NAMIBIA
                         
 

                       ONBOARD THE "MERLUS ONE"

Pictured below on Thursday 5 October 2017 at Walvis Bay is a selection of photos taken onboard the 251 foot hake stern trawler "Merlus One", one of the largest stern trawler operating in Southern Africa. The "Merlus One" is owned and operated by Merlus Fishing out of Walvis Bay.

          
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

"Merlus One", veels te lank om in een foto te kan inpas, twee fotos later en nog steeds is die agterstewe afgesny.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the foredeck laminated with wooden plank. In the foreground is the anchor winch.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the bridge of the "Merlus One", the sun is burning hot, let's go have a look inside rather...

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Just before we enter the bridge...one more picture of the starboard view of the bridge of the "Merlus One" looking on from onboard the "Torra Bay".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the bridge console onboard the "Merlus One".
 
       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the navigational chart table onboard the "Merlus One".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the Mess Room onboard the "Merlus One".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the machine shop onboard the "Merlus One". No need, nor a reason for sailing back home during a break down, everything needs to be repaired onboard whilst on the fishing grounds.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the stores onboard the "Merlus One". Just about every thinkable part is available, except bicycle parts?

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is just a few photos of the enormous factory deck onboard the "Merlus One".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the Barreras Deutz main engine onboard the "Merlus One", able to produce 2600 horse power.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the rear working deck onboard the "Merlus One" - the place where all the action take place!

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is one the trawl-doors mounted to the outboard rear of the "Merlus One".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below cartons of fresh frozen hake is being lifted out of the fishing hold.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below cartons of fresh frozen hake is being moved from the jetty to the factory cold storage, ready for export to the European markets.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on Thursday 5 October 2017 at Walvis Bay onboard the 223 foot hake stern trawler "Torra Bay" is the view of rear working deck looking aft. At the time the "Torra Bay" was berthed alongside the "Merlus One".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on Thursday 5 October 2017 at Walvis Bay is the 120 foot hake stern trawler "Wiron V" berthed alongside the "Ocean Wave".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the foredeck of the "Wiron V" as seen from the bridge.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the net drum situated on the rear deck of the "Wiron V".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the factory deck onboard the "Wiron V".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Berthed just ahead of the "Wiron V" at the time were the hake stern trawlers "Villa de Hio" (left) and the "Ocean Tide" (right)

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on Thursday 5 October 2017 at Walvis Bay alongside the "Villa de Hio" is the 153 foot hake stern trawler the "Ocean Tide".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on Thursday 5 October 2017 at Walvis Bay is the 138 foot hake stern trawler "Villa de Hio", owned and operated by Seawork.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the foredeck of the "Villa de Hio" as seen from the bridge.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the view of rear working deck of the "Villa de Hio" looking aft. The bridge of the "Ocean Tide" is seen left in the picture.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below are some more photos of the rear working deck of the "Villa de Hio" as seen from the port side of the vessel.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on the trawl gantry of the "Villa de Hio" is an emblem depicting an anchor with 2 oars and a kort nozzle with a prop in the centre.   

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on Thursday 5 October 2017 at Walvis Bay the monk stern trawler "Oviwana" is seen here berthed alongside the Merlus Fishing Jetty. Berthed on the opposite side of the jetty is another Merlus Fishing stern trawler the "Ambrose Bay".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on Thursday 5 October 2017 at Walvis Bay is the white vessels of the Pereira's fleet with the "Green Sea" (left) and "Blue Sea 1" (right).

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on Thursday 5 October 2017 at Walvis Bay the hake stern trawler "Laxe Dos" is seen here berthed alongside the Merlus Fishing Jetty.

      
      
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on Thursday 5 October 2017 at Walvis Bay from front to back is the "Pemba Bay", "Oviwana" and "Ambrose Bay".

      
      
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on Thursday 5 October 2017 at Walvis Bay is the Spanish-built hake stern trawler "Pemba Bay".

      
      
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on Thursday 5 October 2017 at Walvis Bay is the hake stern trawler "Ocean Wave", a former French fishing vessel in days gone by. The "Ocean Wave" measuring 142 foot in length is owned and operated by Seawork out of Walvis Bay.

      
      
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the view of rear working deck of the "Ocean Wave" looking aft.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on Thursday 5 October 2017 at Walvis Bay from front to back is the "Oviwana", "Ambrose Bay" and "Muxia".

     
     
(Photo: J.Carstens)

  FORMER DIAMOND RECOVERY VESSELS AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on 30 September and 7 October 2017 respectively, two former West Coast diamond recovery vessels "Windvogel" and "Atlantic Spray" were present at Walvis Bay.

Pictured below the "Windvogel" is seen here standing on dry ground, whilst the scrapping of the "South West Eagle" is in full progress in the back ground, and in the far left-hand corner a purse seine net is spread out for repairs. 

      
      
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below is the "Atlantic Spray" which is now owned by Namib Maritime Services using the vessel as a port tender, working in and around Walvis Bay harbour.

          
          
(Photo: J.Carstens)

           "ADVANCE" BERTHED AT ETOSHA FISHING

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 alongside the jetty of Etosha Fishing at Walvis Bay is purse seiner "Advance", who most of the time is seen in action off Angola, purse seining for sardinella.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below the purse seine net was removed from the vessel for maintenance and repair work. Also missing was the rollers of the Triplex net winch. 

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

    
FORMER HOUT BAY TUNA VESSELS AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 at Walvis Bay is the longliner "Amansio", also a former tuna pole vessel operating out of Hout Bay in days gone by.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 at Walvis Bay is the longliner "Beta", also a former tuna pole vessel operating out of Hout Bay in days gone by.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

                 A PROUD SKIPPER AND HIS VESSEL

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 on the Walvis Bay Syncrolift is the hake longliner "Blomeha" for general maintenance and hull cleaning. In the foreground is the proud skipper of the "Blomeha" keeping an close eye on proceedings as his vessel is being cleaned.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

         
                "DEOLINDA" BACK HOME

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 alongside the Eigelaars Jetty at Walvis Bay is the sardinella purse seiner "Deolinda". Seen below repairs are being done on the rollers of the Triplex net winch after a long tiring season in the distant waters of Angola.  Constructed by Tallie Marine it is interesting to see that the netbin drain holes are situated inside the bottom rubbing band - a unique feature not seen on any other Tallie Marine constructed purse seiner to date.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 alongside the Eigelaars Jetty at Walvis Bay is the sardinella purse seiner "Dyrnesvag".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 these wooden planks of the Eigelaars Jetty which is bound to be scrapped in the near future - if only they were able to tell us some stories from the past of legendary fishermen and their boats who had made use of this jetty over many decades.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

       
NAMIB MARINE SERVICES FLEET AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 at Walvis Bay is the port tender fleet owned and operated by Namib Marine Services. Most of these vessels were former purse seiners working out of Walvis Bay in days gone by. Some of the vessels present were "Bontebok", "Voorwaarts", "Astronaut" and "Belle Vanti".

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

                                      "BOY RUSSELL"
       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 at Walvis Bay is the mid-water trawler "Iona", operated by Etosha Fishing, berthed amongst the fleet of Namib Marine Services.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 at Walvis Bay is the port tender "Simonsberg" with the wheelhouse of the "Belle Vanti" in the background. The "Simonsberg" was originally built to operate as a port tender out of the Cape Docks in days gone by.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 at Walvis Bay is the port tender "Belle Vanti", a former purse seiner owned by Suid-Oranje Visserye at Sandy Point harbour in days gone by.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 at Walvis Bay is the port tender "Voorwaarts", a former Walvis Bay purse seiner which was built on the banks of the Berg River at Velddrif in the early 1950's.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

Pictured below on 30 September 2017 at Walvis Bay is the port tender "Brothers" (left) and "Palgrave" (right), former Walvis Bay purse seiners in days gone by.

       
       
(Photo: J.Carstens)

                       GOOD-BYE "SOUTH WEST EAGLE"!

Pictured below is a series of photos taken between 23 September 2017 until 10 October 2017 of the scrapping of the former hake longliner "South West Eagle" at Walvis Bay harbour. All photos published are courtesy of Walvis Bay Diving.

Pictured below is the "South West Eagle" in initial state after the vessel sustained damage to an onboard fire off Pelican Point.

              
              
(Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below on 23 September 2017 the main deck is cut opened and debris removed.

              
              
(Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below on 26 September 2017 the aft deck and diesel tanks have been removed.

              
              
(Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below on 27 September 2017 the forward deck has been removed.

              
              
(Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below on 29 September 2017 the remaining deck forward and CAT main engine has been removed.

              
              
(Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below the "South West Eagle" is being towed by the Namport tug "Cormorant" from the Hangana Fishing Jetty to Namport property.

              
              
(Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below the "South West Eagle" is being lifted out of the sea for the very last time by means of a 500 ton lifting crane.

              
              
(Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

                      
                       
(Photo: W.Buckle)

       
       
(Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

       
       
(Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below the "South West Eagle" is being placed on keel blocks together the side blocks being put into position.

       
        (Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below on 3 October 2017 the first cut has been completed.

       
        (Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below on 5 October 2017 several cuts had been performed in order to size down the vessel.

       
        (Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below on 6 October 2017 the stern section had been removed from the vessel.

       
        (Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below on 6 October 2017 the vessel has been cut into manageable sections ready to be loaded onto a flatbed transport vehicle.

       
        (Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below on 9 October 2017 the first load of hull sections are being removed out of the harbour area.

       
        (Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below on 9 October 2017 all debris had been removed and the harbour area is being left tidy and clean of all pieces of debris.

       
        (Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

Pictured below on 9 October 2017 at the municipal dump is the last resting place of the "South West Eagle".

       
        (Photo: Walvis Bay Diving)

  
             "TORRA BAY" DOCKS AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Sunday evening 1 October 2017 at Walvis Bay the hake stern trawler "Torra Bay" is being assisted by a Namport tug as the vessel is nearing the Merlus Fishing Jetty on route from the fishing off Luderitz.


                      
                      
(Photo: W.Buckle)

Pictured below on Saturday 30 September 2017 off Luderitz, heavy seas break over the stern ramp of the "Torra Bay" as the vessel proceed to her home port at Walvis Bay.

                        

              "TORRA BAY" CREW HAULS IN BIG CATCHES


Pictured below is just some examples of some excellent hauls of hake, taken by the "Torra Bay" during her recent trip off Luderitz.

