Merchant Ships: Bulk Carriers & Container Ships
Bulk Carriers 2019
With hundreds of bulk carrier shots taken over the years, here are just some of those huge vessels that visited the Clyde, in this case in 2019, the most recent at the top of the page...
Astra Perseus (IMO Number 9611814) sailed upriver to the Shieldhall docks early afternoon on Tuesday 17 September 2019 having spent the previous night anchored in Brodick Bay on the east side of Arran. She was built in 2012 by Haotong Shipbuilding at Yantai, China, and currently sails under the flag of the Marshall Islands. Astra Perseus is owned and managed by Pegasus Maritime Enterprise which has its HQ in Athens, hence the vessel`s Greek name.
Presumably, like the vast majority of bulk carriers visiting Glasgow, she was carrying a cargo of animal feed. Her previous port of call had been the Royal Portbury Dock which is part of the Port of Bristol but I have no information as to where her journey originated. Also Glasgow-bound, the Yacht Good Dog caught up with and overtook Astra Perseus just east of the Erskine Bridge.
Harvester // grain from the Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukraine, discharged part of her cargo at Dublin before continuing on to Glasgow etc // Her last job was in December 2018 when she sailed from Campana, Argentina, to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. // She is a fairly new vessel having been built in 2017 and currently flies under a Liberian flag. // caught her departure on Tuesday 19 February etc to Rouen, Normandy.
Monday 11 February, Kilpatrick Hills etc* HMS Sutherland (F81), a Type 23 Duke-class Frigate // RMS Veritas //
As far as I`m aware Infinity K, which arrived at the Glasgow docks on Monday 4 February 2019, was the first bulk carrier to visit the city this year. It was a fine, clear morning and although most of the hills in view had lost most of their snow, the Cowal and Loch Lomond tops still had some on their upper reaches which added to the scene as the vessel made her way upriver on the last stage of her journey.
Infinity K was transporting a cargo of animal feed to Scotland from the Port of New Orleans, USA. She was built in 2008 by Imabari Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, Japan, and is currently sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands. Former names have included Infinity K H, and Infinity River. She is 169 metres long with a Gross Tonnage of 17,018 tons (Deadweight 28,455 tons).
I had originally intended to capture this bulker from the Loch Humphrey track above Old Kilpatrick but settled for the Erskine Bridge. I didn`t manage any departure shots as Infinity K left Glasgow during the early hours of Friday 8 February bound for Avonmouth, Bristol.