Merchant Ships: Bulk Carriers & Container Ships
Bulk Carriers 2018
With hundreds of bulk carrier shots taken over the years, here are just some of those huge vessels that visited the Clyde in 2018, the most recent first...
This summer's prolonged heatwave has devastated crops across Europe, leaving some countries facing their worst harvests since the end of the Second World War. The searing weather, especially in central and eastern Europe, has forced countries that usually export food to import it for the first time in decades. It means that with UK wheat crops already down 12%, the price of bread and associated products will likely soar, plus British dairy and sheep farmers will have to try and source animal feed for the coming winter from further afield.
With the crops failing, stockpiles of grain are being used up early in an effort to keep the animals alive. Although Scotland is not as badly hit as other parts of the UK, we`re likely to see in increased number of bulk carriers on the Clyde bringing animal feed for distribution during the second half of the year. Federal Ruhr, made her way upriver to Shieldhall around midday on Friday 27 June, with supplies from Montreal, Canada. Registered in the Marshall Islands, she is a fairly new vessel having been built just last year.
The Bulk Carrier Pomorze was snapped as she passed Newshot Island at Erskine on the afternoon of Friday 23 March 2018. She was built in China in 2008, a product of Xingang Heavy Industry, Tianjin, and currently sails under the flag of the Bahamas. She is owned and managed by Polish company Polsteam and was bringing animal feed to Glasgow from the Ukrainian port of Odessa on the Black Sea. Her passage disturbed fairly large flocks of Wigeon and unidentified small waders at the reed bed which took to the air to find a quieter roost.
Heading for Shieldhall with aggregates from Glensanda Quarry on Sunday 11 March 2018. (to edit)*
Monday 29 January 2018: Panamanian-flagged Kmarin Busan made her way up the Firth of Clyde overnight and continued upriver on the morning high tide, reaching Dumbarton Rock just as dawn broke. It wasn`t a bad start weather-wise but with a shower potentially spoiling shots as she sailed past Erskine, I sheltered under the bridge and initially caught her from there. Her slow progress allowed me just enough time to get to the riverside walkway near the Bridgewater Shopping Centre before she drew level.
This bulk carrier is a relatively new vessel having been built in 2014 in China by Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry at Tongzou. Like the majority of these vessels that visit the Clyde these days, she is 200 metres long but brought animal feed to Shieldhall from the Port of Dumai, a city located on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, rather from South America which seems to be the usual source. She had called in at Amsterdam en route.
As advertised in huge letters on her hull, Kmarin Busan is owned by South Korean company KMARIN and managed by Pusan-based Dongjin Intec. KMARIN`s primary role is supporting global energy and as of May 2017, the fleet consists of 49 vessels including 4 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers, 4 VLCC Supertankers (Very Large Crude Carriers) plus 13 conventional tankers. Twenty-nine bulk carriers and 3 container ships are also on the inventory and many of the company`s vessels are regularly chartered out to cargo owners and other international operators. KMARIN`s website is worth a look, plus it has the facility to see the current whereabouts of all their ships: www.kmaringroup.com.
Sunday 21 January 2018: Unfortunately it was too dark to capture African Lunde, the first bulk carrier to visit the city docks this year, on Friday 12 January when she made her way upriver just before first light. The weather wasn`t too favourable when she got underway on the afternoon of Sunday the 21st but I managed a few grey shots as she passed the Titan Crane at Clydebank in the rain. The tugs had been waiting at Shieldhall for a couple of hours before African Lunde was ready to sail by which time the heavy snow, which caused Glasgow Airport to close for a short time until the runway was cleared, had turned to a persistent drizzle.
African Lunde is a fairly new vessel having been built in 2014 and had delivered animal feed from San Lorenzo, Argentina. As is often the case with these deliveries, she had stopped-off at Belfast en route for a partial discharge of cargo. On her way out to sea, the bulker passed the inbound Panamanian-flagged cargo ship Y.Dadayli at Dumbarton Rock but it was too dark for a shot of the smaller vessel by the time she reached Erskine.
African Lunde is just a fraction under 200 metres long with a gross tonnage of 34,769 (61,320 dwt) and currently sails under the flag of Singapore. She is one of JebMur Shipping`s fleet of bulk carriers which range from 25,000 to 55,000 dwt in size. JebMur was formed in 2008 when Transpac teamed up with Dubai based MUR and the operator`s vessels make frequent sailings between North America, the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand as well as visiting other locations around the globe. A wide range of cargoes including fertilisers, sulphur, rice, scrap, soda ash, steel products, coal, sugar and various types of ores are regularly transported. African Lunde`s next port of call after Glasgow was Dunkirk, France.
I`ve included a short video clip for the first time, shot hand-held with my new bridge camera therefore it`s a bit sticky and shaky in places. Hopefully the quality will improve as the year goes on, especially if the weather`s decent enough to set up a tripod. It can be surprisingly difficult to find free royalty-free music for use on personal websites but fortunately my video editing program has a few suitable tracks available.