#Ports&Shiping - Cowes Week synominous for the World famous regatta held in the UK off the Isle of Wight town is also home to Carisbrooke Shipping which today has one of their cargoships docked in the Port of Hull which on 21st October is to host public tours, writes Jehan Ashmore.
Tickets to visit the English port on the North Sea coast however have apparently been snapped up. To those who have secured tickets already from Associated British Ports (ABP) through Eventbrite, this will enable a rare behind-the-scenes opportunity to experience the huge scale of operations at the UK east coast port.
The four 90-minute tours held throughout the day will begin at ABP Port House in Hull (HU9 5NS), followed by an exciting coach tour of King George V Dock (pictured above) where the Carisbrooke cargoship, Kimberly C constructed in China in 2011 is at time of writing berthed in the dock's basin. The 6,800dwt gearless mini-bulker is one of 31 in the fleet of dry-cargo and multi-purpose ships that ranges from 5,000dwt to more than 13,000dwt.
Afloat has researched that the ship is due to depart the dock and head for Tilbury (London) on the Thames Estuary before a longer passage bound for Dublin Port next week.
King George V Dock is one of several docks that comprise the port complex includes the neighbouring Hull Container Terminal where Irish built ship-to-shore cranes were installed earlier this year. This involved a seaborne delivery of a pair of Liebherr (Killarney plant built cranes) conveyed on a heavy lift-ship HHL Lagos on a voyage from Rushbrooke, Cork Harbour to the UK port.
Returning to the port tours in Hull next month, they are to include stop-off points to fully gain a sense of the vast operations which according to ABP play such an important role in the UK and local economies.
The Port of Hull which is located on the Humber estuary is one of four ports operated by ABP, the others are located opposite on the south shore in Goole, Grimsby and Immingham. The latter port hosted a successful open day which saw over 500 people attend from across the UK.