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The JSP Rider arriving at Greenock from Liverpool on CMA CGM's UK & Eire Service 1d

The JSP Rider arriving at Greenock from Liverpool on CMA CGM's UK & Eire Service 1

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These days, just about everything is transported in containers and it is one of the cheapest methods of moving goods from one side of the world to the other. The international traffic is handled generally by the really large container ships that can carry around 20,000 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) of containers. Once containers have arrived, they are usually moved by road or rail to their final destination.

However, there are also more localised container shipping services and the Clyde sees smaller container ships arriving and departing on a regular basis at the container terminal in Greenock, from where containers are taken by road to their final destination.

Today, I just happened to be passing through Greenock when I saw today's arrival approaching the container termainal and I was able to get a coupel of photographs. The ship is the JSP Rider with is operated by Bernd Becker Shipmanagement GmbH & Co. KG of Jork in Germanyand managed by Hanse Ship Management AG of Stade in Germany.

The JSP Rider is a cellular containership that was originally named "Samskip Express", becoming the "Jork Rider" on 14th March 2011, subsequently becoming the "JSP Rider". The ship was built in 2006 with the hull being constructed by Santierul Naval Damen Galati S.A. at Galati in Romania and the ship being completed by Damen Hoogezand Scheepswerf B.V. at Foxtol in the Netherlands.

The ship was laid down on 29th June 2004 and the hull was launched on 5th October 2005. The ship was completed on 2nd May 2006. The JSP Rider is 140.59 metres in length with a beam of 22.0 metres and has a gross tonnage of 7,852 tons. With a deadweight tonnage of 9,500 tons, the JSP Rider can carry up to 803 TEU of containers with 180 reefer plugs.

Powered by a MaK 9M43C diesel engine built by the Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG of Kiel rated at 8,400kW at 500 rpm, propulsion is via a controllable pitch propeller giving a speed of 18 knots.

I looked up the sailing schedules and found that the ship was operating on CMA CGM's UK & Eire Service 1 between Le Harve in France, Southampton, Liverpool and Greenock. This service is operated by two ships, the JSP Rider being one and the other is the Ranger. Leaving Le Harve, the ships call at each of the other ports. Leaving Greenock, they sail direct to Le Harve. They then start the route all over again.

Posted: Saturday 5th August 2017

It's moved...

HMS Forth tied up at the Quayside at BAE Systems Naval Ships yard at Scotstoun in Glasgow.d

HMS Forth tied up at the Quayside at BAE Systems Naval Ships yard at Scotstoun in Glasgow.

© John G. Fender 2017

For the last few months, I have been keeping an eye on the latest ship for the Royal Navy as it nears completion at BAE BAE Systems Naval Ships yard at Scotstoun.

Today, I noticed that it had moved and was now tied up at the quayside instead of sitting in one of the dry docks.

The ship is HMS Forth, the first of five batch 2 River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels built to replace the three batch 1 River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels. It was built by BAE Systems Naval Ships at the Govan Yard in Glasgow and was launched in September 2016 by being floated off a semi-submersible barge.

Fitting out was undertaken at the Scotstoun yard. With a displacement of 2,000 tonnes, HMS Forth is 90.5 metres in length with a beam of 13.0 metres. Armament consists of one 30 mm cannon, two general purpose machine guns and two miniguns.

It can accommodate a Merlin helicopter on the flight deck. With a range of 5,500 nautical miles, the ship has an endurance of 35 days. The ship has a crew of 34, but can accommodate up to 60. the next two ships of the class, HMS Medway and HMS Trent, are currently under construction a the Govan yard and work has commenced on the next two, HMS Tamar and HMS Spey.

Posted: Thursday 3rd August 2017

A partly wasted trip...

I mentioned last week that the car, having passed its MOT test, needed some attention to the air conditioning system as well as having a service recall attended to. The recall item is related to the fuel filler so I arranged for the dealer to attend to these items today.

When I got to the dealer I was asked how much fuel was in the tank. No-one had thought to let me know that for this work to be carried out, the tank needs to be as near to empty as possible! Needless to say I had too much fuel in the tank for the work to be undertaken. So that will need to be done at a later date. I had hoped that the air conditioning could be sorted out on this visit, but it turns out that the pump will need replacing and this will be done under warranty.

So the upshot of all of this is that I'll need to take the car back to the dealer a third time to get these items attended to. However, I must sazy that the dealer has been very helpful thoughout and it I good customer service that will mean that when I do replace this car, it will probably be with one from this dealer. Hopefully, the next visit will be a case of "third time lucky" and everything will be finally sorted out.

Posted: Tuesday 1st August 2017

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