Shipping Intelligence (April 8 - March 14)

Falmouth Packet: Mystery as location of Falmouth Docks granite foundation stone remains unknown

2:49pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Tuesday, 8th April Liberian tanker NS Concord (57,248/05) arrived from St Nazaire for bunkers in Falmouth Bay and sailed for the Skagen, Denmark.

Visitor to Falmouth HMS Echo joins search for missing Malaysian airliner's black box

Falmouth Packet: HMS Echo

9:30am Thursday 10th April 2014

Plymouth based HMS Echo, one of the Royal Navy’s hydrographic survey vessels is searching for signals from the missing Malaysian airliner's “black box”, 1,100 miles from Perth, Australia.

Argus returns from Exercise Joint Warrior

Falmouth Packet: RFA Argus to return to Falmouth for refit

7:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

A familiar friend in the port, RFA Argus, returns to Falmouth on Saturday after taking part in the major military operation Exercise Joint Warrior off Scotland, involving more than half a dozen nations, 13,000 personnel and over 30 ships – a dozen of them British.

Look Back in Time: French aviator crashed onto Gyllyngvase Beach 100 years ago

Falmouth Packet: Flying visit from French aviator

1:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

When French aviator Henri Salmet landed his 50hp Bleriot plane on Gyllyngvase Beach 100 years ago this month hundreds of Falmouth people were there to welcome him.

Innovative cable laying ship Resolute in Falmouth dry dock

Falmouth Packet: Innovative cable laying ship Resolute in Falmouth dry dock

9:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

The innovative cable ship Resolute, one of the most technically advanced ships of her kind in the world, dry-docked on Tuesday for work to her tail end.

Falmouth's A&P wins historic steamship contract: PICTURE

Falmouth Packet: Falmouth's A&P wins historic steamship contract: PICTURE

1:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

A&P Falmouth has won a contract with the historic steamship SS Shieldhall, based in Southampton.

56,000 ton Grande America enters dry-dock in Falmouth: PICTURE

Falmouth Packet: 56,000 ton Grande America enters dry-dock in Falmouth: PICTURE

1:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

The tugs Ankorva and Percuil are pictured right turning the 56,000-ton Grimaldi Lines ro ro Grande America under the direction of the pilot before she entered the Queen Elizabeth dry-dock on Friday.

Shipping Intelligence (March 25 - March 31)

Falmouth Packet: Mystery as location of Falmouth Docks granite foundation stone remains unknown

10:56am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Tuesday, 25th March Panamanian bulker Cape Henry (31,538/13) arrived from Delaware, USA for bunkers in Falmouth Bay and sailed for the Tyne.

Major anti-submarine exercises off Cornwall biggest since Cold War

Falmouth Packet: Nine Merlins from RNAS Culdrose in Helston will join HMS Illustrious

12:20pm Friday 21st March 2014

The Royal Navy is to conduct a major anti-submarine exercise off the coast of Cornwall and in the Western Approaches in June.

Shipping Intelligence (March 11 - March 17)

Falmouth Packet: Shipping Intelligence June 4 - June 10

10:00am Friday 21st March 2014

Tuesday, 11th March Marshall Islands general cargo vessel Isis (7,738/06) moved from Falmouth Bay to Carrick Roads.

Polish tall ship at centre of rescue after masts blown down revisits Falmouth: PICTURE

Falmouth Packet: Picture: ANDRINA COSSEY

4:30pm Thursday 20th March 2014

The Polish sail training vessel that lost its masts and sparked a major rescue operation off Cornwall has revisited Falmouth.

A&P secures tug repair contacts from all over UK

Falmouth Packet: A&P secures tug repair contacts from all over UK

4:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

A large number of tug repair contracts are being handled by A&P Falmouth this year.

Cruise firm boycotts Falmouth for second year

7:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

Millions of pounds in cruise ship revenue is being lost by businesses in Cornwall as companies operating mega cruise ships continue to turn their backs on the port, says the Packet's In Port expert David Barnicoat.

