Tall ships come to Lerwick

SUMMER is in full swing at Lerwick Harbour, with around six visiting yacht arrivals daily. This, coupled with the normal harbour traffic, has made for a very busy week.

One cruise liner, the 206 metre Albatros, arrived on Saturday from Bremerhaven and sailed to Reykjavik.

And in the small boat harbour, the lifeboat Michael and Jane Vernon is back on station after a refit.

Oil-related arrivals continued apace, with diving support boat the 92 metre Bahamian-registered Seven Pelican coming to Victoria Pier on Friday. Seismic, supply and stand-by boats came to Holmsgarth or the Greenhead Base. The Geo Prospector arrived at Shearers on Monday and the chase boat Dolfijn, registered in Sierra Leone, was at Holmsgarth on Tuesday for a crew change and to take on fuel and fresh water.

On Wednesday the British work boat Forth Sentinel towed in the barge Sprucelight to work with Westminster Dredging. The same day the 138 metre British cable ship Wave Sentinel arrived for fuel, fresh water and a crew change.

Two vessels involved in the Tall Ships race have also been in the harbour. On Monday the British ship Leader came into Lerwick because she was becalmed, and two days later the Norwegian Svanhild, which had sailed from Liverpool, came in with a sick crew member.

• ONLY two tankers left Sullom Voe this week.

The Mare Adriacum sailed to Tranmere with 83,651 tonnes of crude on Saturday, and the Dubai Legend went to Rotterdam with 81,878 tonnes on Tuesday.

The Petroatlantic imported Schiehallion oil into Sullom Voe on Saturday, but the amount is not yet available. On Tuesday the Alfa Italia exported 89,822 tonnes to Rotterdam.

There were no ship to ship transfers.


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