Chicken Feed

16 Nov

We have another big vessel (for Kirkcudbright) loading in the harbour this weekend – the Panamanian registered River King —

River King 009

She came in carrying 600 tonnes of water ballast and will go out with 1100 tonnes of spent scallop/queenie shells bound for the Netherlands where they will be crushed to a fine grit and added to chicken feed —

River King 008

Eleven hundred tonnes may not sound like much but it equates to thirty seven loads by bulk tipper —

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The River King is a frequent visitor to the rivers Humber and Ouse on the North Sea coast and with a draft of 4.4 metres loaded she needs full tide on the Dee estuary to carry her through the sandbanks —

River King 001

The five man crew are with one exception from Albania and can expect to see their homes and families about twice or three times a year —

River King 005

I have no doubt the crew have more knowledge of the river’s Rheine and Danube than they do of sou-west Scotland and will be grateful for the help of a local skipper to pilot the River King down the tricky Dee estuary once loading is complete –

and thar she goes —

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There’s more of her —

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Chicken Feed on the Dee

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