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Tilbury Shipspotting

6 June 2007 - Arielle, Symphorine, Equine, Celandine, Sluisgracht, Senya, [Opera hidden behind], Duchess M 11 June 2007 - Opera sails for Piraeus, Sand Fulmar, Ibrahim G, Valentine & misc vessels

 
Arielle
Jun 6, 2007

Transocean Tours' Arielle ex Aquamarine, Carousel, Nordic Prince, 1971 - 23,149gt

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Tilbury - Miscellaneous Pictures
Jun 6, 2007

Views of Tilbury & Gravesend shorelines, Pocahontas' Grave, Duchess M, Tug Sea Challenge II with barge, Adsteam Anglia, Alert IV [Police Launch] & group photos of the ships.

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Opera
Jun 6, 2007

Just a few photos to show she is still there within the lock area of Tilbury Docks. Her stern can be viewed from the road into Tilbury but stopping for a snap is difficult unless there is a space in the lay-by.

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Sluisgracht
Jun 6, 2007

Sluisgracht 16,639gt General Cargo Ship built 2001 Flag Netherlands

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Senya
Jun 6, 2007

Senya 5,202gt General Cargo Ship built1973 Flag Cyprus
"Date & Place of detention: 23/03/2004 - Tilbury
Vessel Name: SENYA (General Cargo) 5202 GT
IMO No: 7306702 Flag: Cyprus. Company: Helmsing & Grimm, Hamburg, Germany. Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd
Summary: Detained for 3 days. 20 recorded deficiencies. Numerous chart and nautical publications out of date, radio installation defective. The number and nature of the deficiencies indicates a breakdown of the onboard safety management procedures."

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Equine
Jun 6, 2007

Cobelfret Ferries' Equine 16,948gt Ro-Ro Cargo Ship built 1979 Flag Panama

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Symphorine
Jun 6, 2007

Cobelfret Ferries' Symphorine 10,030gt Ro-Ro Cargo Ship built 1988 Flag Luxemburg

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Celandine
Jun 6, 2007

Cobelfret Ferries' 23,987gt Ro-Ro Cargo Ship built 2000 Flag Belgium
For photos passing Sluigracht see
http://public.fotki.com/Magwa/ships/tilbury-shipspotting/sluisgracht/

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Sand Fulmar
Jun 11, 2007

5,307gt Hopper Dredger 1998

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Ibrahim G
Jun 11, 2007

6,285gt Chemical Tanker 1980

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Valentine
Jun 11, 2007

Cobelfret Ferries' 23,987gt Ro-Ro Cargo Ship 1999 Flag Belgium

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Opera's Departure from Tilbury now at http://smu.gs/2cXDOUI
Jun 11, 2007

Now at http://smu.gs/2cXDOUI
Silja Opera arrived at Tilbury on 25 May 2006 [09:26] for lay-up whilst looking for a purchaser.
Renamed Opera in July 2006 she sat gathering dust. 10 May 2007 she was sold to Louis Cruise Lines as a replacement for Sea Diamond who sadly hit rocks off Santorini on 5 April 2007 sinking in the early hours of 6 April 2007.

Barely a month later after much work on her engines, she cast off just after 11:00 BST, destination Piraeus. She emerged from within the locks an hour later and was visible from Tilbury Landing Stage at 12.20 BST. Here is a series of photos as she sailed by on a damp and misty day.
Short video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDdTHWXyf1k

Adsteam Mercia accompanied her through the docks and stood by down the Thames. Quite how far I don't know, but did not return until after 19:00 when Opera was off Dover. At 03:30 BST she was off the Isle of Wight making way at 12kts. She is due to call for bunkers at Gibraltar 08:00 16 June 2007. Bon Voyage!

Opera has had quite a checkered history, originally Viking Saga, 1980, see http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/viking_saga_1980.htm
As Sally Albatross she suffered a devastating fire in 1990, but was subsequently rebuilt emerging again as Sally Albatross in 1992, see http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/sally_albatross_1992.htm
A few bumps and scrapes have also been encountered over the years. Let's hope she now has a good few more years of mishap free sailing.

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Tilbury - Miscellaneous Pictures Part II
Jun 11, 2007

Princess Pocahontas, Duchess M, Tug Retainer towing, Respond, Sea-Lift III, Horton & others

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