The Irish Sea Shipping Archive

About ISSContactContentVoyage ReportsISS Amazon Shop
PhotographsFeaturesShip AISShips on FilmNews
Finished With Engines: Irish Sea Shipping is now closed to new updates
 
www.jhluxton.com - J.H. Luxton Photography - Transport, Industrial History, Regional Photographs UK & beyond

MSN MARCH 1997

 

MERSEY SHIPPING NEWS

02 March 1997

 

Welcome to Mersey Shipping News. Next weekend I hope to be installing my new computer which should arrive towards the end of the week. It is therefore unlikely that there will be a Mersey Shipping News next week 09 March 1997 as I will be rather busy! MSN will return on 16th March, unless of course setting up the new machine and software etc. takes less time than anticipated!

SEA CONTAINERS (IOM) LTD

ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY LTD

LADY OF MANN - has laid in Vittoria Dock.

KING ORRY - in service

The BELARD remains laid up in Cammell Laird.

SEACAT ISLE OF MAN [SEACAT NORGE] departed from Canada Dry Dock on the morning tide of 27 February.

According to a report in the latest CCA Cruising Monthly the LADY OF MANN's new service from Liverpool to Dublin may operate also from Fleetwood.

It is interesting to note that the IOMSPCO on-line timetable on the WWW has still not been updated. It is stated that the 1997 timetables are not available yet - even though edition one of the printed timetable has been available for some weeks.

WHITAKER TANKERS [JOHN HARKER LTD] LTD

The decision to stop burning Orimulsion fuel at the Ince Power Station which is sited close to the Manchester Ship Canal will spell the end of the only regular "push tug" and barge operation in the UK. The end of this "push tug" operation will result in the withdrawal of the ORDALE H and its barges which conveyed the orimulsion [liquefied coal] from the port of Liverpool and on to Ince. The ORDALE H was built in Holland during 1971 by Baan and Hofman. She originally bore the name Willem Barendsz and is typical of the large push tugs used on European inland waterways. With a weight of 612grt and 35 metres length she is powered by three engines which in turn rotate three propellers. Steering is performed by nine rudders. ORDALE and her barges have become a familiar sight on the River Mersey appearing on an almost daily basis over the past five years or so. With the ending of her contract this distinctive ship faces an uncertain future. She is likely to be put for sale by her owners but if no buyer is found she will be scrapped. A sad end to an interesting vessel.

SOME INTERESTING VISITORS

The large floating crane - the Liverpool registered L.M. Balder was announced by Mersey Radio to have arrived in the river early in the week. On Saturday 01 March she was noted working in the Canada Branch Dock 3 in the company of the West Coast Towing Cos. VALIANT NADER and Oceaneering's Oil Support Vessel STEPHANITURM.

LIVERPOOL PILOT STRIKE?

It looks as though the familiar orange pilot boats may be missing from the River Mersey soon. The Mersey Pilots have several grievances including plans by the MDHC to close and sell the Lynas Pilot Station on Anglesey. Liverpool Pilots worked on a self employed basis until the late 1980s when they became employed directly by the MDHC. If matters are not sorted out the strike is likely to begin next Thursday and will almost certainly have some effect on the smooth running of the port.

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM BLOW FOR BIRKENHEAD DOCKS

It has been revealed that Birkenhead Docks has lost its bid to be home to the northern annex of the Imperial War Museum. It had been hoped that the development at Birkenhead, adjacent to the Twelve Quays site of the proposed but now abandoned ro/ro terminal. The presence of the ships of the Warship Preservation Trust in nearby East Float made the location an ideal site. In the end the choices were narrowed down to Trafford Quays or Birkenhead. Now the only development in the area is likely to be the Liverpool John Moores University Technology Campus.

CAMMELL LAIRD

The SEAWAY FALCON and BELARD remain in the Wet Basin. STENA LYNX III has moved to the wet dock.


MERSEY SHIPPING NEWS

16 March 1997

SEA CONTAINERS (IOM) LTD

ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY LTD

LADY OF MANN - remains laid in Vittoria Dock.

