Saturday, 19 May 2018

MSC Sveva arrives to the Port of Felixstowe 3 Svitzer tugs assist. 17th May 2018 / CSCL Pacific Ocean arrives to Felixstowe and swings to starboard off the berth 17th May 2018

The CSCL Pacific Ocean arrives to Felixstowe with a draught of 15.5 metres from Singapore. As she approached the North Sea in the Dover Straights, a Hawich Haven Pilot boards at the Dover Pilot Station for some reason around 6am and slowly made her way towards the Sunk. The pilot orders three tugs for berthing, the first at 7&8 centre lead aft, second around the Beach End starboard shoulder and the third starboard shoulder for a starboard swing off the berth. The heavily laden Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller alongside Felixstowe Berth 9 was in the process of departing with two Svitzer tugs on the first available tide. With the tide rising, CSCL Pacific Ocean began her way inbound. Both pilots planning ahead, they work out a suitable place to pass each other, which was between 1&2 Buoys and the HA Buoy. Svitzer Deben slowly paddling out to 7&8 makes fast centre lead aft and gets ready for a powered indirect into the harbour. Svitzer Sky pushes away from Berth 9 to be the quarter tug. A few minutes later Svitzer Shotley leaves the pontoon to be the shoulder tug. CSCL Pacific Ocean approaching the Beach End, the pilot gets the Deben to go out on the port quarter at full power for a powered indirect. Safely inside the harbour, Deben eases up amd drops in right astern. Sky makes fast on the starboard quarter while the Shotley makes fast on the starboard shoulder. The pilot gets the aft tug Deben to lay back to help redce the headway before the swinging to starboard. Sky puts her bow on the quarter and pushes up to start swinging the stern. Shotley stretches their line and begins to swing the bow. Deben moves out onto the port quarter and takes the stern around. The pilot gives a kick ahead on the main engine to help with the swing. All tugs build up power and swings the CSCL Pacific Ocean around swiftly. Shotley comes in for a push on the shoulder get her closer to the berth, Deben runs out of space on the port side and gets in a check position on the starboard side. A few metres off the berth Sky and Shotley pin her onto the fenders as she gets in position so the mooring gang could make her fast alongside. Final tie up 6 and 2 each end with springs first fore and aft.

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