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.

Ciudad de Panama, the capital city of the Republic of Panama, stands close NE of Balboa on a shallow bay.

Balboa

After passing under Bridge of Americas, the berths lie on the starboard side of the channel which then continues NNW, for about 2 miles through Borbada Balboa to Miraflores Lock.

Balboa

Our vessel, HS Bach, came starboard side alongside in the terminal, occupying the first berth. Only one tug was used for berthing – pushing in the portside bow. For departure, two tugs were required – one pulling on the port side bow, the other pushing in the port side shoulder –  as the vessel had to swing to portside.

Balboa

Balboa

Balboa

You can watch a time lapse video of entering maneuver here.

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