Monday, 16 April 2018

Buxcliff - April 2018

On 13th April 2018 I joined  mv Buxcliff, a 300m loa, 6628 teu containership, at Swanson Dock to perform a magnetic compass adjustment en route Sydney. We didn't sail until 1600 on the 14th after delays completing cargo and waiting for a brief abatement of high winds. The ship was very comfortable with a very hospitable crew though the weather was inclement with rough seas and the ship rolling heavily until the second afternoon, off the southern NSW coast. We berthed at Botany Bay, Sydney at 0300 on the 16th. and I flew home later that morning.

At West Swanson Dock, Melbourne.

The very comfortable Pilot's cabin allocated to me for my time aboard.
A long way down from the bridge wing to the wharf.
Other shipping in Swanson Dock on the 14th.

This ship on the other side of the dock, almost identical to Buxcliff, sailed just before us.

Port Phillip Sea Pilot Captain Marcus De Fina (pretending to be camera shy) and the Sri Lankan ship's Master.
Underway at last.

All fast at Botany Bay on the 16th.

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