London Medway includes the ports of Sheerness and Chatham. They are owned by Peel Ports Group. The chair is the billionaire John Whittaker who maintains a 75 percent majority stake in the group. An Aldi distribution centre between Sittingbourne and Sheerness. It represents £50m of investment and employs 500 people. Aldi is in sharp competitionContinue reading “Sheerness”
A vast industrial area continues to accumulate capital along both banks of the Thames. However, dock work and ship work have changed from being labour intensive to capital intensive. This process produces yet more competitive pressure on capital to accumulate yet further capital. While I was standing in a piece of waste ground taking photographs,Continue reading “Tilbury Docks”
An afternoon on the beach reading Robinson Crusoe and watching ships. Context reading is good fun. Reading art books in art galleries, books about trains while traveling on trains, cookery books in restaurants, history of Germany in a bar in Berlin, books about ships on cross channel ferries.
The light was fantastic; like lucid dreaming. It was so clear the Varne LV (light vessel) could be seen. Samskip Endeavor – container ship – Rotterdam Waalhaven – Dublin. ….and the Varne LV (lightvessel). Varne LV warns shipping of the Varne bank – which is right in the middle of the busiest shipping lanes inContinue reading “Spring light, and Varne lightvessel”
Just been to check that no ship(s) have got stuck in the Narrow Seas. All’s good. Here’s the Aegean Horizon (Crude Oil Tanker) on its way from Rotterdam to Algeciras. I made the mistake of leaving it too late to identify the other ships. It was one of those sorts of days.
The container ship Al Zubara with a capacity of 19,000 TEUs. On its way from Rotterdam to Southampton. The port of Calais on the French coast. The ferry gives some sense of scale. Hapag – Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Aktien-Gesellschaft – was formed in Hamburg in 1847. It merged with Norddeutscher Lloyd in 1970. I am currently waitingContinue reading “Al Zubara – Hapag Lloyd”
This is the MY YAS, spotted in the Narrow Seas on Saturday afternoon. It is owned by Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan who is a member of the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi. He has an estimated net worth of $1 billion. There are at least two versions of capitalism. The version thatContinue reading “Super-Yacht”
The oil tanker Andronikos has the word ‘CAPITAL’ painted in white letters on its red hull. This is useful. One knows how things stand. It is on its way to Hound Point Terminal, Scotland from Yeosu, South Korea (YGPA – Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority). Hound Point is in the Firth of Forth. It is ownedContinue reading “Capital”
Crude oil tanker, Affinity V. Sailing from Tetney Terminal (Offshore Terminal) to Setúbal Portugal. The Tetney Terminal is located in the Humber Estuary. The Humber Refinery primarily processes crude oil from the North Sea.
The LNG tanker Vladimir Vize on route to Montoir, France from the Russian port of Sabetta. The port was opened in 2017 and has played a key role in the increase of shipping in the Arctic waters. As the ice continues to melt, more shipping is using the far north routes. The Vladimir Vize isContinue reading “Vladimir Vize”