                        

                         

                "NEMO II"
READY FOR SARDINELLA ACTION

Pictured below on Tuesday 26 September 2017 on the  Walvis Bay Syncrolift is the "Nemo II", a Sachal built sardinella purse seiner based at Tombua in Angola. The "Nemo II" had received a fresh layer of paint as well as some general maintenance whilst on the syncrolift.


         
       
(Photo: W.Buckle)

       
       
(Photo: W.Buckle)

   
    "SOUTH WEST EAGLE" SCRAPPING IN PROGRESS

Pictured below on Tuesday 26 September 2017 alongside the Merlus Fishing Jetty is the last remains of the former Walvis Bay longliner, "South West Eagle".

    
    
(Photo: W.Buckle)

    
    
(Photo: W.Buckle)

Pictured below on Tuesday 26 September 2017 is the remains of the Caterpillar main engine of the "South West Eagle".

    
    
(Photo: W.Buckle)

      FORMIDABLE HAKE STERN TRAWLER IN WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Tuesday 26 September 2017 alongside the Merlus Fishing Jetty is this Spanish registered stern trawler, the "Festeiro".


    
    
(Photo: W.Buckle)

Pictured below on Tuesday 26 September 2017 the "Festeiro" is not only equipped with the usual 1 off trawl-door configuration...oh no, there are 3 trawl-doors fitted to the stern, on both sides of the vessel.

    
    
(Photo: W.Buckle)

    
VOORMALIGE SUID-ORANJE PURSE SEINER OP SYNCROLIFT

Afgeneem hieronder op Dinsdag 19 September 2017 op die Walvisbaai Syncrolift staan die "Belle Vanti", 'n voormalige purse seiner van die Agterbaai terug in tyd. Die "Belle Vanti" word vandag gebruik as 'n vragboot vanuit Walvisbaai se hawe.


              
              
(Photo: G.Burger)

     ANGOLA PURSE SEINERS ON WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT

Pictured below on Tuesday 19 September 2017 on the Walvis Bay Syncrolift are 2 purse seiners from Tombua in Angola, the "Nemo II" and "Dom Marco". At present both vessels will receive a fresh layer of paint as well some general maintenance.


                                              "NEMO II"
               
               
(Photo: G.Burger)

                                             "DOM MARCO"
               
               
(Photo: G.Burger)

               
NAMIBIAN FISHERIES RESEARCH VESSELS

Pictured below on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at Walvis Bay are the Namibian fisheries research vessels, "Mirabilis" and "Welwitchia".


                                             "MIRABILIS"
               
               
(Photo: G.Burger)

                                         "WELWITCHIA"
               
               
(Photo: G.Burger)

Pictured below on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at Walvis Bay is the fisheries patrol vessel "Nataniel Maxuilili".

               
               
(Photo: G.Burger)

Pictured below on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at Walvis Bay is this unusual office featuring a bridge of a scrapped vessel.

                         
                         
(Photo: G.Burger)

       MERLUS SNOEK FLEET READY TO GO FISHING!

Pictured below on Monday 11 September 2017 is the formidable snoek fleet owned by Merlus Fishing, berthed alongside the Merlus Fishing jetty at Walvis Bay, and as always all the boats are in top condition.

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle)

Pictured below on Monday 11 September 2017 at Walvis Bay from left to right is "Seaswas", "Soutrivier", "Bravuma" and "Junior".

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle)

        
          GOOD-BYE "SOUTH WEST EAGLE"!

Pictured below on Monday 11 September 2017 at Walvis Bay the "South West Eagle" are being prepared to be scrapped after the vessel was extensively damaged by an onboard fire on 17 June 2017. The Proudest Fishing Fleet in the World says farewell to yet another wooden vessel who had proved her worth in the Walvis Bay fishing industry over the past 45 years in the role of purse seiner as well as longliner.

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle)

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle)

               "LOMBOK" TOWS "REBECCA" HOME

Pictured below on Wednesday 23 August 2017 the Luderitz based diamond recovery vessel "Rebecca", is seen here being assisted by the crew of the AMSOL tug "Lombok" off Luderitz after the "Rebecca" had lost all power.  The stricken vessel with 6 crew members onboard were safely towed back to Luderitz.      

       
       
(Photo: African Marine Solutions)

               O'HEL, DAAR SINK DIE "HEL" SUSTERS!

Afgeneem hieronder op Woensdag 16 Augustus 2017 is die laaste dramatiese oomblikke van twee uitgediende sleeptreilers  "HEL 154" (links) en "HEL 153" (regs) van Walvisbaai besig om te sink binne-in Walvisbaai se hawe op anker, nadat die "HEL 154" 'n lek in haar romp ontwikkel het en gevolglik haar susterskuit saam afgetrek het bodem toe.

               
               
(Photo: A.Tuit)

        
        
(Photo: A.Tuit)

        
        
(Photo: A.Tuit)

             
"SOUTH WEST EAGLE" GUTTED BY FIRE


Pictured below on Saturday 17 June 2017 is what is left of the hake longliner "South West Eagle" after the vessel had caught fire earlier during the day off Pelican Point. All 25 crewmembers were safely evacuated by another Merlus Fishing vessel, the "Ambrose Bay".

      Pictured below is the "South West Eagle" back in her glory days.

       
       
(Photo: Merlus Fishing)


       
       
(Photo: Merlus Fishing)

Pictured below is what is left of the wheelhouse and top-line box on the starboard side of the vessel.

       
       
(Photo: Merlus Fishing)

       
       
(Photo: Merlus Fishing)

Pictured below is the line hauler on the main deck.

       
       
(Photo: Merlus Fishing)

Pictured below is the what is left of the tray freezer room.

       
       
(Photo: Merlus Fishing)

       
       
(Photo: Merlus Fishing)

Pictured below the rails on top of the shelter deck is bent due to the excessive heat. The only object intact is the life raft situated on the port side bow.

       
     
 (Photo: Merlus Fishing)

               
     PEREIRA FISHING FLEET AT HOME

Pictured below on Friday 9 June 2017 at Walvis Bay is the Pereira stern trawler fleet at home.

       
       
(Photo: A.Tuit)

Pictured below on Friday 9 June 2017 at Walvis Bay is the Gendev purse seiner "Havsnurp". Berthed at the stern of the "Havsnurp" is the Tallie Marine built "Mr.M", a snoeker operating out of Walvis Bay.

       
       
(Photo: A.Tuit)

Pictured below on Friday 9 June 2017 at Walvis Bay the snoek fleet are resting on their moorings.

       
       
(Photo: A.Tuit)

Pictured below on Friday 9 June 2017 at Walvis Bay is the Gendev mid-water trawler "Krossfjord". The wooden vessel in the foreground is the "Beta".

       
       
(Photo: A.Tuit)

      
                     LOOK WHO IS A NAMIBIAN NOW!

Pictured below on Friday 9 June 2017 at Walvis Bay the former Hout Bay tuna pole vessel "Antoinette" (also famous for featuring in Nando's adverts) are being assisted by the harbour tug "Cormorant". The "Antoinette" however, was already scheduled to visit the Tallie Marine boat yard at Sandy Point harbour to received a brand new main engine, gearbox, genset and freezer system amongst other things. Keep watching Trawler Heritage for more pictures regarding this re-built in the near future.


       
       
(Photo: A.Tuit)

                 TUNACOR ORDER NEW STERN TRAWLER


Pictured below is an artist impression of the newly ordered stern trawler "Oshiveli" to be built in Spain by Armon Shipyards for Tunacor, based in Walvis Bay. The 173 foot, 1200 GRT vessel, is to be built at a cost of
 N$ 160 million over the next 18 months.  It will be the first dedicated vessel capable of catching three main commercial species in Namibia, hake, monk, and horse mackerel.


                                          
"OSHIVELI"
           


               
"LUCILLE WAY" RUNS AGROUND AT 
                                      CONCEPTION BAY
 

          

A crew of nine fishermen were stranded for two days on the shore close to Conception Bay, after their snoek vessel, Lucille Way, ran aground in the area at 05:15 on Tuesday [18 April 2017]. The crew spent 53 hours in adverse desert conditions with survival gear before they were found “by mere chance”.
“Lucille Way” ran aground on a sandbank about 25 kilometers south of the famous “Eduard Bohlen” shipwreck. The vessel ended up on its starboard side on the beach, as strong waves pounded the vessel. The sailors were found by Mr. Armand Basson of I Dream Africa Adventure Tours. Luckily for the stranded crew I Dream Africa Adventure Tours offers tours into the far south and was travelling towards Meob Bay from Walvis Bay when Basson spotted the stranded crew. Source: Namib Times

             "KONKIEP" TAKES A DIVE IN LUDERITZ

Pictured below on Wednesday 11 January 2017, Luderitz fishermen greeted the new day with the sinking of the crayfish vessel "Konkiep" alongside the jetty in Luderitz harbour. The "Konkiep" approximately sunk
at 03:00 that morning.

   

       
                            "DYRNESVAG" PLOEG HUIS TOE!  
             

                           

                                            "
REG STAAN !"
                             

                           
"HAVSNURP" SE NET LOOP OOR

      

      

                                                 HEE-HAA!!!
         
WALVISBAAI PELAGIESE BOTE KEER TERUG HUIS
                                         TOE VOL GELAAI!

Afgeneem op Maandag 31 Oktober 2016 kom die "Havsnurp" en "Advance" aan met volgelaaide visruime.

                                          
"HAVSNURP"
    

    
Photo: (W.Fourie)

             
          
Photo: (W.Fourie)

                                              
"ADVANCE"
  
  
Photo: (W.Fourie)

  
        NEW TALLIE MARINE VESSEL FOR WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Sunday 25 September 2016 at Sandy Point harbour is the latest vessel launched at the Tallie Marine boat yard. The "Cynthia", built for an Walvis Bay operator, will be used as a floating restaurant. As to how exactly this "glas bowl" is going to arrive at Walvis Bay in one piece is still a mystery. Perhaps the deck of a cargo ship will be the best solution...

           

                 
O'dear, rubber fenders! Here we go again!


           

                  "JUNIOR" ON WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT

Pictured below Tuesday 13 September 2016 is the snoek handline boat "Junior", owned by Merlus Fishing. The "Junior" was a former inshore trawler from Mossel Bay back in days gone by.

          
          
Photo: (W.Buckle)

                 NEW COLOUR SCHEME FOR "SEASWAS"

Pictured below Tuesday 13 September 2016 on the Walvis Bay syncrolift is the snoek handline boat "Seaswas" spotted with new colour scheme. Seen below both the whale back and wheelhouse is now being painted white, where is was painted blue before.

