Summer Walk No 13 - Port of Blyth South Harbour, Tuesday 27th August 2013.

The Stellaprima prepares to Load.

The 2013 Summer Walks & Visits Programme ended on Tuesday 27th August with an organised visit to the Port of Blyth's
South Harbour, at South Beach, Blyth. This private tour allowed Morpeth Camera Club members to access the huge transit
sheds on the North & West Quays and gain an insight as to what goes on behind the scenes at a working Port Handling
The South Harbour is the main terminal for non bulk cargoes primarily handling containers, forest products, metals and
general break-bulk items. Break-bulk cargo is transported in bags, boxes, crates, bales, drums or barrels & includes items
that can be secured to a pallet or skid.
Large quantity's of paper, wood and aluminium ingots were stacked in the sheds whilst the storage area on the quayside
was filled with over twenty giant reels of cable waiting to be loaded onto the Stellaprima, a heavy lift cargo vessel that had
entered the port earlier in the day after travelling from Gdansk. At a hundred & one metres long and over seven thousand
tonnes, walking along the quayside next to the ship brought home both the scale of the task and the machinery involved to
load such a heavy cargo. Cranes, fork lift trucks, trailers and other specialist equipment were all photographed before we
boarded the Pilot boat "Cambois" for a trip out to the harbour mouth and then up river to get a different view of the Port
of Blyth from the water.

Paper in the Transit Shed, Cable Reels on the Quayside & The Skipper on board the Pilot Boat.

The skipper of the boat explained his role as a pilot and gave an informal update about working on the river.
Blyth harbour is a busy port with everything from pleasure craft, yachts, fishing boats and regular visits by working boats,
from Tugs to Oil Rig Support Vessels, from Tall Ships to Marine Survey Ships. Returning to the Quayside we took our last
images of the evening before the light began to fade.

Some of the "Motley Crew".

Camera Club members then took up the kind invitation of a drink at the floating headquarters of the Royal Northumberland
Yacht Club. Their clubhouse being inside " The Tyne", a historic wooden lightship that was commissioned by Trinity House
in 1879, and after a long service at sea it was salvaged, restored and brought to Blyth Marina.
An excellent end to the Summer Programme and a big THANK YOU to Alan Todd, Port Director, and the management & staff
at the Port of Blyth who gave up their time to make it a successful visit.

Davy Bolam.