Category Archives: GOING ASHORE

Going ashore in 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.

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Going ashore in Long Beach

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.

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Entering the port of Balboa, Panama

Balboa

Balboa lies at the head of the Gulf of Panama. It forms the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal and provides major port services.

Balboa Harbour is approached through a dredged channel about 4 ½ miles in length, entered at No1 and No2 Light buoys, about 1 mile South of Isla Flamenco. The dredged channel is protected on the NE by a causeway joining to the mainland a group of islands that lie parallel to the channel, of which Isla Flamenco is the outermost.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Going ashore in Hong Kong

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.

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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.

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Going ashore in Lyttelton, New Zealand

Going ashore in Lyttelton

Lyttelton is the South Island’s largest port and it is situated on an inner harbour in the middle of the North side of Lyttelton Harbour. It is a small, but picturesque town developed around the port and the hills which surround it.

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Going ashore in Nouméa, New Caledonia

Going ashore in Noumea

Nouméa is the capital city of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It is located in a protected harbor in the southwestern part of the island and represents its chief port and principal economic centre. 

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