A short 4 night break up at Aberdeen at the end of September.
Day 1 – I arrived at the Torry Battery just after 5am on the Sunday morning, well before the 7am sunrise.
First shots taken were of the HJALTLAND arriving around 6.30, to test the lighting – this photo taken at 1600ASA!
The light had improved by the time HILDASAY arrived an hour later.
I took a walk down to the harbour, the river berths were empty and most of the visible berths also. The FOLLA was caught at long distance moving from Waterloo to Blaikies.
FS ARENDAL was the next arrival at 08:50
Next inward at 09:30, as the day turned grey, was the coastal tanker VERDI, in for Torry.
SEA-CARGO EXPRESS was the first and only sailing caught today, just before 10:00.
The day started to brighten up as GRAMPIAN DYNASTY arrived at 12:10.
The Spanish cargo ship ANZORAS had been at anchor, she was called in at short notice to load a cargo of scrap, entering at 13:40.
SKANDI CALEDONIA was the next to approach at 13:50, but she sat off the entrance for a while.
The local crew transfer vessel SEA-CAB also runs harbour tours – seen here heading out for a dolphin cruise.
The first X-Bow type of this visit, NORMAND SUPRA was the next arrival at 14:40.
Another coastal tanker was the next inward at 15:35, THUN BLYTH arriving from Immingham.
With little else due and the light moving round, it was time to get checked in to the Premier Inn at Portlethen and get some food.
Day 2 – Monday morning started grey with a very wet morning forecast.
I decided to chance it to catch DESPINA arriving at 07:35, just before the rain started. With nothing due for a while I went off for breakfast.
On return, BEN NEVIS was caught outward to the anchorage at 11:45.
Next movement, an hour later, was the outward bound HIGHLAND DEFENDER.
As the afternoon started to brighten up, ENEA arrived at 13:12, still looking very smart.
HIGHLAND PRINCE had arrived while I was having breakfast, but I then caught her moving between berths at 14:23. Clearly a sister to ENEA.
FAR SPICA was the next departure at 15:11.
The Aberdeen lifeboat BON ACCORD outward to Macduff just before 16:00, for its annual clean and maintenance.
Last photos for Monday, HERMIT POWER sailing at 16:15
Day 3 started grey and was forecast to stay dry until late afternoon.
The first movement was quite unexpected – the small fish farm vessel HAVARA. She had arrived overnight, I assumed for the drydock but I was later advised she had loaded salmon feed.
Her hull was built in Middlesbrough and she was completed at Whitby.
As the sun was still to rise above the cloud layer out in the North Sea, NS IONA arrived at 08:00
A short while later, the survey vessel KOMMANDOR arrived.
SHANNON FISHER arrived from Immingham at 09:10 on one of her regular East coast runs.
There was quite a break in activity, as the next movement was the arrival of GRAMPIAN SOVEREIGN ay 13:15.
NORSEA FIGHTER the next movement at 13:50, unfortunately in a duller period.
Next inward at 14:20, the ISLAND VALIANT – quite an impressive AHTS.
ANZORAS sailing at 15:30 to Seville with a cargo of scrap metal.
SKANDI AUKRA moving berths at 15:35.
The small dive vessel TEAL arriving from Peterhead at 15:50.
One of the larger X-Bow PSV’s, the ENERGY DUCHESS also arriving from Peterhead at 15:55. She had been sat in glorious sunlight in the bay waiting to enter, sadly cloud was starting to build and dropped the light quite a bit…
… and by the time KOMMANDOR sailed at 16:50 the rain had started.
Day 4 – a much better forecast for today but not a great deal showing on the due list.
HILDASAY arriving at 07:00, again very low light level check.
Following closely behind, the STRIL ODIN arrives.
Having been in drydock before my trip up, VOS VALIANT heads out.
As the day brightened I took another walk down to the harbour. SCOTIA catches the sunlight on Matthews Quay Cross berth.
EKMEN STAR had arrived overnight, this was the best view available on Atlantic Wharf.
Astern of her was DEEP DISCOVERER.
09:50 and HERMIT THUNDER arrives.
TEAL heads out for Portlethen bay.
SOLVIK SUPPLIER was the next arrival at 10:25.
TROMS CAPELLA sailing for DP trials at 11:30.
Having been sat off the fairway buoy earlier, then moving offshore to run validation trials, ESVAGT CHASTINE heads inward just after midday.
She was closely followed by the TROMS LYRA…
…then the VOS PARTNER.
EDDA FRAM was the next arrival at 13:00, looking good in the sunshine.
Also looking good, the SCOTIAN SENTINEL arrives at 13:40.
TROMS CAPELLA returned from her trials at 14:40.
HILDASAY makes an early sailing at 15:10.
FS ARENDAL sailing at 15:20.
Day 5 – checked out early and at Torry before 07:00. The forecast had been for rain and that’s what I got!
HAVILA COMMANDER arriving just after I arrived at Torry battery.
Five minutes later and HERMIT PROTECTOR arrived, with the rain increasing.
The most interesting arrival, the Malaysian MMA PINNACLE enters the harbour at 08:20, the rain still heavy.
ISLAND DEFENDER followed closely…
…then FASTNET SENTINEL. All this mornings photos were taken from in the car, there was no chance of pointing the camera in towards the harbour.
The final vessel, again taken from the car, berthed at Clipper Quay the SKANDI SKANSEN.
With the rain forecast to last until mid-afternoon it was time to head off back to Crieff to join Bev for our last few days in Scotland.