                              
"OLD" COLOUR SCHEME
          


                             "NEW" COLOUR SCHEME
          
          
Photo: (W.Buckle)

Pictured below Sunday 11 September 2016 at Walvis Bay is the former tuna pole and purse seiner, "Cheetah" sunken alongside one of the jetties at Walvis Bay harbour.

            
            
Photo: (A.Tuit)

  
SOUTH AFRICAN PORT AUTHORITIES PAY ATTENTION - THIS IS 
                                  HOW IT SHOULD GET DONE!


Captured below recently at Walvis Bay harbour is the sunken snoek handline vessel "Tamika" being hoisted onto the jetty after the vessel has sunk alongside a jetty. Unlike South African ports where sunken fishing vessels are being left unattended, the men from Walvis Bay take action, swiftly and effectively every time a vessel sunk - something the South African port authorities seemingly are unable to perform...why not, one should ask?

          

 
   SCRAPPING OF THE "ELEANORE" AND "BORDEAUX II"
                                             IN PROGRESS


Pictured below Sunday 11 September 2016 at Walvis Bay the shipbreakers continues to dismantle the "Eleonore" and "Bordeaux II".

                             
"ELEONORE"
    
    
Photo: (A.Tuit)

    
    
Photo: (A.Tuit)
                          
"BORDEAUX II"
    
    
Photo: (A.Tuit)

                        "TAMIKA" BACK ON DRY LAND

Pictured below Sunday 11 September 2016 at Walvis Bay is the "Timika" standing on dry land after the vessel had been raised from the sea bed. The "Tamika" had sunk alongside a jetty towards end of July 2016.

                    
                     Photo: (A.Tuit)


       VARIOUS VESSELS PRESENT AT THE "BUCHT"

Pictured below Thursday 14 July 2016 is a selection of a variety of vessels present in the harbour at Luderitz.

              

                               GOOD-BYE "ZANZIBAR"

Pictured below on Thursday 14 July 2016 at Luderitz is what is left of the former crayfish vessel "Zanzibar", after the demolishing of the vessel has begun.

            


                       
  HARBOUR SERVICE VESSELS

                                                 "FAITH"
              
Pictured above on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the "Faith", built by Sachal at Vredenburg.

                                          "TORRABAAI"
              
Pictured above on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the "Torrabaai", built by Sachal at Vredenburg.

                          
"KUSWAG I" (left); "TERN" (right)
              
Pictured above on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the "Kuswag I" (left), sister boat of the Cape Town based longliners, "Ubuntu" and "Cape Challenger". Resting on her mooring in front of the "Kuswag I" is the crayfish vessel "Tern", a former tuna pole vessel from Hout Bay in days gone by.

                        DIAMOND RECOVERY VESSELS

                                          
"THUNDERCAT" 
              
Pictured above on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the "Thundercat". Traveling up and down the coast the "Thundercat" was previously spotted at locations at Lamberts Bay as well as Alexander Bay in the past.

                                               "FUKULA"
              
Pictured above on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the "Fukula", a 65 foot diamond recovery vessel operating out of Luderitz. The "Fukula" was originally used as a stern trawler out of Port Elizabeth in days gone by.

                                            
"REBECCA"
              

Pictured above on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the 59 foot diamond recovery vessel "Rebecca" on her mooring at Luderitz. This vessel once formed part of the handline fishing fleet owned by Consortium Visserye at Walvis Bay in days gone by.

                                               "RACHEL"
              
Pictured above on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the 45 foot diamond recovery vessel "Rachel", resting on her mooring.

                                                "ABIGAIL"
              
Pictured above on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the "Abigail", a 45 foot diamond recovery vessel operating out of Luderitz. The "Abigail" featuring an fibreglass hull, was built by the late Jurgens Schroeter, a former boat builder from Luderitz.

            "WESTERN CREST"
(left); "LUCILLE WAY" (right)
              

                                             "ESTHER"
              
Pictured above on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the "Esther", a 45 foot diamond recovery vessel operating out of Luderitz. The "Esther" featuring an fibreglass hull, was built by the late Jurgens Schroeter, a former boat builder from Luderitz.

                        
CRAYFISH VESSELS AT LUDERITZ

                                            
"KONKIEP" 
              

                                       
"MARLENE D"
              

Pictured below on Thursday 14 July 2016 from left to right is "Christiaan Beyers", "Nelita C"; "Goldfish" and "Weskus VIII".

              

                               
"SOUTH WEST ALBATROS" 
              

                                            
"THERONA"
              

                                              
"NELITA C"
              

                                         
"WESKUS VIII"
              

                                         "LADY MBAKO"
              
Pictured above on 14 July 2016 is the 45 foot crayfish vessel
"Lady Mbako", which was built by Tallie Marine at Sandy Point harbour in 2003.

                                            "PATIENCE"
              
Pictured above on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the 45 foot crayfish vessel "Patience", resting on her mooring. The "Patience" was built at Saldanha Bay by CJ Plastics.

                                         "HEROES DAY"
              
Pictured above on 14 July 2016 is the 45 foot crayfish vessel "Heroes Day", which was built by Tallie Marine at Sandy Point harbour in 2003.

                  "KOICHAB" RESTING ON HER MOORING

Pictured below on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the 67 foot crayfish vessel "Koichab" owned by Aloe Fishing, resting on her mooring inside Luderitz harbour.

              

                                              "DEREK 1"
              
Pictured above on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the 45 foot crayfish vessel "Derek 1", resting on her mooring. The "Derek 1" is a sister boat of the Hout Bay based tuna pole vessel, "Common Wealth".
              
                                              "LIL ' MEHA"
              
Pictured above on Thursday 14 July 2016 is the "Lil ' Meha", a 45 foot crayfish vessel operating out of Luderitz. The "Lil ' Meha" featuring an fibreglass hull, was built by the late Jurgens Schroeter, a former boat builder from Luderitz.
                  
                                  "SOUTH WEST PLOVER"
              
Pictured above Thursday 14 July 2016 is a former Luderitz based crayfish vessel, the "South West Plover" laying abandoned in the swallow water after the vessel was salvage after sunking in the Luderitz harbour during June 2015.

                        "STATENDAM" ON THE BEACH

Pictured below on Thursday 14 July 2016 at Luderitz is the remains of the former Lusitania crayfish vessel "Statendam", laying abandoned on the beach.

                  
    
               BUSY SCENES AT WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT

Pictured below on Thursday 28 July 2016 is the well maintained snoek handline vessel, "Soutrivier" owned by Merlus Fishing.

                        
                        
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

            
Pictured below is the port side view of the "Soutrivier".

          
          
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below on Thursday 28 July 2016 is the purse seiner "Havsnurp" owned and operated by Gendev on the Walvis Bay syncrolift.

          
          
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below is the net hauling configuration onboard the "Havsnurp".

          
          
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

            
Pictured below is the starboard view of the "Havsnurp".

          
          
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below on Thursday 28 July 2016 is the 173 foot stern trawler "Forcadela" on the Walvis Bay syncrolift. The Angola registered vessel of 806 GRT was built in 1975 at Vigo in Spain.

          
          
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

    WOODEN FISHING VESSELS FADING AWAY AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Sunday 17 July 2016 is a selection of wooden fishing vessels either sunk, being in the process of being scrapped, or abandoned at Walvis Bay.

Pictured below is the sunken snoek handline boat, "Tamika".
                   
                    
                    
(Photo: A.Tuit)

        
        
(Photo: A.Tuit)

        
        
(Photo: A.Tuit)

Pictured below is the tuna pole vessel "Christine" with a temporally scaffolding which has collapsed  alongside the vessel in the mean while.

        
        
(Photo: A.Tuit)

           
        
(Photo: A.Tuit)

Pictured below is the "Bordeaux II" (left) and the "Eleanore" (right) in the process of being scrapped.

        
        
(Photo: A.Tuit)

   
                          THE BUCHT AT LUDERITZ

Pictured below on Friday 15 July 2016 a large portion of the fishing fleet rest on their moorings at Luderitz during a windless day.

    
 

        NAMIBIESE PELAGIESE BEDRYF IN NOOD

Terwyl Suid-Afrikaanse pelagiese vissermanne een van die beste seisoene in heugenis beleef, is daar groot nood onder die pelagiese vissermanne van Walvisbaai. Tot op hede is nog nie 'n enkele vrag Sardyn tydens die 2016 pelagiese seisoen op Walvisbaai afgelaai nie. Afgeneem hieronder op Woensdagmiddag 22 Junie 2016 vaar die "Atlantic Harvester" (voor) en "Prowess" (agter) uit Walvisbaai se hawe, om vis te gaan soek.

                
                
Photo: (W.Buckle)

           
"TAMIKA" SUNK IN WALVIS BAY HARBOUR

Pictured below on Tuesday 21 June 2016 is the Snoek handline vessel, the "Tamika", laying semi-submerged alongside a jetty. The "Tamika" was formerly known as the "Christie Leonie", a Hake longliner from
Port Elizabeth.

           
           
Photo: (W.Buckle)                 

     "FERREIRA LAMOSA" JOINS PEREIRA'S FISHING FLEET

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at the Merlus Fishing jetty at Walvis Bay is the hake stern trawler "Ferreira Lamosa", the latest edition to the Pereira's Fishing fleet after the vessel was recently acquired on an auction.


      
      
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at the Merlus Fishing jetty at Walvis Bay is the hake stern trawler "Green Sea". The "Green Sea" measuring 236 foot in length was built in 1970 at Pasajes in Spain.

      
      
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at the Walvis Bay syncrolift is the hake stern trawler "Intungwa".

      
      
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at the Walvis Bay is the hake stern trawler "Khomas", owned and operated by Pescanova. The 642 GRT vessel was built in 1974 at Bilboa in Spain.

      
      
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                  OCEANA WOODEN JETTY DISMANTLED


Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at Walvis Bay is the former wooden jetty once owned Oceana Fishing being dismantled.


      
      
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

   "SOUTH WEST EAGLE" MAKING WAY TO SYNCROLIFT


Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at Walvis Bay is the hake longliner "South West Eagle" owned by Merlus Fishing, being prepared to be hauled onto the syncrolift for her annual re-fit. At the far-end of the jetty is another hake longliner, "Andra-Jane".


      
      
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 Arthur Mays, skipper of the "South West Eagle" waves for the camera just before departure.

    
   
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 the "South West Eagle" arrives at the Walvis Bay syncrolift.

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 is the snoek handline boat "Soutrivier", owned and operated by Merlus Fishing.

