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Old May 26th, 2012, 12:39 PM   #501
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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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Old May 26th, 2012, 03:37 PM   #502
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Thank you.

Got my dates mixed up.

Must get rid of my Theresa May calandar!
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Old May 26th, 2012, 03:51 PM   #503
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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   #504
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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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Old May 27th, 2012, 12:00 PM   #505
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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   #506
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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.


Read More - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business...1140-31073064/
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Old May 30th, 2012, 11:38 AM   #507
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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   #508
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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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Old June 22nd, 2012, 03:49 PM   #509
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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   #510
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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   #511
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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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Old June 29th, 2012, 06:22 PM   #512
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Grumant

Grumant seen here inbound from Barentsburg (Russia) from the Port of Tyne (North East England) on 29th June 2012 with a cargo of coal. Photographed from Western Quay, North Shields.


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Old July 1st, 2012, 04:45 PM   #513
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One operation that has been taking place in the Port of Tyne is the transference of stone chips from a Stone Carrier to Pipe Burying Vessels for eventual use on the Breagh Gas Pipeline which comes ashore at Redcar before ending at Sea Sands.

The system is that stone chips are imported from Norway to be used to fill up the trench in which the gas pipe has been fitted. The stone chips need to be fed into the trench by specialist vessels which are extremely accurate. It is more costs effective to have a Stone Carrier travel over from Norway and then to replenish the Pipe Burying Vessels and that has been taking place on the Tyne. The Stone Carrier being docked and the Pipe Burying Vessels being loaded via long conveyor belts whilst lying alongside in mid channel.

Couple of photographs of some of the vessels involved:

This is FITNES a Self-Discharging Bulk Carrier (Stone Carrier), seen here outbound from the Tyne, 3rd June 2012:



This is Tideway Rollingstone, seen outbound on 18th June 2012. She is a Pipe Burying Vessel:



This was Seahorse another Pipe Burying Vessel and she was on the Tyne, 2nd June 2012, a massive vessel, 38 metres in breadth.

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Old July 9th, 2012, 08:45 PM   #514
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Cruise Ship SAGA SAPPHIRE outbound from the Port of Tyne, North East England headed for Ijmuiden, Netherlands on 9th July 2012. Photographed from Western Quay, North Shields.











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Old July 14th, 2012, 11:10 PM   #515
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The latest visitor of note to the Port of Tyne is the Royal Navy Fisheries Protection Patrol Ship HMS Tyne - P281.

HMS Tyne came into the river on 13th July 2012 for a weekend courtesy visit to North Tyneside to co-incidence with the Mouth of the River Festival and she berthed at the newly renovated Western Quay. First time that I had seen a vessel of that size at Western Quay and certainly the first Royal Navy ship to swing at that part of the river (for those non ship types - that means a 180 degrees turn).

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Old July 16th, 2012, 04:24 PM   #516
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Foy Boats

One of the traditional trades on the Tyne is that of Foy Boatman and despite the many changes that we have seen that employment continues to this day.

Foy Boats have been associated with the North East coast for at least 300 years and still exist on the Tyne, Blyth and Wear. Originally their main job was to assist sailing ships into and out of the rivers in periods of calm or when winds weren’t in the right direction. The Foy’s would tow the sailing ships for a fee which was where the name Foy comes from.

On the introduction of steam ships the Foy’s moved with the times and offered a service in mooring and unmooring vessels at their berths. This was carried out by Foy Boats which were sail and oar powered.

The Foy Boatmen now carry out the role of assisting vessels with their moorings, albeit now in Foy Boats which are powered by engines. However their boats still follow traditional lines with being of a narrow beam and heavily built to contend with the knocks that they take. Traditional painted black with a broken line of white paint at their ‘boot tops’.

Blyth Boatmen have a web site @ http://www.blythboatmen.co.uk/

These are photographs of a Foy Boatman arriving at Western Quay, North Shields on 13th July 2012 to assist with the mooring of HMS Tyne.





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Thanks for the pictures and info Steve.

This is definitely one of my favourite threads.

Love seeing pictures of ships coming into the Tyne.
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Thanks for the pictures and info Steve.

This is definitely one of my favourite threads.

Love seeing pictures of ships coming into the Tyne.
Good to hear that Adrian - the Tyne is perhaps the most important thing in Newcastle from a historical perspective. For instance if it wasn't there the Romans wouldn't have needed to build a bridge and Fort with subsequent settlement. If it wasn't for the river there would have been no viable means of exporting wool and coal.
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We quite often see Royal Navy P2000 class 20m Fast Patrol Boats in the Tyne as they are allocated to the various University Royal Navy Units (URNU) around the UK as training vessel.

This one was photographed on 13th July 2012 as she left Royal Quays Marina to sea and captured just off North Shields.

HMS Archer - P264 is an Archer-class patrol and is normally based in Aberdeen (Aberdeen University).

Displacement: 54 tonnes
Length: 20m
Beam: 5.8m
Draught: 1.9m
Complement: 17 (5 permanent Ship's Company)
Top Speed: Batch 1:-20kts Batch 2:- 24kts
Range: 550 nm at 15knots
Propulsion: Batch 1 Batch 2 2 Perkins (RR) CV12 Turbo Diesels 2 MTU V12 Diesels (Raider & Tracker)






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A documentary on the BBC this Sunday about the stripping down and recycling of a gas rig at Swans last year (I assume)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01l9m3h
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