Category Archives: South Shields

Skandi Africa

Skandi Africa inbound to Offshore Technology Park with some interesting ‘kit’.

The Skandi Africa is a newbuild DP class 3 construction support vessel,designed for harsh
environment and deepwater subsea construction and flexlay operations, up to 3,000m depth. She is fully equipped with a 900Te active-heave compensated main crane and a 650Te Tiltable Lay System.

Three in a row

Magellan cruise ship at Northumbrian Quay. Seven Pelican and Magellan (my photos this time), offshore service vessels.


Dawn of the Tiger

Hopper, Tiger arriving at dawn today to join, and take the spoil from, yesterday’s dredger Fernao de Magalhaens.

From photos by Kevin Blair

Stones = stones

The bulk carrier Stones (pronounced Stoness) unloading stone from Norway, via the gantry conveyor on the left, in the continuing quest to seal the entrance to the former Tyne Dock. Her sister ship Bulknes (I imagine Bulkness) has already started the process and is due next week with a further load.

Stones unloading stones

Stones unloading stones

Normand Neptun in to A&P

You don’t realise what a sunny place North Shields is until you take photos of ships.

Icelandic Trawlers in trouble.

The following is an extract from the TVLB log  for 14th October 2014:
‘Humber Coastguard paged the Brigade along with Tynemouth RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat after the Icelandic vessel ‘Jon Gunnlaugs’ requested assistance. The vessel was towing the 24-metre fishing vessel ‘Saemundur’ from Iceland to Gent in Belgium, where both vessels were due to be scrapped, when the tow line parted. Although they had managed to re-establish the tow, the crew of ‘Jon Gunnlaugs’ were not happy with the quality of the tow and asked the Coastguard for assistance – at the time they were located roughly 3 miles east of the mouth of the River Tyne. The Lifeboat brought ‘Saemundur’ to North Shields Fish Quay where it was moored alongside the Quay to allow repairs to be made to the tow line.’
The vessels remained at North Shields quay until a multipurpose tug ‘Multrasalvor 3’ arrived from The Netherlands to tow the disabled ‘Saemundur’ to her final resting place.
It was not until the evening of 3rd November that ”Jon Gunnlaugs’ left under her own power and on the morning of 4th ‘Multrasalvor 3’ left with ‘Saemundur’ under tow. All arrived safely.

Thanks to Kevin Blair for all these photos.

The Duck has migrated

For new readers and those of you from another planet: almost exactly a year ago a bulker, the ‘Donald Duckling’, arrived to pick up a cargo of scrap metal. The ship was impounded for reasons explained in a blog at that time. Since then the crew were flown home, the owners declared bankrupt and the ship stood unloved until quite recently she was bought, renamed to Tai Fu Star, her engines repaired and tonight she sailed off in the darkness to the Netherlands for further repairs. Things won’t be the same, we hope.

The best I could do

The best I could do

French visitors

Courtesy visit to Newcastle by two vessels of the French mine countermeasures fleet.
FS Altair (M771) is a sonar towing vessel and FS Vulcain is a diver support vessel.

Photos by Steve Ellwood