Friday 23rd March 2012

Abis Belfast sailing time. New fishing boat at Bideford.

mv ABIS BELFAST will sail at 1725 hrs from the Middle Yard New Quay at APPLEDORE tomorrow Saturday 24th March for ROSYTH. She will have loaded 18 large steel sections constructed in Babcock Appledore Shipyard.

fv SPARKLING STAR is alongside the quay at Bideford awaiting final registration before sailing to sea to earn money. Her joint owners are based at Bideford and Ilfracombe. The fine fishing vessel will spend a lot of time at sea with a crew of 5, with one ashore at any time.

She has a draught of 3.4 metres. is fitted with all modern nav and fishing aids including AIS to help prevent collision at sea making her presence more visible. She is now registered in Bideford. her huge fish hold can freeze the catch to -2 degrees c. enabling her to stay at sea for longer periods. Her first fish landing is likely to be at Milford Haven.

She replaces the Bruno which is to be sold.