Yearly Archives: 2015

Going ashore in San Francisco

If your vessel calls the port of Oakland and you can afford the ‘luxury’ of a few hour break, you have to go outside the terminal and visit the city of San Francisco, one of the most famous, vivid and colourful cities in the United States.

Entering the port of Manzanillo, Mexico

Manzanillo

The port of Manzanillo, the largest in Mexico, is situated on the South side of Bahia de Manzanillo and extends into Laguna de San Pedrito, an extensive area of water which lies behind the head of the bay. The port, a busy major export centre for Mexico on the Pacific Coast, is the port of entry for the State of Colima and it is equipped to handle most types of cargo, including oil cargoes and containers.

Going ashore in Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach is one of United States’ largest container ports. The city is situated in Los Angeles County, in the Southwestern part of California, on San Pedro Bay. Although the port is very big and crowded, going out for a visit into the city is not a difficult task which requires no more than 20 minutes.

Entering the port of Balboa, Panama

Balboa

Balboa lies at the head of the Gulf of Panama. It forms the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal and provides major port services.

Balboa Harbour is approached through a dredged channel about 4 ½ miles in length, entered at No1 and No2 Light buoys, about 1 mile South of Isla Flamenco. The dredged channel is protected on the NE by a causeway joining to the mainland a group of islands that lie parallel to the channel, of which Isla Flamenco is the outermost.

Halloween party on board HS Bach

Halloween party

Many people consider Halloween a children’s holiday or just a foolish way in which adults behave like children, but it is nothing wrong in this. Adults should never forget how to have fun and how to enjoy perfectly harmless children games in order to keep their spirit young as long as possible. Moreover, leisure and fun activities are always welcome on a vessel where people work many hours continuously without the prospect of enjoying peaceful and rewarding evenings in the warm and cozy environment of their beloved homes.

Entering the port of Brest, France

Brest Maneuver

Brest is a major French naval base as well as an important commercial, repair and fishing port. Rade Abri and Port Militaire, together with Port de Commerce close East, lie on the North side of  Rade de Brest. The harbour is protected by breakwaters.

Entering the port of Sines, Portugal

Entering Sines

Entering the Port of Sines

Porto de Sines is situated on the South side of Cabo de Sines – on the West Coast of Portugal – and extends up to 3 miles SE from the Cape. It is major industrial centre with deep water terminals equipped to handle all kind of vessels.

Going ashore in Brest, France

Going ashore in Brest

The city of Brest is situated in northwestern France, at the mouth of the Penfeld River and it is a major port located inside a protected harbour. Not many cities offers remarkable tourist landmarks as Paris or Rome, but even a small city like Brest has something to offer to those with ‘open eyes’ and a 2-3 hour walk is definitely worth a while.

Going ashore in Bremerhaven

Going ashore in Bremerhaven

The port of Bremerhaven is located at the junction of two rivers – Weser and Geeste – near the exit towards the North Sea and ~ 60 km North of the city of Bremen. It is one of the major ports of Germany and a port of call for many passenger vessels travelling across the North and Baltic Seas. The port includes berths for container vessels, bulk and car carriers, tankers and cruisers and it is situated ~ 5 km away from the city.

Incident report HS Bach

I do not like to speak about accidents and bad weather while travelling, but I have to say a few words about a small incident which took place on board our vessel a few days ago. One of the reasons I am doing this is for the lesson everybody learnt from it – regarding ‘safety first’ while working.  It is very important that all the seafarers pay a lot of attention when doing any kind of work, keeping themselves safe and not putting any other’s life at risk. I hope the lesson was learnt and we will all be a little more aware of everything happening around us and we’ll never forget the most important rule of seafarers’ work  – ‘safety first’.