Navy fires torpedo onto wharf at Devonport base

Falmouth Packet: HMS Argyll

12:11pm Friday 14th March 2014

The Royal Navy has confirmed that a torpedo was accidently "jettisoned onto the wharf" at Devonport Naval base on Wednesday. 

Dredging delay blamed as Princess Cruises pulls plug on Falmouth after 20 years

Falmouth Packet: Dredging delay blamed as Princess Cruises pulls plug on Falmouth after 20 years

2:00pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Princess Cruises has pulled the plug on Falmouth as a port of call for its cruise ships after 20 years of visiting the town, writes The Packet's In Port expert David Barnicoast.

Shipping Intelligence (Feb 18 - Feb 24)

Falmouth Packet: LPG tanker Ceska in dry-dock

11:18am Friday 28th February 2014

Tuesday 18th February Liberian tanker Wappen von Bayern (5,145/03) arrived from Sete, southern France for bunkers in the Carrick Roads and sailed for Rotterdam.

Leaking cruise ship Discovery diverted to Falmouth for repairs

Falmouth Packet: Leaking cruise ship Discovery diverted to Falmouth for repairs

12:30pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Two well-known cruise ships that frequently call in to Falmouth, the Marco Polo and Discovery, operated by Cruise Maritime, have been in the spotlight after they encountered problems at sea during the bad storms last week.

Shipping Intelligence (Feb 4 - Feb 10)

Falmouth Packet: Pride of Kent in Falmouth docks for refit: PICTURE

10:48am Friday 14th February 2014

Tuesday, 4th February Bahamian passenger ferry Oscar Wilde (31,914/87) arrived from Milford Haven to Duchy Wharf for annual refit.

Shipping Intelligence (Jan 28- Feb 3)

Falmouth Packet: Shipping Intelligence June 4 - June 10

12:28pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

Tuesday, 28th January Bahamian bulker Altair (40,523/01) arrived from Newcastle for bunkers in Falmouth Bay. Isle of Man lpg tanker Philine Schulte (6,051/98) arrived from Milford Haven to for bunkers in the Carrick Roads. Liberian bunkering tanker Kithnos ( 3,220/07) arrived from Portland to Falmouth Bay. Swiss tanker San Padre Pio (5,422/12) arrived from the Kiel Canal to Falmouth Bay.

Platform remains at anchor awaiting weather window

12:26pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

THE self-elevating platform JB115 remains at anchor east of the number five buoy awaiting a fine weather window to resume her tow to Holyhead. The state of the art vessel was towed into port to seek shelter by the tug Vortex assisted by the tug Bugsier 21.

Saga Sapphire to visit for Tall Ships

Falmouth Packet: Stuck cruise ship has anchor cut free and left on Falmouth seabed

12:23pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

SAGA Sapphire will be spending two days in port during the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Race in late August.

Is Falmouth in desperate need of a facelift in time for Tall Ships Regatta?

Falmouth Packet: The moonscape at one of the prime viewing spots for Tall Ships visitors

3:20pm Friday 31st January 2014

Potholes, half closed car parks, bird droppings, verdigris, disrepair, the countdown is on for the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Race in August, but what will the thousands of people who visit  to see the South West’s largest maritime event this year think of the town, asks In Port expert David Barnicoat.

100-years since brave rescue of sailors from German barque Hera by Falmouth lifeboat

Falmouth Packet: Bob Newbon and her crew at Custom House Quay

9:00am Friday 17th January 2014

Next month marks the centenary of the sinking of the German barque Hera at Gull Rock, a tragedy in which 15 brave German sailors lost their lives.

Shipping Intelligence (Jan 7- Jan 13)

Falmouth Packet: Shipping containers set to be houses in Brighton on their way

2:00pm Thursday 16th January 2014

Tuesday, 7th January Libyan tanker Maetiga (29,304/09) Nigeria for bunkers in Falmouth Bay and sailed for Pembroke.

Falmouth Shipping movements (Dec 31 - Jan 6)

Falmouth Packet: Shipping Intelligence June 4 - June 10

12:00pm Friday 10th January 2014

Tuesday, 31st December Liberian tanker SCF Amur (29,844/07) sailed from Falmouth Bay for Latvia.

