up. With the third vessel Caedmon laid
up in Southampton.
The new ferries have been brought into
service despite opposition from local environmental groups and Lymington
Harbour Commissioners who maintain that the wash from the larger ferries
will cause damage to the mudflats of the Lymington River.
Wightlink maintain that all environmental
concerns have been resolved, but that is not the view of the Lymington
It was inevitable that they would be put into
service despite the opposition since the passenger certificates of the
existing ferries expire shortly.
The ferries which were delivered to Wightlink
in late 2008 have been lying out of use at Lymington since their arrival
from builders in Croatia. The third ship of the class, the Wight Sun
is on her way from the builders in Croatia.
12th February 2009 - Arrivals and Departures.
HNLMS Evertsen, (F805) the fourth of the De
Zeven Provincien class frigates built for the Netherlands Navy arrived at
berth 106, Southampton today. She was launched in April 2003 at the Schelde
Groep Shipyard at Vlissingen, and commissioned in June 2005. She is due to
be in Southampton until 16th February.
The bulk carrier Waterford, which has been
laid up at 101 berth since 5th December 2008 finally sailed today for Ponta
do Ubu, Brazil.
HNLMS Evertsen arriving on
Waterford, departing on
12th February for Brazil.
The Liverpool Express at
berth 38/39 on 10th Feb.
10th February 2009 - The cruise ship, Liverpool Express!
The Hapag-Lloyd containership Liverpool
Express, built in 2002 and 49,002 gross tons, is currently berthed at 38/39
berth in the Eastern Docks. This is the "QE2" berth normally used
for cruise ships.
She is berthed there as she currently has
engine problems and is awaiting a new cylinder to be flown in from
Singapore. She sailed on 12th Feb for New
January 2009 - The economic downturn hits
The economic downturn is being felt at the
Port of Southampton, in common with other ports around the world.
- With demand for new cars falling, the
vehicle trade has suffered. Honda is to stop production at it's Swindon
plant for two months and production has been cut at the Ford Transit
plant locally in Southampton. The docks multi storey car compounds are
full of cars which the car manufacturers are unable to sell. Calls of
vehicle carriers have dropped in recent months and several are anchored
off the coast of the UK inactive.
- It has been reported in the media that
container volumes at Southampton Container Terminal are down 10% in 2008
compared with 2007. The volumes have been hit due to the slowdown in
trade between Europe and the Far East. Expansion plans for the container
terminal at Southampton, where it was planned to take over part of the
vehicle exporting area at 202 and 201 berths are now in question.
- The "Grand Alliance" of
container shippers Hapag-Lloyd, MISC, OOCL and NYK have announced the
temporary suspension of the EU5 container service which made weekly
calls at Southampton. The EU5 service connected Europe and Asia and
employed eight vessels, calling at Shanghai, Ningbo, Ziamen, Singapore,
Amsterdam, Hamburg, Southampton and back to the Far East to Singapore
and Shanghai, with the rotation taking 56 days. It is hoped to resume
this service in June. the service had recently been operated by vessels
such as the Copenhagen Express, OOCL Faith, Conti Singa, Wan Hai 605,
Bunga Pelangi Dua, MISC Merloin and Meta.
- On a brighter note, on 15th December,
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) returned to the port with their South China
Express Service. Although MOL ships have been calling at Southampton as
part of the New World Alliance, this marks a return for an exclusive MOL
operated service. The MOL Cosmos arrived at Southampton on 15th December
to start off the service. The European ports of call on this service
include Zeebrugge, Hamburg and Rotterdam and the ports served in the Far
East include Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Singapore and
Colombo. Other vessels on the service include MOL Competence, MOL
Creation and MOL Celebration.
The MISC Merlion departing
from Southampton on the 22nd November 2008. She was employed on the now
suspended EU5 Grand Alliance service.
The MOL Competence at
Southampton on 29th January on the new South China Express Service.
28th January 2009 - HMS Daring arrives at
The new destroyer HMS
Daring arrived in Portsmouth today. Hundreds of onlookers welcomed the new
ship as she arrived in the harbour shrouded in fog. A flypast of a Typhoon
aircraft could not be seen due to the fog and low cloud.
15 gun salute was fired by HMS Daring as she arrived at the harbour, followed by
a 7 gun salute, in reply, fired from Fort Blockhouse, Gosport.
Daring is the first of the new Type 45 destroyers to be completed for the
Royal Navy and will spend much of this year at Portsmouth preparing her
systems for operation. The second of the class, HMS Dauntless has already
undertaken sea trials.
about HMS Daring
Sinegorsk in No.7 Dry Dock, Southampton - note the barge of timber
19th January 2009 - Timber ship in trouble
Russian flagged vessel Sinegorsk lost most of it's deck cargo of
1,500 tons of timber whilst in the English Channel, 14 miles off Newhaven
this morning. She was on a voyage from Oskarshamn in Sweden, to Alexandria,
Egypt. The 1991 built vessel is of 7,095 grt and has an overall length of
132 metres. She is operated by the Russian based Far Eastern Shipping
is not in any danger and having spent a few hours in the Nab Anchorage, is
now due to arrive at 106 berth, in the Western Docks, Southampton, this
evening. Presumably this is to allow her remaining deck cargo to be
The timber, meanwhile, is
heading for the area around Dungeness in Kent.
is exactly a year ago that the Ice Prince sank off the Dorset coast and
deposited it's cargo of timber into the Channel. Eventually most of the
timber from the Ice Prince washed up on the beach at Worthing.
Update 23rd January - she is currently due to
depart from Southampton on 27th January for her original destination,
Update 29th January - her departure
date from Southampton has been put back to 5th February. She is still in
No.7 Dry Dock, with a pile of wood on a barge alongside her which looks to
have fallen off her deck onto the barge.
Update 18th February - she finally
departed from No.7 Dry dock today, bound for Alexandria.
17th January 2009 - Red Funnel, Yellow
The Red Funnel ferry Red
Osprey, currently undergoing her winter overhaul in Empress Dock,
Southampton, is sporting an "interesting" new colour scheme.
this is to coincide with the opening of the new IKEA store in Southampton.
Red Osprey's hideous new
The Domina loading grain at
15th January 2009 - Large grain shipment
large Hong Kong flagged bulk carrier Domina arrived at berth 36, Eastern
Docks, Southampton today in order to load a cargo of grain. This is by far
the largest bulk carrier to call at the grain berth so far this year.
Domina is operated by the Canadian company Oak Maritime Inc. and was
launched at Shanghai in 2007. Her overall length is 225 metres and she is
She sailed on 23rd January
for Port Said Roads.
12th January 2009 - Nab anchorage now a
A further sign of the
tough economic times, three K Line vehicle carriers have been inactive in
the Nab Anchorage area for quite a while...
2007 built, 44364grt, Sierra Nevada Highway arrived in the Nab Anchorage on
20th December from Bremerhaven. Her AIS signal is not showing a next
The 1987 built,
45783grt Triton Highway arrived from Zeebrugge in an area South of Selsey
Bill, a few miles from the Nab Anchorage, on 25th December. Her AIS signal
is currently showing her next destination as Zeebrugge with an ETA of 22nd
The 2007 built, 39422grt
Western Highway arrived from Bremerhaven in the Nab Anchorage on 25th
December. Her AIS signal shows her next ETA as 21st January, but no
Update 14th Jan - the Sierra Nevada Highway
departed the Nab anchorage on 13th January, for Bremerhaven, arrived in
Southampton on 16th January and then departed the same day bound for
Update 23rd January -
The Triton Highway is still anchored off
The Western Highway
departed from the Nab Anchorage around 20th January for Bremerhaven. She
arrived in Southampton on 23rd January from Bremerhaven and departed from
Southampton on 23rd for Charleston and Baltimore.
Sierra Nevada Highway, having departed from Southampton on 16th January,
then spent several days anchored off Brixham before departing on 21st
January for Charleston, South Carolina.
