Tuesday 29th december 2015

Celtic Endeavour sails.

mv CELTIC ENDEAVOUR has sailed after repairs to her generator.

The winds were up to 30 knots, but of a southerly direction, and the ship was swung on the exposed Yelland Jetty without incident using the headine , engine and bowthruster.

The Master was concerned at the conditions, but was reassured about the manouvre by the pilot, and also about the disembarkation as he thought that he would be blown out of the channel, which was in the vicinity of the Middle Ridge buoy before the rolling and pitching of the ship made the long ladder too dangerous for the pilot, and pilot boat.

Unfortunately the Middle Ridge buoy was still unlit, despite the attendance of Trinity Houses light vessel  Patricia a couple of days ago. (Perhaps conditions were not suitable to replace or fix the light.)

In the event all went well, and the ship is now proceeding to AVONMOUTH to load glass cutlet for PORTUGAL.

Pilot boat crew John Pavitt and Thom Flaxman did a good job unmooring, and taking pilot R.Hoad off the ship in quite testing conditions.