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Saturday 27 February 2021

Lobelia (M921)

 Lobelia (M921) is a Tripartite-class minehunter of the Belgian Naval Component, launched on 3 February 1988 at the Mercantile-Belyard shipyard in Rupelmonde and christened by Anne Van De Kerckhof, the wife of the then Mayor of Diest, on 25 February 1989. The patronage of Lobelia was accepted by the city of Diest. It was the seventh of the Belgian Tripartite-class minehunters. 

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Saturday 20 February 2021

Red Countess

 Red Countess a tug based in Troon,not seen much in the upper Clyde, she is seen here attending Valaris DS4 a drill ship which broke its moorings while tied up at Hunterson

Sunday 7 February 2021


On the 2nd of February the 105 meter drill ship Valaris DS4 broke its moorings in a 70 mph wind while it was laid up at Hunterson
At 1930 she was adrift and without the use of her engine, the coastguard and rescue helicopter from Prestwick arrived but were not required.
Tugs on the Clyde including the large Kingdom of Fife and the tug Milgrath from Liverpool were called upon to make her safe.
A second drill ship Enesco also broke her mooring but did not drift into the Hunterson Channel but required tugs to keep her from drifting.
A spokesperson for Noah Shipmanagement who manage the Valaris DS4 said: "The vessel remains in position in the Hunterston Channel, safely anchored and with her engines and thrusters operational, should they be required.
"A crew of eight, including a Master and Chief Engineer are on board to work with the local authorities and Marine Coastguard Agency to prepare for the return of the vessel to the lay-up berth once the weather improves.