Update 25th January -
what? The Western Highway is now anchored off Brixham, having departed from
Southampton for Baltimore on 23rd January. Same thing that happened to the
Sierra Nevada Highway!
Triton Highway arriving in
Southampton on 28th February 2008 in busier times.
Sierra Nevada Highway at
berth 40 on 24th October 2008.
...and Western Highway at
berth 40 on 31st October 2008.
Saga Rose at Southampton in
5th January 2009 - Saga Rose breaks a record
The Saga Rose departed from berth 39,
Eastern Docks, Southampton, today, on her 44th world cruise - first call
Funchal. The cruise will last for 104 nights and finish in Southampton on
20th April. She leads the field for the number of world cruises completed,
with the QE2 having completed 25 world cruises before her retirement this
As well as the Saga
Rose, her running mate the Saga Ruby was also in port and as they
both left at 21:30 a firework display was organised off their berth.
Saga Rose was launched as the Sagafjord in 1965, before briefly becoming the
Gripsholm in 1996 and then the Saga Rose in 1997.
this beautiful vessel will be retired later this year as she does not meet
the Solas 2010 safety requirements and will be too costly to upgrade. Rumour is that she will be turned into a
floating hotel, but where that will be has not yet been confirmed.
4th January 2009 - Huelin-Renouf starts it's
Huelin-Renouf Shipping, who provide a regular
freight service from the mainland to the Channel Isles, today started it's
service from Southampton. The service was formerly based in Portsmouth, but
has now been moved to Southampton after a 25 year deal was signed with ABP
Southampton earlier this year.
The service is based at berth 44/45
Ocean Dock, Southampton, which has been equipped with two Gottwald 64 tonne mobile harbour cranes.
As well as the move of base, a new ship is
under construction at the NesseWerft shipyard in Leer, Germany for delivery
early in 2009. The Huelin Dispatch, the existing ship, has already been sold
and departed from Portsmouth for Rotterdam on 28th December.
The Maltese flagged vessel Soul Sound, a
sister vessel of the Huelin Dispatch, has been chartered as an interim
measure and departed today for Jersey on her first voyage for Huelin-Renouf.
Soul Sound at the new
Huelin-Renouf berth in Ocean Dock on 6th January 2009.
The Soul Sound departing
from Southampton on 5th April 2009.
Broadgate inward bound at
Calshot for layup at Southampton.
19th December 2008 - Another one for lay-up
third Zodiac Maritime operated bulk carrier arrived in Southampton today
for lay-up. She is the Liberian flagged Broadgate, built in
Shiogama, Japan in 1984. She has an overall length of 176m and 20,986
She arrived from Lyme Bay where she was
anchored for a few days after departing from Rotterdam on 12th December.
She is at berth 47, Eastern Docks and her current departure date is set at
1st March 2009.
5th December 2008 - Unusual Visitors II
Two more unusual visitors to Southampton Docks arrived today...
Another large bulk carrier arrived at 101 berth, Western Docks today.
She is the Bermudan flagged Waterford, not quite as large as the
Atlantic Bridge, previously at this berth (see below), but still a
considerable 77,113 gross tons, and 270 meters overall length. The
launched in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1990. She is operated by Zodiac Maritime,
the same operators as the laid up Morning Cloud on berth 46 (see below).
She arrived from Lyme Bay, her previous commercial voyage being from
Ponta da Madeira, Brazil to Rotterdam. It appears she will be laid up as she is not due to sail until 30th
Update 11th Feb - The Waterford is
now due to sail on 12th February for Brazil.
2. HMS Trafalgar
The nuclear powered submarine HMS Trafalgar sailed into Southampton
today much to the consternation of local environmental groups. She berthed
at 38/39 berth, Eastern Docks and is on a courtesy visit to Southampton.
She was berthed by two mod Serco-Denholm tugs, Powerful and SD Bustler
which had sailed around from Portsmouth and escorted the submarine up
The submarine will be in port for five days hosting visits by local
scouts, colleges and cadets. Potassium Iodate tablets have been handed out
to schools and residents within a 2km zone around the Eastern Docks in
case of an emergency occurring.
Waterford catching the winter sunshine
in the Solent...
...off Calshot, bound for
..approaching the turn at Calshot
Waterford at her layup
berth in Southampton on 6th January 2009.
HMS Trafalgar arriving at berth 38/39
assisted by tugs Powerful and SD Bustler.
At 38/39 berth later in the day.
Southampton on 10th December.
The bulk carrier Atlantic Bridge at
101 berth, Western Docks.
Margaret Hill - the first visit of an
LNG carrier to Southampton?
Morning Cloud inward bound in
Southampton Water, for 46 berth...
...she arrived on a wet and grey 28th November,
and is not due to sail until 30th April 2009!
November 2008 - Unusual Visitors
Late November has seen a number of unusual ships arriving at
1. Atlantic Bridge
The large Panamanian flag bulk carrier Atlantic Bridge, built in 2005
at Imari, Japan and of 89588 gross tons arrived at 101 berth on the
evening of 23rd November. She measures 287 metres overall length and has a 45 metre beam. By far the largest bulk carrier to visit
Southampton for a long time, she arrived from Falmouth. She departed on
30th November for a short stopover in Lyme Bay and then on to Tubarao,
2. Margaret Hill
An LNG tanker in Southampton Docks! The Margaret Hill arrived at 202
berth, Western Docks on 24th November. She is a veteran of 1974 having
been launched at Moss in Norway as the LNG Challenger. She has had a
string of names, most recently she was the Hoegh Galleon until her sale in
2007 to Maverick LNG Holdings who renamed her Margaret Hill.
Previous to her arrival in Southampton, she had been laid up at Ferrol
in Spain. Maverick LNG Holdings plan to turn her into a floating LNG
plant, which means she will perform offshore gas liquefaction directly
from the wellhead or offshore production facility. She is planned to be
converted by 2010 and will be the first LNG vessel in the world to be
converted for this type of work.
Presumably she is in Southampton for some of this work to take place as
she is not scheduled to leave until September 2009.
3. Morning Cloud
The Liberian flag bulk carrier Morning Cloud arrived on 28th November
at berth 46, Eastern Docks. She is a large vessel of 36,303 gross tons, and
229 metres overall length, launched in 1983 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
She arrived at Southampton from Rotterdam via Lyme Bay. The unusual
thing about this vessel is that she is not due to depart from Southampton
until 30th April 2009 - so will spend some months in Southampton laid
Update 10th March 2009 - the Morning
Cloud has departed today for Trombetas which is in the Amazon,
22nd November 2008 - Plane Spotting on the Solent!
An unusual visitor to Marchwood Military Port this week was HMS
Illustrious. She departed on 22nd November for Portsmouth and was sporting
an unusual deck cargo - a Lockheed Martin F35 Joint Strike Fighter
The F35 JSF that the Royal Navy will be using is not yet in service and
is still under development. The F35 on the deck of the Illustrious is a mock up of the
final version of the aeroplane, which has been on show at various airshows
and Navy Days this year.
HMS Illustrious outbound on 22nd November from Marchwood,
bound for Portsmouth.
You can see the F35 at the stern on her flight deck.
close up of the F35 on Illustrious's deck.
QE2 departing from Gibraltar, bound
for Vigo on her last cruise on 8th November 2008.
The QE2 at berth 38/39, Eastern Docks,
Southampton for the last time on 11th November 2008, shortly before
departing during a firework display off Mayflower Park....
...farewell grand old lady.
11th November 2008 - Farewell to the QE2.
Early in the morning on the 11th November the QE2 arrived back at
Southampton from her final cruise ready for her one way voyage to Dubai
In high winds, she grounded on a sandbank at West Brambles off Calshot
on her final approach to Southampton. She was quickly refloated by five
tugs from Southampton on a rising tide and continued her journey to
Southampton escorted by the local tugs.
During the day the Duke of Edinburgh visited the ship and she was
showered by poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day at 11:00. RFA Mounts
Bay and three patrol vessels also sailed past her paying their
respects at 13:30.
