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Old 12th January 2015, 22:04
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WD Mersey

Hi Guys I have been tracking shiping for sometime, sadly I can't get out and about as much as I used to, this website has given me hours of fun. I have followed mainly smaller ships that operate in and around the UK especially the Irish sea. As a boy many years ago I used to be taken down to Bromborough dock to have adventures on board the old WD Mersey, my father was its engineer for many years. He retired eventually in the mid seventies and his old ship was sent to the breakers. I have been following its replacement all round the place until it left the Tyne over the festivities heading for Rotterdam, since then its gone off the map. A pal of mine has suggested that it to had gone to the breakers in either Holland or Belgium. Can anybody shed some light on what has happened to the old girl, it seems like an old friend may have finished its last trip
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Old 12th January 2015, 22:27
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Old 12th January 2015, 22:34
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Hi Guys I have been tracking shiping for sometime, sadly I can't get out and about as much as I used to, this website has given me hours of fun. I have followed mainly smaller ships that operate in and around the UK especially the Irish sea. As a boy many years ago I used to be taken down to Bromborough dock to have adventures on board the old WD Mersey, my father was its engineer for many years. He retired eventually in the mid seventies and his old ship was sent to the breakers. I have been following its replacement all round the place until it left the Tyne over the festivities heading for Rotterdam, since then its gone off the map. A pal of mine has suggested that it to had gone to the breakers in either Holland or Belgium. Can anybody shed some light on what has happened to the old girl, it seems like an old friend may have finished its last trip
Marine Traffic has it heading towards Papendrecht on New Years Eve, but is now out of range for AIS
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Old 12th January 2015, 22:46
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Many thanks Pat I just hope there are no breakers in that part of the world, I'll keep searching hoping to spot her return to the real world
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Old 12th January 2015, 22:49
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On behalf of the 'SN Moderating Team', welcome aboard montyblue.

Hopefully, someone will be able to help with the information you are seeking. In the meantime, there are pictures of WD Mersey in our gallery if indeed the same ship here https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/galler...mersey/cat/516
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Old 13th January 2015, 11:35
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Many thanks Pompey, she must be amongst the hardest worked ships in the business but then again I may be biased. Incidentally as one football fan to another your fans have had far more to put up with over the years than even Rangers followers, I hope you get back to where you belong but such discussion no doubt should be in another forum
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Old 13th January 2015, 11:59
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Welcome Montyblue.
with reference to WD Mersey i have found on Equasis on her B/V classifcation that she has had a Laying-up initial survey on the 09 Jan 2015. i also see that on her recommendations the following is stated
Definitive repair to be carried out to cargo hopper transverse web lower beams crack. Those crack area to be inspected by crew weekly and inform Class if require.
This means she has some expensive repairs to carry out on her. this damage must be from the incident where she hit an underwater object in Invergorden in december
I would say the scrap yard beckons for her.
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Old 13th January 2015, 16:51
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Old 13th January 2015, 17:49
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Hi Degzie,

I was beginning to wonder what has happened to WD Mersey.
If you here of any news would be very grateful if you can give us some
more information.
I had heard that Westminster are not dredging the River Mersey anymore.
Van Oord currently working on the Liverpool Container Berths Project.

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Old 13th January 2015, 17:53
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Thanks once again for the greetings guys. Sadly it seems the news that Degzie brings is in line with the gossip I had been given. Her passage from Invergorden to Rotterdam was very much a leapfrog affair giving me more cause for concern, normally she would have chugged her way without stopping. There is always a sense of sadness when an old friend comes to its inevitable end although I hope a repair is undertaken but inview of her age I doubt whether the cost would be justified, fingers crossed
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Hi Montyblue

Found this ...

http://www.nautilusint.org/media/822...nuary-2015.pdf


MERSEY LAY-UP:
Boskalis Westminster has
confirmed that the WD Mersey will be going into lay-up
following the end of the Nigg project. The company was
due to begin moves to seek voluntary redundancies as
the Telegraph went to press
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Old 15th January 2015, 22:59
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As I explained earlier the original W D Mersey was always considered to be 'my dads' ship hence my interest in the originals successor. If the Westminster (Wezzie) has lost the river contract there must have been a very good reason, its owners Boskalis must have got something very wrong with their pricing because they had held it for before I was born.

