Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ATLÂNTIDA comprado pelo Grupo DOURO AZUL








O contrato de venda do navio de passageiros português ATLÂNTIDA à companhia Mystic Cruises, nova empresa do Grupo DOURO AZUL, vai ser assinado às 12H00 da próxima Sexta-feira, dia 19 de Setembro de 2014, encerrando-se assim um longo processo de decisão quanto ao futuro deste navio de passageiros concluído em 2009 e que circunstâncias bem conhecidas levaram a que tenha estado imobilizado desde então. 
Com a venda do ATLÂNTIDA os estaleiros de Viana recebem do armador Mário Ferreira um cheque de 8,75 milhões de euros, por autofinanciamento, mas o investimento do conhecido grupo de cruzeiros com sede no Porto irá mais além, uma vez que o ATLÂNTIDA vai voltar a Viana do Castelo para ser transformado em navio de cruzeiros de luxo, reconvertendo-se o espaço da garagem do navio em camarotes, operação calculada em 6 milhões de euros.
A compra do ATLÂNTIDA por Mário Ferreira é um passo importante no crescimento e diversificação do Grupo DOURO AZUL, que assim se vai lançar em 2015 em cruzeiros oceânicos: "Na sexta-feira, a Douro Azul passará um cheque de capitais próprios. A Douro Azul tem capitais próprios suficientes para adquirir este navio e está neste momento a negociar com três bancos portugueses o financiamento (de seis milhões para obras de remodelação). Estou convencido que dos três bancos teremos notícias positivas a muito curto prazo", referiu Mário Ferreira à agência noticiosa LUSA.
A adjudicação do ATLÂNTIDA à Douro AZUL / Mystic Cruises foi decidida pelos ENVC no passado dia 31 de Julho, depois de terminado o segundo prazo atribuído à companhia grega Thesarco Shipping, um armador que havia vencido inicialmente o concurso internacional, ao propor a compra por aproximadamente 13 milhões de euros, que depois não concretizou por falta de capacidade financeira. (Ler mais sobre esta empresa aqui
Segundo Mário Ferreira, o ATLÂNTIDA vai regressar a Viana do Castelo, aos estaleiros da West Sea, subconcessionária dos ENVC para a intervenção que o vai transformar num navio de cruzeiros, com 105 metros de comprimento e capacidade para 156 passageiros e 100 tripulantes. Orçada em seis milhões de euros, a intervenção deverá demorar um ano, estimando a Douro Azul que o navio esteja a "navegar a caminho do Brasil na primeira semana de Outubro de 2015". A remodelação incidirá, sobretudo, nos dois pavimentos actualmente destinados ao transporte de veículos, que serão transformados em camarotes de luxo e suítes. As áreas técnicas, explicou, "não serão tocadas" por o navio estar dotado de equipamentos "altamente evoluídos, mais apropriados para um paquete do que para um ferry". Para Mário Ferreira, o navio possui "equipamentos e determinadas técnicas construtivas demasiado luxuosas e demasiado exigentes para um ferry que deveria transportar passageiros, camiões e carros". 
O ATLÂNTIDA vai ser "um navio de cruzeiros internacionais que poderá navegar em todo o mundo". Numa primeira fase, vai "estar orientado para trabalhar na Amazónia, Brasil". Quanto ao novo nome do ATLÂNTIDA, adiantou que só estará definido no final do ano por estar dependente "das negociações que estão em curso, até final de Novembro, com cinco operadores internacionais dos EUA, Alemanha, Suíça e Inglaterra, interessados em fretamentos de longo prazo, com a Douro Azul, para a Amazónia".
Ler mais sobre a vida atribulada do n/m ATLÂNTIDA aqui...
Entretanto, a compra do ATLÂNTIDA levou a Mystic Cruises a colocar o anúncio de recrutamento de um Comandante para o navio...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Navios, navios, muitos navios no Tejo


Na manhã de 12 de Setembro o Porto de Lisboa apresentava-se com todos os seus cais principais ocupados, 7 navios de passageiros em transito distribuídos por Alcântara, Rocha e Jardim do Tabaco a Santa Apolónia, para além de muitos cargueiros e embarcações auxiliares e de tráfego local, como é hábito. Esta imagem, registada de junto à ponte-cais da Douro Azul (Cais do Sodré), mostra a popa do S. PAULUS, atracado ao cais da Transtejo na Ribeira Nova, destacando-se ainda o paquete SILVER CLOUD com o abastecedor de combustível NIVARRIA e muito ao fundo, o COSTA LUMINOSA.