Her hull was inspected by divers during the day to ensure the she was
not damaged after her grounding. Happily she was given a clean bill of
health for her final voyage.
Her final departure to Dubai was at 19:15 that night amid a firework
display off Mayflower Park. By this time thousands of onlookers had lined
Southampton harbour and hundreds of local pleasure craft had gathered
around the great liner as she was eased off her berth and towed stern
first to Mayflower Park for the firework send-off.
Once the fireworks were over she slowly steamed out of the harbour for
the final time escorted by many local craft packed with onlookers.
Her final voyage to Dubai will take in Lisbon, Gibraltar, Civitavecchia,
Naples, Valletta, Port Said and the Suez Canal, before arriving in Dubai
on 27th November.
Southampton will not be the same without this icon of British maritime
history. We wish her a safe and long retirement in Dubai.
26th September 2008 - The new "Ocean Terminal"
The new cruise terminal, being constructed in Ocean Dock is the be named
"Ocean Terminal" after the famous passenger terminal that once
stood on the opposite side of Ocean Dock - where the famous liners of the
past called during the last century.
The £19m terminal, whose construction has already started following the
signing of an agreement earlier this year with Carnival UK, will be the base
for many of the largest cruise ships calling at Southampton next year.
The terminal is due to open in May 2009. P&O's Ventura will be
the first vessel to sail from the new terminal.
27/28th June 2008 - Holland America Line's Eurodam debuts in
Holland America Line's latest cruise ship arrived at berth 104, Western
Docks, Southampton on 27th June, straight from her builders, Fincantieri
She was on a courtesy visit to Southampton, before departing on 28th
June for her home port, Rotterdam.
Eurodam has a gross tonnage of 86,500 tons and an overall length of 285
metres. She is powered by two azipods with a top speed of 23.9 knots. She
has berths for 2044 passengers.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will name the Eurodam at a ceremony in
Rotterdam on 1st July.
Eurodam at berth 104, Western Docks on
Rounding Calshot after her departure
for Rotterdam on 28th June.
11th June 2008 - Deal with Huelin-Renouf
ABP Southampton have signed a £6m deal with Huelin-Renouf Shipping to
move it's base supplying freight to the Channel Islands from Portsmouth to a
new purpose built facility at berth 45, Eastern Docks, Southampton. Two new
Gottwald 64 tonne mobile harbour cranes will be installed at the berth.
The deal will span 25 years and cover three calls a week. The company's
existing vessel Huelin Dispatch will also be replaced later this year by a
new purpose-built vessel, capable of carrying 148 containers.
Independence of the Seas at the City
Cruise Terminal on 26th April 2008.
Independence of the Seas dwarfs the
other vessels in Western Docks including the QE2 on 26th April.
Another view of the Independence of
the Seas at the City Cruise Terminal.
bound in Southampton Water on 28th June 2008.
25th April 2008 - The arrival of the Independence of the Seas
Holding the title of the largest cruise ship in the world, the brand new
Royal Caribbean vessel, Independence of the Seas arrived in Southampton on
25th April. She shares the title with her two sisterships Liberty of the
Seas and Freedom of the Seas.
The vessel weighs in at 158,000 gross tons and is 339 meters long and
arrived at Southampton from her builders Kvaerner Masa Yards at Turku in
The vessel will be based in Southampton for the coming 2008 cruising
She will depart on a short shakedown cruise on 28th April before
returning for her official naming ceremony on 30th April. She will be
named by Elizabeth Hall, a member of the British public who was selected
from over 1,700 nominations for the role. Elizabeth is a founder of the
Gamelea Countryside Training Trust which helps disadvantaged and disabled children.
The vessel has berths for 3634 passengers who will be able to take
advantage of facilities including a full size boxing ring, surf simulator
and a rock climbing wall.
22nd April 2008 - Meeting of the three Queens
Tuesday 22nd April was a day to remember in Southampton. For the first
and last time the Queen Elizabeth 2, Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria
met in their home port. Hundreds of spectators had made their way to the
waterfront to witness the important event.
The Queen Victoria was berthed at the City Cruise Terminal and the
Queen Elizabeth 2 was at 105 berth, Western Docks. Queen Mary 2 was at
berth 38/39 in the Eastern Docks.
The Queen Mary 2 on her departure from 38/39 berth, steamed up past the
Queen Elizabeth 2 to turn around in the upper swinging ground. She then
made her way down past both the Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Victoria
before departing for a transatlantic crossing. Ships horns were sounded as
they passed each other.
The Queen Victoria later departed on a cruise to Funchal.
The Queen Elizabeth 2 was in port for a minor refit before her cruising
season for 2008. The day was extra special as it was the anniversary of
her entering service with Cunard 39 years ago.
10th April 2008 - Call of the Summit
An unusual visitor to Southampton today was Celebrity Cruises vessel
Summit. This vessel is normally to be found cruising in the Caribbean. She
made a brief call at Southampton, arriving at Southampton in the early
hours of the morning and departing at 10:30 for a refit at Hamburg.
She is due to make a return call to Southampton on 29th April on her
way back to her normal cruising area.
She was built in 2001 at Chantiers de L'Atlantique, St. Nazaire,
France, has a gross tonnage of 90,280 tons and an overall length of 294
metres. she has berths for 2,449 passengers.
Summit departing from Southampton on
10th April 2008.
(Photo by Graham Darling)
6th April 2008 - The debut of the Ventura
P&O's new cruise ship Ventura arrived on her maiden call at
Southampton today accompanied by snow showers.
Built in the Fincanteiri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, at 116,000
gross tons, and an overall length of 289 meters, she is the largest cruise
ship ever built specifically for the UK market. She has berths for 3,597
She is due to depart on shakedown cruises to Guernsey and Zeebrugge,
before her official naming ceremony at Southampton on 16th April by Dame
Her initial cruise, which departs on 18th April sees her visiting
Barcelona, Leghorn, Italy, Alicante and Gibraltar.
10th March 2008 - Tanker in trouble
The Swedish flagged tanker Astral, built in 2006 and 7190 gross tons,
was in St. Helen's Anchorage waiting for a berth at Fawley to unload her
cargo of gas oil when she dragged her anchor in force 11 winds and
grounded on Bembridge Ledge, damaging her rudder and jamming it 20 degrees
She was refloated, and towed into Southampton, by the coastguard
standby tug Anglian Earl. She was then towed Fawley Jetty for discharge of
She departed on March 17th for Portsmouth in tow of the tug Tenax for
an inspection of her damaged rudder. She subsequently sailed in tow on
March 22nd from Portsmouth for Denmark for repairs.
The Balmoral berthed at the City
Cruise Terminal, Southampton, on 9th February 2008.
|4th February 2008 -
Fred Olsen's new Balmoral
Fred Olsen's new cruise ship Balmoral arrived at 101 Berth,
Southampton, from Dover on 4th February.
At this point she was supposed to be on her maiden cruise for Fred
Olsen from Dover to the Canary Islands, but this had been cancelled due to technical problems with watertight doors and fire control systems.
She had arrived at Dover from Blohm & Voss's shipyard at Hamburg where she
had been lengthened by the addition of a new 30 metre mid-section.
The 34,242grt Balmoral was built in 1987 as the Crown Odyssey for Royal
Cruise Lines of Greece. She became the Norwegian Crown in 1996 for
Norwegian Cruise Lines and then reverted to the Crown Odyssey in 2000 for
three years before once again becoming the Norwegian Crown. She was
acquired by Fred Olsen last year before going to Hamburg for the addition
of the new mid-section.
She departed from Southampton after the technical problems had been
overcome for Dover on 12th February for a 20 night Caribbean
cruise which sailed from Dover on 13th February.
January 2008 - Mishaps!
8th January - the general cargo ship BBC Ems broke away from
berth 30 in the Eastern Docks during strong winds. She dropped her anchor
in the River Itchen until a tug arrived to assist her back to her berth.
