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~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for January 2022 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Iona ~ Weymouth Bay at anchor in August 2021 

In September 2016, Carnival ordered a 5,200 passenger LNG fuelled vessel for P&O from Meyer Werft for May 2020 service. The global pandemic intervened in March 2020 and the ship was eventually delivered in October 2020, however, the christening as Iona didn’t take place until May 2021. During May, June and July Iona was often seen anchored off the Dorset coast awaiting the day she could welcome her first passengers. She eventually undertook her maiden voyage with paying customers on August 7th 2021, but not before she called into Weymouth Bay on a “shakedown” cruise in early August with “test passengers”. Portland photographer Paul Dallaway was out on the water to capture these images of her call.

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for January 2022 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Iona ~ Weymouth Bay at anchor in August 2021

Iona is one of Carnival Corporation's “Excellence” class cruise ships - built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany - and delivered in October 2020 to become the new flagship of P&O Cruises - the largest to ever operate for P&O or any UK based cruise company.

Key Dimensions of Iona … Gross Tonnage = 184,089 … Length = 344m … Beam = 42m … Draft = 12m … 16 complete decks (3 partial) … Total Installed Power = 62 MW … Service speed = 17 knots … Capacity for 5,206 passengers and 1,762 crew.

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for February 2022 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Commodore Goodwill ~ Departing Poole in January 

Did you think about a Christmas & New Year break away somewhere? Commodore Goodwill did. The Portsmouth-based ship spent brief layovers at Poole where photographer Darryl Morrell captured great views from sea level and from above whilst the ship was “on holiday” in Dorset. 
In 1994 Commodore Shipping ordered two Ro-Ro Ferries from Dutch builders. One of the sisters was named Commodore Goodwill, launched November 1995 and entered service in March 1996 on the Portsmouth-Channel Islands route. Commodore Goodwill initially ran alongside her sister-ship, then from 1999 in tandem with Ro-Pax fleetmate Commodore Clipper (similar size & cargo capacity, but also able to carry 500 passengers). Ownership of Commodore Goodwill transferred to Condor Ferries in 2012 and by 2016 the ship sported new scrubbers to comply with legislation plus the latest Condor Ferries livery. Weekend freight-only sailings to Saint-Malo by Commodore Goodwill also enable the carrying of French goods to the Channel Islands.

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for February 2022 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Commodore Goodwill ~ Alongside at Poole in January

Commodore Goodwill  was built at the shipyard of Koninklijke Schelde Groep BV at Vlissingen in the Netherlands. With 1,250 lane metres available on Commodore Goodwill, the ship has freight capacity for 90 x 12m trailers. There is also accommodation for 12 freight drivers in 4 single and 4 double ensuite cabins. 

Key Dimensions for Commodore Goodwill … Gross Tonnage = 11,170 … Length = 126m … Beam = 21m … Draft = 4.5m … Service speed = 17 knots

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for March 2022 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Kmarin Emerald ~ Weymouth Bay in February 

Liquified Natural Gas tanker Kmarin Emerald arrived off Dorset shores on 27th January after discharging its LNG cargo at the Isle of Grain terminal in the Thames Estuary. She anchored in Weymouth Bay on the 29th where she remained until heading south on 8th February. Kmarin Emerald  has starred in the Dorset Echo, The Daily Star and The Sun … all down to local photographer Steve Belasco who we have to thank for these super images. Admittedly her fame was due to Steve capturing dolphins playing around the ship! She was built in 2007 as British Emerald (first ship in the four vessel “Gem” Class) - by Hyundai Heavy Industries at their Ulsan shipyard in South Korea. The ship sailed from Freeport, Maine, USA on 10th January and was just one of the consignments making up a record month for UK LNG imports.

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for March 2022 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Kmarin Emerald ~ Weymouth Bay in February 

British Emerald was renamed Kmarin Emerald in 2020, but remains owned and operated by BP Shipping based and registered in the Isle of Man. 

Key Dimensions for Kmarin Emerald … Gross Tonnage = 102,064 … Length = 288m … Breadth = 44m … Loaded Draft = 9.5m … Service Speed = 16 knots … 

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for April 2022 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Eemslift Hendrika ~ Outbound, Poole Harbour - March 2022 

Eemslift Hendrika was outbound to Malaga on March 15th 2022 when Kev Mitchell captured this image. Earlier in the day Kev photographed the ship working cargo (below). 

