Photos by Pat Davis.
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A calm evening,after a murky day,sets the scene for this photo of the WOLTHUSEN,fully loaded,with scrap metal for Liverpool,at the Packet Pier,Wicklow!Built in 1995,as the SAAR HAMBURG,by Bodewes Shipyard in Hoogeszand in the Netherlands.This vessel departed around 2357,for Liverpool!
Following a wet day,I took on the challenge of a series of night shots of the WOLTHUSEN at Wicklow Port,having completed loading her cargo of scrap metal,for Liverpool.This vessel,built in 1995,is owned by Bocksteigel Reederei of Emden,in Germany!
A rare bit of sunlight allowed me to capture the WOLTHUSEN loading scrap metal at Wicklow,for Liverpool!This vessel was built in 1995 by Bodewes Shipyard in Hoogeszand,Netherlands as SAAR HAMBURG,a name she held for only a year!
WOLTHUSEN swinging in the outer harbour at Wicklow,to enable her to approach her loading berth,stern-first,at the port.This vessel departed Liverpool yesterday around 1438,in ballast,for here!
THAMESTEEL 1 looking very smart in early morning light,at Wicklow,as work gets underway to load her cargo of RDF for Bremen.This vessel was built in 1989 by Damen Shipyard,Gorinchem,Holland as SONJA B till 1999,LEA till 2002,and BOKLUM till 2008!
The last of the evening light glints off the bow of the Dutch survey vessel VIGILANT berthed at the Sth. Jetties,Cork.This vessel departed later around 2210,to continue her conservation survey work off the Cornish coast!
Evening light descends upon the Dutch survey vessel VIGILANT,moored at the Sth. Jetties,Cork.This vessel ,built in 1982,as the Scottish Fishery Protection vessel VIGILANT,has a stylish profile.I think they sold her to the Dutch firm Tranship,Den Helder,Holland,late 2009!
The stylish design of the survey vessel VIGILANT,is evident in this angle,in nice sunlight!She is quite old,having been built in 1982,for the Scottish Fishery Protection Service,by Ferguson Marine,Port Glasgow,U.K.as the VIGILANT,hence her naval grey colour!
Dutch survey vessel VIGILANT moored at Sth. Jetties,Cork,for part of the St. Patrick's weekend!
CROWNBREEZE breaks away from her berth at Wicklow,bound for Cork,where she berthed on the following day around 1030 to await her next cargo!The St. Patrick's Day rain closed in as the vessel left the port astern!
As the discharge of the CROWNBREEZE's timber cargo is nearly complete,so too,is the work of the crew of the whelker KERRIHEATHER as she heads upriver past the vessel!
CROWNBREEZE,observed from above one of the canons overlooking the harbour at Wicklow,as she discharges her packaged timber cargo!This vessel was built in 1999,by Damen Shipyard,Bergum,in Holland!
Dutch-flagged CROWNBREEZE discharging part cargo of packaged timber early on St. Patrick's Day,at Wicklow.This vessel had also discharged a part of her cargo in Sheerness,earlier in the week!
Bow-on shot of the CROWNBREEZE discharging part cargo of packaged timber at Wicklow, on the morning of St. Patrick's Day!Note the hilly town-scape in the background!
Another shot of the German coaster HERAKLES as the sun comes around on her, at the Sth. Jetties,Cork!This vessel is owned by Wessels Reederei,and was built in 2007,by Slovenske Lodonice,Komarno,in Slovakia!
HERAKLES,bathed in morning sunlight,at Sth. Jetties,Cork,awaiting her discharge,after the weekend!This vessel was built in 2007 by Slovenske Lodenice,Komarno,Slovakia,for Wessels Reederei,Germany!
German-owned coaster HERAKLES berthed at the Sth. Jetties,in Cork,awaiting her discharge,after the weekend!
As I was taking this shot of the German survey vessel MARIA S. MERIAN,I was ambushed by this very fit group of youngsters,who were fairly shifting in this curragh!They made my picture,thanks!If anyone knows them,please E-mail me,so I can send them a hard-copy of this image!
German survey vessel MARIA S. MERIAN,viewed from a point further upriver,looking impressive in midday sunlight,on her berth at Horgan's Quay!Note her ice-breaking bow which enables this vessel to work anywhere ,worldwide!In fact,I think she may have been working in the Capetown area recently,and Las Palmas,on her way up to Cork!
The German survey vessel MARIA S. MERIAN looking very impressive in midday sunlight at Horgan's Quay,in Cork!Owned by the German Government,and managed by Briese Schiffahrt,in Germany!Initially constructed by the Maritim Yard in Gdansk,partially outfitted by Gdynia Naval Yard,and finally completed by Kroger Werft in 2006!Note young Cork rowers training in the foreground!
German survey vessel MARIA S. MERIAN berthed at Horgan's Quay,Cork,for the St.Patricks Weekend,in nice March sunlight!This vessel was built in 2006!
SCOT MARINER discharging part cargo of timber at the Packet Pier,Wicklow,very late at night,shortly after docking at the port!This vessel anchored shortly after midday offshore,following 15 hour voyage from Newport,in Sth. Wales,where she discharged another part of her cargo!
NORDERAU loading scrap metal at the Packet Pier in Wicklow,for Southampton,in wintry sunlight,on a bitterly cold afternoon,in between light snow flurries!