The BBC Ems had arrived on 30th December from Ferrol in Spain to load wind
turbine blades at 25 berth. She encountered technical problems whilst at
Southampton and eventually sailed for Port Arthur and Houston, USA on 11th
20th January - the boom of a container crane collapsed on to the
93,750 grt container ship Kyoto Express at Southampton Container Terminal
No-one was hurt in the accident, however, operations at the container
terminal were suspended so that checks could be undertaken on the other
cranes at the terminal. There was no major damage to the the Hapag Lloyd
container ship, and she sailed several days later after the debris from
the crane boom had been cleared.
The crane that collapsed had been fitted with an extended boom to
service the larger ships visiting the port these days. Another five cranes
from the same manufacturer were taken out of service to have safety checks
run on them. The safety checks may take up to a month to complete which
means that the port is running at reduced capacity, with many vessels
diverted to other ports or waiting in the anchorages for berths at
Four new post-panamax container cranes are on order for SCT, two are
expected to arrive in June 2008 with a further two to arrive later. The
new cranes will be able to service vessels carrying up to 22 rows of
Phenix with her sister Tenax shortly
after her arrival at Fawley on 30th December 2007.
...and with the other units of the
Solent Towage fleet at Fawley on 9th February 2008.
|29th December 2007 -
A new tug arrives at Fawley
On 29th December, the Phenix, a brand new tug arrived at Fawley from
her builders, Astilleros Gondan at Castropol, Spain, after delivery to her
new owners, Solent Towage Limited, a subsidiary of Ostensjo Rederi A/S of
She is a sistership of the Tenax, which arrived at Fawley in March
2006. The Phenix has a gross tonnage of 643 tons and a bollard pull of 67
tons. She is powered by two Rolls Royce diesel engines giving a top speed
of 15 knots.
She will be used on tanker escort and berthing duties alongside the
other tugs already stationed at Fawley Marine Terminal.
7th December 2007 - A fourth cruise terminal for Southampton!
A deal was signed today between Carnival UK and ABP sealing
Southampton's future as a major cruise port. The 20 year deal will give
Carnival's brands (Cunard, P&O, Princess Cruises and Ocean Village)
priority use of the existing QE2 and Mayflower cruise terminals at the
Included in the agreement is an investment of £19m by ABP to build a
new cruise terminal at Ocean Dock, opposite the site of the old Ocean
Southampton has enjoyed 245 cruise calls at the port this year, with
over 800,000 passengers passing through the existing three terminal. Next
year there is scheduled to be 290 cruise calls and approximately 1 million
passengers expected next year.
Queen Victoria arrives at
Southampton on 7th December.
Turning in the Upper Swinging Ground,
assisted by tugs before berthing.
Tugs welcomed her in the usual way.
Photographs by Martin Penwright
City Cruise Terminal with P&O's Aurora at 106 berth.
at City Cruise Terminal shortly after arrival at Southampton.
first night at Southampton ready for her naming ceremony.
by Martin Penwright
2007 - The Queen Victoria arrives
Cunard's new cruise ship Queen Victoria arrived in Southampton today
after her delivery voyage from the yard of Fincantieri in Venice. The
90,049 gross tonnage, 294 metre long ship has berths for 2014
passengers over 12 decks.
Her early morning arrival was witnessed by hundreds of onlookers who
lined the vantage points in Southampton. She berthed at 101 berth, in the
Western Docks, home to the City Cruise Terminal, watched by hundreds of
people in the nearby Mayflower Park as she was given the traditional water
spray display by the local tugs.
The ship was named by the Duchess of Cornwall on Monday, December 10th,
accompanied by the Prince of Wales, in the presence of many dignitaries
and the world's press. Unfortunately the bottle of champagne refused to
break during the naming ceremony - a bad omen if you are superstitious.
The Queen Victoria was the first "Queen" not named by the
reigning monarch in Cunard's history.
She departed from Southampton on her maiden 10 day cruise, to
Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Hamburg accompanied by a firework display on
Tuesday, December 11th.
18th June 2007 - The QE2 is sold
Cunard, today, announced the sale of their grand old lady, Queen
Elizabeth 2 to Dubai World in a deal worth US$100 million.
The QE2, which this year celebrated her 40th year in service, will
become a luxury floating hotel, retail and entertainment centre at Dubai's
Palm Jumeirah complex and will be delivered to her new owners in November
The end of an era.
The QE2 berthed at Southampton on 26th August 2007.
Sir Bevois on 2nd June 2007 with
Svitzer funnel colours but yet to receive her new paint job.
Adsteam Lyndhurst in Svitzer livery
but still with the Adsteam name on 4th August 2007.
Svitzer Sarah in full Svitzer livery
including her new name on 28th July 2007.
|June 2007 - The
tugs are changing again
Following the UK's Competition Commission approval of the takeover of
Adsteam Marine by SvitzerWijsmuller, the tugs in the Southampton fleet
have been transforming into the Svitzer livery.
First to go
was the Adsteam funnel colours in May/June and then the repainting of the
hulls and superstructures in June. Finally, in July the first renaming was
sighted - Adsteam Sarah becoming Svitzer Sarah. The remaining members of
the fleet will, no doubt, be renamed over the coming months.
April 2007 - New Cruise Ships calling at Southampton
Reflecting the growing trend for cruising in the UK market, and the popularity of Southampton as a cruise ship port, Royal Caribbean have expanded their schedules from Southampton this year. In addition Celebrity Cruises have already made occasional calls at the port.
Celebrity Cruises vessels Millennium and Constellation have already used the port this year. Millennium arrived at the City Cruise Terminal on 21st April to start her cruising season having completed repairs to her Azipods at the Sobrena Shipyard at Brest. She departed for a cruise to Amsterdam and Barcelona.
A few days later her sistership Constellation made a call on the 25th April having arrived from Fort Lauderdale. She
departed for a short cruise to Dublin and Cobh and was back on the 30th April when she left for
In addition, Royal Caribbean’s large 2002 built 138,279 grt cruise ship Navigator of the Seas which is able to accommodate 3,807 passengers is based in the port this year.
She was built in 2002 and is of 138,279 grt. She has increased capacity over the 2,060 passenger Legend of the Seas which was Royal Caribbean’s ship based in Southampton last year.
Navigator of the Seas will be undertaking various cruises from Southampton throughout the season to various destinations including the Western Mediterranean.
Millennium arriving in Southampton
Harbour on 21st April. (Photograph by Martin Penwright).
Millennium at 101 berth on 21st April.
Navigator of the Seas at 101 berth on
28th April, with
Sea Princess at 106 berth in the distance.
Navigator of the Seas departing
Southampton on 28th April 2007...
... for a cruise to Copenhagen.
Liberty of the Seas in Southampton
Water on it's maiden
arrival at Southampton on 22nd April 2007. (Photograph by Graham Darling)
...and arriving at 101 berth.
(Photograph by Martin Penwright)
A view of her berthing at the City
Cruise Terminal. (Photograph by Martin Penwright)
She departed on 26th April for New
York. (Photograph by Graham Darling)
|22nd April 2007 -
Liberty of the Seas arrives at Southampton
The joint largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas, made her first and only European port of call at Southampton on 22nd April. She has recently been completed and handed over by her builders, Aker Yards of
The Liberty of the Seas is a sistership to Freedom of the Seas which made her debut at Southampton last year. She is of 160,000
tonnes, 1,112 feet long and capable of carrying 4,375 passengers over 15 decks. Facilities include an ice skating rink, boxing ring, surf simulator and water park.
Liberty of the Seas will cruise for the American and Caribbean market so is unlikely to be seen in Southampton again. Another sistership of the series, Independence of the Seas, is, however, expected to cruise out of Southampton next year.
The Liberty of the Seas made a short promotional cruise to Guernsey on 24th April and then left for New York and her home market on 26th April.
21st April 2007 -
The second in the “Ocean Village” brand of cruise ships “for people who don’t do cruises” was in Southampton today, arriving at berth 106 in the Western Docks.