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

             BUSY SCENES AT WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT


Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at the Walvis Bay syncrolift, 5 vessels were present making use of the facility.


     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

            FOREIGN FISHING VESSELS AT WALVIS BAY


Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at the Walvis Bay several foreign fishing vessels were present. Let's have a closer look at them.

                                        "VISTA ALEGRE"

Pictured below is the 174 GRT longliner, "Vista Alegre", built in 1982 in Portugal.

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                                    "ARGOS GALICIA"

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 is the squid stern trawler "Argos Galicia", owned and operated by the Pereira Group. Registered at Stanley in the Falkland Islands, the 262 foot vessel was built in Spain in 1988.

            
            
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                                       "AROSA DOCE"

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 is the 183 foot stern trawler "Arosa Doce" from Angola. The 960 GRT vessel was built in 1988 at Gijon in Spain.

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                                       "ATLANTICO 238"

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 is the 183 foot stern trawler "Atlantico 238". Registered in Panama, the 413 GRT vessel was built in 1987 at Santander in Spain.

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

             A VISITOR FROM THE ISLE OF SOA MIGUEL

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 is the 123 foot longliner "Costa De Sao Jorge". Registered in Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Portugese island of Sao Miguel, situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. The 319 GRT vessel was built in 1965 in Spain.

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below one can clearly identify some older parts of the hull being riveted, whilst newer sections had been welded in, into the hull of the
"Costa De Sao Jorge".


     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                                            "LUZADA"

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 is the 101 foot longliner "Luzada" on the Walvis Bay syncrolift.

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

    FORMER UKRAINIAN MID-WATER TRAWLER AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at Walvis Bay is a former Ukrainian mid-water trawler the "Poseydon 1". However, the stern ramp has since being welded shut and the 180 foot vessel has since being converted into a longliner. The 726 GRT vessel was built in 2008.

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below is the stern ramp of the "Posydon 1", welded shut in order to convert the vessel into a longliner, shooting the gear over the stern.

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below on the stern of the vessel is this obsolete Triplex brand net-stacker, used to haul in the mid-water trawl net. However, as seen below the stacker is now being surrounded by top-lines used for longline fishing.

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                               GOOD-BYE "OHAMBA" !

The proudest fishing fleet in the world greets yet another vessel. This time around it is the former hake stern-trawler "Ohamba", owned by Sea Flower. Pictured below on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at Walvis Bay, in a new red colour scheme, the vessel was recently sold to a new owner from Zanzibar, and subsequently renamed her "Dena II".

     

     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below, the badly rusted deck-crane is marked with a red circle...let's have a closer look at it....


     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below is the arm of the deck-crane, severely damaged by rust...

     
     
(Photo: W.Buckle) 
 


            "SANTA MONICA" AND "SOUTHERN CROSS
                                       LANDS HUGE TUNA

Pictured below on Tuesday 26 March 2016 at Luderitz is some huge tuna landed by the Cape Town based tuna pole vessels "Santa Monica" and "Southern Cross".

                      
                      
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                      
                      
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                                   "SOUTHERN CROSS"
             
             
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                                    "SANTA MONICA"
                       
                       
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

               
                
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

              "ELEONORE"  REDUCED TO AN EMPTY HULL

Pictured below on Saturday 23 April 2016 is what is left of the former longliner "Eleonore" which is currently being scrapped at Walvis Bay harbour.

            
            
(Photo: A.Tuit) 

            
            
(Photo: A.Tuit) 

            
            
(Photo: A.Tuit) 

                "BORDEAUX II" AND "ELEONORE"  SCRAPPED
                                            AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Wednesday 9 March 2016 is the "Bordeaux II" and "EleOnore" being scrapped at Walvis Bay harbour.

                                          "BORDEAUX II"
                  
                  
(Photo: A.Tuit) 

Pictured below is the engine room section of the "Bordeaux II", at the far back with the fish hold in the foreground.

             

             
(Photo: A.Tuit) 

                           WHEELHOUSES FOR SALE !!!

Pictured below is the "Bordeaux II" wheelhouse (left) and the "Eleonore" wheelhouse (right) for sale. Trawler Heritage reckons it will just be a matter of time before one of these will make their appearance somewhere at the Walvis Bay Waterfront...         

             
             
(Photo: A.Tuit) 

                                         
"ELEONORE"
             

             
(Photo: A.Tuit) 

        
Pictured below is the forward bow section of the "Eleonore".

                  
                  
(Photo: A.Tuit) 

Pictured below a fire broke out on the starboard side of the "Eleonore", whilst cutting were in progress.

                  
                  
(Photo: A.Tuit)   

Pictured below is the engine room section of the "Eleonore", with the side pockets of the fish hold still clearly visible.

              
             
(Photo: A.Tuit)    

                "VOORBOK" WHEELHOUSE AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Sunday 3 January 2016 at the Walvis Bay Waterfront is the wheelhouse of the former tuna pole vessel and purse seiner, the "Voorbok". The "Voorbok" however, has been scrapped at Walvis Bay several years ago.

               
                Photo: (J.Carstens)

                           
"DYRNESVAG" OIL PAINTING

Pictured below is a oil painting of the Walvis Bay purse seiner "Dyrnesvag", produced by artist Stella Bruwer.

      

              

   
                 

                                                 

             
                         
 
               
     

                        
            

                      

    


             


                      


 
                                                  
                                 

                                 

                                

                           

              



 


  

  

               

                                      

 

                          

  

 



         
           
   

   

  

                             
    

                  

                            
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


          

 
 

          "KAPTEIN HENDRIK WITBOOI" RUNS AGROUND

Pictured below is the 45 foot crayfish boat from Lüderitz, "Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi" hard aground on the Namibian coastline between Elizabeth Bay and Zweispitz, after the vessel had run aground on 11 December 2015.

       
        Photo: (H.Martin)

                THE SINKING AND RAISING OF "ELEANORE"

Pictured below Tuesday 10 November 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 72 foot "Eleanore" busy to sink inside the Walvis Bay fishing harbour. The "Eleanore" eventually did end up at the bottom of the seabed.
Given the fact that the "Eleanore" was abandoned at Walvis Bay harbour by her owners way back in 2006, the Namibian harbour authorities immediately took the initiative to raise the "Eleanore". And yes, in true Namibian style, the "Eleanore" was successfully raised to the surface only two days later on Thursday 12 November 2015. This proof that if the correct procedures are in place together with dedicated government departments, incidents like the sinking of the "Eleanore" can be dealt with in a professional and effective way.

And this leaves us with one question...why can't the South African government departments such as Department of Public Works nor Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries execute similar actions when vessels sink in our fishing harbours?

Pictured below on Tuesday 10 November 2015 the "Eleanore" is busy to sink inside the Walvis Bay fishing harbour.

           
            
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below on Thursday 12 November 2015 the "Eleanore" is floating high and dry. Surrounding the vessel is anti-pollution floats to contain any diesel or hydraulic oil which may be leaking from the vessel.

           
            
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

    DREDGING OF WALVIS BAY FISHING PORT IN PROGRESS

Pictured below on Friday 23 October 2015 inside the Walvis Bay fishing port, is the 324 foot dredger the "De La Perouse", busy dredging the harbour.

                     
                     
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                     
                     
(Photo: W.Buckle)

Pictured below on Friday 23 October 2015 is the holds of the "De La Perouse" now fully filled, and leaving the confinements of the harbour on route to the dumping grounds.

                     
                     
(Photo: W.Buckle)

           "ARGOS MARINE" DEBUT ON TRAWLER HERITAGE

Pictured below on Friday 23 October 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 1093 GRT stern trawler the "Argos Marine". The "Argos Marine" was built in 1983 in the Spanish boat yard of Astilleros Gondan at Castropol.

                     
                     
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                            THE PRIDE OF MERLUS FISHING

            
            
(Photo: Merlus Fishing)

            
            
(Photo: Merlus Fishing)

As the Namibian Hake season is now closed until end October, the entire Namibian hake trawler fleet has now returned to their respective jetties for much needing repairs. As seen above the entire Merlus Fishing fleet is now berthed at their jetty at Walvis Bay.

   
              BUSY SCENES AT WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT

Pictured below on Friday 9 October 2015 at the Walvis Bay syncrolift several fishing vessels were present, mostly associated with the purse seining and hake sectors.

                                           
"OSHAKATI"

Pictured below on Friday 9 October 2015 is the 190 foot hake stern trawler "Oshakati". The "Oshakati", a former Spanish stern trawler, was built in 1974 at Vigo in Spain.

          
          
 
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                                                "PEMBA BAY
"

Pictured below on Friday 9 October 2015 is the 177 foot hake stern trawler "Pemba Bay". The "Pemba Bay" is operated by Seascope, a division of the Luderitz based fishing company Seaflower.

          

          
 
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

   
                        SEAFLOWER BOATS AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Friday 9 October 2015 is the "Farillon" (left) and the "Rex" (right). Both vessels are owned and operated by Seaflower out of Luderitz. The 124 foot "Faillon" was built in 2006.


          
          
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

         
PURSE SEINERS ON WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT

                                              "MORGENSTER"

Pictured below on Friday 9 October 2015 is the 130 foot purse seiner "Morgenster", owned and operated by Etosha Fishing.

            
            
 
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

           
           
 
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                                               
"TORSVER"

Pictured below on Friday 9 October 2015 is the 162 foot purse seiner "Torsver" covered in a cloud of dust as the vessel got sandblasted. The "Torsver" is the largest purse seiner operating in Southern African waters and is owned by Gendev.

           
           
 
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                                               
"ST.PADARN"

Pictured below on Friday 9 October 2015 is the 154 foot "St.Padarn" neatly painted. The "St.Padarn" is owned and operated by United Fishing Enterprises.

            

            
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                        
A CLOSER LOOK AT "SPENCER BAY"
  
 
Pictured below on Friday 9 October 2015 is the hake longliner "Spencer Bay". The twin shaft layout as indicated below is quite a unique feature not often seen on South African and Namibian fishing vessels.

               
           
(Photo: W.Buckle)     

           
           
 
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                          
NEW JETTY FOR MERLUS FISHING

Pictured below on Friday 9 October 2015 construction workers are busy excavating soil for a new 70 metre jetty to be erected on the grounds of Merlus Fishing at Walvis Bay. 

          
          
(Photo: Merlus Fishing)

Pictured below on Friday 9 October 2015 is several hake stern trawlers owned and operated by Merlus Fishing out of Walvis Bay.

