Category Archives: North & Central America

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.

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.

Approaching the Port of New Orleans, USA

Entering New Orleans

Approaching New Orleans

The Delta of the Mississippi River extends many miles into the Gulf of Mexico, in a generally SE direction. The river has a least width of 550 m and a clear unobstructed channel, with a few shoals close alongside the river banks. From its total length of 2145 miles, the part up to the port of New Orleans is ~ 95 miles in length.

Approaching Port Everglades, USA

Entering Port Everglades

Port Everglades is an artificial harbour, situated about 2 miles South of the city of Fort Lauderdale. It is an important commercial deep water port, handling different types of vessels and it is one of the major cruise ports in the USA.

Entering the port of Veracruz, Mexico

Entering Veracruz

Veracruz (19°12’N   96°07’W), the capital of the state of Veracruz, is situated in the Bay of Campeche, an arm of the Gulf of Mexico and it is the principal port of Mexico. It is a mainly artificial harbor, about one mile in length, which is sheltered by coral reefs and handles port container and cargo vessels.

Entering the Port of New York, USA

If the vessel you are travelling on is calling the port of New York, it is most probably that it will dock in Port Elizabeth or Port Newark – on the West side of Newark Bay, opposite from the big metropolis.