Gosto deste tipo d eimagens cheias de navios, quem me dera que Lisboa tivesse sempre este movimento marítimo, que nós até merecemos uma Ode Marítima permanente. 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

COMPANHIA NACIONAL DE NAVEGAÇÃO


Anúncio da Companhia Nacional de Navegação publicado no Diário de Lisboa em Abril de 1972, no decorrer de uma campanha da CNN após ter absorvido a frota e serviços da Sociedade Geral a 1 de Janeiro desse ano. 
A Companhia Nacional de Navegação foi uma das principais companhias armadoras portuguesas. Foi fundada em 1880 com o objectivo de assegurar as carreiras regulares entre Lisboa e os territórios portuguesas da África Ocidental, com destaque para Angola. A carreira da África Oriental foi estabelecida em 1903.
Nacionalizada em 1975, a CNN acabou por terminar os seus dias num processo de liquidação iniciado em 1985.
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ARDENT OF SOUTHAMPTON in detail


Some close up images of the British motor ship ARDENT OF SOUTHAMPTON photographed at the Alcântara Dock, in Lisbon, on 13 September 2014. 

Check our previous ARDENT posts here







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MSC KRYSTAL


Porta-contentores MSC KRYSTAL fotografado por Luís Miguel Correia a sair de Lisboa (terminal da LISCONT) na manhã de 13 de Setembro de 2014. Com a opção da MS pelo porto de Sines, os navios com este prefixo no nome que mais se vêm hoje no Tejo são de casco branco e transportam turistas em vez de caixas metálicas às cores, mas de vez em quando lá aparece um cargueiro.

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PORTUSCALE CRUISES first year of operation



PORTUSCALE CRUISES has been operating successfuly for one year by now. I have seen in several recent Facebook posts comments of the possible demise of the company and the sale of PORTO and LISBOA for scrap.
Nothing of such things are correct. One should not try to explore the possible doom of such a good cruise operator as PORTUSCALE CRUISES. It just is not fair, PORTUSCALE and the FUNCHAL should be named "BEST NEW CRUISE OPERATION of 2013-2014". To start with, let's have a look into the overall operation of FUNCHAL under the guide of PORTUSCALE CRUISES that started in August 2013, and has been improving all the time as we - the devoted friends of the M/V FUNCHAL - see her immediate future with great enthusiasm. Bookings have been growing steadily all the time, the number of repeat passengers is solid and we can say that FUNCHAL has fully recovered her prestige.
To start a new small cruise company like PORTUSCALE did in such a short time is a bold fate. By December 2012 the FUNCHAL was abandoned and fit for scrap, but the following January her fate was reversed by Mr. Rui Alegre purchase and commitment to return the FUNCHAL for service, and so he did in a remarkable short time, and in August FUNCHAL was back at sea looking like new and better than ever. This has not been an easy task and it seems that a lot of people and interests did not want to show their support to the reborn FUNCHAL. If you enter a travel agency in Portugal, and ask for booking on a FUNCHAL cruise, the chance they'll try to put you on another ship is significant, and a series of small initial teething troubles received major press coverage to the point of full lies not being corrected later. And the big cruise companies that at the moment find more and more difficult to fully book their megaships do whatever they can to have small niche players killed on the road side. Another fact is associated to the results the current economical environment in Europe that led to the sale for scrap of a significant number of passenger cruise ships built in 1970s and 1980s, including former Classic International Cruises PRINCESS DANAE.
In an effort to build a solid operation, PORTUSCALE CRUISES' owner Mr. Rui Alegre has invested millions of Euros to refurbish a fleet of four old classic ships. On the FUNCHAL only, 22 millions have been necessary to update and improve the FUNCHAL and make her the best classic cruise ship currently in operation and the only still very much with the original look as built, the original name and flag.
There is no other ship like FUNCHAL as we write this note. But the purchase of FUNCHAL back in January 2013 was tied to another three ships then under arrest in the Mediterranean and efforts have also been geared to have AZORES, PORTO and LISBOA back in cruise service. AZORES has just finished her first season in Europe and arrived Lisbon on 13 September for further improvements, a 5 year survey and further refit at the Navalrocha yard is due to start in a matter of days before she returns to service in January 2015 on a joint operation with CMV in tip top condition to replace DISCOVERY.
Their smaller fleet mate PORTO ex-ARION is ready to leave Lisbon and I dare to say she is not already cruising in the Med and Black Sea due mainly to the dark clouds spotted in Ukraine at the moment, but the perspectives of her returning to service soon are significant. And now the LISBOA, ex-PRINCESS DANAE situation: more than 10 million euros have already been spent on her upgrade but during the refit at Navalrocha it was found that the real situation of this sturdy but very old hull built in 1955 demanded a lot more attention and costly investment than at first expected and so it was decided to hold on her refit. It is a fact that the final times of previous operator CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL CRUISES proved to be hard for the fleet with technical care and proper maintenance totally out of the scene, and this attitude had the most serious results on an already old even if graceful lady like DANAE / LISBOA.


