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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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 Numerous chart and nautical publications out of date, radio installation defective.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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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!