Monthly Archives: September 2015

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

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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’.

Fishing at Antwerp anchorage

Fishing in Anvers

All the seafarers tend to get a little excited and even happy when they hear about the prospects of a few day anchorage, especially when it is going to take place in a temperate or warm climate. This doesn’t mean that the work stops on the vessel, but on the contrary. Sometimes a few day anchorage is the only solution for the crew to perform some maintenance jobs on deck, in ship’s cargo holds (if these are empty) or in the engine room, jobs which cannot be done or which are more difficult to deal with when the engine is running.

Going ashore in Saint Petersburg, Russia

St. Peter and Paul's Fortress Winter Palace

Saint Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city and biggest port, situated in the NW part of the country, at the head of the Gulf of Finland, in the Eastern most part of the Baltic Sea. The city is located on the banks of Neva River and on a number of river islands.