First cruise liner of the Tyne season 2015

Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ ‘Magellan’ this morning. Formerly Carnival Cruise Lines’ ‘Holiday’ then Ibero Cruises’ ‘Grand Holiday’. Built 1985. Refurb. 2005

MV Magellan

MV Magellan

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Enquest Producer after dark

Oil production vessel Enquest Producer  entered the river in October 2013. Seen here in March 2015 she is not yet complete, overdue and over budget, but pretty at night.

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A REALLY unusual event today

Partial solar eclipse – not as good as the one in Cornwall in 1999, but you can’t pick and choose these things and clouds make better filters than … well … filters.

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Two unusual events today

Enquest Producer oil production platform completed its upgrade at OGN was moved (since it has no engines of its own) to Northumbrian Quay. Due to sail on Thursday.

Oil tanker Gijon Knutsen is about as big a tanker as we get these days – inbound to Ocean Berth.

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Normand Progress

Super Large Multifunctional Anchor Handling / Tug / Supply and Sub Sea Service Vessel at Northunbrian Quay

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Busy morning

A flurry this morning. HMS Example  university patrol boat left followed by HMS Tyne offshore patrol vessel. The heavy lifter Transporter was followed in by pipe-layer Apache II.

The pilot on HMS Tyne disembarked at the Groyne so it gave me a chance to record it

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Netherlands Navy visit

Visit today by HNLMS Friesland, Holland Class offshore patrol vessel.

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