Eemslift Hendrika is a multipurpose heavy lift ship, owned by the Dutch shipping company Amasus Shipping. Built as No.123 for the Central Industry Group at the Partner Stocznia shipyard, West Pomerania in Poland. The ship entered service in June 2015 named "Abis Esbjerg". Following the bankruptcy of ABIS Shipping in 2016, the ship was sold to Amasus Shipping of Delfzijl, Groningen and the renamed Eemslift Hendrika now specialising in transporting yachts, boats & smaller ships - a frequent caller at Poole.

Key Dimensions for Eemslift Hendrika … Gross Tonnage = 5,460 … Length = 111m … Breadth = 17m … In service since 2015 … 

In April 2021, the ship was abandoned in the North Sea! The story of that incident is outlined below. 

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for April 2022 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Eemslift Hendrika ~ South Quay, Poole - March 2022 

On a voyage from Bremerhaven, Germany to Kolvereid in Norway, Eemslift Hendrika sent out an emergency call on 5 April 2021 at 10a.m. Due to the heavy swell, the loaded boats shifted and the ship was at risk of capsizing. Next day the ship was abandoned in the North Sea 60 nautical miles west of Ålesund, Norway, after cargo shifted further and the list increased in the gale. The twelve crew members were evacuated to Ålesund Airport on the island of Vigra by SAR helicopters. One person was injured and taken to hospital. One of the boats it was carrying came loose and was also adrift.

Eemslift Hendrika was drifting around ten nautical miles from the coast. The Norwegian Coastal Administration estimated it could drift onto land within eight hours. A Smit International salvage team secured the ship on 8 April 2021 using two tugs. The ship was then towed to Ålesund via Breisundet conserving 350 tons of heavy fuel oil, 50 tons of diesel fuel, the remaining cargo and the ship! Good to see her back in Poole - "shipshape & Bristol fashion".

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for May 2022 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Barfleur ~ Welcome home! - April 2022  

After more than 2 years away, Barfleur departs Poole bound for Cherbourg on 13th April 2022. These super images were taken by George Holland. After George posted a great series of pictures on our Ships Dorset Facebook group (take a look at the full series!) - I've selected these port bow and port quarter shots to show-off our "local girl". Towards the end of March 2019 Covid struck and most of the Brittany Ferries fleet were sent to lay-up. Barfleur was laid up in the Calix Basin along the Caen Canal. She was reactivated in February this year, to operate freight-only on the Portsmouth-Ouistreham route covering for refits of BF fleet-mates. It's great to see her back on her "home" route!

Key Dimensions for Barfleur … Gross Tonnage = 20,133 … Length = 158m … Beam 23m … Service Speed = 19 Knots … Passenger capacity = 1,200 … Cars = 590 … Cabins = 72 … Reserved Seats = 295 … Crew = 92 … In Service 1992  … 

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for May 2022 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Barfleur ~ 30 years on - April 2022  

On 4th April 1992, Truckline Ferries' new ferry entered Poole Harbour following the five mile-long deep water channel dredged and re-routed especially to accommodate Barfleur's record size. I've "borrowed" some of Kev Mitchell's Ships Dorset Facebook commentary welcoming Barfleur back. Once the largest ship in the Brittany Ferries fleet in terms of freight capacity, she was the first purpose built for double-deck loading with a full ship turnaround achievable in just 75 minutes. She was delivered in the colours of Truckline Ferries - Brittany Ferries' origjnal 'economie' service. But she was anything but an 'economie' ferry with capacity for up to 1,200 passengers and 590 cars, a self-service cafeteria as well as an a la carte restaurant, bar and shopping. By 2010 falling demand lead to Barfleur being laid up for a year. After a further year back in service, in 2012 she was chartered to DFDS as Deal Seaways, and the future of the Poole-Cherbourg operation looked bleak. Thankfully though, normal service was resumed in 2013. Two years later exhaust scrubbers were fitted, and it is fortunate that this remodelling of the twin funnels did not spoil Barfleur's elegant lines.