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28th June, 2018

Another glorious day here in the busy metropolis of Marseille in the south of France. We embarked our pilot at the southern pilot station at 6:30am and then we had to complete a tight ‘parallel park’ manoeuvre by Pier 95 in our downtown berth. After completing this we were ready to go with our gangway from 8am.

Marseille is the second most populated city in France and has some very famous stories and history. One in particular is of the Chateau d’If, which is a fortress located on a small island near the pilot station. It is famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas’s adventure novel – The Count of Monte Cristo, and we had great views coming in and we would see it again on our exit from this beautiful port. A very popular tour with our guests today was the ‘Glimpse of Marseille’ – sounded great.

We also has 3 large container vessels from the company CMA-CGM in the harbour at anchor as very sadly the founder of the company had passed away. It is very unusual to see 3 ships of this size all together and is a great send off for this gentleman who was a great promotor for Marseille and the surrounding area.

I did not have a chance to go ashore today but the previous times I have been here has allowed me to explore all the sites and museums. Certainly a great place to visit!!

Departure seemed to come round all too quickly and with the sunshine out in full we were ready to go. We departed our berth, passed the Chateau d’If on the port side and dropped off our pilot. Next stop Palamos, not been to the Costa Brava for some time, so looking forward to my return…….

Captain Nick Sunderland

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