This week I spent a lot of time watching the ships coming in and out of Teesport. I have noticed over this past week that some of the larger vessels, tankers specifically, have been met by an escort of tug boats. I don't see this a lot, the tugs operate mostly just on the river when the ships have already pulled into the mouth. The last time I saw tugs actually come out into the sea to meet a ship was when Le Clemenceau was towed in, but I have seen it twice this week. There a few reasons I can think of, one being that with many environmentalists' scopes trained on Teesport just waiting for the tiniest slip up at the docks they are being especially careful about any vessels coming in that are carrying any type of hazardous material.
Anyway, back to the topic. When I saw one of these ships being towed in I was curious about it, and I could read the name on the side so naturally I Googled it. Then I found this great website where I can track all of the marine traffic coming in and out of Teesport.
This map is powered by Google Maps so you can zoom in and out and explore just like on Google Maps. If you click on any of the colored markers it will show you all kinds of details about the vessel. Its been fun looking out my window with my binoculars and checking out the different ships coming in and out of the port. Well, fish and chips are done. Thats all I've got for this week! The TV review series will definitely be back next week.