Monthly Archives: June 2015

Entering the Port of Tauranga, NZ

Entering Tauranga

Tauranga Harbour is an extensive harbour, with a mostly low, sandy foreshore, formed between Matakana Island and the mainland to the West. Most of the SE part of the harbour is occupied by shallow or drying banks of sand and shell between which there are a few navigational channels.

Entering/departure Maneuver Port Chalmers, NZ

Entering Port Chalmers

Port Chalmers is one of the three ports which comprise Port Otago and it is a custom port and port of entry serving the Clutha-Central Otago Region of New Zealand.

A new leisure activity on board

Leisure activity on board

Time is passing faster on board if you choose to spend it doing the things you like best. I am talking about the free time, because working hours are just for working and they pass very hard, no matter what you are doing – keeping the navigational watch, working on deck, in the galley or in the engine – regardless of the weather, the outside scenery, the latitude or the date in the calendar.

Why is a ship called a ‘she’?

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English grammar taught me that nouns (and pronouns) can be classified in three distinct genders according to the forms taken by the adjectives they can associate with and I remember how I used to distinguish them when I was in school. It was not very difficult, as English is a very friendly and far more logical language (at least regarding this specific area) compared with German (for example) where nouns can belong to very different genders that the ones they should. I will never understand why a ‘perfectly’ female noun like ‘girl – Madchen’ is neuter in gender in the German language (das Madchen) and not feminine as it is in other languages. Anyhow, some things are better left unexplained and people like us should comply with all the rules and regulations any language is based on in order to speak and understand it properly.

On board activities

Leisure activities on board

Social life on board a cargo vessel is very important from my point of view because it can offer seafarers a certain degree of amusement, closer to the ‘normality’ they are all used to when they are ashore. After a hard day of work, between two ports or during long passages, seafarers have the time to enjoy a few hours of leisure activities in the common spaces, like Recreation Rooms, in big or small groups. Even if these leisure activities are nothing more than a few hours spent in the company of your fellow seamen while watching a movie and sharing a glass of wine after dinner is certainly the sort of activity you wait for all day long, in order to relax and see the more optimistic side of life.

Entering the port of Chiwan

Entering Chiwan

Entering Chiwan

The port of Chiwan belongs to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone situated in the North of Hong Kong, together with other ports – Yantian, Shekou and Mawan.

Chiwan Port lies ~ 20 miles NW of Hong Kong and it has container terminals and wharfs for general and bulk cargo. It consists of an enclosed basin, entered through Chiwan Channel which is 120 m wide.