          
          
(Photo: Merlus Fishing)

Pictured below on Friday 9 October 2015 from left to right is the Merlus Fishing monk stern trawlers "Oviwana", "Arthur M" as well as the hake longliner "South West Eagle".

          
          
(Photo: Merlus Fishing) 

                  
"MERLUS ONE " LANDS HUGE CATCH!

Captured recently onboard the "Merlus One", the crewmen are securing the cod-end with a massive catch of 30 tons of Hake made during a single haul!

        
         (Photo: Merlus Fishing)

     "KAOKOVELD II " JOINS ORCA MARINE SERVICES    


Pictured below is the 69 foot "Kaokoveld II", the latest edition to the Orca Marine Services fleet operating out of Walvis Bay. The "Kaokoveld II", a former Snoek handline boat was recently acquired by Orca Marine Services and subsequently converted the "Kaokoveld II" into a ship supply vessel. For more information regarding services offered, contact
operations manager Jacques Vancayseele at +264 642012115.

      

  
                   "ADAMAS " ARRIVES AT WALVIS BAY

Having been advertised on Trawler Heritage recently, pictured below on Monday 6 July 2015 at Walvis Bay is the former Hout Bay tuna pole vessel "Adamas", which had been acquired by a new owner from Walvis Bay. The "Adamas" will be utilized in the Snoek handline sector out of Walvis Bay.


                   

                  "LAXE DOS" LANDS GOOD CATCH OF HAKE

Captured recently onboard the Walvis Bay stern trawler, "Laxe Dos", the crew is busy securing the cod-end, filled with Hake. The 98 foot "Laxe Dos" is owned and operated by Merlus Fishing out of Walvis Bay.

                               
                                 (Photo: W.Buckle)

                           "OCEAN FRESH" RETURNS HOME

Pictured below on Monday 6 July 2015 is the Walvis Bay purse seiner, "Ocean Fresh", returning home, and making way to the discharge jetty of United Fishing Enterprises.

 
                      
                        (Photo: W.Buckle)

                       "KAINAB" ON WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT

Pictured below on Monday 6 July 2015 on the Walvis Bay syncrolift is the 149 foot stern trawler "Kainab", owned and operated by Novanam.

                      
                        (Photo: W.Buckle)

                    SNOEK BOATS ON WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT

Pictured below on Monday 6 July 2015 on the Walvis Bay syncrolift is the 73 foot Snoek handline vessel, "Seeheim", owned and operated by Freddie Visserye.


                      
                        (Photo: W.Buckle)

                   "BRAVURA" JOINS MERLUS FISHING FLEET

Pictured below on Monday 6 July 2015 on the Walvis Bay syncrolift is the "Bravura" being painted in the distinctive colours of Merlus Fishing. The "Bravura" is the latest vessel to join the Merlus Fishing fleet, who at present operates one of the largest fishing fleets in Southern Africa at the present moment.


                      
                        (Photo: W.Buckle)

               "HAVSNURP " HOLDS FILLED WITH PILCHARDS

Pictured below on Saturday afternoon 4 July 2015 at Walvis Bay is the purse seiner "Havsnurp", fully loaded with pilchards making way to the discharge jetty of Gendev.

                       

                        (Photo: W.Buckle)

                      TRAWLER HERITAGE VISITS THE "BUCHT"

Pictured below is a series of photos taken at Luderitz on 23 and 24 June 2015.

                 

                    DIAMOND RECOVERY VESSELS AT LUDERITZ

                   
                                  "DEREK 1"
                       
Pictured above on Tuesday 23 June 2015 is the 45 foot diamond recovery vessel "Derek 1", resting on her mooring. The "Derek 1" is a sister boat of the Hout Bay based tuna pole vessel, "Common Wealth".

                                               "THUNDERCAT"  
                  

Pictured above on Tuesday 23 June 2015 is the diamond recovery vessel "Thundercat", resting on her mooring. The "Thundercat" featuring an catamaran hull, was last spotted by Trawler Heritage at Alexander Bay during November.

                          "KUSWAG 1" ON MOORING AT LUDERITZ

Pictured below on Tuesday 23 June 2015 is the former anti-pollution vessel "Kuswag 1" laying on anchor at Luderitz. The "Kuswag 1" is also a sister boat of the Cape Town based, shark longline vessels "Ubuntu" and "Cape Challenger". Trawler Heritage has noticed that the port of registry as indicated on the stern of the "Kuswag 1" is that of Maputo, in Mozambique.

                  
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                                                 "ANTONIE W"
                   

Pictured above on Tuesday 23 June 2015 is the former St.Helena Bay based crayfish boat "Antonie W", once owned by Visko Seeprodukte. Till recent the "Antonie W" was utilized as a purse seiner at Mossel Bay. However, she had been withdrawn from the pelagic industry and is now used as a crayfish vessel operating out of Luderitz.

                                                
"LIL' MEHA"
                  

Pictured above on Tuesday 23 June 2015 is the "Lil ' Meha", a 45 foot crayfish vessel operating out of Luderitz. The "Lil ' Meha" featuring an fibreglass hull, was built by the late Jurgens Schroeter, a former boat builder from Luderitz.

                         AN OLD WORK HORSE FROM THE PAST

Pictured below on Tuesday 23 June 2015 Trawler Heritage came across this old crayfish dinghy, with a plank-on-frame hull, constructed entirely out of Oregon Pine. Once upon a time, more than 600 of these dinghies were in action at once during the crayfish boom period at Luderitz.
Today, there is just a handful of these dinghies left, of which all is used for decoration purposes in local gardens and restaurants.

                 

                                    LURIES CANNING SLIPWAY

Pictured below on Tuesday 23 June 2015 Trawler Heritage visited the site of the former Luderitz crayfish factory of Luries Canning. In 2013 the factory building as well as the winch room and side-slips were still standing. However, al that is left now is only the slip rails, all buildings were demolished in order to create space for a new waterfront development project...

                ...LURIES CANNING SLIPWAY - NOVEMBER 2013
             

                       LURIES CANNING SLIPWAY -  JUNE 2015...
                

Gedurende 'n besoek aan Luderitz in November 2013, het daar 'n sementsteen afkomstig van die Luries Canning fabriek sy weg gevind tot in die bagasiesak van Trawler Heritage....by die Hosea Kutaka lughawe in Windhoek wou doene dit konfiskeer, maar dit het wel die eindbestemming bereik, en kan vandag gesien word waar dit uitgestal word in die Suid-Afrikaanse Visserye Museum op Laaiplek...
 

                  "HELEN D" CONVERTED FOR DIAMOND DIVING

Pictured below on Tuesday 23 June 2015 at the Seaflower slipway is the former crayfish vessel "Helen D", which now being converted into a diamond recovery vessel.

                                            STARBOARD VIEW
                 


                                              PORT SIDE VIEW
                 

Good luck "Helen D", from experience we have learned over the years that not a single wooden vessel had ever survived in the diamond recovery industry along the West Coast to date, will you be able to survive? Only time will tell.
 
                     
"TALITA KOEM" ON SEAFLOWER SLIPWAY
                 

Pictured above on Tuesday 23 June 2015 is the "Talita Koem", a 45 foot crayfish vessel operating out of Luderitz. The "Talita Koem" featuring an fibreglass hull, was built by the late Jurgens Schroeter, a former boat builder from Luderitz.

     THE LAST WOODEN VESSEL SHIPWRIGHTS FROM NAMIBIA

Pictured below on Tuesday 23 June 2015 is the sole remaining shipwrights still active in Namibia at the Seaflower slipway, namely Dennis (left) and Andy (right). These are skilled shipwrights who was involved in the constructing of many Swafil built vessels such as "Oceana Ruby", "Oceana Pegasus", "Oceana Paragon", "Swordfish", "Shellfish" and "South West Falcon", to mention just a few formidable wooden fishing vessels, which was once constructed at this boatyard.
                       
                 

            Hierdie manne noem hulself die "houtmolle" van Luderitz...

                           
 "ODELIA" LAYING ABANDONED

                 
Pictured above Wednesday 24 June 2015 is a former Luderitz based diamond recovery vessel, the "Odelia" laying abandoned on a beach inside Luderitz harbour. The "Odelia" was beached in 2012 after the hull had sprung a leak. However, at present no attempt had been made to either repair or remove the vessel.

                                                     "RACHEL"
                 
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 45 foot diamond recovery vessel "Rachel", resting on her mooring.

                                                  "PATIENCE"
                 
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 45 foot crayfish vessel "Patience", resting on her mooring. The "Patience" was built at Saldanha Bay by CJ Plastics.

                  
  "KOICHAB" RESTING ON HER MOORING

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 67 foot crayfish vessel "Koichab" owned by Aloe Fishing, resting on her mooring inside Luderitz harbour.

                  

                               LUDERITZ FISHING FLEET IN PORT

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 from left to right is "Oceana Marlin", "Bluefish", "South West Snowgoose" and "Christiaan Beyers".
                 
                   

                   

     FORMER PORT ELIZABETH CHOKKA VESSELS AT LUDERITZ

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 on the left hand corner is two former chokka boats from Port Elizabeth in days gone by namely, "African Pioneer" and "Canan". Both vessels are now being used as crayfish vessels at Luderitz.

                   

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 from left to right is
"Weskus VI", "Konkiep", "African Pioneer" and "Canan".

                   

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 from left to right is
"Christiaan De Wet", "Nelita C" and "Therona". The "Therona" is one of just three former crayfish vessels still in operation today, which was once operated by Namaqua Canning at Hondeklipbaai in days gone by.


                   

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 from left to right is
"Sao Miguel" and "Moira D".


                   

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 from left to right is
"South West Seagull", "South West Albatross" and "Weskus VIII".


                  

                                                  "HEROES DAY"
                   
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 45 foot crayfish vessel "Heroes Day", which was built by Tallie Marine at Sandy Point harbour in 2003.

                                                     "OMUHUKA"
                   
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 193 stern trawler "Omuhuka". The "Omuhuka" was built in 1972 in Belgium, and is operated by Skeleton Coast Trawling (Pty) Ltd. out of Luderitz.

                                   "KAPTEIN HENDRIK WITBOOI"
                   
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 45 foot crayfish vessel "Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi". The "Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi" was built at Saldanha Bay by CJ Plastics, and is the sister boat of another Luderitz crayfish vessel, the "Patience".

                                                  "ZANZIBAR"
                  
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 62 foot crayfish vessel "Zanzibar", who once a formidable purse seiner at Walvis Bay in days gone by. The "Zanzibar" had been withdrawn from service and is laying idle at Luderitz for many years now.

