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~ Mazatlan, Mexico ~
Our Third Port of Call - Wedesday, January 23rd, 2019

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What the seamen look for when coming to Mazatlan... that light house on top of the mountain, at the left side of the port.
(Photo by Segur)

 


"Coming into Port at Mazatlan early morning.  We did not get off the ship"   (Photo by Gately)

When coming into a port, you look for the lights on each side of the entry. The one we need now is that little green tower on the right of the picture. There is a green light at the top that is visible at sea. On the other side of the ship is a red light, similar to this one. The 'rule' is "Red Right Return". You make sure the red light is on your right side when you return to port. From that, we can tell that we are on the left or port side of the ship we are on in this picture, and it is moving toward the right. 

 


"Sky line of Mazatlan"  (Photo by Gately)


 


"Parallel Park Her Right Over There, Cap'n, In Front Of Th' Eurodam". And he did. This is where those side thrusters come into play. The Captain turned the Grand where we are standing, a full 180, then slipped sideways right up to that dock we can see. Wish our car could do that. Like most cruise ships, our ship has three side thrusters in the bow and three more in the stern. They are props in six foot diameter tubes through the hull that can propel the ship sideways. It eliminates the use of tugs most of the time. Tugs are expensive, and may not be available in smaller foreign ports. That ship is the Holland America Eurodam. Their ships are all that color combination, and they have funny names, like Rotterdam, and Zaandam and Volendam and Oosterdam and Veendam... I suppose those don't sound funny if you live in Holland. LOL.  We see these ships a lot when we cruise. One was playing tag with us on our 55th class reunion cruise to Alaska. Cruisers refer to them as "one of those 'dam' ships".  (Photo by Smith)

 


Up against the dock, from the Lido deck, we can see a whole bunch of brand new Nissan cars and trucks that someone just delivered. During lunch we watched six car-carrier trucks drive in and each leave with eleven of these vehicles. Trucks were back in a half hour, so they did not have to take these too far to drop them off. Someone said they saw a few Ford cars in the lot when they drove past going to an excursion. (Photo by Smith)

 


Turning a little to the right we see these many containers coming in and going out. The white crane in the center is taking a container from the top, and after the crane (and container) back up, that truck that already has a red container on its trailer will back up, in front of the crane and under the new container, so the crane can set it on the front container, and then the truck will be on its way. The crane was busy each time we looked out there. We usually berth over on the south side of the bay. We have never been on this side before. We also know that for a few years we did not stop here due to crime activity. Maybe this berth is more regulated and guarded. Who knows. (Photo by Smith)

 

Lookoing up, we see the skyline, looking north. (Photo by Segur)