Wednesday 9th March 2016

ABERDEEN sails .

mv ABERDEEN sailed at 1735 hrs this evening with a draught of 4.85m aft and 4.7m ford. for CASTELLON in Spain a passage of some 7 days.

Strong Northerly winds (33 knots) made the river and estuary and bar rough. The Pilot departure from the ship was smoothly carried out by coxwain Thom Flaxman but Pilot and especially crew (Keith Stevens) were thorouhly soaked!

Winds are forecast to drop overnight for the float out of the Irish Naval newbuilding at approx 0545 hrs. She will be towed by WILLENDEAVOUR and the LUNDY PUFFIN with her new Dusan engines.

Aberdeen Bideford March 16
Aberdeen at Bideford quay Norman Hardaker.