The giant barge, AMT Trader – the second largest in the world, is back in the Clyde.
She arrived off Greenock this morning, towed by the Italian tug, Carlo Magno – which I think was also involved in the salvage operation for the container ship MSC Flaminia in the Atlantic recently, in conjunction with the ETV Anglian Sovereign [one the UK government wanted to cut] and a dutch tug, Fairmount Expedition.
AMT Trader was joined in the Clyde by the Greenock based Svitzer Marine tugs, Anglegarth and Ayton Cross and also by one of CMS’s tugs – either Battler or Bruiser, I’m not entirely sure which – although Battler was in attendance during the barge’s exit from the Clyde last time.
This was when, on 16th August 2011, she carried the midships section of the first of the two new aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth, from Govan to Rosyth – For Argyll published a photo journalism piece on this magnificent exercise, where the work of the tugs was simply breathtaking. They took the Erskine Bridge at low tide and the carrier section all but scraped the underside of it.
Her arrival suggests that there will shortly be a further movement of a big portion of the second aircraft carrier departing Govan – probably within the next month or so. It had been slated for November but this may mean an earlier departure, we’ll keep you posted.