Tuesday, 8 August 2017


I always love sailing into ports and harbours. The romance of arriving into a small island harbour or the bustle of a large port both have their charms for me.  Here I am camera clicking away on the Stena Adventurer ferry deck as we sailed into Dublin port in June. Container ship loading was in full swing as the ferry slowly entered the dock system.  This is the Elbfeeder, one of three ships, bought a couple of year's ago by the Irish Continental Group from the German shipping company Elbdeich Reederei.  Unfortunately I didn't get a photograph of the crane swinging a container into place
but just managed to capture this stevedore directing operations from the deck before he disappeared from view.  I wonder what are in all those containers and where their journey will eventually end?  The Elbfeeder can carry 974 containers and it and its sister ships, Elbcarrier and Elbtrader ply their trade between the ports of Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Rotterdam and Antwerp.  Here is a 51 second time lapse You Tube video of the ship leaving port -  'Farewell to Antwerp' complete with rowing boats sculling past at high speed. 

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week docked at E here


Anonymous said...

longshoreman ship is an old old lifestyle and profession

ABC-Wednesday said...

Indeed...If I see something like this I am always amazed by the size of it...

Have a ♥-warming AbC-day / -week
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carol l mckenna said...

Fascinating post and photos of the Elbfeeder ~ for E ~ ^_^

Roger Owen Green said...

I love commerce!\


Betty said...

They can carry so much more now with the containers than they ever did on the old cargo ships.

Leslie: said...

Fascinating! Great shot of the stevedore as it shows perspective of the size of everything.

abcw team