The last months have been dominated by the passage of freighters through the Sound. One of the pleasures of watching them pass is to note their destinations - so easily done these days with the AIS websites. The first picture shows the Dutch registered Atlantic, at just under 3000 grt quite a small general cargo ship. She was on her way to Seville in Spain, but a check on one of the marine sites shows that she's currently off Kalamata, Greece.
The Alizee is another Dutch ship of about the same size as the Atlantic. When she passed through the Sound on 15th February she was en route to Koge, Denmark, but today she's in Amsterdam.
It has been suggested that, following the Lysblink Seaways, the Fri Ocean and the Lysfoss incidents, that cargo ships in passage should be banned from the Sound. Personally, I would miss them deeply. They're a connection from this small place to the wide world. What we would all like is to think that, when they pass us in the early hours of a morning, someone - or, better, two people - is wide awake and paying attention on the bridge.
What's been conspicuously absent from the Sound recently is the Royal Navy. That should change in the next few days as the biannual exercise Joint Warrior starts to the north of us on April 11th.