Thanks for the assistance and as Keith says please keep us all updated if anything else comes to light
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Old 16th January 2015, 12:49
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Hi

My interest in the WD Mersey is more recent!
My garden backs onto the MSC at Thelwall opposite one of the discharge points into the lagoons. Once or twice a year, The Mersey used to 'park' at the bottom of our garden, usually at night, lit up like a Christmas tree.
I gained an interest and have been tracking her on AIS ever since.

I wonder who/what will dredge the MSC now??
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Old 16th January 2015, 16:48
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I've just checked for dredgers on the river and canal but other than the Seaforth job none are signalling so whosoever has the contract they are not giving themselves away.
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Maybe this is another reason why the Mersey has been 'layed-up'...

http://www.dredgingtoday.com/2015/01...ewest-dredger/
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Old 19th January 2015, 16:27
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I've just checked out the Boskalis site and there is no mention of her being scrapped. What I did find out is that she was actually rebuilt in 2008 suggesting that they may want a much longer return on that investment than a mere additional six years work. That new ship, the Freeway, seems designed more for deep water work than the ship canal so my fingers remain crossed that the old girl will chug the Mersey again at some future date
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Old 21st January 2015, 21:17
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my dad worked on the wd Mersey for a lot of years his name was harry Edwards.we lived in Bolton rd east.also brother mick worked for Westminster
dreging.dad ended up chief rigger and splicing in the yard regards liverbob
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Old 21st January 2015, 21:53
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my dad worked on the wd Mersey for a lot of years his name was harry Edwards.we lived in Bolton rd east.also brother mick worked for Westminster
dreging.dad ended up chief rigger and splicing in the yard regards liverbob
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Old 29th January 2015, 22:30
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For those who are interested I made a direct enquiry to Boskalis concerning the old girls future, this is their reply

Thank you for your e-mail regarding the Boskalis Westminster vessel, the WD Mersey.

The Mersey is currently laid up in Holland and her future is unclear. Her future depends heavily on the Peel Ports dredging strategy, as there is currently no maintenance dredging contract in place and it is unknown if and when a tender for that will commence.

So there is no definite news or outcome for her at the present time.


Seems those paragons of virtue Peel Holdings are playing hard ball but one thing is certain the Mersey will continue to silt up
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Old 7th April 2015, 10:22
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Just come back from Easter away and have done my daily Marine Traffic search, and the dear old WD Mersey is now showing as being positioned in Heysham, one of her regular haunts!!
Not all AIS sites are yet showing the same, so slightly confused.
Anyone in Heysham that can confirm??
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Old 8th April 2015, 00:19
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Just come back from Easter away and have done my daily Marine Traffic search, and the dear old WD Mersey is now showing as being positioned in Heysham, one of her regular haunts!!
Not all AIS sites are yet showing the same, so slightly confused.
Anyone in Heysham that can confirm??
My last snippet from Boskalis suggested she could be sold, men had been laid-off. Most sites place her in Holland having entered dry dock for extensive repairs following the Invergordon accident. The City of Cardiff had been working Heysham which makes me wonder if there had been a glitch somewhere
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Old 14th April 2015, 09:45
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Hi Montyblue,

I sent an email to Boskalis and Westminster Dredging about a week ago enquiring about her, but so far not had a reply.
Drewby1 mentioned he thought she might be at Heysham, like me and I asked
them this but still no reply.
Hope somebody comes up with some info soon.

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Old 29th April 2015, 15:07
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Hi Keith

I am now getting an up to date AIS location off WD Mersey in Rotterdam. I think she has moved too.
Check 'Marine Traffic' and 'Vessel Finder'.
'ShipAIS' still has not picked up the new signal.

cheers
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Old 29th April 2015, 20:26
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Hi Drew,

I was in touch with Westminster Dredging again today and reminded them they
had not replied to my email a month ago.
They confirm she is still laid up at Rotterdam but gave no further details.

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Old 5th May 2015, 22:22
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Hi Drew,

I was in touch with Westminster Dredging again today and reminded them they
had not replied to my email a month ago.
They confirm she is still laid up at Rotterdam but gave no further details.

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