We all wish PORTUSCALE CRUISES to fully succeed not only with their current four ships, but with future developments of their magnificent classic cruise product and fleet, so let's defend FUNCHAL and her sisters from negative outlooks, let's ban talking about failure or scrapping ships with yellow funnels and black hulls, and let's all go cruising on the FUNCHAL, let's book also on the AZORES and let's wait with the utmost interest for the next developments on PORTO and LISBOA. For myself I must say I have already cruised on the NEW FUNCHAL and look forward for the next one and the next...


Photographs of AZORES arriving Lisbon on 13 September 2014.
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Bill Miller's Millergram is back...


The MILLERGRAM

by Bill Miller
September 15th 2014

​from aboard the Silver Whisper​




Note:  I plan to do a monthly version of the Millergram, but there's simply so much at the moment that a mid-month version is temporarily needed.   Soon, I'll cat
​ch up​...

BALTIC PORTS: Boom times! Cruising in the Baltic has reached its highest levels. St Petersburg, as an example and with a giant new cruise terminal called the Marine Facade, had a record day last June – 7 liners were in port in a single day: AIDAbella, Brilliance of the Seas, Legend of the Seas, Mein Schiff 2, MSC Orchestra, Seven Seas Voyager & Thomson Spirit. Busy tour guides – these 7 ships brought almost 16,000 visitors to the historic city. Meanwhile, Stockholm had its busiest year ever – with 274 cruise calls delivering just short of a half-million passengers. 
COSTA: Hiccups! Incidents involving cruise ships are very much part of their operations. The Costa Deliziosa suffered a blackout for several hours last spring while docked at Valencia in Spain. The new, but unfinishedQuantum of the Seas had a fire in June while getting her finishing touches at the Meyer Werft Shipyard. There was $100,000 in damages. Later in June, Holland America's Westerdam had to abruptly return to Seattle following a boiler room fire. Her cruise lasted but 1 hour before she had to return to port. ... The 121,000-grt Celebrity Silhouette had some disrupted European itineraries over the summer. The 2,850-bed ship had engine problems. ... And Aida's AIDAdiva was said to have been "attacked" by rockets while in Israeli waters in July.
CRUISE & MARITIME VOYAGES: Switching places! While the 43-year-old Discovery (ex-Island Venture/Island Princess/Hyundai Pungak/Platinum) will be retired next winter, she's being replaced by an even older ship, the chartered, the 66-year old Azores (ex-Stockholm/Volkerfreundschaft/Volker/Fridtjof Nansen/Italia Prima/Valtur Prima/Athena). Her first cruise for UK-based Cruise & Maritime will be a month-long jaunt to the Caribbean, sailing from Avonmouth, and later a special trip farther north in search of Total Solar Eclipse on March 20th. ... The aged Discovery is, it is reported, will be going for scrap (and following her twin sister, the Pacific (ex-Sea Venture/Pacific Princess), which was demolished last year out in Turkey). (Note by LMC: although AZORES hull is in fact 66 years old, the present cruise ship is much more modern, she was rebuilt in 1994 and only parts of the original hull were retained).
CUNARD: Facelift! Even four-year-old ships need to keep pace. Last May, the 2,100-passenger Queen Elizabeth was off to Hamburg – but without passengers & destined for the Blohm & Voss Shipyard there. New single cabins were added, the shopping centre extended, all carpeting & mattresses replaced and 1,200 flat-screen televisions installed. ... The 2007-built Queen Victoria is having a big refit this winter and the ten-year-old Queen Mary 2might well be having one later in 2015.
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES: Growing, growing, growing! As the 3rd biggest and busiest cruise line, NCL is expanding into the luxury market. Earlier this month, they acquired Prestige Cruise Holidays, which owns both Oceania & Regent-Seven Seas. This comes to an additional 8 cruise ships, each in the six-star category, in NCL's existing fleet of 14 large, mass-market liners.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN: Busy at work! The keel for the third 225,000-grt plus Oasis Class ship was laid in May at the STX Shipyard in St Nazaire and so construction is well underway. Hugely successful, a fourth of the class has now been ordered. Similar to the earlier Oasis of the Seas & Allure of the Seas, this new ship will carry 6,200 passengers & 2,800 crew. The cost is high and might just be the greatest yet for a cruise ship: $1.5 billion! ...
