Yearly Archives: 2016

Entering the port of Tianjin, China

Entering Tianjin

Tianjin, formerly known as Tianjin Xingang, is situated on the West side of Bo Hai Gulf, at the entrance to Hai He River. It is the nearest port to Beijing and one of the busiest and most important ports in China. The port is approached from ESE and it is entered through Tianjin Gang Main Channel which is ~21 miles long and 16 -21 m deep.

Entering the port of Manila

Entering the port of Manila

Manila Harbour is situated at the East end of Manila Bay, at the mouth of Pasig River. Manila is the port for the Greater Manila Area, which includes Manila City – the capital of Philippines – and it is the major port of the country.

Entering the port of Le Havre, France

The port of Le Havre, at the mouth of the Seine River, is situated to the S and SE of the city of Le Havre and it is one of the most important French commercial ports and the leading French container port.

Panabo Market

Panabo market

I love Philippines and all my friends know this already. I love their white sandy beaches, their amazing waters and all the other small things that can make up a unique and unforgettable vacation. But, most of all, I love the people living in this country. Despite their very difficult life, despite all their struggles and fight, hard work and uncertain future, the Filipinos always wear a big smile on their faces, always welcome foreigners in their communities and try to please them as much as they can.

A special birthday on board HS Onore

Celebrations of any kind are meant to be shared and enjoyed with the people you love – in the middle of your beloved family or among friends and relatives. Unfortunately, seafarers are not always so lucky.

Entering Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Container Terminal (HIT) is one of the largest and busiest ports in the world, due to its strategic location in the South China Sea, connecting China with the rest of Asia and with the whole world.

Easter celebration on board HS Onore

Easter celebration

Religious holidays are to be celebrated at home, among families and friends, in the usual routine which keeps us closer to our beliefs and connected with our community. We can go to church or take part in other outside religious ceremonies, we can have festive meals with our extended families or just enjoy the day in any traditional way we are accustomed to.

Visiting the fish market in Panabo, Philippines

I always enjoy visiting fish and fruit markets whenever I arrive in a new town, regardless of its location or size. From the colourful and perfectly clean market of Valencia to the busy, crowded and noisy Asian markets I always find great pleasure in walking between the aisles, admiring their wide display and socializing with the vendors. From all the fish markets I’ve seen so far, Philippines’ markets are by far my favourites and no matter how many of them I visit I still want to visit more.

Transiting the Panama Canal

Transiting the Panama Canal is one of the most interesting and exciting voyages any seafarer would experience in all his/her sea career. The Canal is one of the most amazing engineering constructions in the world – included in the top of ‘seven wonders of the modern world’ – and after 100 years since its opening it still enjoys a great success.

Voyage HS Bach (2015)

Voyage HS Bach

Our voyage on HS Bach started in August 2015 in the port of Rotterdam where we signed on together with two other Romanian officers and very good friends. Although we were all acquainted with the vessel – after having spent more than five months on board in 2013 – we were a little skeptical about its route and future trade due to the uncertainty of charter extension.