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Friday 15th february 2013

WELSH PIPER to YELLAND QUAY with sand.

Welsh Piper
Thom Flaxman's panoramic image of Welsh Piper
mv WELSH PIPER has delivered a cargo to YELLAND JETTY this morning starting her run in at 0715hrs she picked up her Pilot and proceeded to the jetty, taking approx 2 hours to discharge her cargo of rough grade sand.

Notts Contractors removed the sand into three lorries on a rota to the concrete plant storage area totalling some 1190 tonnes.

The ship sailed at 1030 hrs and took the last of the ebb downriver to sea.WelshPiperNorm13
Norman Hardaker's photo of Welsh Piper at Yelland

The excellent ship has a single screw and bowthruster and an efficient bucket and conveyor discharge system. The Friendly British Captain is from Southport, and enjoys his job working in the Bristol Channel. The sand was dredged from near to FLATHOLM ISLAND.

Other crew members are from Southampton, Scotland, Wales and Roumania or Poland. The ship delivers two cargoes a day for her company SEMEX who also own other vessels. The ship is well laid out and was built at APPLEDORE about 20 years ago, and this is reportedly her first visit back to the area since then.

Her cargo is worth upwards of £15,000 and by delivering direct to the concrete plant has saved many lorry miles. Her arrival has saved 50 to 80 lorry journeys, normally from Appledore to Yelland and return. The sand will last perhaps for two months.

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