Meanwhile, in a whispered rumor from a RCI staff member, "It would not be surprising to see one of these Oasis class ships – the biggest cruise liners ever – go into Chinese cruise service."
RUSSIA: Well, bygone Russians! Polish-built in 1982 but for the Odessa-based Black Sea Shipping Company, the 9,800-grt Konstantin Simonovrenamed Russian owned, but hoisted the Cypriot flag in 1996 as theFrancesca. Between 2001-09, she sailed for Israel's Mano Cruises as The Iris, running Eastern Mediterranean cruises out of Haifa. Next stop: she was sold to Finland's Katarina Cruises, becoming the Kristina Katarina. But they pulled out of cruising just last year and so the ship was chartered out – being used as an accommodation ship in the Shetlands as the Ocean Endeavour. For the summer of 2015, she's returning to cruising, for operators called Adventure Canada, for Canadian Arctic & coast of Greenland cruising. ... A twin sister, the Lev Tolstoy, has resumed cruising as well. She spent last summer operating for Turkey's Apex Tours, running 3 & 4 night cruises from Kusadasi in Turkey to the Greek isles. She too has had a varied career – becoming the Cyrprus-flag Palmira in 1996, then sailed as The Jasmine from 2001-06 and then, in 2008, as the EasyCruise Life for the short-lived, no-frills EasyCruise operation. Thought to be used by other Greek operators, nothing materialized in recent years. Now, as theEasyCruise Life, she's busy with this Turkish charter.
SAGA CRUISES: Expanding! Operating the Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II, UK-based Saga is said to be "seriously" looking for a 3rd liner. Rumor while misty have always included buying Holland America's 750-passenger Prinsendam (ex-Royal Viking Sun/Seabourn Sun).
TORONTO: Lunch at 1! About 20 years ago, during a visit to Toronto, we wandered down to the waterfront and had lunch aboard XX. Berthed at the foot of Young Street, the small, xx-tonner had been a cruise ship in its previous life – sailing as the Rijeka-registered Jadran for the long-gone Jadrolinija on Adriatic coastal itineraries. She was one of three sister ships. A Toronto businessman known as Captain John bought her in the xx and then brought her (through the St Lawrence Seaway) to Toronto for use as a moored restaurant. Financially ailing in more recent years, however, she was seized recently by local authorities, the owners owing $3 ½ million in unpaid taxes. The next step: the 1958-built ship has gone to the auction block and been sold for $33,000 to other local buyers, but who plan to scrap it.
SS UNITED STATES: Updated rumors, plans & schemes continue! In November, the super liner United States will have been laid up & idle for 45 years, far longer than most ship's sail. The 990-ft long ship itself is 62 years old, having been first commissioned back in 1952. While she remains silently moored at Philadelphia (for 18 years, since 1996), she has long been a ship of rumor, plans, revitalization projects. The very latest include moving the liner to Pier 7 in Brooklyn Heights, in fact just north of the Brooklyn-Red Hook Cruise Terminal. Brooklyn itself is busily redeveloping the former Port Authority freighter piers as parks, promenades, marinas, shops, restaurants & hotels. Plans and preliminary studies to bring the onetime Blue Ribbon champion to Brooklyn were said (according to some good sources) underway as of last summer. Earlier, in the late '90s, there were – among a boatload of ideas – ideas of bringing the ship to Pier 1 in Brooklyn and also of berthing her in the former Brooklyn Navy Yard (which would include moving her twin funnels, placing them on a barge and then towing her under the Brooklyn & Manhattan bridges – and afterward re-installing those mammoth funnels). Other current ideas for the 53,000-tonner include mooring her in Chester, Pennsylvania, near the former Sun Shipbuilding Shipyard, and making her over as a casino & complex of restaurants. On the reverse side, there were reports in 2013 that the liner would go for scrap – either in Philadelphia, at Chester or Bordentown in nearby New Jersey or, following a long tow, at Brownsville in Texas.