NORDERAU berthed at the Packet Pier,Wicklow,as dusk falls on this very wintry evening!This vessel was built in 2005 for the German owner,Strahlmann Reederei.
NORDERAU at Packet Pier in Wicklow,as dusk falls!Taking night-shots is a challenge anytime,but this evening,almost impossible,because of the gusty Easterly wind battering me,and the freezing temperature!The results are for ye to judge,but i think i passed the test!
NORDERAU at Packet Pier,Wicklow,on a wintry afternoon,awaiting a cargo of scrap metal!This vessel berthed in the port on Friday 1830,from the bay anchorage!
KEIZERSBORG almost secure,at Dunlaoghaire,with her cargo of fermentation tanks for the Guinness Brewery!This vessel was built in 1996 by Ferus Smit Scheepswerf,Hoogezand,in Holland,and is a 9000 tonner!
KEIZERSBORG approaches the entrance to Dunlaoghaire,following a voyage from Rotterdam,with a cargo of new fermentation tanks,for a major upgrade/expansion of the St. James Gate Guinness Brewery!The reason that the vessel is so high out of the water, is that the total cargo weight is very light!
Wagenborg's KEIZERSBORG makes her approach to Dunlaoghaire,with the Bailey Lighthouse,in the mist,astern!The vessel has a deck-cargo of new fermentation tanks for Guiness's Brewery in Dublin!
ABIS DUBLIN approaching Alex Basin West,Dublin Port,where she is to discharge her wind-farm components,from Emden!This vessel is one of 2 sister-ships,built in Poland,and fitted out in Holland!Her sister ABIS DOVER visited Dublin at the end of November last year, with a similar cargo!
ABIS DUBLIN heading upriver to her berth at Dublin Port,with windfarm blades on her deck from Emden,on what was most likely her first cargo,after been commissioned by Abis Shipping as their 15th ship!This vessel was built in Szczecin,in Poland,and fitted out by Shipkits,Groningen,in Holland very recently!
New Dutch vessel ABIS DUBLIN,inbound,in the fairway,to Dublin Port.This vessel was fitted out very recently,by Shipkits,in Groningen,Holland,following her casco construction in Poland.
ABIS DUBLIN,on what could be her first commercial voyage,inbound to Dublin Port,with wind farm components,from Emden in Germany!
Nice to see new vessel ABIS DUBLIN making her approach to Dublin Port from Emden in Germany,with some wind -turbine blades on her deck!
KATHARINA SCHEPERS at MTL container terminal at Dublin Port,on her first visit to the port,for BG Freight!A very new vessel,built earlier this year by Sainty Jiangdu Shipbuilding,Jiangdu,in China!
ABIS BELFAST completing the discharge of wind-farm components at Alex Basin West,Dublin Port,in nice afternoon sunlight!This vessel departed around 1930,in ballast,for La Trait!
ABIS BELFAST discharging wind turbine components at Alex Basin Weston a bright fresh afternoon!This ship was built in 2010 by Shipkits in Groningen,Holland!
ARKLOW SKY in the Graving Dock at Dublin Port in afternoon sunlight.I suspect that this will be her last appearance under that name,as the Arklow Shipping crest has disappeared from her funnel,which suggests that the vessel has been sold!
AQUAROSA proceeding upriver,at Dublin Port,to her berth,with a part cargo of grain in afternoon sunlight!This vessel was built in 2010 by Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding,Yizheng,in China!
AQUAROSA inbound to Dublin Port on a draft of 7 metres,from Foynes,where she had discharged part of her cargo of grain.This vessel was built in 2010 by Yangzhou Guoyo Shipbuilding,Yizheng, in China!
AQUAROSA towers above the port tug SHACKLETON,inbound in the fairway at Dublin Port,from Foynes,with the remainder of her grain cargo!This vessel is only 2 years old and built in China1
A different view of the Italian GRANDE GHANA,working at Alex Basin West,Dublin Port,in nice afternoon sunlight!This vessel was built in 2009,by Uljanik Shipyard in Pula,Croatia!She departed at 0129 on the 4th,for Hamburg!
Another view of the Italian GRANDE GHANA working in nice winter sunlight at Dublin Port.A new vessel:built in 2009 by Uljanik Shipyard in Pula,Croatia!
JOHN RICKMERS makes her approach to Dublin Port,as port tug SHACKLETON goes to assist her during the berthing operations!This vessel was built in China in 2005,and held the previous name of CMA CGM EVEREST from 2006-11.
JOHN RICKMERS inbound to Dublin Port,from Antwerp,on her second visit to the port on the MSC container service!This vessel was built in 2005 by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipyard,Jiangyin,China!
JOHN RICKMERS outbound past the Poolbeg Light,Dublin Port,for Greenock on the Clyde!This vessel was built in 2005 by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipyard,Jiangyin,China!
JOHN RICKMERS departs Dublin Port on a bright fresh morning,for Greenock,on the MSC container service!This vessel is 5 years old,and held the previous name of CMA CGM EVEREST from 2006-11.
JOHN RICKMERS discharging containers at Dublin Port as dusk closes in!This is the vessel's first visit to Dublin Port,on the latest MSC charter!
ABIS DOVER discharging wind-farm components at Alex Basin West,Dublin Port!This vessel was completed in September,by Shipkits,Groningen,Holland!