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Old May 25th, 2012, 12:06 AM   #501
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Why do people always have a 'friend' who said this that or the other?

Most cities have their deprived areas.

There is much to see in Liverpool besides the Beatles. It's maritime history is second to none and that was going on long before the Beatles. It's war history is also quite extensive, as is it's contribution to show business. We have national museums, the only ones outside the UK capitals.

All that could be said to be in the past, but we have modern attractions as well, all of which will be attractive to many cruisers.

Why do you say the NE is under-rated? Surely you were only talking about two cities.
Much more to the North East than 2 cities 9though we do actually have 3 cities, Durham is also a city). We have the small market towns of Northumberland, Durham and just outside of the North East we have the markets towns of North Yorkshire close to us. We have the Northumberland national park (and today there was an interesting article in making parts of Northumberland a dark sky area). We Have Hadrians wall, plenty of history in our cities as well as else where in the region. We also have Beamish museum. Oh and lets not forget the Northumberland coastline where the sea is actually, (get this) blue.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 01:26 AM   #502
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Much more to the North East than 2 cities 9though we do actually have 3 cities, Durham is also a city). We have the small market towns of Northumberland, Durham and just outside of the North East we have the markets towns of North Yorkshire close to us. We have the Northumberland national park (and today there was an interesting article in making parts of Northumberland a dark sky area). We Have Hadrians wall, plenty of history in our cities as well as else where in the region. We also have Beamish museum. Oh and lets not forget the Northumberland coastline where the sea is actually, (get this) blue.

I wasn't referring to two cities in the North East, I was referring to the posters original comment being about Liverpool having nothing other than The Beatles, and then comparing it with the North East as a whole. Liverpool is in the North West which has as many, if not more, attractions than the North East.

There is not much you've mentioned above that doesn't have an equivalent in the North West. I imagine most areas have their fair share. As I said Liverpools museums are classed as national and are very well attended, there's a table of number comparisons somewhere on SSC, I'll post it if I come across it.

Suffice to say that Liverpool has it's much wanted turn around terminal now and if, as a few of you seem to think, Newcastle has more to offer the visitor than Liverpool your port has nothing to worry about.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 08:13 AM   #503
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Maybe this should go to City Talk in the UK forums... The number one venue for this my city v your city discussion.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 08:40 AM   #504
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Maybe this should go to City Talk in the UK forums... The number one venue for this my city v your city discussion.

Yes, if the discussion does go any further off-topic for the "Tyne Shipping" thread, it will probably end up in our Skybar.
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Tyne yard wins contract to transform vessels into 'floating hotels'

A CONTRACT to transform two new vessels into "floating hotels" for offshore engineers has been won by a North-East ship yard.

A and P Group's Tyne yard at Hebburn will create the accommodation blocks for global oil and gas company Talisman Energy which will enable workers to walk to work on gangways over the North Sea's choppy waters.

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Old May 25th, 2012, 08:21 PM   #506
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A CONTRACT to transform two new vessels into "floating hotels" for offshore engineers has been won by a North-East ship yard.

A and P Group's Tyne yard at Hebburn will create the accommodation blocks for global oil and gas company Talisman Energy which will enable workers to walk to work on gangways over the North Sea's choppy waters.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/bus...ating_hotels_/
That's good news - A&P have certainly had some work out of those two ships.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 11:16 PM   #507
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Confirmed in THE JOURNAL . . .

A&P Group's Tyneside workforce to convert 'hotel' ships
by John Hill, The Journal, May 25th 2012


Darren Brown, Production Director for A&P Tyne

GLOBAL oil and gas company Talisman Energy has turned to A&P Group's Tyneside workforce to turn two new vessels into "floating hotels". The company will be transforming two subsea construction vessels into accommodation for engineers, which will allow workers on offshore oil platforms to “walk to work” over the choppy North Sea waters.

A&P will fit steel decks, platforms and gangways onto the Reef Despina and Reef Larissa at its Tyne yard in Hebburn, and the vessels will be anchored alongside rigs in the Auk and Montrose oil fields more than 100 miles east of Aberdeen. Production director Darren Brown said: “In simple terms, there will be a deck put on and a gangway installed, which will be used to get on and off the rig. The men will eat and sleep on the ship, then get up and walk to the work face.

“They’re like floating hotels, with up to 50 service engineers living on each vessel.”

The construction of the decks will require 28 tonnes of steel, with a further 10 tonnes for the platforms and walkways. A team of 50 are working flat out on the two 98.6m (324ft) long vessels at Bede Quay with a view to completing the job in three weeks. Brown added: “Talisman naturally want the work completed as quickly as possible – chartering these vessels is expensive, so it’s a very intense job. Talisman are a new client and this is a valuable order. It gives us the chance to prove ourselves to them and, if they are happy with the quality, the safety and the cost, hopefully we’ll win repeat business.”


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Old May 26th, 2012, 11:37 AM   #508
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Bridon Neptune Quay facility

The Bridon Neptune Quay facility is nearing internal completion according to the current plan from Tolent. The large pits, steel and cladding are complete and the civil work inside the building is also finished, which has allowed for electro-mechanical installations to begin. There is still a degree of work to complete externally, and the practical completion date is anticipated in May.
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Old May 26th, 2012, 12:30 PM   #509
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Byker Boat

Anyone know whether the Byker Boat built at St Michael's church was launched last Thursday?

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Anyone know whether the Byker Boat built at St Michael's church was launched last Thursday?

Any pictures?
The launch is due on Thursday 31st May.
Here is a bit more about it Adrian.
http://www.rowgosforth.org.uk/byker-...-may-invitatio
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Thank you.

