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Old 10th June 2009, 10:08
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Sand Weaver

Looks like bad news for the Weaver again, she's been anchored off of Shoreham since Sunday and this morning a tug arrived and towed her away. Ais is showing she's gonig to Southampton.

Dont know what the problem is, main engine i should think but she's had a fair few problems.
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Old 10th June 2009, 10:24
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Bad news indeed. I still have a liking for the Sand Boats having worked on them in the 60's
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Old 10th June 2009, 11:40
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Not good news at all, i wonder how much longer she'll keep gonig. Mind you after all the money that has been spent on her over the last few months i'm sure they will keep her going. I have heard that the Serin is laid up and for sale, expect she'll go for scrap.
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Old 10th June 2009, 11:49
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Sounds like she needs a new main engine
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Old 13th June 2009, 07:27
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I did a couple of trips on the 'Sand Weaver' and 'Sand Wader' also the 'Sand Lark' quite a few years back. I'm trying to think of the skippers name on the 'Wader'. One of them was from down south but moved up to North Yorkshire. His relief was called Reg and could speak Dutch, having served with a company from the Netherlands. The crew had tee shirts printed "I dredge with Reg" I will have to dig out my old discharge book to find out their names.
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Old 13th June 2009, 07:34
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Wader and Weaver not around in my day i dont think. There was the Martin, Star, runner, Grebe, snipe, lark . I think the Snipe was the newest in the early 60's
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Old 13th June 2009, 16:32
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When I was on the Wader one of the skippers's name's was Mike Simmons, cant remember who the other one was then
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Old 19th June 2009, 10:16
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Well the Weaver's problems couldn't of been too bad, she came into Shoreham last night and saied this morning to load then into Southampton.
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Old 22nd June 2009, 20:48
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Sand Weaver appears to be operating normally, however, Sand Serin has been laid up on the Tees since December 22nd.

It would be a real shame to see this dredger go for scrap. As far as I can tell, she is the only dredger built by Clelands ship builders (1974), most of the other sand boats of her spec were built by J. Bolson & Son, Poole, and those of her generation are still operating, Sand Skua (1971), now Norstone, visits Shoreham regularly. And the Sand Swan (1970) is currently up for sale for the price of 784,000.00

http://www.dredgebrokers.com/Dredges...S/Dredger.html

As Norstone is almost identical to Serin, I wonder if this highlights a difference in build quality between shipyards? Particularly as Serin has had some considerable work done by A&P over the last twelve months.

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Old 23rd June 2009, 16:48
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The Sand Serin has been sold apparently and is due to be delivered to the South Of Ireland in the coming weeks - providing she runs up ok after being laid up otherwise it will be a tug and tow job.
Also - after 35 years+ build quality isn't so much an issue-its more to do with how hard the ships have been worked and how often money has been spent to keep them up to Spec. Dredgers wear quite quickly on deck as they get a 'sand blasting job' every time they load.

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Old 25th June 2009, 22:43
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She is anchored the Isle of Wight at the moment, off the Brook area where she often is. I can see her from my bedroom window before dark and now lit up.

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Old 2nd July 2009, 19:27
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The Serin has had a change of plan and isn't going anywhere for the mo! Class won't let her.
There is a rumour that the Weaver may be laid up due to lack of demand.
So I've heard anyway
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Old 5th July 2009, 10:24
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I,am on dredger on tees was working near sand serin the other day radars were going someone was trying to flash her up. Did,nt go anywhere tho.
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Old 28th July 2009, 20:24
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Sand Serin left Tees today under tow for Waterford
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Old 29th July 2009, 10:58
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Sand Serin left Tees today under tow for Waterford
For photos see:http://www.riverseainternational.co.uk/tugs/tenax.htm
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Old 30th July 2009, 00:12
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Sad stuff seeing her under way in that form, does anyone have any idea what awaits her in Waterford? Also interesting to note her new white stripe painted around her bow and stern.

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Old 30th July 2009, 07:06
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The white lines are for the tug to see if she starts taking water. They do the same with ships that are laid up for a long time, although the lines are normally nearer the waterline.
From Waterford it be an onward sale, either for trading, down in Portugal, Maderai etc, or scrap
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Old 17th August 2009, 22:15
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Just a quick update on Sand Weaver. Having spent the best part of two weeks moored in Shoreham, she made a delivery at the end of last week to Halls Northfleet, Thames Medway. Over the weekend she then made the journey round the south coast to Avonmouth, Bristol Channel, not a normal port for her.

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Old 18th August 2009, 10:27
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She gone round there for lay up, things looking a bit bleak for her
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Old 6th July 2010, 21:52
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Nearly a year and Sand Weaver remains laid up at Avonmouth. I cannot believe that Cemex had all that life extending work done on her, at some cost I would imagine, just to lay her up for a year. It just doesn't make sense to me.

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Old 7th July 2010, 12:29
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Word is that Cemex are bring her back into service very soon
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Old 7th July 2010, 13:34
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I was in Avonmouth last week, rejoining my ship, and the Sand Weaver was definitely 'alive'. They were seen to be testing the lifeboat around the dock on Saturday as well.
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Old 14th July 2010, 13:32
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A Development, of sorts, this morning. Sand Weaver has moved berths in the dock at Avonmouth, however, Svitzer tugs Brunel and Sky were used to do the move.

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Old 13th September 2010, 14:53
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I see that the Sand Weaver has left Avonmouth on the 6th September 10, anyone know where she is off to?
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Old 13th September 2010, 14:56
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Answered my own question I have found her in Swansea. Anyone know if she is back in service, Degzie
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