Felistowe Dockers

Felistowe Dockers

Monday, 20 February 2017

YM Witness arrives to Felixstowe, port swing for Berth 7. 17th February 2017 / Thalassa Mana sails to Felixstowe port swing for berth 7 19th February 2017



14080TEU YM Witness sails to Felixstowe with assistance of two Svitzer tugs for the port swing onto Berth 7. YM Witness is on a 10 year charter from Seaspan to Yang Ming with an option to extend 2 years. The ship sails as part of the CHYKE ship share alliance which will change as Hanjin has been liquidated. With a LOA of 368 metres and a breadth of 51 metres she is one of the largest in the alliance.

Dean Cable



Ultra large Thalassa Mana arrives early morning to Felixstowe with the assistance of two Svitzer tug. With a LOA of 368 metres and breadth of 51 metres she is considered a large ship with a capacity of 13808TEU. Thalassa Mana sailed from Rotterdam with a draft of 12.9 metres for her next port which is Felixstowe.  
The Svitzer Sky was made fast on the centre lead aft before rounding the Beach End and the Svitzer Deben met the Thalassa on a North/South heading to go bow to bow for the port swing and head astern onto Berth 7.




5618TEU Tasman sails rom Marsaxlokk in Malta with a draft of 9.7 metres to Felixstowe. The pilot onboard requested two tugs for the port swing and berthing portside to Berth 5. The first tug centre lead aft outside the harbour and the second on the starboard shoulder inside the harbour . As Tasman neared the harbour, the Svitzer Sanford headed out to be the first tug and was made fast aft.
Tasman passing 7&8 Buoys, the Svitzer Shotley heads to the Beach End and finds that the lead on the starboard shoulder was almost midships so he radios the pilot and says that a bow to bow would be more ideal as the Shotley would not have a great pull on the bow on the other lead. The crew onboard Tasman quickly changes the lead to centre lead forward and throws the heaving line down to the Shotley and made fast.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Empty Doukato sails to Felixstowe to remove some stranded Hanjin boxes 19th February 2017



Published on 19 Feb 2017
257 metre Doukato sails to Felixstowe empty to collect some of the stranded Hanjin boxes that have been taking up vital space in the port to Ningbo where they will be handed to their new owners. Doukato was anchored out in the deep water anchorage for 2 days waiting for her berth to become available. A pilot boarded the Doukato at the Sunk Pilot Station to head in for Felixstowe Berth 4. As requested by Felixstowe she was planned portside to Berth 4. The pilot ordered one tug to meet at the Fort Buoy for the starboard swing and berthing on to Berth 4.
Svitzer Deben was the tug to be made fast aft on a starboard Panama. The Deben was a little concerned about the lead getting caught up in the propeller which was slightly visible out of the water. As the Doukato was so light she swung around with no problems.

Dean Cable


The cruise ship Seabourn Encore broke free from its moorings in high winds at Timaru in New Zealand on Sunday, hitting the cement carrier Milburn Carrier II.

The cruise ship Seabourn Encore broke free from its moorings in high winds at Timaru in New Zealand on Sunday, hitting the cement carrier Milburn Carrier II.
According to local media, the cement carrier’s hull and Seabourn Encore’s stern were damaged. No one was injured in the incident. 
The cruise ship became stuck between two wharves, and pilot and tug boats held her in position while the wind subsided.

The cruise ship was unable to leave Timaru as scheduled on Sunday evening. A Maritime NZ spokesman said it had been detained by the harbormaster.


The 40,350 gross ton Seabourn Encore entered service in 2016. She arrived in Timaru, on the east coast of the South Island, on Sunday morning and is currently on a 43-day voyage from Singapore due to end in Auckland on February 18.
New Zealand authorities have started an inquiry into the incident.