Cable barge Ulisse with tug Mustang, followed by ‘tug’ Nero.

 

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Barge UR99, tug Union Sovereign and Thomson Celebration in the background.

With close ups of the barge ‘leg fittings’ and sacrificial zinc anodes on the legs.

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Stad Amsterdam

Three-masted clipper cruise ship outbound from Newcastle

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Comings and goings

 

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Norwegian Jade

Cruise liner ‘Norwegian Jade’ on its first visit to the Tyne.

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Neptune, Eraclea, UR 902 and O.T.Ideaal

Oceanic International research vessel ‘Neptune’. Funded by Dutch postcode lottery, under Icelandic flag, she is undergoing sea-bed exploration in the North Sea.

 

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Lynemouth biomass

Tyne DockThe picture shows a river view of the new biomass terminal at the former Tyne Dock, where wood pellets from Canada are shipped across the Atlantic to be taken by train and burned at the small converted power station at Lynemouth on the Northumberland coast. Until quite recently the power station served to produce electricity for the nearby, now demolished, energy-guzzling Aluminium Smelter.

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As a physicist I am puzzled as to whether the return in energy output is more than is used in processing the pellets, fuelling massive ships like this and transporting to the power-station.

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