The Ocean Village Two is the former AIDAblu built in 1990 as the 70,310 grt Crown Princess. She will be officially named by supermodel Jodie Kidd and her sister Jemma Kidd on 24th April at a ceremony to be held at 46 berth in the Eastern Docks. She is unlikely to be a regular visitor to Southampton – her usual area of operation will be the Mediterranean with a home port for 2007 of Palma, Majorca.
As well as the naming ceremony for Ocean Village Two taking place on Tuesday 24th April, the port of Southampton will play host to the brand new joint largest cruise ship Liberty of the Seas, the Queen Mary 2 and P&O’s
Oriana. This will be the
culmination of the port’s busiest ever passenger week.
The Ocean Village Two will depart on 25th April when she will leave Southampton for a cruise to Gibraltar,
Cartagena, Barcelona and Palma, her base for the 2007 season.
Ocean Village Two is moved from berth
106 in the Western Docks to berth 46 on 21st April.
The Millennium waited in the Upper
Swinging Ground when the Ocean Village Two departed from 106 berth.
Ocean Village Two at 46 berth ready for
her naming ceremony.
Whitonia seen in Empress Dock on 21srt
|April 2007 - A New
The Southampton based fleet of tankers owned by John H. Whitaker has been boosted by a recent addition. The newly built Whitonia, was recently named in a ceremony at Southampton.
The Whitonia is apparently the largest bunkering tanker to be based in the UK and can carry 6,214 tonnes of fuel, with her pumps delivering 1,000 tonnes of fuel per hour. She was built in Dubai and will be used to bunker the ever increasing number of cruise ships using the port as well as the usual cargo ships.
4th March 2007 - The Celtic Mist saga
The new ferry service from Portsmouth to Cherbourg operated by the
Irish based company Celtic Link, which was due to commence it's service
from Portsmouth on 15th January 2007, has been cancelled. This is due to the
vessel which was to be used for the service, the Celtic
Mist, being detained in Southampton due to the poor condition of the
The Celtic Mist (ex Lithuanian owned Klaipeda) of 21890 grt,
built in 1987 was described by an inspector as 'being
fit for not much more than scrap'. She had been chartered by Celtic Link
from Jay Management of Greece.
Celtic Mist arrived at 102 berth, Southampton, on 4th March from Portsmouth for repairs
and has now been moved to 46 berth.
ship was detained following complaints from the crew members to the
International Transport Federation (ITF). The vessel will no longer be
allowed to operate in UK waters until major repairs are carried out.
engine room has been described as a "nightmare", she suffers
from excessive vibrations, crew members refuse to work in the boiler room
and the crew accommodation is the worst the inspectors had seen for a long
- 7th April 2007
The Celtic Mist departed from Southampton for Piraeus on 7th April, where repairs will be made to the vessel. Celtic Link have been barred from using the vessel on the Portsmouth to Cherbourg route whose launch is several months overdue until the repairs take place. In the meantime Celtic Link are looking for other appropriate tonnage with which to operate the route.
The Celtic Mist approaching berth 46 on
17th March 2007.
Due to the windy conditions and the poor
state of the vessel, tugs had to be called and the move to 46 berth was
aborted on 17th March 2007...
....she was towed back to 102 berth. The
vessel was successfully moved to 46 berth the day after.
in Southampton Water on 16th December 2006 escorting an arriving container
Kincraig meeting the arriving container ship Hyundai Liberty in
Southampton Water on 17th March 2007.
|December 2006 -
New tug at Southampton
The tug Kincraig owned by J.P. Knight
(Caledonian) Ltd. arrived at the beginning of December to provide towage
services with the Adsteam fleet in Southampton.
is usually based at Invergordon in Scotland. She was built
in Japan in 1998 and is of 290grt.
21st December 2006 - Collision in the Thorn Channel
Red Funnel's ferry Red Eagle was in collision with Whittaker's tank
barge Humber Energy in the Thorn Channel in the Solent at 19:30 today.
Damage sustained by both ships was minor and they continued on their
respective voyages. no passengers or crew members on either ship was
The Humber Energy in Southampton Water
on 7th October 2006.
Multratug 7 departing on 14th January.
7 departing with the barge Limosa 2 on 14th January 2007.
2006 - Casualty towed into Southampton
The newly built tank barge NS702 (subsequently named Limosa 2)
had grounded off Hope Point, Newhaven, whilst being towed from a shipyard
in Gdynia, Poland to Nantes, France by the Polish tug Ajaks on December
The barge was refloated on 10th December by the Belgian tug Fighter
and other salvage vessels from the Dutch salvage company Multraship. She
was towed into Southampton and spent several weeks in Ocean Dock being
The Dutch tug Multratug 7 arrived in Southampton on 6th January
to tow the barge back to the shipyard in Gdynia for permanent repairs. She
departed with her tow on 14th January, but aborted the departure and came
back to Southampton on the same day, eventually departing on the 24th
1st December 2006 - Nice paint job!
Norwegian Cruise Line's
"colourful" new cruise ship Norwegian Pearl arrived at
the port today, from Rotterdam, completing her inaugural visits to
European ports after delivery from her builders Meyer Werft in Papenburg,
Germany. She was handed over to her new owners on 28th November in
The latest in the "Freestyle Cruising" Jewel class fleet,
she weighs in at 93,500 grt and is 294m long. A
feature of this ship is that it has the first four lane ten-pin bowling
of carrying 2400 passengers, she departed Southampton on 2nd December with
1,198 passengers on a positioning, transatlantic, non-stop 10 night cruise
will be christened by American actress and TV star Rosie O'Donnell at
Miami on December 16th. She will then operate cruises based in the
Caribbean and Alaska, so is unlikely to be seen at Southampton in the near
Norwegian Pearl at berth 38/39,
Eastern Docks, on 2nd December showing off her unusual paint job.
You can see the rock climbing wall
behind the funnel in this stern view.
Departing from Southampton on 2nd
December on her transatlantic crossing to Miami.
The new RFA Largs Bay at Marchwood in the
early morning sunshine on 4th November.
November 2006 - The Arrival of RFA Largs Bay
The new Royal
Fleet Auxiliary Amphibious Landing Ship, Largs Bay (L3006)
arrived at Marchwood Military Port this week.
Built by Swan Hunter on the Tyne, she is one of four Bay Class ships
which are set to replace the long serving RFAs Sir Tristram, Sir Geraint, Sir Percivale and
Sir Galahad which have been familiar visitors to Marchwood for a number of
on 19th July 2003, and delivered on 25th April 2006, she has been
performing sea trials off the South Coast, before entering service later
this year. She joins the already delivered Mounts Bay (L3008) and the
Cardigan Bay (L3009) and Lyme Bay (L3007) which are due for delivery in
the near future.
Largs Bay weighs in at over 16,000 tonnes, and, with a length of 177
metres she is nearly twice the size of her predecessors. she has storage
capacity for 32 Challenger II Main Battle Tanks, 350 armed troops and the
appropriate landing craft to deploy these forces and their accompanying
stores from offshore.
17th October 2006 - Can you smell gas?
The port of Southampton was closed to shipping today due to a leakage
of Propane from the Hong Kong registered LPG tanker Ennerdale,
which was berthed at Fawley Oil Terminal. The 4,227 gt, 1997 built ship
had previously arrived on 15th October from Leixoes and was loading 1,600
tonnes of Propane from Fawley.
The leak, from a faulty valve was discovered at 22:00 on 17th October
and Southampton Water was closed to shipping from 22:30 until 05:40 the
The Solent's Maritime Response Plan (Solfire) was put into action, but
luckily the gas dispersed over Southampton Water, which meant that nearby
homes did not have to be evacuated. Fine water jets were used by Fawley's
staff and teams from Hampshire Fire Brigade to disperse the gas.
The Ennerdale eventually departed from Fawley on 19th October bound for
|27th September 2006
- Expansion at Southampton.
