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Author Topic: Shipping Special!! Marie Maersk arriving in a force 7 gale with 4 tugs 3rd Augus  (Read 929 times)
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« on: August 04, 2017, 04:20:22 pm »

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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2017, 11:04:44 pm »

Force 7? No big deal and no big story!
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2017, 02:27:03 am »

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Must be a difference between a force 7 gale in Europe and off Bluff in NZ !!
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2017, 12:50:21 am »

Well Bob and Chris,,
wind is by my experience much more the problem for container ships than waves/sea, special close to ports
or inside ports when the vessels moving slow. Why you think they use 4 tugs,,,because it is no big deal ?
I remember when we were only half loaded by draught and had 6-7 high empty containers on deck.
I once needed 1.5 hrs with 3 tugs to berth the vessel in Hamburg in 2006,,with force 5 winds !!!
That vessel was the ex CSAV Santos,,not really considered anymore a bigger container ship with "only" 2500 TEU
but you can believe me,,they behave like sailing vessels when slowing down and to keep them in control is a task and not "no big deal"
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NOW!!!,,,if we could get rid of the sailors,,how safe shipping would be !!!!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2017, 11:19:45 am »

Too true Captain Ted. Someone with experience understanding the windage these mega container ships make.   The wind was top end of force 7 coming from the South West. The only thing the pilot had was those 4 tugs holding her back from the wind for a controlled landing alongside.  With CMA CGM ordering bigger ships, what will be the consequences with much larger windage.
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