Friday, 18 May 2018

Maersk Mc Kinney Møller breaks away from Felixstowe Berth 9 heavily laden for Malaysia 17th May 2018



The 2013 built Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller departs Felixstowe Berth 9 heavily laden with a draught of 14.7 metres for Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia. The Harwich Haven pilot boards the Mc-Kinney Møller from the shore side as he had bought in and berthed the MSC Sarah port side to Trinity 4 earlier in the morning. Soon after the Sarah was alongside, the Hammonia Emden arrived and swung for her berth with 2 tugs. As Sarah was making fast alongside Trinity 3 the Svitzer Sky leaves the tug pontoon to be the forward tug. Shortly after Svitzer Deben was released from the Hammonia Emden and heads towards the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller. The Mooring gang finished making fast the Emden head over to Berth 9 as the tugs making fast on the centre leads fore and aft. The wind was slightly east of north which would make singling up a bit harder so both tugs pegan to push up on the starboard side until she was released. The pilot gives the order to back away into pull positions. Deben increases power aft and so does the Sky forward. Steadily entering the channel Deben goes all easy while the Sky gets the bow out into the tide and channel. After a few minutes the sky eases and slackens up to let go from forward. Once let go the Sky positions on the port quarter ready to assist with the 90° Beach End turn out of the harbour.

Deben positons on the starboard side ready for a powered indirect. Approaching the Fort Buoy, the pilot gets the sky to push up at a 45° angle on the port quarter and the Deben to move out onto the starboard side and build up to full power indirect. Safely around the Beach End, Sky comeas away from the ships side while the Deben eases and comes in to be released from aft.


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