Christmas on board HS Columbia

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. I guess you already know the lyrics of one of the most famous Christmas carols ever written and I really hope you listened More »

Going ashore in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city and biggest port, situated in the NW part of the country, at the head of the Gulf of Finland, in the Eastern most part of More »

Visiting a sea lion colony in San Antonio Este, Argentina

While entering the port of San Antonio Este, the pilot told me about a sea lion colony living on the beach, only 2 km away from the port. I was very anxious to More »

Whale watching in Argentina (June-August 2012)

The Southern Right Whale can be found in the southern hemisphere, both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific Ocean and it always migrates to warmer waters to breed during the winter. More »

 

Entering the port of Ho Chi Minh City

Entering Ho Chi Minh City

The port of Ho Chi Minh City– mostly known by the name of Saigon Port – is Vietnam’s most important port and it is located in the southern part of the country, on the Saigon River (Song Sai Gon). There are two terminals in Ho Chi Minh City – Cat Lai Terminal and SPCT (Saigon Premium Container Terminal) – and our vessel called only Cat Lai Terminal, also known by the name of Saigon New Port.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Entering the port of Tianjin, China

Entering Tianjin

Tianjin, formerly known as Tianjin Xingang, is situated on the West side of Bo Hai Gulf, at the entrance to Hai He River. It is the nearest port to Beijing and one of the busiest and most important ports in China. The port is approached from ESE and it is entered through Tianjin Gang Main Channel which is ~21 miles long and 16 -21 m deep.

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.

Entering the port of Le Havre, France

The port of Le Havre, at the mouth of the Seine River, is situated to the S and SE of the city of Le Havre and it is one of the most important French commercial ports and the leading French container port.

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.

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.