Category Archives: ENTERING PORTS

Entering the port of Brest, France

Brest Maneuver

Brest is a major French naval base as well as an important commercial, repair and fishing port. Rade Abri and Port Militaire, together with Port de Commerce close East, lie on the North side of  Rade de Brest. The harbour is protected by breakwaters.

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.

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.

Kaohsiung maneuver

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung lies on the SW coast of Taiwan and the port, to the SW of the city, extends 6 miles and a half SE. The port of Kaohsiung developed from an existing lagoon with a sandbar, but it expanded seaward, providing natural shelter. It is the largest port in Taiwan and one of the busiest container ports in the world.

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.

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.

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.