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Getting Chili in the Docks

London based company CPBS Marine Services are regular visitors to the KGV Lock in London’s Royal Docks and the latest visit saw the latest addition to their fleet make its first visit.

Chili Dog (1) @ KGV Lock 14-08-17

The Multicat is called Chili Dog in keeping with the canine theme of fleet boat names and boasts a large load area as well as an onboard crane that allows the vessel to support a wide variety of taskings.

ChiliDog (4) @ KGV Lock 14-08-17

Another benefit is that is has a shallow draft and low wheelhouse that allows it to work the tidal Thames and adjacent waterways. More details about the vessel here.

ChiliDog (6) @ KGV Lock 14-08-17

The purpose of today’s visit was to load various items of equipment to support one of the many Thames marine engineering projects. The first item was the unglamourous but essential portaloo!

Chili Dog (12) @ KGV Lock 14-08-17

Then a dive equipment container provided by UMC International and a compressor – both of which were delivered on a HIAB Lorry supplied by Phill Bascombe Transport Ltd.

Lorry (2) @ KGV Lock 14-08-17

Lorry (5) @ KGV Lock 14-08-17

Chili Dog (16) @ KGV Lock 14-08-17

Once everything had been securely placed on board Chili Dog was off up the Thames to the worksite.

Chili Dog (20) @ KGV Lock 14-08-17

Chili Dog (2) @ Gallions Reach 14-08-17

More pictures can be seen here.

On board Peruvian Navy tallship BAP Union

London is fortunate enough to get a wide variety of visiting sailing ships of various shapes and sizes but towards the end of July 2017 a very special visitor arrived on the River Thames in London.

BAP Union (31) @ West India Dock 27-07-17

The Peruvian Navy’s new tall ship the BAP Union was making a six day visit to London at the start of it’s maiden visit to Europe having being commissioned as recently as January 2016.

BAP Union (33) @ West India Dock 27-07-17

The BAP Union also holds the accolade of being the largest tall ship to visit London and also the second largest currently operational sail training ship (there are other, larger, sail powered vessels but these are cruise ships).

BAP Union (13) @ West India Dock 27-07-17

The BBC were filming whilst I was on board and as part of this two crew members climbed the mast.

BAP Union (11) @ West India Dock 27-07-17

BAP Union (14) @ West India Dock 27-07-17

During her stay in London she has been open to the public as not only does the ship act as a classroom for the trainee sailors but also as a floating embassador for Peru.

BAP Union (5) @ West India Dock 27-07-17

BAP Union (27) @ West India Dock 27-07-17

After leaving London the vessel will visit a number of other European countries on what will be a 6 month voyage of training and discovery for the crew.

BAP Union (6) @ West India Dock 27-07-17

Clicking on this link will show you a video taken on board the BAP Union.

Some more pictures can be seen here.

A big thank you to all the crew for hosting the visits and for sharing their enthusiasm for their fine ship and for their visit to London.

BAP Union (25) @ West India Dock 27-07-17

Postscript: I’m not sure if High Heels and Top Hats are a part of the crew’s normal attire but a nice bit of detail to be seen on the doors to the smallest rooms on the ship!!

BAP Union (20) @ West India Dock 27-07-17

Viking longboats on the Thames

Not Vikings of the axe wielding variety but ships belonging to the Viking Ocean Cruises company which started operations in 2015.  This year London was visited by all three of the ships that make up its current fleet of ocean going cruise liners.

Viking Sea (2) @ Gallions Reach 10-07-17

Of the three ships the Viking Sky was making it’s visit visit to the Thames and as with the other ships it spent a few days moored at the Greenwich Ship Tier.

Viking Sky (3) @ Gallions Reach 30-06-17

Officially classified as “Small Cruise Ships” they are still a tight squeeze through the Thames Barrier and have to moor at Greenwich.

Carrying 930 guests they have an overall length of 745 feet, a beam of 95 feet and a draft of 21 feet and the gross tonnage being almost 48000 tonnes.

Viking Star (4) @ Gallions Reach 18-06-17

A fourth ship, the Viking Spirit, is due to enter the fleet in 2018 and hopefully will pay a visit to the Thames next summer – further ships are also planned.

Viking Sky (4) @ Woolwich Reach 02-07-17

More pictures of the ships on their various visits to the Thames can be seen here.

Flying machines in KGV Dock

The waters of the King George V Dock in North Woolwich are usually pretty quiet with only the occasional tug or boat passing through but for one afternoon a year they become an international sporting arena.

This is when the European Freestyle Jet Ski Championship arrives in Newham to host a round of the competition in the UK by setting up camp at the Tereza Joanne boat floating venue in London’s Docklands.

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Over the course of the 5 hour event there were qualifying and finals for each of 4 experience or power categories and a best trick category with men and women, young and not so young, competitors from across the world taking part.

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The event generated a range of freestyle moves and some trills and spills as looping or barrel rolling a jet ski doesn’t always quite work as planned!!

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Overall an entertaining afternoon in the sun watching the competitors going through their paces.

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Unfortunately the event wasn’t that well promoted and most of the spectators appeared to be family and friends of the competitors  – a real shame that RoDMA, Newham Council nor the local press appeared to promote the event and this has to raise doubts about the event returning in future years.

More pictures from the event can be seen here.

Giants in the Royal Docks

The ExCel exhibition centre sits on the dockside of Royal Victoria Dock and hosts a wide range of events and a few of these each year have a maritime theme and occasionally these events attract visiting vessels to the Royal Docks.

