Entering the port of Jebel Ali

Jebel Ali

The port of Jebel Ali is the largest marine facility in the Middle East and one of the largest in the world. Its construction was completed in 1979, at that time being one of the three biggest engineering constructions in the world – along with the Chinese Wall and the Hoover Dam, in the United States.

It is accommodated in the biggest man-made harbor in the world and it includes terminals for container and cargo vessels, a freight station and a refrigerated storage facility.

Our vessel CV Centaurus visited the port of Jebel Ali twice, during the months of January and March, on both occasions coming portside alongside, after completing a 180 degrees swing to starboard, with the help of two tugs.

One of the berthing took place during night time, while the other took place in a foggy morning, offering me good conditions for recording and photographing.

When pilot boarded the vessel, at 8:30 in the morning, the fog was so dense that we couldn’t see the mast. But, when the tugs came, after half an hour, the fog was slowly dissipating and the visibility started to improve.

Jebel Ali

Still, with visibility far from being perfect – and with the sun shining bright just in front of us –  I managed to record our entering maneuver, this being the first time when I film a maneuver in the port of Durban (after visiting it for 5-6 times).

Jebel Ali

Jebel Ali

Jebel Ali

Jebel Ali

Jebel Ali

Jebel Ali

You can watch the Entering maneuver here.

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