Monday 27th May 2013

Largest cargo ever into estuary to Yelland Quay. Arco Dart brings in a cargo of sand to Appledore.

Paul Jury's photo of Hagen backing to the Yelland jetty.

mv Arco Dart requested a Pilot for her new Master Captain John Quayle who is gaining his Pilotage exemption certificate soon. She berthed with TDC Pilot Captain Keith Stevens - who was the Arco Dart's regular Captain for many years recently retired. 

Keith also does relief work occasionally for the company and has recently returned from a spell on mv Arco Dee running into South Coast ports of Shoreham and Bedhampton.

mv HAGEN was carrying a brand new cargo of nearly 4,000 tonnes of granite chippings from GLENSANDA quarry near OBAN in Scotland. Mr Paul Jury has instigated and arranged  this new import to his company's jetty at YELLAND. It is for use in concrete production and replaces aggregates previously brought in by long distance lorries. No road transport has been used for this delivery straight from the quarry and straight to the concrete production yard.

The ship had a Russian Master and Russian and Ukrainian officers and crew. She is the deepest draughted ship to enter the estuary loaded - at 5.7m. Her bridge was high as she is designed to carry containers if necessary.

She handled quite well despite being a little down by the head and had a variable pitch propellor and a bowthruster. She had a 'Becker' rudder capable of greater angles of operation. The wind had eased for arrival somewhat with moderate rain but good visibility. She berthed at 2045 hrs.

She will start work discharging at 0600hrs in the morning (Tuesday) and will likely sail on that evenings tide. Her Master who spoke good English said that the quarry at Glensanda was easy of approach (no Pilot needed) and very deep water and sheltered arriving at dawn on Saturday.  He said that the cargo came in very fast, and that removing his ballast was the limiting factor.

Ship's Agents / Brokers were Pike Ward of Teignmouth head office. Pilot boat crew John Pavitt and Thom Flaxman. Pilot Roger Hoad.