​ Heard Along the Boat Deck: THE LATE, GREAT “NORWAY”

Cato Christensen was staff captain, between 1999 and 2001, of one of the greatest ocean liners of all time, the Norway. She was the world’s first mega-cruise liner, the longest passenger ship afloat for many years and was, of course, the illustrious France in her previous life. As Captain Christensen sat together in the warm, blue waters of the Eastern Caribbean, aboard the Crystal Symphony, we recalled the greatNorway. Her last remains had been chopped-up by scrappers out in India just the month before, in October 2008. The Norway had been around for 43 years, since her initial commissioning as the pride of the French merchant marine in late 1961.
“As the Norway, she still had this great ambience. It was very special. She had a different feeling than other ships,” recalled the Captain. “There was history, even great history, in the walls. Even in some of her public rooms, such as the Club International, there was a special tone. Simply, she was like no other ship.”
Built at St Nazaire in western France for the final years, the twilight, of the great and grand North Atlantic run, the ship as built as the France carried 2,000 passengers --- 500 in fancy, upper-deck first class and 1,500 in tourist class. She had vast public rooms, an array of luxurious penthouses & suites, a chapel and dog kennels complete with miniature New York City fire hydrants. While her food was often said to be beyond compare and coupled with the finest wine cellar at sea, even the dogs had menus while the dog biscuits were specially made. She sailed for about 9 months of the year on regular relays between Manhattan’s Pier 88, Southampton & Le Havre; for the rest, she cruised --- to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Carnival in Rio. In 1972 and ’74, she also made winter cruises around the world. But, as passengers declined, her operational costs rose and while the French Government pulled the plug on her operating subsidy, the France was decommissioned in October 1974. For almost 5 years, she sat idle, at a backwater berth near Le Havre, and just waited. She might even have been scrapped. But Norwegian Cruise Lines bought her in ’79, gave her a costly $150 million makeover as a cruise ship and then introduced her as the Norway in May 1990. Her new role: weekly 7-night cruises from Miami to sun-filled ports in the Eastern Caribbean. “The Norway was strong and solid, and built like very few other ships,” added Captain Christensen. “Her watertight doors, for example, could be individually operated and closed in 30 seconds. They were so advanced for a ship designed in the ‘50s and built in the early ’60. Although the forward engine room had been removed by NCL, she had her original steam turbines. But I think Kloster [then the owner of NCL] regretted not converting her to diesel during the big refit in ’79-80. She was, of course, quite a different ship to handle and to experience. She had delayed maneuvers. There were 45 second delays. It was always quite an experience to handle this 1035-foot long ship in, say, the Miami turning basin.”
“But she was a great ship to the end,” continued the Captain. “Of course, we needed extra staff in the engine room because of those steam turbines. The crew liked, but mostly loved her. They felt, quite rightfully, that she was a ship of history. They worked extra hard to make her work. We had one man continuously painting, for example, in the galley just to keep it looking spotless and fresh. About 85-90% of the crew always returned to her. Her US Public Health Scores were sometimes on the edge before her age and we’d always lose 2 points just because