Merchant Ships: Bulk Carriers & Container Ships
*Page under construction*
With hundreds of bulk carrier shots taken over the years, this page shows only a small number of examples from my collection. As of this year, I intend to cover individual vessels with their own entries as they appear. Meantime, I intend to work back and add a few vessels when time permits with the most recent first...
On the afternoon of 18 November, the 175 metre-long bulk carrier CSL Thames left the Clyde after an overnight stop at Shieldhall in Glasgow. The Maltese-flagged vessel had dropped-off her cargo of aggregates and is now the way to Halsvik in Sweden. As she passed Newshot Island a large flock of Lapwings took to the air. There were also plenty of ducks including a few Goldeneye. Svitzer Milford followed her downriver.
The big bulk carrier Chuetsu Maru left Glasgow late morning, 13 November, heading back to San Lorenzo in Argentina with an empty hold after depositing the last of her cargo of animal feed at Shieldhall. Svitzer Tugs Ayton Cross and Anglegarth provided escort for the first few miles downriver. The 200 metre-long Panamanian-flagged vessel had arrived last Tuesday and shots of her making her way upriver can be found here*.
October 30: The 195 metre-long Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier Luminous Orange arrived on the Clyde yesterday, having started her journey in Santos, Brazil. She is pictured at Shieldhall this morning unloading her cargo of animal feed.
28 May 2011: I headed onto the Erskine Bridge, just as the Champions League kicked-off, to capture the arrival of the 229 metre-long Greek-flagged Atalanta. She had began her journey in the port of Santos, Brazil and was heading for Shieldhall to unload her cargo of animal feed. As she slowly made her way upriver past Dumbarton Castle the gloomy weather over Greenock followed, soon obscuring the sun. Unsurprisingly there was very little traffic on the bridge with a large part of the population no doubt glued to their TV screens. I just reached the car as the rain came on and due to the Atalanta`s careful progress I caught up with her just before she passed the Golden Jubilee Hospital at Dalmuir. She left Glasgow early afternoon on 4 June.
Barbaros Kiran finally left Glasgow around 02:30 hrs on 23 April and sailed down to the Brodick Anchorage off Arran to await further orders.
Ice Runner, a 129 metre-long container ship arrived at Clydeport on Tuesday 22 March 2011 with a sizeable load. She was built in 2008 by the Sainty Shipbuilding Jiangdu Corp Ltd, China and launched the same year.
Pictured here making her way up the Clyde towards Glasgow on 14 March is the bulk carrier Calypso N. I went onto the Erskine Bridge but unfortunately the hoped for sunset didn`t materialise. The sky did take on an orange hue far to the southwest but cloud prevented the rays reaching this stretch of the river.
The Cyprus-flagged vessel is 184 metres long with a deadweight of 33,009 tons and had sailed from the Brodick anchorage having previously called at Belfast.
Calypso N left the Clyde early on a murky March 17, sailing downriver soon after CalMac`s ferry MV Loch Coruisk left the KGV Dock. I managed a few grainy shots of both vessels as they passed Newshot Island. * Further pics to follow*
Svitzer Milford, Ayton Cross and Anglegarth escorted the 183 metre-long bulk carrier Four Aida upriver to Glasgow`s King George V Dock on the morning of 1 February to deliver its cargo of animal feed. The Cayman Islands-flagged vessel, built in 2009, had sailed from Caleta Patache, Chile, and crossed the Atlantic after sailing through the Panama Canal.
On 8 January, I headed onto the Erskine Bridge to capture the arrival of the Liberian registered bulk carrier Anarchos. It was a cold but sunny day and the distant snow covered Cowal Hills made a fine backdrop. No less than four tugs, namely Bruiser, Ayton Cross, Anglegarth and Battler escorted the 190 metre-long vessel upriver to assist her into the docks at Glasgow to unload her cargo of animal feed. She had sailed all the way from the port of Santos, Brazil, via Belfast.
Anarchos departed Shieldhall around 15:30 hrs on 12 January by which time the weather had improved and there were patches of clear sky overhead. That`s a surprise! You`d expect a ship of this size to have at least one inside toilet!
On the morning of 3 January, I photographed New Everest passing Erskine. It appeared that the Captain and crew had finally sobered up sufficiently following their New Year Party to steer the ship upriver to Glasgow. A trio of Tugs, namely Bruiser, Ayton Cross and Anglegarth provided escort. Built in 2009, this bulk carrier is a product of the Shikoku Dockyard, Takamatsu, Japan. She is owneed and managed by a Taiwan-based company but sails under the flag of Panama.