Just a quick news update today with couple of short time lapse videos taken recently of our Scot Isles. She recently carried a cargo of pipes and we attended the discharge. These videos show just how much is involved when handling a project cargo.
And the Scotline Tennis 2017 winner is….!
On Wednesday May 10th Scotline once again convened on Brentwood Hard Courts to compete for the prestigious Scotline tennis trophy.
Unlike last year which had sun, rain and snow, it was a nice clear day with ideal tennis – playing conditions. 24 players entered into a mixed doubles tournament with a round robin and the top 8 going into semis then a final.
The standard this year was good with a number of people showing their competitive sides. It seems there are a couple of budding Andy Murrays out there in the timber industry, with a few semi-professionals claiming to only play “once in a while”.
After the round robins and the semi finals (and some strawberries and cream), the final was contested between Julie Shotton & Magnus Lofgren vs Cindy Crancher & Pehr Eriksson.
A tough set of tennis later and the eventual winners were decided. The 2017 runners up were Cindy Crancher and Pehr Eriksson:
Leaving the eventual winners as Julie Shotton and (ex professional!) Magnus Lofgren. Congratulations to Julie and Magnus.
Scotline hopes everyone who took part enjoyed the day and we hope to see you all there again next time.
Scotline are pleased to announce the launch of the Scot Navigator from the GS Yard B.V. in Groningen. She will become the 10th vessel in the Scotline fleet.
On Wednesday the 22nd February 2017 the Scot Navigator was launched at the GS Yard B.V. in Groningen. She has a modern, efficient design which makes her the ideal acquisition for our expanding fleet, whilst being built to comply with all the latest legislation including provisions for ballast water treatment.
The Scot Navigator will have a length of 88 metres, a beam of 13.75 metres and a maximum sailing draught of 4.90 metres. This will give her a timber-fitted capacity of about 5,500 cubic metres. She will be powered by a Caterpillar engine and will be sailing under the British flag like the rest of the Scotline fleet.
We expect her to be fully operational and delivered in May 2017.
Our Scot Explorer was stuck in Buckie last week because of the storms that hit the UK. In the extremely rough weather she couldn’t work, even in the shelter of the harbour.
The chief engineer, Radek, managed to take a video of the conditions in Buckie:
She was in Buckie to load an interesting project cargo of whiskey distillery tanks. The destination for these is the Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery in Cork.
A couple of short videos sent to us from our Scot Venture this week shows her navigating her way through the ice whilst loading in Riga.
As more of the Baltic ports become ice locked, the ice breakers are working hard to keep the port of Riga open.
Thanks to Iggy on board for sending us the videos.
It turns out that it’s not just Riga that’s experiencing bad weather at the moment. The pictures below was sent today showing the conditions in Buckie.
Thanks to Radek on the Scot Explorer for the update.
From everyone here at Scotline, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
As another year comes to an end, it’s time for celebration, reflection and a cheesy Christmas card with a ship forced into it. We hope you had a good year and look forward to seeing you again in the new year, ready and refreshed for the challenges ahead!
Scotline are pleased to welcome the Scot Leader to our fleet.
Scotline have recently added a new lady to our fleet having taken on the Scot Leader, ex-Odertal. She is similar to our Scot Trader at around 4500 DWT. She’ll be flying under the British Flag.
What the Leader brings to our fleet is not only a second vessel with a deadweight around 4500 tonnes, but equally importantly is her high cubics, holding 6,360 cubic metres in her single hold. For a full specification have a look at her details here. A full pdf can also be seen there showing more details and the particulars of her hold.
She is just completing her dry docking this week and will be ready for service soon, looking stunning in the Scotline livery and ready to work. Thanks must go to our superintendents Mark and John and everyone else involved for getting her up to such a high standard so quickly.
Winter must be upon us again, as evidenced by the video below of our Scot Venture in rough weather approaching Inverness.
Thanks to Iggy on board for the video, showing just how difficult conditions can be out there. As always, we’ll do our best to get your cargo in on time despite the challenging conditions!
Last Wednesday we hosted the 20th annual Scotline Grand Prix, held at Bayford Meadows in Sittingbourne.
This is the 18th year we’ve raced at Bayford Meadows. As usual we had a great turnout of people from the timber industry and the UK short sea. The recent showers stayed away and the weather on the day was warm and sunny.
The day started with a short briefing, then a 30-minute practice and qualifying session before the main event: a 3-hour endurance race. Teams of 3 to 5 people battled it out for 3 hours before the eventual podium was settled.
Congratulations to CR Timber for their eventual win, followed closely by Jordeson and Glenn Trade in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Thanks to everyone who attended, it was a really enjoyable day and we hope to see you again next year. It really is the people who make this event as enjoyable and successful as it is. We should mention a few names who have been attending since our inaugural event, but then again, perhaps they’d rather not be reminded!
If you didn’t attend this year’s Scotline Grand Prix, but think that you can take CR Timber’s crown next year, then get in touch with Cindy in Romford.
Our friend and colleague, John Carter, has passed away at the age of 87.
John joined Scotline in 1984 and was Chartering Manager and Director for 16 years. He had a great love of shipping and was committed to his career. He was a keen connoisseur of food and enjoyed his family holidays to the South of France.
John will be missed by us all.