Southampton Container Terminals
Associated British Ports today announced that it has drawn up plans to
dramatically increase the container capacity at Southampton Container
The plan is to create two new deepwater berths within the existing
dockside for container handling. It is thought that this relates to berths 201 and
202 which are adjacent to the existing container terminal and currently used for car storage and handling of vehicle carriers at the
Further proposals are to create a new dedicated berth for feeder
container ship handling, which will free up a deepsea berth currently used
for this activity.
It is also intended to invest in more automation and to use the existing
land in a more efficient way.
The cost is likely to be several hundred million pounds and the work
will take place in a number of phases. It is hoped that this development
will be ready before other new planned container terminals at the Thames
Gateway in London and at Bathside Bay in Harwich and will increase the
capacity of SCT from 2 million to 3.7 million teu per year.
ABP is to invest over £4 million in a new multi-purpose
transit shed and new mobile harbour crane at Solent Stevedores facilities
at berth 107 to 109 in the Western Docks. The bulk terminal will also be
expanded to use the site of the King George V dry-dock thus providing more
land for cargo handling.
Adsteam Lyndhurst as the Lyndhurst
underway in Southampton Water on 28th December 2005.
September 2006 - Fire!
The Southampton based Adsteam harbour tug Adsteam Lyndhurst had a fire
in her engine room at about 1am on 3rd September, whilst underway in the
The crew sealed off the engine room and returned to the quayside where
the fire was dealt with by Hampshire Fire Brigade.
None of the four crew on board at the time was injured.
|12th August 2006 -
I name this ship....
On 12th August, Wallenius Wilhelmson's new vehicle carrier Topeka was
named at berth 38/39, Eastern Docks, Southampton. Although owned by a
Norweigan company, she flies the British flag and is registered in
She had previously arrived on 10th August on her delivery voyage from
her builders, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Kobe, Japan via Zeebrugge and
Topeka weighs in at 61,321 grt, has a length of 190 metres and has
capacity for 6,540 cars.
After departing Southampton on 12th August, she was back again on the
19th before departing for East London, (South Africa) and then
views of Topeka at berth 38/39, Eastern Docks, for her naming ceremony on
12th August 2006.
Hamtun as Multratug 16 in the River
Schelde at Ternuezen on 19th July 2006...
..and again catching the evening
sunlight as she departs Terneuzen locks on 13th August 2006.
In her Adsteam colours at Southampton
on 12th June 2004...
... and in her Red Funnel days at
Southampton on 3rd November 2001.
2006 - Bye-bye Hamtun.
Adsteam's Southampton based tug Hamtun has been sold to Multraship
Towage and Salvage of Terneuzen, Netherlands and has left the Solent for her new
home port of Terneuzen on the River Schelde.
Hamtun was one of the original tugs owned by Red Funnel, which
was taken over by Howard Smith and subsequently Adsteam.
Multraship also own two other ex-Red funnel tugs, the Gatcombe,
which is now Multratug 6 and the Vecta which is now Multratug
|May/June 2006 -
Cruise ship mishaps...
On the 6th May, the Cypriot registered cruise ship The Calypso, owned
by Louis Cruise Lines had a fire in her engine room whilst 16 miles off
Beachy Head in the Channel. The Calypso has departed Tilbury on 5th May
for St. Peter Port, Guernsey, with a party of 462 mainly Dutch passengers.
Although the fire was put out by the crew, fire fighters from
East Sussex attended the ship, as well as numerous merchant ships and four
The immobilized ship was taken in tow by the tug Anglian Monarch and
arrived at berth 38, Southampton on 6th May. She was later moved to102
berth in the Western Docks where she is to be repaired.
Princess Cruises' Sea Princess was the centre of media attention when
over 200 of her passengers fell ill on a "French and Spanish Coast" cruise, cutting the cruise short by
one day. The virus was thought to be the "novovirus" which has
plagued several cruise ships over the last few years. The last port of
call - Lisbon was cancelled and she returned to Southampton one day early.
She arrived at 38/39 berth at Southampton on 2nd June where the ship was
disinfected ready for the next cruise to the Western Mediterranean starting on Saturday 3rd June.
Calypso at 102 berth on 3rd June, undergoing repairs after her fire.
Princess at berth 38/39 Southampton on 3rd June, preparing for her next
cruise after the virus outbreak
of the Seas inward bound in Southampton Water on 29th April.
length of the Freedom of the Seas can be appreciated in this view of the
Freedom of the Seas was escorted down Southampton Water by a local tug
The Freedom of the Seas at City Cruise
Terminal dwarfs P&O's Arcadia which was at Mayflower Cruise Terminal.
She doesn't look too good from the
....but not too bad from the bow.
April 2006 - She's big, long, but not so beautiful...
Today, the largest cruise ship in the world arrived at Southampton.
Royal Caribbean Cruises' Freedom of the Seas has surpassed the
record set by the Southampton based Queen Mary 2, to take the
title. The 338 metre long vessel, with a breadth of almost 39 metres,
weighs in at 158,000 Grt. Her 1,360 crew can cater for 4,370
The ship boasts 15 decks and such innovative features as the largest
fitness centre afloat, a surf machine where passengers can ride
artificially generated waves, a rock climbing wall (on the funnel) and a
family sized water park.
She was built by Aker Finnyards at Turku in Finland, and before calling
at Southampton, she also paid courtesy visits to Hamburg and Oslo.
Hundreds of members of the public lined vantage points along
Southampton Water and Southampton Harbour to witness the arrival of the Freedom
of the Seas at 08:45 on a gloomy Saturday morning. She was escorted by
local Southampton tugs which put on the customary water spraying salute as
she made her way to her berth at the City Cruise Terminal at 101 berth.
The Freedom of the Seas is due to leave Southampton on Wednesday 3rd
May for New York where she will be officially named.
The ship will cruise the Caribbean for the American cruise market and
so is unlikely to be seen very often, if at all, in Southampton.
|23rd April 2006
- Five in one day!
On Sunday, April 23rd, five cruise ships were in port at the same time.
This was the first time this has happened since 1966!
At the City Cruise Terminal at 101 berth the Saga sisters Saga Ruby
and Saga Rose were moored. The Saga Rose departed
Southampton at 17:00 for a 23 night cruise to Egypt. The Saga Ruby
departed an hour and a half later for a two week Atlantic Islands cruise.
At the Mayflower Terminal, at 106 berth P&O's Oceana was
moored. She departed at 17:00 for a 13 night Canary Island cruise.
The Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 was at the Queen Elizabeth II
Terminal at berths 38/39, preparing for a transatlantic crossing to New
The highlight of the arrivals and departures was undoubtedly the
departure of the Queen Elizabeth 2 from 105 berth at 12:45 at the
end of her annual World Cruise. She was bound for a refit at Bremerhaven.
As the Queen Elizabeth 2 sailed past the berthed Queen Mary 2
they saluted each other with a blowing of horns and the Queen Mary 2
hit song, "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt followed by Diana
Ross singing, "Forever Young".
new Tenax assisting a tanker at Fawley on 19th March 2006. (Photo by
underway in the Solent on 3rd June 2006.
Silex has departed from the Solent for Italy. She is seen here in the
Solent on 4th April 2004.
The new Spanish built tug Tenax has arrived at
Fawley Oil Terminal to replace the Silex which has previously been
stationed there. Delivered in 2006, the Tenax is a large tug of 664 Grt.
The Silex has departed the Solent for warmer
waters in Ancona, Italy.
The tugs at Fawley are operated by Ostensjo of Norway, but
are owned by the Ostensjo subsidiary Solent Towage Ltd.
|10th March 2006
The largest container ship ever to call at Southampton, the Arnold
Maersk (built 2003, 93496 Grt) arrived at Southampton today from
Rotterdam. The 352.6 meter long ship departed on 11th March for the Far
Maersk Line ships now call regularly at Southampton after an absence of
almost eight years. Three Maersk Line Asia-to-Europe services were
re-located to Southampton in February 2006.
The Arnold Maersk departing from
Southampton on 11th March 2006. (Photo by Graham Darling)
The Red Falcon inward bound in
Southampton Water on 11th December 2005.
