New operator takes over the Tilbury Ferry service

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A NEW operator has taken over the historic Tilbury Ferry service today. The river crossing between Tilbury and Gravesend is now operated by Jetstream Tours using the Thames Swift trimaran vessel. It’s a return to the service after a 15 year absence for Thames Swift, having originally been built in Gravesend by a previous ferry operator – White Horse Ferries …

RMS St Helena in London for farewell visit

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ROYAL Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena arrived on the Thames yesterday as part of her farewell tour. The passenger and cargo ship has been the only means of accessing the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic but the opening of a new airport is forcing her retirement after 26 years of service. The 105 metre long vessel …

Man dies after people discovered in shipping container at Tilbury

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ONE man died and dozens more were taken to nearby hospitals after they were discovered in a shipping container last weekend. The container had come across the English Channel from Zeebrugge on board the roro ferry Norstream, arriving at Tilbury at about 6 am. Norstream and her sister vessel Norsky are owned by P&O and make regular crossings between the …

Friday Photo: Polar cruise ship Sea Spirit

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Quark Expeditions’ SEA SPIRIT entered Tilbury docks last weekend. The 90m “luxury expedition vessel” takes passengers to destinations such as the Arctic and the Antarctic. After a lay up at Tilbury, her next schedule trip is to Spitsbergen in June. While I was waiting for SEA SPIRIT, I grabbed a photo of sailing boat POSH TOTTY as she passed.

Tilbury welcomes its largest container ship ever: Cap San Lorenzo

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Hamburg Süd’s huge new container ship CAP SAN LORENZO arrived at Northfleet Hope, London Container Terminal, yesterday afternoon. The brand new vessel is part of Hamburg Süd’s new Cap San class of ship and was only christened last month in Buenos Aires. The arrival of Cap San Lorenzo at Tilbury had shipping enthusiasts reaching for the record books. With a …