Category Archives: North & Central America

Transiting the Panama Canal

Transiting the Panama Canal is one of the most interesting and exciting voyages any seafarer would experience in all his/her sea career. The Canal is one of the most amazing engineering constructions in the world – included in the top of ‘seven wonders of the modern world’ – and after 100 years since its opening it still enjoys a great success.

Going ashore in San Francisco

If your vessel calls the port of Oakland and you can afford the ‘luxury’ of a few hour break, you have to go outside the terminal and visit the city of San Francisco, one of the most famous, vivid and colourful cities in the United States.

Going ashore in Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach is one of United States’ largest container ports. The city is situated in Los Angeles County, in the Southwestern part of California, on San Pedro Bay. Although the port is very big and crowded, going out for a visit into the city is not a difficult task which requires no more than 20 minutes.

Entering the port of Balboa, Panama


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.

Going ashore in Port Everglades, USA

Fort Lauderdale is the closest city to Port Everglades and the favourite destination for the seafarers who arrive in the port and want to have a few hour relax time outside.

Going ashore in New Orleans, Louisiana

Going ashore in New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans is one of the largest and most crowded ports in the USA and it is situated on the Mississippi River, ~ 95 miles inside. A port container vessel calling the port of New Orleans is usually docked in one of the following terminals: Napoleon Container Terminal or Nashville Wharf.

Going ashore in Savannah, Georgia

After a three hour maneuver up the Savannah River, you finally find yourself in the port of Savannah, Georgia, ready to get out of the ship and into the city.

As in most USA ports, also in the port of Savannah, you will have to obey some rules and regulation regarding movement inside the terminal. A shuttle bus service is not available in the port because some other cars are entitled to come inside and take you from the ship.

Going ashore in New York, USA

If the port container vessel you are travelling with (or just working on) is calling New York, most probably you will arrive in one of the ports belonging to the state of New Jersey, which is located opposite from Manhattan, on the other side of Hudson River. The most important ports from this area are Port Elizabeth, Newark and Raritan. Under these circumstances, visiting Manhattan is always very difficult to accomplish, even for those well trained travelers. 

Going ashore in Miami, USA

Because of its location – as the gateway between the United States and Central America, the Caribbean, and South America – the Port of Miami is one of the world’s leading passenger ports. With big cruise vessels arriving and leaving every day and smaller passenger vessels departing every hour, the port of Miami is a dream destination for people all over the world.

Going ashore in Charleston, USA

To get out of the port, the most reliable choice is to call for a taxi with TWIC permit. There is no shuttle bus available inside the port and walking is not permitted. For these reasons, taxis which hold a TWIC permit are allowed to enter the port and pick up clients exactly from the ship.