Work starts on replacing Falmouth navigation buoys

Falmouth Packet: Falmouth Harbour Commissioners to give annual report

10:00am Friday 10th January 2014

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners have commenced replacing their steel navigation buoys, some of which are of pre-war, riveted construction, in Falmouth Harbour waters.

Expert from A&P helps with Australian dry-docking operation

Falmouth Packet: Expert from A&P helps with Australian dry-docking operation

2:00pm Thursday 9th January 2014

The Royal Australian naval vessel HMAS Choules has undergone a successful dry-docking at the Garden Island dockyard in Sydney. The work was carried out with assistance from A&P Falmouth’s marine operations manager Nigel Fearn.

Sailor well on his way round the world after previous attempt stopped by burst appendix

Falmouth Packet: Downwind in NE trade winds

12:39pm Thursday 9th January 2014

On November 11 last year 53-year-old Andrew Halcrow slipped quietly and unannounced out of port in his 30-foot yacht Elsi, on the start of a single-handed, 40,000-mile Falmouth to Falmouth west about circumnavigation.

A year in port: The Packet looks back at shipping and life on the water in 2013

Falmouth Packet: Star Trek landing party? Spectacular solar power catamaran visiting Falmouth

10:00am Friday 3rd January 2014

A full year of shipping news from the Packet's In Port writer.

Falmouth says 'how do you do' to crew from tiny country of Tuvalu

Falmouth Packet: Falmouth says 'how do you do' to crew from tiny country of Tuvalu

9:00am Friday 13th December 2013

Not very often in Falmouth do we see ships with crews from the tiny south Pacific country of Tuvalu. 

RFA Lyme Bay in Falmouth for Christmas

Falmouth Packet: RFA Lyme Bay in Falmouth for Christmas

6:00am Tuesday 10th December 2013

RFA Lyme Bay, one of the four Cluster ships assigned to Falmouth, is expected to berth next week after returning from her deployment to the Middle East as part of the Cougar 2013 Response Force Task Group (RFTG).

Falmouth Shipping Intelligence (Nov 26 - Dec 2)

3:10pm Thursday 5th December 2013

Tuesday, 26th November Marshall Islands tanker Genmar Argus (81,151/00) arrived from Bilbao for bunkers in Falmouth bay and sailed for Teesport.

Falmouth Docks faces quiet month

Falmouth Packet: Falmouth Docks faces quiet month

2:03pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

The European ship repair market is an extremely cyclical and cut throat business as we have witnessed during the past quarter, says the Packet's In Port expert David Barnicoat.

Five crews fill Falmouth Mission to Seafarers

Falmouth Packet: Pictured are some of the Chinese seafarers who visited Falmouth during the week.

12:00pm Saturday 30th November 2013

The Mission to Seafarers headquarters in Falmouth was full to capacity this week with crews from five vessels all converging on The Flying Angel Centre.

Look back in time: Service to remember 1914 sinking of Hera at Gull Rock

Falmouth Packet: Look back in time: Service to remember 1914 sinking of Hera at Gull Rock

3:00pm Friday 29th November 2013

Next February marks the centenary of the sinking at Gull Rock of the German barque Hera. The Falmouth lifeboat Bob Newbon, under the command of Samuel Hingston, managed to rescue five crew members from the ship in tough conditions.

Massive bulk carrier undergoes repairs in dry dock: PICTURE

Falmouth Packet: Massive bulk carrier undergoes repairs in dry dock: PICTURE

2:19pm Thursday 28th November 2013

Penryn photgrapher, and regular contributor tothe Packet's shipping page, Jon Bennett captured this atmospheric shot of the bulk carrier Rosco Cypress in Number 2 drydock as she undergoes repairs

Port boost as Falmouth to be starting point for cruise passengers again

Falmouth Packet: The classic cruise liner Funchal

9:00am Friday 22nd November 2013

Keen travellers can take a holiday on the classic cruise liner Funchal next year from Falmouth Docks to Norway, Madeira, the Canaries, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and the Mediterranean when cruising from the port returns.