of that. Most of Deck 5 was still original, for example, and so were many of the suites. In the Captain’s office, there was still a button on the desk that connected directly to the pantry for instant service. As Vice Captain, my cabin had been the ‘dog house’ when the ship had a large kennel. The kennels themselves and that New York City fire hydrant were gone, however. By 2001, we still had great passenger loads and lots of repeater passengers. One guest came with his butler and had a big suite for 4-6 cruises at a time. But once the butler sent the chauffeur & the car off, but with all the luggage as well. So, the chauffeur had to fly to the first port of call, to St Thomas, with the luggage and the clothes.”
The Norway had a serious boiler explosion at her Miami berth in May 2003. Six crew members were killed and others seriously injured. “NCL lost almost all interest in her after the explosion,” concluded Captain Christensen. “Star Cruises, the new, Malaysian parent of NCL, lost interest as well. Everything actually changed with Star. The mood was different. There was no chance of seeing her getting expensive repairs and returning to service. Of course, now it is very sad that she has been scrapped. She should have been saved, possibly as a museum and hotel, and like theQE2 in Dubai. This would have been better. Her steel hull was still so strong. It was 2 inches thick below the waterline. We once had a problem undocking. Bit in the end, there was more damage to the pier than to the ship.”Photograph, by Luís Miguel Correia, of PORTUSCALE CRUISES AZORES arriving Lisbon on 13 September 2014. Further interest in readingthe FRANCE and NORWAY story? Get your copy of L.M.Correia and Bill Miller's book on the FRANCE / NORWAY, available for purchase here....
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Dia do Porto de Leixões

No próximo Sábado, dia 20 de Setembro de 2014, o Porto de Leixões vai abrir as portas a visitantes com uma série de iniciativas culturais e de divulgação da actividade portuária, em comemoração do "Dia do Porto de Leixões".

A entrada é livre.

Mais informações no site da APDL.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Porta-contentores SANTA RICARDA


Aspectos do Terminal de Contentores da Liscont, em Lisboa, com o navio porta-contentores SANTA RICARDA em primeiro plano atracado na manha de 9 de Setembro ultimo. Este porta-contentores de propriedade alema foi construido em 2002 na Coreia do Sul e encontra se fretado a Hapag-Lloyd. Ver caracteristicas principais aqui.
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BOUDICCA: escala molhada no Tejo


O navio de cruzeiros BOUDICCA esteve mais uma vez em Lisboa a 9 de Setembro de 2014, atracando ao cais de Santa Apolónia, agora concessionado à enpresa LCT - Lisbon Cruise Terminals. Foi uma escala em dia de chuva, muita chuva...

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Rebocador CABO da ROCA


Rebocador CABO DA ROCA largando do Tejo de regresso a Setúbal a 12 de Setembro de 2014 após conclusão de mais um fretamento à Svitzer.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

MONTE BRASIL com 20 anos


O porta-contentores MONTE BRASIL foi construído em Hamburgo para a Transinsular e faz a carreira das Ilhas há 20 anos, desde 1994. No ano seguinte juntou-se-lhe o gémeo MONTE DA GUIA, substituindo-se então os navios LUSO e INSULANO (II). Este ano sofreu uma grande reparação de reclassificação (a quarta), em Viana do Castelo, com substituição de aço e um investimento para que continue a ligar o Continente às Ilhas por mais alguns anos... Fotografia de Luís Miguel Correia tirada em Santa Apolónia a 12 de Setembro de 2014.