The Red Funnel vehicle ferry Red Falcon struck the link
span at speed whilst docking at Town Quay this afternoon. Several passengers of the
130 on-board at the time were injured and taken to hospital. The bow doors
of the Red Falcon were severely damaged as was the link span.
It is expected that the ferry service will be significantly disrupted
as a result of the damage to the link span and the ferry, especially as
one of the three vessels which operate the service (Red Osprey) is currently away for
it's annual winter refit.
|8th March 2006
The bulk carrier Daviken (built 1987, 23306 Grt) arrived in
Southampton today, after main engine camshaft failure whilst off the South
Coast during a voyage from Philadelphia to Antwerp in ballast.
Due to the forecast of bad weather the Daviken was towed into
Southampton by the tug Anglian Earl for repairs to be undertaken. The
Daviken was escorted into Southampton by local tugs as well as the Anglian
Earl and berthed at 38/39 berths in the Eastern Docks.
Two views of the Daviken at berth
38/39 Southampton on 11th March 2006. (Photos by Graham Darling)
The final dry-dock in Southampton - the historic King George V drydock
(also known as No.7 Dry dock) has been closed by ABP.
Apparently, the caisson gate is in a poor state of repair and will be
dismantled. In future it is planned that the dry-dock will be used for the
working of bulk cargoes.
The dry-dock was opened in 1933 by King George V and Queen Mary and was
intended for use by the newly built liner Queen Mary.
The last ship to use the dry-dock was Grimaldi's vehicle carrier Grand
Benelux in September.
newly renamed Adsteam Redbridge assists the arrival of the vehicle carrier
Franconia on 25th February 2006.
Adsteam's purchase of Howard Smith Towage is finally
having an effect on the naming of the existing Southampton tugs.
In recent weeks :
The ex Red Funnel tug Redbridge has been renamed Adsteam
The Sun Surrey, which arrived in Southampton from
the Thames in 2004 has been renamed Adsteam Surrey.
which arrived in Southampton from Felixstowe in 2003 has been renamed Adsteam
It is suspected that the remainder of the Southampton tugs will
be renamed in a similar way soon.
The Channel Freight Ferries service between Radicatel on
the Seine and Southampton closed on 16th December. The vessel currently
employed on the route, the CFF Seine, will be re-deployed.
Channel Freight Ferries lost approximately £2.5m on the
route this year, before the exceptional costs incurred by the closure. This
lead the parent company, the shipbroking company, Clarksons to close the
A record shipment of grain was exported from the Frontier Agriculture facility at berth 36, Eastern Docks. The 2002 built 69,999 ton deadweight
Greek bulk carrier Athina Zafirakis called to load 60,000 tons of
milling wheat for export to Spain.
Zafirakis at berth 36, Southampton.
departing Southampton on 20th November at the beginning of her long voyage
November 20th 2005
Red Funnel's relief car ferry Bergen Castle finally
departed from Southampton today after being laid up for sale at 110 berth
for a number of months. The Bergen Castle was used as a stand-in vessel
when Red Funnel's three "Raptor" class ferries were enlarged in
Poland over the last year.
The Bergen Castle has been purchased by Greek interests
and renamed Stella. Her initial destination was Piraeus. It is
interesting to note that she has been registered in Wonsan (North Korea)
under her new owners.
The former Royal Navy Landing Ship Sir Geraint (L3027) departed
Husbands Shipyard, Southampton after being sold and renamed Sir G,
registered in Panama. On departure from Southampton she was bound for the
Tees. It is rumoured that she will make a final voyage from the Tees for
scrapping in the India or the Far East.
Her sistership, Sir Percivale remains at 49 berth, Southampton
G laid up at berth 49, Eastern Docks
Sea Princess, followed by Legend of the Seas and finally the Aurora
departing from Southampton (Photos by Martin Penwright)
June 18th 2005
Three in a row!
The Sea Princess, Legend of the Seas and Aurora made a
simultaneous departure at 17:00 from Southampton today.
The Sea Princess and Aurora were both on Norwegian Fjord
cruises whilst the Legend of the Seas was bound for the
|June 6th 2005
Russian general cargo ship Yamal was in collision off the coast of
Dorset with the container feeder Jessica B.
The Yamal was on a
voyage to South Wales with a cargo of pig iron whilst the Jessica B was
bound for Dublin.
Jessica B suffered some minor
damage to her bow, but the Yamal sustained a large hole in her hull above
the waterline and damage to her aft superstructure.
The Jessica B
continued on her voyage, whilst the Yamal which also took on a list was
escorted to Freshwater Bay for inspection and then on to berth 108,
temporary repairs were made.
The Yamal eventually left the
port on 19th June bound for South Wales.
B passing Terneuzen on 17 July 2005 still with minor damage to her bow.
at Western Docks on 18th June 2005 showing the temporary patch on her hull
and the damage to her superstructure. (Photos by Martin
Legend of the Seas berthed at the City
Cruise Terminal on 7th May 2005.
Legend of the Seas following P&O's
Arcadia down Southampton Water on 7th May 2005 at the start of an
"Atlantic Islands" cruise.
April 30th 2005
Royal Caribbean International's cruise ship Legend of the Seas arrived
in Southampton today and was berthed for the first time at the City Cruise
Terminal. The Legend of the Seas will be making regular cruises out of
Southampton during the summer months.
The Legend of the Seas was built in 1995, weighs in
at 69,490 Grt and carries approximately 1,800 passengers.
|April 30th 2005
unusual cruise ship called at Southampton today. The Ocean Village arrived
in Southampton for refit in No 7 Drydock. Once a familiar sight at
Southampton under her previous name of Arcadia, the Ocean
Village is now based in Barbados during the winter time and Palma in
The Ocean Village's refit is due to be
completed by 11th May at which point she will depart Southampton for her
summer base at Palma.
Village arriving at Southampton on 30th April 2005. (Photo by Sean Sparks)
Celebration arriving for the first time in Southampton on 27th April 2005 (Photo by Sean
the City Cruise Terminal on 8th May 2005
April 27th 2005
The new cruise ship Thomson Celebration arrived at
Southampton's city Cruise Terminal today on her first visit to
Southampton. She was built in 1984 as the Noordam for Holland
America Line. Sold to Thomson at the end of last year she was converted to
her new livery at Falmouth earlier this year.
Thomson Celebration will spend this summer cruising out of
Southampton, performing a series of private cruises before leaving for an
"Atlantic Isles" cruise on 8th May.
|April 16th 2005
unusually busy day for cruise ships in Southampton. As well as Fred
Olsen's Braemar at the City Cruise Terminal and the Adonia
in No.7 Dry Dock, Southampton witnessed both the Queen Mary 2 and
the Queen Elizabeth 2 at Southampton today.
Queen Mary 2 departed from berth 106 at 18:00 whilst the Queen
Elizabeth 2 departed from berth 39/39 at 18:30. The QM 2 then lead the QE2
down Southampton Water watched by hundreds of onlookers.
Queen Mary 2 was bound for New York on one of her regular liner voyages,
whilst the Queen Elizabeth 2 was heading for Funchal on a cruise.
Mary 2 departing Southampton with the Queen Elizabeth 2 following her in
Adonia departing from Southampton on
7th August 2004.
April 15/16th 2005
P&O's cruise ship Adonia was in port today for
the last time. After arriving from an Atlantic Islands cruise she
proceeded to No.7 Dry Dock in Southampton for a refit.
On emerging from the dry dock on 28th April she will have
been renamed back to her original name of Sea Princess and will
sail under the Princess Cruises banner once more. The Sea Princess will
sail out of Southampton for the Summer months of 2005.
|April 6th 2005
The Arcadia, P&O's new £200m cruise ship arrived in Southampton at the end
of it's delivery voyage from the shipbuilders in Italy. The 83,000
ton vessel will be based in Southampton from where it will serve the
British cruising market.
The Arcadia set sail for a private
cruise to the Channel Islands on the 7th April and returned to Southampton
on 9th April.