Falmouth firm helps raise the Costa Concordia

Falmouth Packet: Falmouth firm helps raise the Costa Concordia

10:30am Friday 15th November 2013

The Costa Concordia shipwreck, a modern day Titanic without the huge loss of life, has generated immense interest from around the world and Falmouth-based company Fugro Seacore had a key role with a 12-man team carrying out drilling work associated with the parbuckling operation for the best part of a year.

Falmouth Mission to Seafarers helps Filipino sailors after mega typhoon hits loved ones

Falmouth Packet: Falmouth Mission to Seafarers helps Filipino sailors after mega typhoon hits loved ones

11:30am Thursday 14th November 2013

The Mission to Seafarers in Falmouth has swung into action to assist Filipino seamen from ships under repair at the docks contact loved ones in the Philippines after the country was hit by a typhoon.

Shipping Intelligence (Nov 5 - Nov 11)

1:10pm Wednesday 13th November 2013

Tuesday, 5th November Panamanian bulker KM Yokohama (44,366/11) sailed from Falmouth Bay for Gijon, Spain.

Remembrance Day: Falmouth man's memories of WWII onboard an armed steam trawler

Falmouth Packet: Remembrance Day: Falmouth man's memories of WWII onboard an armed steam trawler

3:00pm Friday 8th November 2013

As Remembrance Day approaches, The Packet's In Port expert David Barnicoat speaks to Tom Ellis, aged 92, of Conway Road, Falmouth, as he remembers life on board an armed steam trawler during WWII.

Shipping Intelligence (Oct 29- Oct 4)

1:07pm Thursday 7th November 2013

Tuesday, 29th October Scillonian III (1,346/77) sailed from County Wharf for Penzance.

Shipping Intelligence (October 22 - October 28)

2:36pm Thursday 31st October 2013

Tuesday, 22nd October SD Bovisand (226/97) sailed from No. 3 dry-dock to County Wharf.

Ghostly Isles of Scilly shipwreck photographs to go under the hammer at Sotheby's: PICTURES

Falmouth Packet: Ghostly Isles of Scilly shipwreck photographs to go under the hammer at Sotheby's: PICTURES

3:30pm Friday 25th October 2013

The greatest collection of shipwreck photographs, amassed by the Isles of Scilly Gibson family, go under the hammer at Sotheby’s next month.

Shipping Intelligence (Oct 15- Oct 21)

2:34pm Thursday 24th October 2013

Tuesday, 15th October Bahamian reefer Cape Town Star (10,614/93) arrived from the Panama Canal for bunkers in Falmouth Bay and sailed for St Petersburg, Russia.

Prototype cargo schooner to sail into Falmouth

Falmouth Packet: Prototype cargo schooner to sail into Falmouth

1:00pm Tuesday 15th October 2013

Tres Hombres, a schooner that can carry 35 tons of cargo between Europe and the Caribbean and America will be visiting the port in April next year.

HMS Mersey arrives in Falmouth for six week refit

Falmouth Packet: HMS Mersey arrives in Falmouth for six week refit

3:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013

HMS Mersey, the youngest of the original batch of River class patrol vessels built for the Fishery Protection Squadron arrives on Friday for the start of her refit.

'Flying Angel' centre at Falmouth Docks reopens to seafarers

Falmouth Packet: 'Flying Angel' centre at Falmouth Docks reopens to seafarers

1:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013

The popular Flying Angel Centre, inside Falmouth Docks, re-opened on Monday with bunting and flags flying high. All the seafarers who visited were served cakes and tea and all received a free gift.

Free training on offer for Cornish fishermen

Falmouth Packet: Free training on offer for Cornish fishermen

12:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013

Seafood Cornwall Training, the dedicated training agency for Cornwall’s fishing industry, is calling on fishermen from across Cornwall to make the most of the last round of free training on offer.

Shipping Intelligence (Oct 1- Oct 7)

10:35am Thursday 10th October 2013

Tuesday, 1st October: Antiguan general cargo vessel Embdens Welvaart (30,570/07) sailed from Falmouth Bay for Poland Danish tanker Torm Rosetta (28,567/03) arrived from Cuba for bunkers in Falmouth Bay and sailed for Antwerp.



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