In February and March 30 cargo ships arrived and departed King’s Lynn, with 22 and eight in ballast respectively.
Shipping in February was adversely affected by the weather forcing vessels out of position and missing tides.
Then, on February 28, the government declared a ban on Russian-owned or operated ships from UK ports. Lynn has been the destination for a number of such boats.
The Cherry Sand arrived at Lynn at the end of March for routine dredging work in the docks.
Timber from Sweden continues to be imported and three ships from the ports of Kristinenhamn (2) and Varberg (1) discharged full cargoes.
Three part-cargoes were also landed at Lynn with the vessels having first unloaded at Hull (2) and Seaham (1) on England’s east coast.
From the river port of Randers, Denmark, the Huntetal carried a cargo of aggregate for the construction industry.
The Fluvius Plym transported salt from Wismar which is an historic Hanseatic town on the German Baltic. Germany is the second biggest salt exporter in the world.
The principal export over the two months was scrap metal to help diminish the sizeable mountain on the Bentinck Dock. There were 10 shipments.
The destinations for departing vessels were Amsterdam (6), Klaipeda in Lithuania (3) and Aviles in Portugal (1).
Barley remains a significant export. There were consignments sent to the Dutch harbours of Dordrecht (2) and Rotterdam (1) as well as to Europe’s second biggest port of Antwerp (1).
The Wilson Thames carried a fifth cargo from The Wash to Akureyri, a major port in northern Iceland.
The coastal trade in food and drink between Lynn and Scotland has been continuous since 1300.
Today the regular run is vessels sailing north from The Wash taking malted barley to Buckie and there were three shipments in this period. Buckie, on the Moray Firth coast, is a town of around 9,000 inhabitants and fishing port.
The Eastern Virage transported a cargo of wheat from Lynn to Cork on the south coast of the Irish Republic.
Beans from the farmlands of eastern England are another modest but regular export from Lynn. The Eems Sky and Sula carried cargoes to Flora and Bergneset in Norway respectively.
A third load was taken by the Karen to Aarhus – a large port in Denmark on the east coast of Jutland.
Some ships are frequent visitors to our Wash port undertaking short sea voyages around Europe.
The Swe-Freighter carried two part cargoes of timber from Hull to Lynn departing in ballast on both occasions. The Seg took two loads of scrap to Klaipeda having first sailed from Wisbech to Lynn in ballast.
The King’s Lynn Conservancy Board (KLCB) has as usual been busy. A routine survey indicated that the main approach channel in The Wash was silting up.
This demanded another rapid survey followed by the relocation of 10 large buoys into the Bulldog Channel.
The new charts were drawn up in house and published on the KLCB website the next day.
With the arrival of the dredger the channel from the docks to the licensed disposal site in the Wash had also to be surveyed.
KLCB towed the Roaring Middle light float to Wisbech to be lifted out of the water for repairs to its (built 1936) hull.
Associated British Ports (ABP) which owns the dock estate works in partnership with KLCB to ensure the safety of navigation to and from our Wash port.
It is one of 21 ABP ports which account for around a quarter of UK seaborne trade.