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Pilotos portugueses


Bandeiras no mastro da lancha de pilotos BAÍA DE CASCAIS, fotografia obtida na manhã de 13 de Setembro de 2014 na Doca de Serviços de Algés. A bandeira branca e azul com o P de PILOTOS é o símbolo dos Pilotos dos portos e barras nacionais há muitos anos. Trata-se de uma adaptação da bandeira P do código internacional de sinais. Claro que, independentemente desta bandeira, içada nos mastros de algumas lanchas e pilotos, a bandeira H que significa "Piloto a bordo" é identificada universalmente com os Pilotos e uma das bandeiras de sinais mais utilizadas em conjunto com a bandeira B.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

A ARMADA NA I GRANDE GUERRA

Recomendamos a próxima Conversa Informal promovida pelo Grupo de Amigos do Museu de Marinha, no próximo dia 20 pelas 11h00, nas instalações do Museu, em Belém: o tema será a ARMADA NA I GRANDE GUERRA, e a apresentação estará a cargo do Comandante José Rodrigues Pereira, ilustre oficial d emarinha e historiador, antigo Director do Museu de Marinha e Autor de numerosos livros de grande qualidade. A não perder...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ÓPERA DO TEJO...


Não será exactamente a histórica "Ópera do Tejo" destruída em Novembro de 1755, mas apenas o navio de cruzeiros fluviais ÓPERA fotografado esta manhã (10-09-2014) em cruzeiro no rio frente ao Jardim do Tabaco. Reparem nas alterações feitas no ÓPERA: as janelas centrais panorâmicas...
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MAR DE SERENIDADE

Lisboa acordou com chuva esta manhã e cheguei a uma reunião à beira rio encharcado, mas Deus escreve direito por linhas tortas e mesmo encharcado registei esta imagem do Mar da Palha a parecer um autêntico Mar de Serenidade: fusão total do rio com o cais do Jardim do Tabaco e as gaivotas residentes, e o ÓPERA a rasgar a paisagem num cruzeiro fluvial com turistas. O Tejo é belo, faça sol ou chuva..., e o Porto de Lisboa é mágico nas suas mudanças de alma.
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ARDENT OF SOUTHAMPTON


O navio inglês ARDENT OF SOUTHAMPTON é desde há alguns anos um habitante regular e quase permanente da Doca de Alcântara, atracado discretamente à muralha do Cais Sul, junto ao antigo entreposto fruteiro. Ontem (9-09-2014) sem querer, o ARDENT surgiu-me a entrar a doca de regresso do mar e fiz algumas fotografias. Apreciador das linhas inglesas e simpáticas desta miniatura de navio, fui investigar o seu passado: o ARDENT foi construído em 1970 para o Governo Inglês (RMAS) Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service (Ver aqui) como transporte de armamento, uma de sete unidades da classe "INSECT", com o nome LADYBIRD (A 253). Actualmente é propriedade de George Evans, e tem 219 GT e 232 TDW. IMO Nº. 8891027.

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TRAFARIA PRAIA em cruzeiro


TRAFARIA PRAIA a navegar no Tejo frente a Cacilhas no cruzeiro de fim de tarde iniciado no Cais do Sodré na tarde de 9 de Setembro de 2014.

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Do you already have this book on CANBERRA?


Já tem este livro dedicado à história do CANBERRA de 1961? Aos primeiros 20 compradores do livro CANBERRA até amanhã dia 8 de Setembro oferecemos um conjunto de postais originais dos navios CANBERRA, ORIANA (1960), VICTORIA, ORIANA (1995) e AURORA no valor de €7,50... Aproveitem... 



