Janis Blower retires after 44 years with the Shields Gazette

Last Sunday (8th November 2015) I was invited to attend and represent the Tyne Area Shipping Club at a reunion evening with members of the ex. Tyne Dock Engineering personnel and others at the Alum Ale House South Shields.

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Janis and Brian with friends

Special guest for the evening was Janis Blower along with husband Brian.

Janis had recently retired from her work at the Shields Gazette, where she had worked for the past 44 years. She is very well known in the North East for her work with this newspaper (that is the Oldest Provincial  Evening Newspaper in the country.)

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Match the Weathervanes

See if you can identify the South Shields Weathervanes!

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Train Body-shells for new Hitachi factory arrive at Port of Tyne from Japan

Port of Tyne has given Hitachi’s new train factory a lift.

By Kevin Clark North East Press – Wednesday 28 October 2015

The port is working with Hitachi Rail Europe, shipping operator Höegh Autoliners and Nissan Shipping

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A Hitachi carriage is lifted into place at Port of Tyne  – picture Shields Gazette

Agents (NSA UK) to unload train body-shells imported from Japan.

“The Port of Tyne is extremely proud to play a part in Hitachi Rail Europe’s supply chain and work with our partners Höegh and NSA to carry out this specialist job for them safely and efficiently”
Port of Tyne chief executive officer Andrew Moffat

The first shipment of five left Kobe in Japan at the end of August on board the giant car carrier Höegh Tokyo to travel the 5,000 nautical miles to South Shields.

Once they were towed off the ship, the port began the carefully planned manoeuvre to lift them on to specialist distribution vehicles.

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First Port of Call for Iconic North East Attractions

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Alnwick Castle

New research shows that the region’s most iconic North East attractions of Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden, Durham City, the castles of Northumberland, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hadrian’s Wall and Durham Castle and Cathedral, and many other attractions are feeling the benefits of a flood of visitors from the number of cruise ships calling at the Port of Tyne.

Last year the Port welcomed around 50,000 cruise passengers visiting the North East to enjoy the region’s countryside and coastline, visit cultural landmarks and tourism sites.

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Work Begins on £25m Quay Extension At Port of Tyne

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The Port of Tyne has appointed the main contractor for the £25m extension of Riverside Quay, the Port’s multifunctional deep-sea facility at South Shields.

The main contract for over 300 metres of quay work includes a 125 metre quay extension, an upgrade of 118m of existing quay and 90m of quay wall renewal at the former McNulty site. The £18.6m contract was won by Tyneside-based Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd who will start construction this month.

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Liverpool Anchorage Club

For a number of years, the Club has met up with our friends of the Liverpool Anchorage Club. This club share similar interests to ours and it is great to meet with these guys and of course ‘put the world to rights’

Initially we would alternately travel to Liverpool and they to South Shields respectively to meet up. However, in recent years, with the restriction of driving hours of the coach drivers, we have met at a convenient equidistant place of interest. This has proved to be popular.

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Air Bubbles reduce Ship’s Fuel Consumption

First Bulk Carrier Featuring MALS Delivered to ADM
First Bulk Carrier Featuring MALS Delivered to ADM

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), a US-based specialist in grain processing, has taken delivery of the first new bulk carrier developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) that uses air bubble lubrication system. 

MHI’s proprietary Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS) reduces frictional resistance between the vessel hull and seawater using air bubbles produced at the vessel bottom. The solution has enabled a 27% reduction in CO 2 emissions, as verified, compared to conventional bulk carriers, exceeding the target figure of 25%.

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Ships and Things Trivia Quiz

A fun ‘Ships and Things’ Trivia Quiz.