                      SISTER BOATS ALONGSIDE EACH OTHER
               
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 62 foot crayfish vessels "Marlene D" and "Moira D" berthed alongside each other. Both vessels were once also utilized as purse seiners for the Angra Pequena fish meal factory at Luderitz in days gone by.

                             STERN TRAWLERS AT LUDERITZ

                               
                   "OHAMBA"
               
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 152 foot stern trawler "Ohamba", owned and operated by the Seaflower Whitefish Corporation. The "Ohamba" was built in 1974 in Spain.

                                                  "KAMALI"
               
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 175 foot stern trawler "Kamali", owned and operated by Skeleton Coast Trawling (Pty) Ltd. Also formerly known as the "Bardi",  the "Kamali" was built in 1979 in Norway.

                                           
"KOMUKANDI"
               
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 172 foot stern trawler "Kamali", owned and operated by Skeleton Coast Trawling (Pty) Ltd. The "Komukandi" was built in 1974 in Belgium.

                   "TORRABAAI" ON THE DOCK FOR REPAIRS

Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 shipwrights are busy fitting new rubbing bands to the 35 foot harbour service vessel "Torrabaai".

                  

                          END OF THE ROAD FOR "STATENDAM"

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the former Saldanha Bay purse seiner "Statendam" laying abandoned on the beach at Luderitz. The "Statendam" was withdrawn from the Lusitania crayfish fleet operating out of Luderitz in 2014.

                 

                       "GOLDFISH" RESTING ON HER MOORING

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 63 foot crayfish vessel "Goldfish" owned by Seaflower Lobster Corporation, resting on her mooring inside Luderitz harbour.

                  

                  

                                                         "TERN"
                  
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 45 foot crayfish vessel "Tern". The "Tern" was a former tuna pole vessel from Hout Bay in days gone by.

    THE NAMIBIAN MARITIME MUSEUM UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the latest progress on the proposed Waterfront development at Luderitz. The former power station is now being converted into a tertiary college, and amongst other things will also be the home of the Namibian Maritime Museum.

                  

                    A FORMER "COVI" SPOTTED AT LUDERITZ

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 59 foot diamond recovery vessel "Rebecca" on her mooring at Luderitz. This vessel once formed part of the handline fishing fleet owned by Consortium Visserye at Walvis Bay in days gone by.

                  

                                                     "ABIGAIL"
                  
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the "Abigail", a 45 foot diamond recovery vessel operating out of Luderitz. The "Abigail" featuring an fibreglass hull, was built by the late Jurgens Schroeter, a former boat builder from Luderitz.
      
                                                     "FUKULA"
                  
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the "Fukula", a 65 foot diamond recovery vessel operating out of Luderitz. The "Fukula" was originally used as a stern trawler out of Port Elizabeth in days gone by.
      
                                              "LADY MBAKO"
                  
Pictured above on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the 45 foot crayfish vessel "Lady Mbako", which was built by Tallie Marine at Sandy Point harbour.

                                 
             END OF THE ROAD FOR FORMER PURSE SEINERS

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the former Walvis Bay purse seiner "Elena V" laying abandoned on the beach at Luderitz.

                 

Pictured below on Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the former Willem Barendz purse seiner "Atlantic Challenger" laying abandoned on the beach at Luderitz.

                 

                    TRAWLER HERITAGE VISITS THE DIAZ POINT

Pictured below Wednesday 24 June 2015 is the light house at Diaz Point.

                 

                  UNKNOWN TRAWLER WRECKS AT DIAZ POINT

Pictured below Wednesday 24 June 2015 at Diaz Point, Trawler Heritage has stumbled upon this bow section of a former wooden fishing vessel. Unfortunately nobody around seems to remember the name of this vessel...
                         
                

Pictured below Wednesday 24 June 2015 at Diaz Point, Trawler Heritage has stumbled upon this front mast of a former wooden fishing vessel. From the size and construction, one can identify that it once belonged to a Louw & Halvorsen vessel...


                

Pictured below Wednesday 24 June 2015 at Diaz Point, Trawler Heritage has stumbled upon this wheelhouse former wooden fishing vessel. From the size and construction, one can identify that it once belonged to a
Louw & Halvorsen vessel. Unfortunately nobody around seems to remember from which vessel it originates or even how it got here...


                

Pictured below Wednesday 24 June 2015 at Diaz Point, Trawler Heritage has stumbled upon this former wooden fishing vessel. Although a name "Pero Diaz" had been painted on the bulwarks, no such fishing vessel ever existed. The original name of this vessel, or how it got here remains a mystery.
     
                
      
      
                    TRAWLER HERITAGE VISITS WALVIS BAY 

Pictured below is a series of photos taken at Walvis Bay on 21June 2015.

                

                                          

"TANGENI BAY"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 95 foot longliner "Tangeni Bay" berthed at the Syncrolift jetty.
       
                

             "TOSCANINI" STILL WITHOUT HER WHEELHOUSE

Pictured below Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the Snoek handline boat "Toscanini" bertthed alongside the "Consortium Epsilon". During the previous visit to Walvis Bay in January 2015, the "Toscanini" was already spotted without her wheelhouse.

                

                
Pictured above Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the tuna pole vessel "Consortium Epsilon" (left) alongside the "Toscanini" (right). The "Consortium Epsilon" was a formidable purse seiner at Walvis Bay in days gone by, owned by Consortium Visserye. Measuring 94 foot in length, the "Consortium Epsilon" is one of the largest wooden fishing vessels ever constructed in Southern Africa.

                                   "ATLANTIC HARVESTER"

Pictured below Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 135 foot purse seiner "Atlantic Harvester", berthed alongside the jetty of United Fishing.

                

                            AQUA FARMING VESSEL - "ARKEO"

Pictured below Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the aqua farming catamaran "Arkeo". Powered by two John Deere main engines, the "Arkeo" features and fibreglass hull and was built by Kamassi Craft in Port Elizabeth.

                

                                         "WEST COAST II"

Pictured below Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 121 foot longliner "West Coast II", a former Dutch beamer in days gone by.
                
                
         

          DANISH BUILT FISHING VESSELS AT WALVIS BAY

                                           "ALDUBARAN"

Pictured below Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 84 foot stern trawler "Aldubaran". Owned by Tunacor, the "Aldubaran" was built in 1984 in Denmark.

                

                                               "YOKO-TANI"

Pictured below Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 105 foot stern trawler "Yoko-Tani". Owned by Tunacor, the "Yoko-Tani" was built in 1986 in Denmark.

                

                                              "SOUTRIVIER" 

Pictured below Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the former Hout Bay crayfish vessel "Soutrivier", now being used as a Snoek handline boat at Walvis Bay. The "Soutrivier" is owned by Merlus Fishing.

                

                                            "BRAVURA" 

Pictured below Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 55 foot Snoek handline boat "Bravurua", owned by Freddie Visserye.

                
 
                                                   "JUNIOR" 


Pictured below Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the former Mossel Bay inshore trawler "Junior", now being used as a Snoek handline boat at Walvis Bay. The "Junior" is owned by Merlus Fishing.

                

                                                "SEASWAS" 

Pictured below Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the former Cape Town based tuna pole vessel "Seaswas", now being used as a Snoek handline boat at Walvis Bay. The "Seaswas" joined the Walvis Bay fishing fleet in March 2015.

                

        AN OLD DIAMOND RECOVERY VESSEL FROM THE PAST

Pictured below Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 40 foot "Windvogel", a former diamond recovery vessel Port Nolloth and Luderitz in days gone by.

                

                           NEW LOOKS FOR "KAOKOVELD II"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the "Kaokoveld II", now featuring a new grey hull colour scheme. Previously the Kaokoveld II had a blue painted hull.


                                                 
                

                                         "PARACLETE"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 120 foot mid-water trawler "Paraclete", berthed alongside the jetty of Gendev. The "Paraclete" was built in 1982 in Ireland.


                

                                              "KAINAB"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 149 foot stern trawler "Kainab", owned by Novanam out of Walvis Bay. The "Kainab" is powered by a 1200 h.p. A.B.C. main engine.

                
                

                             "CHRISTINE" STILL LAYING IDLE

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the "Christine", a former Walvis Bay purse seiner laying idle now for many years.
The "Christine" was also used in the tuna pole sector out of Cape Town in days gone by.


                

                                    "CHEETAH" ROTTING AWAY

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the "Cheetah", a former Walvis Bay purse seiner and tuna pole vessel from Cape Town laying submerged alongside a jetty in Walvis Bay harbour for several years already.


                

                                     "TAMIKA" LAYING IDLE

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the former longliner from Port Elizabeth, the "Tamika". The "Tamika" had not been to sea since the last visit to Walvis Bay in January 2015.


                

                                                     "ERICA"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 142 foot stern trawler "Erica", owned and operated by Hangana Fishing. The "Erica" was built in 1981 in Durban.


                

        FORMER FIBREGLASS PURSE SEINERS FROM THE PAST

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay alongside each other is two former purse seiners now being used as Snoek handline boats out of Walvis Bay, namely "Seeheim" and "Gamsberg II". The "Seeheim" was also used as inshore trawler at Mossel Bay in days gone by.


                                                "SEEHEIM"
                

                                             "GAMSBERG II"
                
      
                                         "MAXIMUS CASTRO"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the Hake longliner "Maximus Castro". The "Maximus Castro" was built by Sachal in 2002.

             

                                     
                             "SOUTH WEST TERN"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 72 foot tuna pole vessel "South West Tern". The "South West Tern" was a former purse seiner at Walvis Bay in days gone by.


                

                                               "ENDEAVOUR"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the Snoek handline boat "Endeavour". The "Endeavour" was a former chokka from Port Elizabeth in days gone by, and was extensively rebuilt by Tallie Marine in 2013. At present the "Endeavour" is still displaying the Gordons Bay area code (SW) on her nameplates.


                

                              "EILAND URK II" STILL LAYING IDLE

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the Snoek handline boat "Eiland Urk II" laying idle now for may years. The "Eiland Urk II" was also a purse seiner from Laaiplek in days gone by.


                

                                             "AMBROSE BAY"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 392 GRT stern trawler "Ambrose Bay", owned by Merlus Fishing. The "Ambrose Bay" was built in 2003 in Spain.


                

                                               "ELENGA BAY"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 88 foot longliner "Elenga Bay", owned by Marco Fishing from Luderitz. The "Elenga Bay is powered by a CAT 3412 main engine.


                

                                             "EQUIHENNOIS"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 127 foot stern trawler "Equihennois". The "Equihennois" was built in 1986 in France.

