Monthly Archives: August 2015

Baptism on board HS Beethoven (March 2015)

Baptism ceremony

 

Being on the vessel for the first time or crossing the Equator are both great opportunities for seafarers to receive blessings and show respect towards the Gods of Sea. It is a very important event in the life of seafarers and passengers alike and it must be celebrated accordingly. 

Entering and departure maneuvers

Entering maneuver

Arrival and departure maneuvers are the most interesting events that can be witnessed while travelling on board cargo vessels. Passengers may enjoy the beautiful and silent days of long passages while relaxing in the sun, admiring the seascape or enjoying funny and interactive evenings among the crew members in the Recreation Rooms, but they will always arrive on the bridge at the right time to watch the slowly approaching (or leaving), the berthing and unberthing maneuvers no matter how late or early these events take place.

Entering the Port of Napier, New Zealand

Entering Napier

Entering the port of Napier .

The Port of Napier, situated on the West side of Hawke Bay, adjacent to the city of Napier, comprises Breakwater Harbour, the commercial harbor and Napier Inner Harbour, which used to be the commercial harbor before the earthquake in 1931, but now is suitable only for small pleasure boats.

Entering the port of Lyttelton, New Zealand

Entering the port of Lyttelton

Lyttelton Harbour, also known as Whakaraupo, lies in the SW corner of the Pegasus Bay, on the NW side of Banks Peninsula, in the South Island of New Zealand. Situated on an inner harbour in the middle of the North side of Lyttelton Harbour, Lyttelton is a custom and fishing port and a port of entry. It is the principal port of the Canterbury Region of New Zealand and it is situated about 12 miles to the NW from the city of Christchurch.

Going ashore in Hong Kong

View towards Hong Kong featured image

The port of Hong Kong is one of the busiest and biggest in the world. Despite of its huge size and numerous terminals, going out of this port is quite an easy task and it requires only a small effort – from the financial and time consuming point of view. But, with cargo operations going at high speed everywhere in the world – and especially in China – you can consider yourself very lucky if your vessel stays alongside more than 12 hours. If the stay is during daytime and your responsibilities on board allow it, you can take this opportunity and go out of the port for a short walk.