KING ORRY - in service

The BELARD has left Cammell Laird

The Navire Linkspan which has been laid up in the East Float for almost a year left on the tide of 12 March under tow by the tug VANGUARD. The link span is due to be installed at Heysham to provide additional ro/ro facilities.

This week the company announced that passenger traffic to and from the Isle of Man was up 21% since the equivalent period last year due to aggressive pricing as part of the price war with the airlines. Vehicle carryings are up by 36%. Some of the increase is also being put on the increase in sailings on the Liverpool - Douglas route during the winter.

WHITAKER TANKERS [JOHN HARKER LTD] LTD

In the last MSN I mentioned the end of Harker's "Push Tug" operation on the Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal. This service which involved the push tug ORDALE H and four barges in the carrying of orimulsion [liquefied coal] between Liverpool and Ince power station beside the Manchester Ship Canal has ended. The ORDALE H has been laid up in Vittoria Dock, Birkenhead pending disposal.

RESURGAM REPLICA IN PLACE

The replica of the pioneering submarine RESURGAM, the wreck of which was recently discovered off the Welsh coast has been installed as part of the new landscaping on the site of the former floating roadway at Birkenhead Woodside ferry terminal.

LIVERPOOL PILOT STRIKE THREAT LIFTED

The threatened Liverpool Pilots' strike was averted last week at the eleventh hour when agreement between the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company and the pilots union the T&GW was reached.

 IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM FIGHT CONTINUES

The City of Liverpool pledged its support this week to the plans to develop the Imperial War Museum at Twelve Quays despite the recent decision to locate the museum at Trafford on the Manchester Ship Canal.

CAMMELL LAIRD

The SEAWAY FALCON has left Cammell Laird. There are no vessels currently in the yard. Just after posting the last MSN the local news paper reported that Cammell Laird may tender for the construction of the replacement Royal Yacht.

ROYAL NAVY VISITOR

HMS LIVERPOOL D92 arrived on the 12 March and berthed at Canada Dock on a five day courtesy visit to its named port. The destroyer, a Sheffield Class type 22 was constructed at Cammell Laird in 1982. On Saturday 15 March the crew marched from the Pier Head to the town hall where they were granted the freedom of the City of Liverpool.


MERSEY SHIPPING NEWS

30 March 1997

Welcome to Mersey Shipping News - and a Happy Easter! I have just returned from a short holiday on the Isles of Scilly. Of course I had to chose somewhere that there was going to be a shipwreck! Well it was just like the film Whiskey Galore and that is NOT an exaggeration. I have written a separate account of the wreck of the MV CITA which is posted in the library of this forum CITAWRK1.TXT. This will be accompanied by a selection of Photo-CD images which will be uploaded when they come back from the processors in about two weeks time.

Sorry, with being away I have not been able to keep up with the local shipping scene so this weeks posting is very short!

SEA CONTAINERS (IOM) LTD

ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY LTD

LADY OF MANN - remains laid in Vittoria Dock.

The Isle of Man Examiner newspaper has been complaining to the company about the fact that the online timetable on the WWW has still not yet been published. A message states that the 1996 schedules are not yet available even though the timetable booklets have been available from the company's offices for some weeks!

WOODSIDE CUT

The landscaping at Woodside Cut - the site of the floating road has now been completed and the area opened to the public who are now able to inspect the replica of the pioneering submarine RESURGAM. The pier structure is also complete this surrounds two Mersey buoys.

MERSEY FERRIES

Further rebuilding has been undertaken inside the Woodside Ferry Terminal though the licensed bar has yet to open.

Passing the Mersey Ferries berth in the East Float it was noted that work was underway on the MOUNTWOOD extending the upper [promenade] deck shelter backwards. Consequently it looks as though the life rafts are to be moved on top of the existing upper deck shelter.

 

Visit www.jhluxton.com for Transport, Industrial Heritage & Regional Digital Photographs and Growing Online 35mm Archive

Irish Sea Shipping - What's New July 2008Irish Sea Shipping - What's New August 2009Back Home Up Next 

Irish Sea Shipping John H. Luxton 1995-2018. Content John H. Luxton and Contributors