Siem Moxie + Atlantic Enterprise (2) @ RVD 08-06-17

One such event was the recent Offshore Wind Energy 2017 show. Whilst the event only attracted two visiting vessels that were part of the exhibition they were certainly difficult to miss and were an impressive sight both in the KGV Lock and also in Royal Victoria Dock – a shame the waters of the Royals are not graced with more visiting ships.

The two vessels in question were both examples of Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs) that help service windfarm installation projects by providing floating hotels for construction workers.

The Atlantic Enterprise was built in 1970 and has had several names and roles prior to being converted for the Offshore support role. She measures just over 82m in length with a breadth of 21m and weighs in around 6400t.

Atlantic Enterprise (7) @ Gallions Reach 05-06-17

Atlantic Enterprise (8) @ KGV Lock 08-06-17
In contrast the Siem Moxie was built in 2014 specifically for the role. She measures just over 74m in length with a breadth of 17m and weighs in around 2800t.

Siem Moxie (3) @ Gallions Reach 05-06-17

Siem Moxie (7) @ KGV Lock 08-06-17

More pictures of the two vessels can be seen here.

As is often the case with events at ExCel a couple of London based vessels also visited the Royal Docks to host corporate entertainment events for delegates. On this occasion both Moon Clipper and the Silver Sturgeon provided the transport.

Moon Clipper (2) @ KGV Dock 06-06-17

Silver Sturgeon (2) @ Gallions Reach 07-06-17

Hopefully there will be some more exhibition related vessels visiting the Royal Docks in the near future – keep posted on expected visitors here.

INS Tarkash F50 visits London

London gets quite a few naval vessels paying a visit but today saw a rare and exotic visitor arrive in West India Dock at Canary Wharf in the shape of the Indian Navy’s Talwar-class Guided Missile Frigate the INS Tarkash, pennant number F50.

INS Tarkash F50 (2) @ West India Dock 07-05-17

The visit was organised by High Commission of India in London and this included banners, cheering supporters, TV and Press coverage with the Deputy High Commissioner H.E. Ambassador Mr. Dinesh K. Patnaik and a special guest appearance by Sachin Tendulkar .

INS Tarkash F50 (35) @ West India Dock 07-05-17

Whilst rare, one of the INS Tarkash’s sister ships visited the Royal Docks in London as part of the DSEi exhibition in 2015.

The INS Tarkash is the 5th ship of the class but is the 2nd of the Batch 2 vessels which have a different weapons and equipment fit.

INS Tarkash F50 (40) @ West India Dock 07-05-17

The ship is in the UK to undertake training exercises with the Royal Navy and is visiting London as part of a Anglo-Indian trade initiative and will be in London for 4 days.

The ship, classified as a “Stealth Frigate” was built in Russia for India and is an improved version of Krivak III-class ship.

INS Tarkash F50 (41) @ West India Dock 07-05-17

In keeping with Russian design principles she is very heavily armed with:

24 SA-N-12 ‘Grizzly’ medium range anti-air missiles
8 × VLS launched BrahMos, anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles
1 × 100mm A-190E, naval gun
2 × AK-630 CIWS
2 × twin 533mm DTA-53-11356 torpedo tubes
1 × RBU-6000 (RPK-8) anti-submarine rocket launcher

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The ship is carrying a Chetak helicopter but unfortunately the hanger remained closed and out of bounds whilst I was on board.

A video of her arriving in West India Dock can be seen below:

Update 10th May 2017

INS Tarkash has now departed London after a 4 day visit.

INS Tarkash F50 (1) @ Woolwich Reach 10-05-17

INS Tarkash F50 (3) @ Woolwich Reach 10-05-17

INS Tarkash F50 (4) @ Woolwich Reach 10-05-17

INS Tarkash F50 (6) @ Woolwich Reach 10-05-17

More pictures can be seen here.

Rendez-Vous review

So all but the last two sailing ships have now left the Thames after a busy Easter weekend of tall ship action on the river Thames in London, the background to the event can be found here.

Tall Ships (10) @ Woolwich 11-04-17

It is always nice to see the tall ships visiting London and quite a few new ones were seen as part of the combined  Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta / Sail Royal Greenwich event.

Tall Ships (13) @ Greenwich 16-04-17

Inevitably with such events some of the anticipated participants weren’t able to attend and there were a limited number of the larger A class vessels but that didn’t detract from the spectacle of seeing 26 vessels from 8 countries on the Thames.

Tall Ship (56) @ River Thames 13-04-17

As with previous Sail Greenwich events some of the vessels ran excursions along the Thames and there was a firework display each evening.

Tall Ship (82) @ River Thames 13-04-17

Tall Ship (43) @ River Thames 13-04-17
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RDV2017 Fireworks @ Woolwich 15-04-17 (19)

Some additional pictures of the Saturday evening’s fireworks at Woolwich can be seen here.

The event culminated in Parade of Sail from Greenwich down river with the Rendez-Vous 2017 race participants heading to Torbay and the other vessels going on to their next destinations.

Tall Ships (5) @ Greenwich 16-04-17

Tall Ships (31) @ Greenwich 16-04-17

Tall Ships (45) @ Greenwich 16-04-17

More pictures of the Parade of Sail can be seen here and the full set of pictures from the event can be seen here.

There will be several more Tall Ship visitors to London during 2017 and lets hope it isn’t too long until we see another large gathering on the Thames.