Safely Aground at Low Tide in St Sampson, Guernsey

In December, our new vessel made its first call at a niche tidal-restricted port, where a NAABSA (not always afloat but safely aground) design is required.

The Thun Blyth sailed into St Sampson harbour, on the island of Guernsey, at high tide. While she was discharging her cargo of fuel into the tanks on the quayside, the tide went out. She then sat on the ground for a while – for the first time since we took delivery of her in November – before departing when the tide came back in.

The operation was a great success, and took place when the Thun Blyth was on charter for a third-party customer.

Having such a nimble vessel with NAABSA technology enables us to offer a highly flexible and responsive service to our clients. The vessel is also equipped to make ship-to-ship deliveries.

Situated to the northeast of the island, a few miles north of St Peter Port, St Sampson has been one of Guernsey’s commercial trading ports since the 18th century. It also has a modern leisure craft marina.

Thanks to Erik Thun Group for sharing this fantastic video, which shows the ship arriving and the tide going out.