Arcadia is due to be named by Dame Kelly Holmes on 12th April
at berth 102 in Southampton and will set sail on her maiden cruise on 14th April
for a 16 night
The vessel was originally intended to sail as the
Queen Victoria for Cunard, before Carnival, the parent company of both
companies transferred her to P&O Cruises prior to completion.
Arcadia arriving at Mayflower
Terminal Southampton for the first time on 6th April.(Photo by Sean Sparks)
Arcadia at Mayflower Cruise Terminal,
Southampton having arrived back from her private cruise to Guernsey on 9th
A bow view of the Arcadia taken on 9th
Eagle before conversion on 4th September 2004....
after conversion on 2nd April 2005.
March 21st 2005
Red Funnel's Isle of Wight raptor class ferry, the Red
Eagle returned from Gdansk, Poland where a second vehicle deck and a
11m new section of hull was inserted into the ship. The Red Eagle is now
93.4m long instead of 82.4m and can take 200 instead of 140 cars. The Red
Eagle sailed for Gdansk to be converted during December 2004.
This completes a 10m investment programme in the vehicle
ferry fleet and new terminals. The Red Eagle's two sister ships Red Osprey
and Red Falcon were both converted in the same manner during the winter of
|February 7th 2005
Ruby, Saga Shipping's new cruise ship arrived in Southampton today
from her £17 million refit in Malta Drydocks, Valletta. Saga Ruby will be
better known as Cunard's Caronia, built 1973, 24492 Grt., which was
sold to Saga in 2004. Saga Ruby will spend much of February in
Southampton, preparing for her maiden cruise on 1st March to South America
for 32 nights, visiting The Azores, Antigua, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Costa
Rica, Belize, Mexico, USA and Bermuda.
The Saga Ruby at Southampton at the
end of her inaugural cruise on 2nd April 2005.
Lynx at lying idle at 101 Berth, Southampton, with the ill fated Aurora at
January 23rd 2005
The NYK Lynx, built 2002, 75201 Grt, made an
impressive site whilst moored at 101 berth, Western Docks, Southampton for
most of January. She arrived at Southampton on 1st January, and was idle
at 101 berth until 29th January when she moved to the container terminal
and then departed for the Far East. It seems that she was waiting for a
slot on the service on which she was operating.
|January 20th 2005
The unlucky P&O Cruise ship Aurora today, finally, had it's
round the world cruise cancelled. The cruise which started on 9th January,
was curtailed off the Isle of Wight due to problems with one of the ship's
propulsion units. The ship proceeded back to Southampton for repairs which
were finally completed by January 19th when the ship left Southampton for
tests in the open sea. However, these tests were unsuccessful and the Aurora
limped back to port on the evening of 20th January, when the cruise was
cancelled. The passengers had remained on board the vessel for the
duration of the repairs in Southampton Docks.
The Aurora subsequently
departed for Bremerhaven for repairs which are likely to take 10 weeks.
Aurora on a previous visit to
Southampton in May 2004.
CFF Seine at Berth 30, Southampton
on 17th July 2004.
Channel Freight Ferries, which operates the roll-on roll-off freight
only service between Radicatel on the River Seine and Southampton has
announced an increase in the frequency of it's services from November. It
will now operate additional daytime crossings on weekdays, Tuesday to
Friday, as well as the existing night-time crossings. This will lift the
capacity of the service by 66%. The two existing vessels, CFF Seine and
CFF Solent will continue to be used.
Update 21st November
: The existing CFF Solent has been returned to it's owners and will
revert to it's previous name of Tango. The Tango will be
replaced by the Dart 2 which has been chartered by CFF and is to be
renamed CFF Solent.
Update January 2005 : The Dart 2
has been replaced by the Estonian flagged Lembitu, built 1998, 7606
Grt, which is now operating the service with the CFF Seine.
April 2005 : The Lembitu no longer is employed on the service. All
sailings are now made by the CFF Seine.
|September 22nd 2004
ABP have today
announced a further investment of £0.5 million in the City Cruise
Terminal at Berth 101, Southampton. This will be spent enlarging the
facilities at the terminal in order the cater for the ever increasing size
of cruise ships using the facility.
Over 220 cruise ship calls are
already booked for the port next year with vessels from Royal Caribbean
International, Fred Olsen and Saga Shipping, amongst others using the City Cruise
Saga Pearl at the City Cruise
Terminal with Oriana and Oceana at the Mayflower Terminal on 11th
San Sapor and North Africa moored in the River Itchen on 5th July 2004.
|August 14th 2004
The three ex US Army tugs, North Africa, Lundys Lane and San
Sapor which have been laid up in the River Itchen for many months
departed for the Rijnwaal Shipyard, Hardinxveld Gissendam in Holland under
their own power. It is understood they have been purchased by the Nigerian
Port Authority and have been renamed Ogbomoso, Balali and
Irrua respectively. They are part of a 35 ship consignment which
have been purchased / renovated by the shipyard for the Nigerian customer.
|June 3rd 2004
The Italian registered chemical tanker Attilio Ievoli built 1995, 4,550 grt ran
aground off Lymington River today. She had just departed Fawley Oil
Terminal for Barcelona. The tanker was refloated four hours after running
aground, with no apparent damage. After inspection, she continued on her
voyage to Barcelona two days later.
Ievoli photographed departing from Rotterdam on 1st June 2004.
Jewel of the Seas departing on her maiden voyage on a dull 8th May 2004.
|May 7/8th 2004
The latest new cruise ship to be
built for Royal Carribean Cruise Lines arrived at Southampton for her
naming ceremony. The Jewel of the Seas was christened on 7th May
2004 at berth 38/9 Southampton. She departed on her first cruise for Vigo
and Lisbon on 8th May.
|May 1st 2004
Both the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth 2 were in
the port of Southampton today, after crossing the Atlantic together from
New York. At the port the Boston Cup was handed over from the QE2 to the
QM2. This means the the QM2 is now officially the flagship of Cunard. The
QM2 will now take over the Trans-Atlantic liner voyages to New York
whereas the QE2 will be used mainly as a cruise ship.
April 20th 2004
A bad day for Associated British Ports and the Port of Southampton. The
plan for the proposed new container
terminal at Dibden Bay in Southampton has been turned down by the government on environmental grounds. There are now questions about the
future of the Port of Southampton as one of the major container
ports in the UK.
|April 17th 2004
The capesize bulk carrier Bosporus arrived at Berth 47, Eastern
Docks, Southampton under tow of the tug Fairplay XIV. The Bosporus had
suffered a total engine failure whilst in the English Channel on a voyage
to Brazil. Local tugs assisted
her arrival through the Solent and Southampton Water. She is the largest vessel I have
seen in Southampton for quite a while - built as the World Place in1995 and 150,973 tons
On 25th April she departed for Rotterdam for repairs being towed by the Belgian
salvage tug Alphonse Letzer.
Bulk Carrier Bosporos at Southampton on 24th April
2004. Interesting paint job!
Queen Mary 2 arriving at Southampton on 12th April
|April 12th 2004
The Queen Mary 2 arrived into Southampton from Lisbon today -
over four hours late. This delay was due to problems with her bow thrusters
experienced at her previous port of Lisbon. Some negative publicity about
this delay appeared in the press. This was the first time the QM2 was in
Southampton since her inaugural cruise to Fort Lauderdale in January.
So, today, the longest, tallest, heaviest (QM2) and oldest (Doulos)
passenger ships in the world are in Southampton!
|April 6th 2004
The world's oldest ocean going passenger ship - m.v. Doulos -
built 1914 - arrived at 101 Berth Southampton today from Dubrovnik. The Doulos
is a floating Christian bookshop and will be open to the public from 8th
to19th April. She sails on 21st April for Scheveningen in the Netherlands.
The Doulos was built in 1914 as the Medina - a name which she
retained up to 1949, when she became the Roma, carrying pilgrims to Rome
in 1950. In 1952 she became the cruise
ship Franca C for Costa Line. She has been the Doulos since
For more information see www.mvdoulos.org
Doulos at Southampton on 9th April 2004