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8th May, 2018


As you know I wanted to be slick, naturally, in arriving into Ijmuiden. We made good time overnight only to be called to arrive early by the Port Control. This is becoming a familiar exercise! Early morning arrival with sunrise at 0559 did allow for some picture opportunities. The picture attached, inbound after Pilot embarkation, of me [yes me] is to show that I have been with Saga for over a year and the waistline is testimony to this!

The Pilot embarked at just before 0600 and we made are way into the harbour. Cheeky little number this berthing manoeuvre. Swinging in the stream before backing into a relatively narrow slot, pushing against both the wind and tidal stream.

All alongside for 0715, nice and early. I waited until 0800 to do my passenger ‘morning’ Bing–Bong. We were scheduled for an overnight here, a great opportunity for our passengers to truly explore Amsterdam and all the fabulous things to do and see there. As we are in a ‘sunrise and sunset’ state of mind I have added an evening picture or two.

This morning, day two of Ijmuiden, broke with Mr Blue Skies from one horizon to another. Another roaster of a day. The ship was quiet for most of the day, either my passengers were out and about or relaxing from the heat of the day.

However, before long it was time to head back to the UK, calling at Tilbury before Dover. The Pilot was on-board promptly and after a prolonged departure manoeuvre discussion, I had a ’new’ departure idea for this tricky little place, we were ready to go. Rather than springing the stern-out, I would press the stern-in by using the Bow thruster - landing the starboard quarter back-end right side on the Yokohama fenders.

The manoeuvre worked  like a dream and we were soon proceeding out of the Port. The Pilot even disembarked in time for me to go down and host the Britannia Club cocktail party in the Britannia Lounge.

Another successful port of call.

Captain Stuart Horne

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