Got my dates mixed up.

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Old May 26th, 2012, 03:51 PM   #512
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The Bridon Neptune Quay facility is nearing internal completion according to the current plan from Tolent. The large pits, steel and cladding are complete and the civil work inside the building is also finished, which has allowed for electro-mechanical installations to begin. There is still a degree of work to complete externally, and the practical completion date is anticipated in May.
http://www.bridon.com/site/news/arti...completion.php
Some updates on the photographic front - these taken 17th May 2012 showing good progress.






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Old May 27th, 2012, 02:10 AM   #513
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Whats the size of largest ships that can dock at the Tyne?

Is it possible for Mearsk E-class ships to dock at the Tyne? I know if they did so they would break records for the Tyne but would they actually be possible too? It would be great if Mearsk and Port of Tyne started working with each other.
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Whats the size of largest ships that can dock at the Tyne?

Is it possible for Mearsk E-class ships to dock at the Tyne? I know if they did so they would break records for the Tyne but would they actually be possible too? It would be great if Mearsk and Port of Tyne started working with each other.
Port of Tyne's Container Terminal can handle Ships up to a maximum of 5,000 TEU ( 5,000 containers). However Maersk are currently having a Container Ship built that will be able to carry 18,000 TEU.

Details of the Ports container facility can be seen @ http://www.portoftyne.co.uk/business...containers.php

At present the Tyne is purely a 'feeder' container port but who knows what the future will bring, especially with the ever increasing availability of land around the Port (McNulty's Yard for one!).



This is the Riversie Quay (RSQ) showing at the right hand side the Container Terminal and crane - photographed 17th May 2012 and hosted on www.steve-ellwood.org.uk
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Old May 30th, 2012, 10:29 AM   #515
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Land deal 'integral part' of Port of Tyne's growth plans
by Ruth Lognonne, The Journal, May 30th 2012


Port of Tyne chief executive Andrew Moffat

THE PORT OF TYNE has bought 10 acres of land from the administrators of failed shipyard McNulty Offshore as it grows its business in the renewable energy sector. Chief executive Andrew Moffat said having land available for commercial development will inevitably help the port attract renewable energy industries such as offshore wind and biomass.

He said: “The site is well known to those in the offshore sector and provides potential for developments in the associated wind, oil and gas sectors. We are now talking to several interested parties who would find the location extremely attractive for immediate contracts. This is a strategically significant site with deep water and like our existing operations it is only three miles from the mouth of the river and the North Sea, it is a unique opportunity for the port as the site is directly connected to our land at Tyne Dock."

The acquisition is an important addition to the port’s Tyne Dock estate, which has 750 metres of quayside. The former McNulty site provides another 250 metres. The Port of Tyne is one of the UK’s major deep sea ports and recently announced record cargo volumes and record financial results for 2011.


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Land deal 'integral part' of Port of Tyne's growth plans
by Ruth Lognonne, The Journal, May 30th 2012

THE PORT OF TYNE has bought 10 acres of land from the administrators of failed shipyard McNulty Offshore as it grows its business in the renewable energy sector. Chief executive Andrew Moffat said having land available for commercial development will inevitably help the port attract renewable energy industries such as offshore wind and biomass.

He said: “The site is well known to those in the offshore sector and provides potential for developments in the associated wind, oil and gas sectors. We are now talking to several interested parties who would find the location extremely attractive for immediate contracts. This is a strategically significant site with deep water and like our existing operations it is only three miles from the mouth of the river and the North Sea, it is a unique opportunity for the port as the site is directly connected to our land at Tyne Dock."

The acquisition is an important addition to the port’s Tyne Dock estate, which has 750 metres of quayside. The former McNulty site provides another 250 metres. The Port of Tyne is one of the UK’s major deep sea ports and recently announced record cargo volumes and record financial results for 2011.
Good news and at the very least it will end the wait that the few remaining workers at McNulty's have had to endure in waiting to see where their future lies.

Seems a sensible thing for the Port of Tyne to increase its waterfront and hopefully we will see an increase in traffic on the Tyne.

However from a historical perspective it is yet another withdrawal of a ship repair facility on the Tyne.

I took these photographs on 17th May 2012 of McNulty's that some may find of interest. Much of the offshore equipment that was under construction at McNulty's was recently moved to the former Swan Hunter Wallsend Yard. From what I understand the modules that can be seen in the photographs are no longer required and will be scrapped.









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Old June 21st, 2012, 10:03 PM   #517
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Port of Tyne photo competition

I wonder if some of the excellent photographers who contribute to this forum have, or are thinking about entering this competition, they might make a few quid for themselves,
http://www.portoftyne.co.uk/news/por...ition-is-back/
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Tall Ship

After a pleasant City Guide walk on Tuesday which ended at the Ouseburn I came across this Sail Training vessel 'Stavros Niarchos' tied up at Spillers Quay.



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Old June 29th, 2012, 10:22 AM   #519
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ROWING CHALLENGE SUPPORTS HELP FOR HEROES

Dean Lillie 48, from Whitley Bay, a Pier Attendant at the Port of Tyne, is in training to take on the ‘The Four Lighthouse Challenge' to raise money for Help for Heroes.

http://www.portoftyne.co.uk/news/por...lp-for-heroes/
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Old June 29th, 2012, 06:20 PM   #520
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Quest for Adventure

Quest for Adventure inbound to the Port of Tyne, North East England on 29th June 2012 and photographed from Western Quay, North Shields .

Type of ship :Passenger (Cruise) Ship

Former Names:
SAGA PEARL II
ASTORIA
ARKONA
ASTOR


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