A return visit to Aberdeen, as our wedding had to be postponed earlier this year and we needed to have a holiday. Starting with two nights at Leith, then five nights in Aberdeen and finally one night at South Queensferry.
The PRIDE OF BURGUNDY laid up in Leith docks – while we were up here it was announced she was to be disposed of.
The FS KRISTIANSAND had arrived a short while earlier to land a crew member. She sat in the lock before sailing again.
Early on the Saturday morning the SEAWAYS KILIMANJARO arrived for the Hound Point terminal.
The latest addition to the Hound Point tugs, QUEENSFERRY returning to the moorings.
Also returning to the moorings, the HOPETOUN in her new Ineos colours.
Returning to Leith docks, the supply vessel SEA GULL seen from the quayside and from the top of the car park.
NORMAND RANGER visible to the left with SEAWELL to the right
REVER SAPPHIRE also seen from the car park.
Having arrived in March to be broken up, the SAND SWAN is still mostly in one piece.
PRIDE OF BURGUNDY also seen from the car park.
Moving on to Aberdeen, a bright sunny morning turned grey and overcast about 20 miles from Aberdeen.
On arrival we were met by the HERMIT PROSPER sailing.
Very little else was on the move, so a quick check-in at the hotel then I was back out. I headed for the front at Pocra but there was
no parking available, a quick run round to Torry as the PEAK BERGEN arrived.
BEN NEVIS at Pocra, she moved around the port quite a bit.
At Clipper Quay, the DEEP DISCOVERER.
Ahead of her at Duthies Quay was the MAERSK LIFTER.
NS IONA sailing from the River Dee.
Last vessel for the day, VOS FAMOUS sailing.
Early arrivals at sunrise, the HERMIT PROSPER returns to the harbour…
… closely followed by her fleet mate HERMIT POWER.
HILDASAY arriving, the direct low sunlight making her hull appear black.
Next arrival was the small pallet carrier AQUA SENIOR.
Next inward was the VOS PASSION – it did seem like most of PSV’s I caught were X-Bow type.
Next in was another repeat, the SKANDI AUKRA. Having caught her previously from the raised view, I ventured down to the low level.
Highlight of the day was yet another repeat, the DEEP DISCOVERER sailing. Again, as I had previously taken elevated views this time I stayed at the lower level.
HERMIT POWER moving berths in the harbour.
I also stayed lower for the HIGHLAND DEFENDER arriving.
GRAMPIAN DYNASTY made a fine sight as she sailed early afternoon.
A quick turnaround as VOS PASSION makes her way out.
A late afternoon departure for SKANDI GAMMA.
Moving down to the turning basin as BEN NEVIS sails. On her return the next week she made the news by being detained.
Moving round to Pocra quay, NORTH PROMISE arriving in the early evening sunlight…
… as fleetmate HIGHLAND DEFENDER sails shortly after.
Next morning started bright but the forecast wasn’t good – and sadly the forecast was right.
Catching the early sun, MERSEY FISHER at Point Law North.
Arriving from Leith where she had been in the dry-dock, the ENEA looked good in the early sun.
As the grey skies close in, VOS PACE arrives.
HIGHLAND PRESTIGE was next to arrive.
As the rain starts to fall, KL BREVIKFJORD arrives. Taken from the car, out of the rain.
With the rain well and truly set in, THUN GRACE returns to Aberdeen from Blyth…
… and MERSEY FISHER heads south to Immingham to load.
An arrival that had been noted for a while, the ISLE OF ARRAN arrives from Ardrossan for dry-dock.
After a break away from the front, on return the SCOTIAN SENTINEL had arrived and the rain had eased to allow the photo.
GRAMPAIN TALISMAN heads out into the bay for DP trials.
HERMIT FIGHTER arrives as the rain starts again…
… and HERMIT THUNDER sails.
SHANNON FISHER rolls into port in heavy rain.
Fortunately the rains eases for the arrival of JURA – friends of ours up on the bow.
Next morning and weather still poor. STRILMOY arrives, escorted by SEA HAVEN.
SEA HERALD tried to go out to the new harbour site but turned back off the South breakwater.
The weather still hasn’t improved as POLFOSS arrives from Grimsby.
GRAMPIAN DYNAMIC arrives, with a light drizzle coming straight across the harbour no stern shots were possible.
Fortunately the rain stopped as PETEREL heads out for the inward bound BBC VOLGA.
As the tugs head out, MAERSK INVENTOR moves from Pacific Wharf to Clipper Quay.
Back up to Torry Battery for the arrival of BBC VOLGA.
PETEREL working the stern of BBC VOLGA.
Within minutes of these photos the rain set in very heavy. With no further movements until much later these were the last photos taken at Aberdeen.
A bright day heading south, we headed for South Queensferry and arrived in time for the ELBSTROM inward to Grangemouth.
A while later, SPICA J passed out from Grangemouth.
A long stretch, HOPETOUN in the sun on her mooring in her new Ineos colours.