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.

After passing LCS2 Buoy on the port side, HK Pilots board abeam of Round Island (Nang Chao). With HK pilot on board, the vessel enters inside the traffic separation scheme which is regulating the Inbound and Outbound vessels inside Hong Kong waters. After LCS3 Buoy, the vessel leaves this channel and enters the busy area in vicinity of Green Island where lots of ferries, tugs and barges are crossing the traffic lanes on both sides.

Entering Chiwan

Entering Chiwan

Entering Chiwan

After passing the crossing traffic Inbound and Outbound for Hong Kong, the vessel continues its heading for Maw An Channel, passing under Tsing Ma Bridge, engaging on a sharp left turn – with Maw An island on the portside.

Entering Chiwan

Entering Chiwan

The vessel continues its way West until reaches Hong Kong International Airport and turn right to North where, at Urmstone Road, Hong Kong pilot disembarks and Chiwan Pilot boards when the vessel enters Shenzen Special Zone.

Entering Chiwan

The vessel reaches the berth after only 30 minutes.

Entering Chiwan

Entering Chiwan

When coming port side alongside, the vessel has to perform a complete swing to starboard upon arrival.

When coming starboard side alongside, the swing has to be performed upon departure.

Entering Chiwan

Entering Chiwan

Entering Chiwan

Entering Chiwan

Entering Chiwan

For the swinging procedure, the vessel usually needs 2 tugs – both in the portside, one in the port bow and the other in the port quarter. For the first few minutes, both tugs pull the vessel slowly until it got distanced from the pier, then the forward tug starts pushing while the one from the aft continues pulling, helping the vessel swing to starboard.

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