Category Archives: MY VOYAGES

Entering the port of Qingdao

Qingdao Gang, the port of Qingdao – also known as Tsingtao – is a port on the Yellow Sea situated on the SE side of Jiaozhou Bay. It is one of China’s principal ports and it can be approached from SW, E and S through a traffic separation scheme which is well marked with a good buoyage system.

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Entering the port of Yantian

Entering Yantian

Yantian Harbour is situated in Guangdong Province in the NW part of Mirs Bay, close to the administrative border with the Hong Kong SAR. The harbour is a natural deep-water port and it is approached through Thai Peng Bay (Mirs Bay) and entered from the E. The principal berthing area consists of the Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) in the centre of the harbour along with a basin to the West at Yantian West Wharf.

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Going ashore in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is located on the Saigon River, in the south of Vietnam and it is the country’s busiest port. Going out from the port of Ho Chi Minh can be quite a challenge especially for a seafarer with a fixed and tight schedule, but nevertheless it’s a rewarding struggle.

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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.

 

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Up in the gantry

Up in the gantry

My dream has finally come true. I had wanted to go up in the gantry for many years, but I haven’t found the right place, the right moment or the ‘right gantry’ until now.

Whenever I visit a new city I try to find a ‘higher ground’ from where to have a panoramic ‘bird like view’ over the surroundings. A top of a hill, a tall building like a sky scraper or a TV Tower, a gondola or a high bridge are the best opportunities for fulfilling my goal and I always enjoy the feeling of profound freedom I experience when I am on top ‘of the world’, even if ‘my world’ is just a small town or a certain landscape.

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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.

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Dampa Fish Market, Manila

I have visited many fish markets around the world and I think I will never get tired – nor bored – of visiting more of them each time I arrive into a new city, regardless its size or location. The most beautiful, clean and diversified fish market I have seen so far is Mercado Central from Valencia, but I prefer the colourful, vibrant and picturesque Asian markets where the fresh fish is displayed in huge piles, the vendors are friendly and the prices are always lower than expected.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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