                

                                           "RAINBOW II"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 251 foot stern trawler "Rainbow II".  Measuring 251 foot in length, the "Rainbow II" is one of the largest factory stern trawlers operating in Southern Africa, and is also a sister ship of another Walvis Bay stern trawler, the "Merlus One".


                

                          NEAT LOOKING MONK TRAWLERS OF
                                   BENGUELLA SEA PRODUCTS


Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the neatly painted Monk stern trawler fleet owned and operated by Benguella Sea Products. From left to right is the "Bianca", "Lynette" and "Zeearend".

                
                

                                                "VILLA DE HIO"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 138 foot stern trawler "Villa De Hio", owned by Seawork from Walvis Bay. The "Villa De Hio" is powered by a 1200 Wartsila main engine. 

                

                         BUSY SCENES AT FREDDIE VISSERYE

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay alongside the jetty of Freddie Visserye from is left to right is the "Andante", "Penduka Bay", Allegro" and "Engelsman".


                

                                           WHAT'S FOR LUNCH?

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 onboard the "Aunt Tossie" is the cook standing in the galley doorway to see Trawler Heritage in action...


                

                                                "AUNT TOSSIE"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the 45 foot Snoek handline vessel "Aunt Tossie". The "Aunt Tossie" featuring an fibreglass hull, was built by the late Jurgens Schroeter, a former boat builder from Luderitz.


                

                                              "CHARLENE"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the Snoek handline vessel "Charlene", owned by Freddie Visserye. Previously the "Charlene" had been used as a purse seiner out of Mossel Bay.


                

                                        "SENHOR DO MUNDO"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Walvis Bay is the Snoek handline boat "Senhor Do Mundo". Powered by a Doosan main engine, the "Senhor Do Mundo" made headlines in June 2013 after the vessel had run aground at Paaltjieskraal near Walvis Bay.


                

                                                 "ENGELSMAN"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 is the "Engelsman", a 45 foot Snoek handline vessel owned by Freddie Visserye. The "Engelsman" featuring an fibreglass hull, was built by the late Jurgens Schroeter, a former boat builder from Luderitz. The "Engelsman" is owned by Freddie Visserye.

                

                                             "ALBATROS II"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 is the "Albatros II", a 45 foot Snoek handline vessel owned by Freddie Visserye.


                

                                  "THE LITTLE ELEPHANT"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 is the "Mr. M", a 33 foot Snoek handline vessel operating out of Walvis Bay. The "Mr. M" was built in 2003 by Tallie Marine, and is the smallest hull size available in the Tallie Marine catalogue - known as the "Little Elephant".

                

            "VAN HUNKS" FINDS A NEW HOME AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 is the "Van Hunks", a former tuna pole vessel from Hout Bay in days gone by. The 46 foot vessel was built by Johnny De Castro at Hout Bay.

                
                

                              "VAN HUNKS" SMOKING HIS PIPE...

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 is this striking sticker as displayed on the whale back of the "Van Hunks", featuring an old fisherman smoking his pipe.

     
              

                                          "WESTERN SPIRIT"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 is the "Western Spirit", yet another Snoek handline vessel operating out of Walvis Bay.

                
     
           "THUNNUS" FINDS A NEW HOME AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 is the 45 foot "Thunnus", a former tuna pole vessel from Hout Bay, who had recently joined the Snoek fleet at Walvis Bay.

     
                

                                                      "BETA"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 is the 72 foot "Beta", a former purse seiner from Walvis Bay in days gone by. At present the "Beta" is used in the longline sector out of Walvis Bay.


                

                        "BORDEAUX II" STILL HOLDING ON

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 is the 75 foot "Bordeaux II", a former purse seiner from Walvis Bay in days gone by. The "Bordeaux II" had been participating in the tuna pole sector out of Hout Bay and Walvis Bay over the years, but had since been abandoned by her owners at Walvis Bay. At present the vessel is in a terrible condition.


                

                                                  "ELEANORE"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 is the 72 foot "Eleanore" laying idle on her mooring since 2007. The "Eleanore" was a former purse seiner operating out of Walvis Bay and Saldanha Bay in days gone by. Like the "Bordeaux II", the "Eleanore" is also in a terrible condition.

                

                                                 "ANDRA JANE"

Pictured below on Sunday 21 June 2015 is the tuna pole vessel "Andra Jane", built by Tallie Marine at Sandy Point harbour in 2011.

                

             AT LAST ! THERE IS ACTION AT WALVIS BAY !

Pictured below on Monday 18 May 2015 is the Walvis Bay purse seiner "Reinoyfisk" returning to Walvis Bay with holds filled with Pilchards.

          
          
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

          
          
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Pictured below the crew of the "Reinoyfisk" is busy loading the purse seine net onboard the vessel.

               
               
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                   
                   
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                   
                   
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

Although the pelagic fishermen from Walvis Bay had experience some terrible times over the past few months, skipper Wynand Fourie of the "Reinoyfisk" still has time to smile for the camera.

                       
                       
(Photo: W.Buckle) 

                                         PHOTOS FROM THE SEA

Captured below in stormy weather off the Skeleton Coast is the 101 foot stern trawler "Emerald Dawn" owned and operated by Merlus Fishing from Walvis Bay.

                                                    UP SHE GOES !
                     
                     
 (Photo: Merlus Fishing)

                                                 DOWN SHE GOES !
                
                
 (Photo: Merlus Fishing)

                "SEASWAS" ARRIVES SAFELY IN WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Monday 2 March 2015 is the former Cape Town tuna pole vessel "Seaswas" arriving at the Walvis Bay syncrolift. The "Seaswas" will from now onwards be based at Walvis Bay and used as a Snoek boat.

          
          
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                          "JUNIOR" LOADED WITH SNOEK

Pictured below is the Walvis Bay Snoek boat "Junior", laying deep in the water with a load of Snoek onboard. The "Junior",owned by Merlus Fishing was a former inshore trawler from Mossel Bay by the name of "Mary Jo", owned by Phillipus Cronje.

        
         (Photo: Merlus Fishing)

            
             (Photo: Merlus Fishing)

            
             (Photo: Merlus Fishing)

                           "OCEAN FRESH" ON SYNCROLIFT

Pictured below on Friday 23 January 2015 on the Walvis Bay Syncrolift is the 90 foot purse seiner "Ocean Fresh", owned by United Fishing Enterprises. At present the vessel is being prepared for the upcoming
2015 Namibian pelagic season.


          
  

               NEW EXPANSION AT WALVIS BAY HARBOUR

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 one can already see work in progress in order to expand the commercial harbour of Walvis Bay.

       

       

                    THE RAISING OF THE TUG "OMANDA"

Pictured below the Namport tug "Omanda" unexpectly sunk alongside the fishing jetty of Merlus Fishing at Walvis Bay on Tuesday 13 January 2015. However, the experts in their field, Subtech and Extreme Projects from Walvis Bay immediately swung into action in order to salvage the "Omanda". On Monday 19 January 2015 the "Omanda" was successfully raised to the surface and handed over to Namport for refurbishment.

                        "NAMPORT, WE HAVE A PROBLEM"...
                

      SUBTECH AND EXTREME PROJECTS DOING WHAT THEY 
                         KNOW  BEST, SALVAGING VESSELS !
                

                

                

                  DEPLOYED LIFERAFT OF "OMANDA" ON QUAY
               

                                           GETTING THERE !!!
               

                                "OMANDA" FLOATS AGAIN !!!
               

               

Dit is weereens 'n bewys dat wanneer daar onmiddelik tot aksie oorgegaan word en die regte personeel met die nodige kennis gebruik word, dit wel moontlik is om 'n gesinkte vaartuig te red. In Suid-Afrika word 'n gesinkte skuit eers agtergelaat en gewag totdat die skuit 2 ton swart mossels kweek voordat daar 'n poging aangewend word om die skuit weer vlot te maak...

                         "BORDEAUX II" STILL AFLOAT

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 75 foot tuna pole vessel "Bordeaux II", laying abandoned at Walvis Bay harbour for many years now. The "Bordeaux II" was a former purse seiner at Walvis Bay in days gone by.

       

                      "SUNFISH" DISCHARGING AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 342 foot "Sunfish". The "Sunfish" is operated by Namsov Fishing Enterprises out of Walvis Bay and participates in the Horse Mackerel mid-water trawling sector. The "Sunfish" was built in 1993 in Russia and is powered by a 7000hp Russkiy main engine.

       
   
                   "IONA" BERTHED AT ETOSHA FISHING

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 148 foot mid-water trawler "Iona" alongside the jetty at Etosha Fishing. The "Iona" was also used for experimental mid-water trials in South Africa a few years ago.

       

                   "PROWESS" ALONGSIDE ETOSHA JETTY

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 172 foot purse seiner "Prowess" moored alongside the discharge jetty of Etosha Fishing. The "Prowess was built in 1960 at a Norwegian shipyard.

       

                "DYRNESVAG" ON WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT

 Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 88 foot purse seiner "Dyrnesvag" on the Walvis Bay Syncrolift in order to prepare the vessel for the upcoming 2015 pelagic season. Owned by Eigevis, "Dyrnesvag" was built in 1985 in Sweden. Also present on the Syncrolift is United Fishing Enterprises 90 foot purse seiner, "Ocean Fresh".

       

               "BALDUR ARNA" ON WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 150 foot stern-trawler "Baldur Arna", owned by Hangana Fishing. "Baldur Arna" was built in 1978 in Norway.

           

                "GREEN SEA"
ON WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT


Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 219 foot stern-trawler "Green Sea", owned by Blue Sea Fishing Corporation. The 1272 GRT "Green Sea" was built in 1969.

       

                    "DOLPHIN" ON WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 75 foot diamond recovery vessel "Dolphin", also known as the "South West Dolphin" in days gone by. The "Dolphin" was originally used as a purse seiner for the "Willem Barendsz" factory ship off the Namibian coastline during the late 1960's.

       

                            TUNACOR STERN TRAWLER FLEET

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 alongside the jetty of Tunacor is the 144 foot "Katuka" (left) and the 111 foot "Tunga" (right). The "Katuka" was built in 1988 in Spain and is powered by a 1725h.p A.B.C. main engine, whilst the "Tunga" was built in 2000 in Spain and is also fitted with a A.B.C. main engine.

        

                            UNITED FISHING ENTERPRISES

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 alongside the discharge jetty of United Fishing Enterprises is the 140 purse seiner "Reinoyfisk" berthed alongside the 135 foot purse seiner "Atlantic Harvester".

