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HMS St Albans Visits London
Drax Wood Pellet Cargo Sets World Record
New Expansion Plan for Port Hedland
Former “Hurtigruten” Vessel Heads for Festival of Motorcycling
Royal Navy News

The Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans made an eight day visit to London at the beginning of July. Her sister ship HMS Sutherland, meanwhile, re-emerged into operational service following a lengthy refit conducted by Babcock’s Devonport Royal Dockyard.

On 17 July after an eight month trial deployment to the Caribbean, the patrol vessel HMS Severn returned home to Portsmouth.

The world’s largest ever single shipment of biomass material was discharged at the Humber International Terminal at Immingham in July for onward transit to Drax power station at Selby, north Yorkshire.

Almost 60,000 tonnes of wood pellets were unloaded from the Liberian-flag bulk carrier Popi S, 80,337dwt. The ship had been loaded at the Westview Terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia on June 2, and the voyage to Immingham took 34 days.

BHP Billiton is to improve the reliability and safety of port facilities with a $US240 million investment in six extra tugs and a new eight-pen tug harbour at West Australia’s Port Hedland.

The investment will also include the upgrade of workshop facilities, operational and service berths and two small boat moorings at the existing Nelson Point tug harbour.

The famous “Hurtigruten” service which operates in Norway from Bergen to Kirkenes and return, will be familiar to many readers of Sea Breezes. It has been described as an unforgettable experience covering a distance of around 2,500 nautical miles.

Hurtigruten” literally means ‘fast route’ whilst other phrases which include ‘Coastal Express’ and ‘Norwegian Coastal Voyage ‘ have also been employed by marketing people to identify what has also been described as the ‘World’s most beautiful voyage’.

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