Milford Haven query

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Lombardstown
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Joined: 11 Jul 2006, 23:15

04 May 2013, 18:09 #1

I'm just back from a UK trip, commencing with a Rosslare-Pembroke trip on Isle of Inishmore.  This was my first time on this route, having always been on Stena (but now Tesco vouchers pay for the trip and they work better with Irish Ferries than Stena).
Glad we did - I reckon IoI rode the confused swell conditions far better than Stena Europe.
Any road up - as we entered Milford Haven, we were approached by Switzer Gelliswick  ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/lombardsto ... otostream/ ) which proceeded to escort us as we passed the LNG tanker Aalmira ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/lombardsto ... otostream/ ) - clearly positioning itself between us and Aalmira
So my question is this - is this normal routine practice?  (It was the day after the Boston marathon atrocity)
Further along my photostream are more photos along Milford Haven, then Dover, then back from Holyhead.
TIA
DavidNorth Cork
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Eastern Nat
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Joined: 18 May 2005, 15:28

07 May 2013, 10:34 #2

I would suspect that this might be a standard operational procedure, particularly for passenger vessels passing
gas carriers.
In Dublin there are restrictions on the movements of gas carriers and on vessels seeking
to enter / leave the port whilst one is moving in  the channel.

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29 May 2013, 22:15 #3

Believe this has been happening since they started bringing gas carriers into Milford Haven. Think they also brought in a speed reduction. Tug positions itself so that in the event of ferry losing power it could shepherd vessel away from gas carrier
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KD 191
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Joined: 25 Oct 2005, 03:29

05 May 2014, 03:37 #4

Indeed I was on the Isle of Innishmore myself last week , I also saw the tugs (there were 2 that night) , I am curious to know who is paying for those , I suspect its not Irish Ferries (one would hope not anyway)
From experience the Isle of Innishmore is a far more stable vessel in bad weather than Stena Europe.
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Eastern Nat
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Joined: 18 May 2005, 15:28

09 May 2014, 10:21 #5

Logically it should be gas terminal operator as it is obviously a port safety requirement.
My guess is that they have an agreement with the Port Authority, who would arrange for

cover by port tugs against some dues arrangement for providing the service within the terms
of the charges levied by the port for the gas traffic handled.

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