By the way, if you like CANBERRA you must have my book on this great liner. ( contact (linerbooks@gmail.com) http://lmc-ein.blogspot.pt/ Place your order until 8 September and you'll get free of charge five beautiful colour postcards of CANBERRA, ORIANA (1960), VICTORIA, ORIANA (1995) and AURORA value €7,50... Photograph of CANBERRA taken by L. M. Correia onboard FUNCHAL off Gibraltar August 1995. One of 100 included in the book.
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Passenger cruise shipping in Lisbon May 1991


The famous passenger liner and cruise ship CANBERRA arriving Lisbon very early in the morning of 23 May 1991 to berth at the Alcântara terminal. CANBERRA was one of 20 ships making 25 cruise calls in Lisbon back in May 1991. See list bellow showing all the ships, including some of te very best cruise ships in service 23 years ago, including Hapag-Lloyd's EUROPA of 1981, the AKDENIZ, QE2 and many others.
Paquete inglês CANBERRA a atracar ao cais de Alcântara ao amanhecer de 23 de Maio de 1991, fotografado por Luís Miguel Correia. Maio de 1991 foi um mês com muito movimento de navios de cruzeiros em Lisboa, com 25 escalas asseguradas por 20 navios diferentes, incluindo alguns dos maiores e mais importantes então em serviço, como o QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 da Cunard ou o CANBERRA da P&O, tendo este feito três escalas. Ver lista anexa. O movimento de navios de passageiros em Lisboa foi crescendo sempre desde o final da guerra em 1945 até 1973, que foi um ano excelente, com muitos navios de linha e em cruzeiros, incluindo portugueses. No final da década de 1970 o movimento de navios de passageiros voltou a crescer, devagar contando com os navios da URSS que passaram a visitar Lisboa a partir de 1975 e com a retoma na construção de navios de cruzeiros, a partir de 1981, com os paquetes alemães EUROPA, ASTOR e BERLIN, e muitos outros que se seguiram a estes pioneiros. 
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Friday, September 05, 2014

A doca de Alcântara há 23 anos


Há 23 anos já o Luís Miguel Correia andava a fotografar o porto de Lisboa e os navios do Tejo há 21 anos. Há cerca de 23 anos, na manhã de 16 de Julho de 1991 a alvorada foi ao raiar do sol porque havia muita navegação e movimento: o paquete italiano EUGENIO COSTA atracou ao cais de Alcântara assistido pelo rebocador PIONEIRO; depois embarquei num outro rebocador e fotografei a chegada do navio-escola italiano AMERIGO VESPUCI que acostou à Ponta da Rocha, aproveitando para registar em imagens os navios atracados ao cais da Rocha - Alcântara, com destaque para o porta-contentores BENALDER da companhia escocesa Ben Line, entretanto absorvida pela Maersk. 
Seguiu-se uma série de imagens da doca de Alcântara onde entretanto tinha atracado um cargueiro carregado de açúcar assistido pelos rebocadores FOGUETEIRO e FOZ DO LIMA. Ainda se registavam operações comerciais nesta doca mas a decadência já se havia instalado, com a maior parte dos cais ocupados com navios imobilizados, caso do GIL EANNES e do PONTA DELGADA, que por lá estiveram anos, e do cargueiro espanhol BLANCA DEL MAR, que está atracado de braço dado a um dos últimos ECOS, o GUADIANA ou o MONDEGO. Pela popa do PONTA DELGADA vê-se o EUGENIO COSTA na Estação Marítima de Alcântara de onde só largou pelas 18h00.
Hoje gosto de me entreter a rever estas fotografias já com uns quantos anos e acabo por reviver ambientes portuários entretanto muito mudados, sempre com a sensação que foi ontem e passou num instante. Mas o tempo foi-se vivendo de facto um dia de cada vez e nessa rotina quase diária acabei por criar uma fototeca única com cerca de 600 000 originais que se continua a actualizar, agora em processo digital desde 2005 e de forma muito positiva, porque depois de um período de lenta degradação, nestes tempos mais recentes o porto de Lisboa tem sido renovado profundamente e o processo não pára aqui, assim como sei que ainda tenho muito mais para fotografar.
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