Kaohsiung maneuver

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung lies on the SW coast of Taiwan and the port, to the SW of the city, extends 6 miles and a half SE. The port of Kaohsiung developed from an existing lagoon with a sandbar, but it expanded seaward, providing natural shelter. It is the largest port in Taiwan and one of the busiest container ports in the world.

The harbour is aligned NW/SE and it is divided into 2 parts – No1 Harbour, the older and shallower port area in the NW and No2 Harbour which contains deeper berths for larger container vessels and tankers and it lies in the SE.

In No1 Harbour, most berths are between 150 and 200m long and in No2 Harbour the majority of the berths are between 150 and 350m in length.

Our vessel HS Beethoven called the port of Kaohsiung  – No2 Harbour – three times during the months of February, April and June 2015.

One entering – in June – and all the departures took place during day time and in very good weather, the rest of the maneuvers being performed at night.

Our vessel always came for direct berthing – starboard side alongside with the help of one tug.

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung

At departure, the vessel had to run astern for ~ one mile until it reached a larger basin where the swing to portside was performed with the help of one or two tugs.

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung

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

You can watch a time lapse video of the departure maneuver here.

 

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