Category Archives: GOING ASHORE

Going ashore in Panabo Davao

Panabo

The port of Panabo belongs to the bigger port of Davao and it is situated on the southeastern coast of Mindanao Island and in the north part of the Gulf of Davao. It was opened in the autumn of 2015 and it is located in a very picturesque area, surrounded by coconut and banana plantation.

 

Going ashore in Manila

Manila

The capital of Philippines, Manila, is the biggest and most crowded port and city of the country. The Metropolis of Manila – or Metro Manila, how the locals are calling it – includes the city of Manila and some other smaller cities and municipalities and it has an area of more than 600 sq. km. The Port has 2 distinct port container terminals – Manila North and Manila South – and our vessel called both terminals, with an average stay of 24 hours in the North and 12 hours in the South.

Visiting the fish market in Panabo, Philippines

Fish Market Panabo featured image

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.

Going ashore in San Francisco

San Francisco

If your vessel calls the port of Oakland and you can afford the ‘luxury’ of a few hour break, you have to go outside the terminal and visit the city of San Francisco, one of the most famous, vivid and colourful cities in the United States.

Going ashore in Long Beach

Long Beach featured image

The Port of Long Beach is one of United States’ largest container ports. The city is situated in Los Angeles County, in the Southwestern part of California, on San Pedro Bay. Although the port is very big and crowded, going out for a visit into the city is not a difficult task which requires no more than 20 minutes.

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.

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.

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.

Going ashore in Tauranga, New Zealand

Going ashore in Tauranga

The city of Tauranga is situated in the North Island of New Zealand and it is Bay of Plenty’s main centre. It is located on a spectacular harbour, which provides an attractive waterfront setting for walking and biking during sunny days.