        

 Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 alongside the discharge jetty of United Fishing Enterprises is the 83 purse seiner "Deolinda". Built in 2013 by Tallie Marine at Sandy Point harbour, the "Deolinda" is powered by a 1050h.p Cummins main engine.

          

                                           HANGANA FISHING

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 alongside the jetty of Hangana Fishing is the 178 foot stern trawler "Fisher Bank" (left) and the 154 foot stern trawler "Zogi" (right). The "Fisher Bank" was built in 1972 in Poland and is powered by a 2000h.p Crepelle main engine, whilst the "Zogi" was built in 1974 in Norway and is powered by a 1500h.p Normo main engine.

             

                                          MERLUS FISHING

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 alongside the jetty of Merlus Fishing is the 98.5 foot Monk stern trawler "Oviwana" and her sister boat "Helgoland", as well as the crabber "Noordburg Kalapuse", also formerly known as the "Oceanic Bridge" in days gone by.

        

                                                     GENDEV

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 alongside the discharge jetty of Gendev is the 120 foot mid-water trawler "Paraclete", built in 1982 in Ireland. Also on the far side of the jetty is the 150 foot purse seiner "Harvsnurp". The "Harvnurp" was built in 1966 in Norway and is powered by a 1155hp Wichmann main engine.

            

                   NOVANAM STERN TRAWLER "KOMBAT"

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 alongside the jetty of Novanam is the 156 foot stern trawler "Kombat". Powered by a 1700h.p MAN main engine, the "Kombat" was built in 1974 in Spain.

              


                 "SHEARWATER BAY"
AT WALVIS BAY


Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 127 foot longliner "Shearwater Bay", owned by Marco Fishing from Luderitz. The former Ducth beamer, was built in 1982 in Den Helder in Netherlands and is powered by a Werkspoor main engine.

         

                    "TOSCANINI" WITHOUT HER WHEELHOUSE

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the former Laaiplek purse seiner "Toscanini", spotted without her wheelhouse. At present the "Toscanini" is used as a Snoek boat out of Walvis Bay.

     

                          "SOUTH WEST EAGLE" PASSING BY

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 72 foot longliner "South West Eagle" sailing through Walvis Bay harbour. Built at Luderitz, the "South West Eagle" was originally used as a purse seiner out of Walvis Bay in days gone by. At present the "South West Eagle" is used as a hake longliner and is owned by Merlus Fishing.

        

                            "KAOKOVELD II" ON MOORING

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 69.5 foot Snoek boat "Kaokoveld II" laying on her mooring at Walvis Bay harbour. The "Kaokoveld II" was a former Laaiplek purse seiner in days gone by.

      

                                  "EPSILON" AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 alongside the "Toscanini" is the former Consortium Visserye purse seiner "Consortium Epsilon", simply known today as "Epsilon". The "Epsilon" is used as a Snoek boat out of Walvis Bay.

    

     "MARIE CHRISTINE" WHEELHOUSE ABANDONED ON QUAY

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the wooden wheelhouse of the former purse seiner the "Marie Christine" which was scrapped at Walvis Bay during July 2013.

            

                                  "ELEANORE" ON MOORING

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 72 foot "Eleanore" laying idle on her mooring since 2007. The "Eleanore" was a former purse seiner operating out of Walvis Bay and Saldanha Bay in days gone by.

      

                           "EILAND URK II" LOOKS WEARY

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 65 foot
"Eiland Urk II" in poor condition alongside the jetty. The "Eiland Urk II"
was a former Laaiplek purse seiner in days gone by.


          

                         "TAMIKA" AND "CHRISTINE" LAYING IDLE

Pictured below on Wednesday 14 January 2015 is the 69.5 foot "Tamika" and the 72 foot" Christine" laying idle alongside each other.

          

         "NOORDBURG KALAPUSE" LIFTED ONTO SYNCROLIFT

Pictured below on Friday 23 January 2015 is the 174 foot "Noordburg Kalapuse" being hauled onto the Walvis Bay Syncrolift. The "Noordburg Kalapuse" is owned by Merlus Fishing and is used as a crabber.

          

          

          

                            "DESERT RUBY" AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Friday 23 January 2015 is the 4407 GRT Horse Mackerel mid-water trawler "Desert Ruby", owned by Erongo Sea Products from Walvis Bay. The "Desert Ruby" is one of the most powerful fishing vessels in Southern Africa. Powered by 2 x 7000hp Zvezda main engines, the "Desert Ruby" is able to achieve a maximum speed of 16 knots.

          
 

"KROSSFJORD" COMING HOME WITH HORSE MACKEREL

Pictured below on Monday 1 December 2014, is the mid-water trawler "Krossfjord" owned by Gendev, entering the Walvis Bay harbour with holds filled with Horse Mackerel, on route to the discharge jetty at Gendev.

        
         (Photo: W.Buckle)

        
         (Photo: W.Buckle)

        
         (Photo: W.Buckle)

                             GOOD LUCK "LAXE DOS" !

    EX-SPANISH STERN TRAWLER JOINS WALVIS BAY FLEET

Pictured below during September 2014 at Walvis Bay is the former Spanish stern trawler "Laxe Dos", arriving at the jetty of her new owners of Merlus Fishing at Walvis Bay. The "Laxe Dos" is now the 15th vessel to join the fleet of Merlus Fishing at Walvis Bay.

        
        
 (Photo: W.Buckle)

The "Laxe Dos" pictured on the Walvis Bay Syncrolift after she had been painted in the official colours of Merlus Fishing, complete with the Merlus Fishing emblem painted on her bow.

             
             
 (Photo: W.Buckle)

                           GOOD LUCK "KROSSFJORD" !

EX-SCOTTISH MID-WATER TRAWLER JOINS WALVIS BAY FLEET

Pictured below is the 1449 GRT mid-water trawler "Krossfjord", the latest vessel to join the Walvis Bay fleet. The "Krossfjord" was acquired by Gendev after the recent success by the Irish mid-water "Atlantic Challenge", which was chartered by Gendev and Namsov to fish for Horse Mackerel in Namibian waters. The "Krossfjord" was built in 1997 at Flekkefjord in Norway.

             
     
   

   

  "SOUTH WEST EAGLE" RETURNS HOME WITH GOOD CATCH

Pictured below is the former Walvis Bay purse seiner "South West Eagle" now being used as a long liner by Merlus Fishing, returning home with
some 20 tons of hake onboard caught during a long line trip recently.


  
  
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                                              "MUXIA" SET SAIL

Pictured below is the wetfish stern trawler, the 392 GRT "Muxia" leaving the Merlus Fishing jetty on route to the fishing grounds.
  
  
  
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                                         
"NORO" IN WALVIS BAY

Pictured below is the 269 GRT "Noro" nearing the jetty of Merlus Fishing at Walvis Bay. The "Noro" is used as a long liner out of Walvis Bay.

  
  
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                "MORGENSTER" ON WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT

Pictured below is the 130 foot purse seiner "Morgenster", owned by Etosha Fishing on the Walvis Bay syncrolift. The 2014 Namibian pelagic season which had lasted only 4 months before the TAC was reached, is now something of the past. Trawler Heritage readers will have to wait until 2015 to see the Namibian purse seiners back in action again.


             
             
(Photo: W.Buckle)

             
             
(Photo: W.Buckle)

           PURSE SEINERS  FULLY LOADED AT WALVIS BAY

Pictured below on Thursday 3 July 2014, are the Walvis Bay purse seiners "Atlantic Harvester" and "Reinoyfisk", returning to the jetty of United Fishing Enterprises, fully loaded with Pilchards.

                                 
"ATLANTIC HARVESTER"
       
        
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                                         
"REINOYFISK"
       
        
(Photo: W.Buckle)

       
        
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                   "HAVSNURP" IN SEARCH OF PILCHARDS

Pictured below on Tuesday 24 June 2014 at Walvis Bay, is the purse seiner "Havsnurp" leaving the harbour confinements in search of Pilchards off the Skeleton Coast.

 
 
(Photo: W.Buckle)
   

     "ATLANTIC HARVESTER" STRIKES MACKEREL BONANZA

Pictured below on Sunday 8 June 2014 is the "Atlantic Harvester" under command of skipper Aletius van Tonder, on route to the discharge jetty of United Fishing Enterprises at Walvis Bay with 706 tons of Mackerel onboard. In total 2 sets were made, yielding approximately 200 and 500 tons each. 


                             

                             

       
WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT PARTIALLY COLLAPSES

Pictured below on Saturday 31 May 2014 on the Walvis Bay Syncrolift is the 120 foot mid-water trawler "Paraclete", stuck after the syncrolift partially collapsed while the vessel was lifted out of the water. This unfortunate incident resulted numerous vessels to be trapped on dry land whilst engineers had to establish the damage sustained by the syncrolift.

                        
                        
(Photo: W.Buckle)

               
               
(Photo: W.Buckle)

               
               
(Photo: W.Buckle)

            
    VESSELS ON THE WALVIS BAY SYNCROLIFT

                                         
"PENDUKA BAY"
             
             
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                                          
"PALGRAVE"
             
             
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                                          
"OCEAN FRESH"
             
             
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                                "AMBROSE BAY" IN ACTION

Pictured below is the wetfish stern trawler "Ambrose Bay", owned by Merlus Fishing from Walvis Bay in action off the Skeleton Coast.

         
         
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                      
THE COD-END REACHES THE SURFACE
            
            
(Photo: W.Buckle)

Na jare van intensiewe bewaring pluk die Namibiese visbedryf nou die vrugte, soos te sien hieronder sukkel die Namibiese vissermanne nie meer met "skeppe" vis nie - dis nou letterlik "sakke" vol vis !

            
            
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                                  "BIANCA" IN ACTION

Pictured below is the Monk bottom trawler, "Bianca" busy shooting her gear.

            
            
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                
TWIN-RIGGER "EMERALD DAWN" IN ACTION

Pictured below is the twin-rigger, "Emerald Dawn" busy shooting her gear.

            
            
(Photo: W.Buckle)    
            
                       WALVIS BAY PURSE SEINER ACTION

Pictured below on Thursday 15 May 2014 is the Walvis Bay purse seiners, "Torsver" and "Atlantic Harvester", fully loaded returning to their respective canneries.

                                             
"TORSVER"
           
           
(Photo: W.Buckle)

                                  
"ATLANTIC HARVESTER"
           
           
(Photo: W.Buckle)

           
           
(Photo: W.Buckle)