J3676 : The 'Union Moon' at Belfast

taken 9 years ago, near to Queens Island, Ballymacarret, Greencastle, Whitehouse and Sydenham, Northern Ireland

The 'Union Moon' at Belfast
The 'Union Moon' at Belfast
The damaged cargo ship 'Union Moon' at Ship Repair Quay in Belfast docks. The 'Stena Feronia' is just behind.
Damaged ships, Belfast docks

On the evening of 7th March 2012 the cargo vessel 'Union Moon' LinkExternal link , outbound from Belfast for Dagenham, was involved in a collision with the ferry 'Stena Feronia' LinkExternal link , inbound from Birkenhead. The two vessels collided close to the Belfast Fairway Buoy J4385 : Belfast Fairway Buoy (old position) in Belfast Lough. Thankfully nobody on board either ship was injured and both vessels managed to safely make it into Belfast. However, both ships sustained considerable damage - to the bow of the 'Union Moon' and a large hole on the port side of the 'Stena Feronia'.
The incident is now the subject of an investigation by the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch LinkExternal link ; criminal charges have also been brought against the master of the 'Union Moon' who has been charged with excess alcohol by the master of a ship (and later convicted LinkExternal link ).
See also LinkExternal link for a related BBC news story.

The full report on the incident from the M.A.I.B. can be accessed at LinkExternal link

The Belfast Dry Dock

The Belfast Dry Dock, owned and operated by Harland and Wolff for ship repair purposes. By the early 1960s it was clear that the largest dock in Belfast, the Thompson Graving Dock (see J3576 : Thompson Graving Dock), was too small for modern tankers and bulk carriers then being constructed. The Harland and Wolff Dry Dock (known as the Belfast Dry Dock) was constructed between 1965-68 by Charles Brand and Sons to a design by Rendel, Palmer and Tritton. It is 1150 feet long by 160 feet wide and, when constructed, was one of the five largest docks in the world. The dock can accommodate ships up to 200,000gt.
Alongside the dock is Ship Repair Quay (formerly known as Outfitting Wharf). This was constructed some 7 years later in 1975 and has a total lineal quayage of 433 metres. Ships which do not need to be fully dry docked are repaired here.

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Date Taken
Monday, 19 March, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 20 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Suburb, Urban fringe  Industry  Docks, Harbours  Estuary, Marine 
Place (from Tags)
Belfast  Belfast Docks 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 360 765 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.1025N 5:53.7151W
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Irish: geotagged! J 359 762
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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