Monday, 21 August 2017
Shortly after 08:15, a Harwich Haven pilot boards the Madrid Maersk at the Sunk Pilot Station around 12 miles out in the North Sea. Once onboard he radios Harwich VTS to say they were inbound with a Maximum draft of 13.6 metres from Algeciras. VTS replies that there is a ready berth planned portside to Felixstowe Berth 9, wind speed and direction and the height of tide. The pilot replies that he require 2 tugs for berthing, the first an escort tug at 7&8 make fast centre lead aft, the second tug at the at the Platters lay alongside the starboard quarter. I will be a starboard swing off the berth. Duty tug copies the conversation. As the forth tug was still manned they asked Harwich VTS if they could stand down. VTS replies that as the Madrid had ordered 2 tugs they couldn't see why not. The tug skipper replies that they will be on a 90 minute call if required.
Madrid Maersk making her way inbound via the deep channel, the Svitzer Kent and Svitzer Shotley leaves the tug pontoon and makes there way out to meet the the giant outside the harbour. Svitzer Kent is made fast on the centre lead aft while the Shotley gets in position on the starboard quarter. Approaching the 90deg Beach End the pilot gets the Kent to go out on the port side for a powered indirect to help the Madrid to steer around the corner into the harbour.
Once in the harbour the the Kent eases up and goes right astern at 50% as a brake. Shortly after the pilot comes astern on the main engines and gets the Shotley to get in position for a push. In position the Shotley increases to 50% to start the swing. Some black smoke pours from the funnels as the pilot uses the bow thrusters to help the swing get mommentum. The Kent moves out onto the port quarter and begins to increases up to 50%. The pilot increases the tugs to 75% then up to full power. Swinging around the berthing master comes on the radio and says that the car is in the bridge position. The pilot says that he sees them there and the final tie up would be 6 and 2 with springs first each end.
The pilot gets the Kent o come around onto the starboard side in a check position until they were alongside Felixtowe Berth 9.
ETD Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at 21:00
Sunday, 20 August 2017
Sharon Teague Watched the manning of the mast as a school trip from shotley primary school. I also learnt to swim there by the scary PT instructors. Visited last weekend for the first time in years. Mast looks a sorry state now.
Tim Leggett It's not only stunning that John Noakes achieved this, especially the change over near the top, but that a cameraman followed him up with heavy equipment and filmed some close ups to mix in with the zoom shots.