An unusual visitor to the port of Sunderland during April was the offshore tug/supply vessel Seacor Achiever (2003/1,951gt, pictured above). Previously operated by Seacor Offshore MI Ltd of Fort Lauderdale, USA, the 1,800dwt Marshall Islands-flagged vessel arrived at Sunderland to be modified for use as a North Sea standby vessel. By 24 June she had emerged from dry dock and looked very smart. During her stay in port her name was painted out and she was renamed Putford Achiever.

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