In February I caught the Danish survey vessel, Sander 2 (258,83) equipped with an ROV (Remote Operating Vehicle) grabbing the opportunity between Force 10s to work out on the Walney windfarm hastily returning to Barrow before the next one.
She passed a vessel that has long become a Barrow fixture moored in a bight beside the causeway to Roa Island at the entrance to Walney Channel. A former continental inshore trawler named Vita Nova, she has been so battered by wind and tide she has been pushed close into the Causeway and will be hard aground most of the time. But she still seems to be someone’s pride and joy and generously sports the Red Duster.
As do the Nuclear carriers which lay up in Barrow Docks for much of the year, sometimes for months on end. Atlantic Osprey the ex Alster Rapid, 3,793,’86, the smallest of the fleet, is owned by the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Agency and managed by Serco and last year visited Scrabster, Antwerp and Leith, which was hardly strenuous. Nuclear activities seem to play by different economic rules to other maritime businesses.