It is another fantastic hot summers day here in Liverpool today with only a few high clouds although there is a bit of mist/haze on the river. The above picture is of the Liverpool Pilots landing, normally there is at least one of the local Pilot boats moored here but this afternoon they are all busy out in the estuary and beyond.
Whilst walking down to Princes Dock from the City I saw RFA Wave Ruler head out to sea after a lengthy spell across the river at Cammell Laird. Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me to take a picture of her or the Crude Oil tanker Thornbury who was inbound to Tranmere assisted by three tugs.
Although I have not seen any new ships today (yet) I did see three new ships yesterday these being the Container Ships Sophia (IMO 9433456, GT 7464, 2008) and MSC Sandra (IMO 9203954, GT 43575, 2000) together with the Bulk Carrier Michaela Della Gatta (IMO 9301055, GT 44891, 1995).
Interestingly earlier this year Micaela Della Gatta was bought by her current owners for US$ 17 million after being inspected by numerous potential buyers in Australia, this from reading articles on the internet is considered quite a high price and may represent a new found optimism in the Bulk Cargo market which can only be a good thing.
Although Michaela is still in port MSC Sandra and Sophia have both left, MSC Sandra is currently on route to Montreal whilst Sophia is sailing to Lisbon.
A couple of photographs I took whilst walking along the river front are below.