After several weeks of Summer weather, this Saturday saluted us in Funchal bay with a grey dawn and rainy conditions. Better than nothing, at least we had no wind for the morning manoeuvres. I started the day with the entrance of the Costa Magica, at 0730 (LT) in the morning, immediately followed by the Independence of the Seas arrival manoeuvre, piloted by my fellow colleague Orlando Figueiredo.
The Costa Magica alongside pier nº2, in Pontinha breakwater, after her morning berthing manoeuvre. Photo by Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3.
Pilot Card:Ships name: Costa Magica
IMO number: 9239795
Type: Cruise vessel
LOA: 272.19 mts
Beam: 35.50 mts
Summer displacement: 51387.3 t
Max draft on manoeuvre: 8.11 mts
Propulsion: Diesel-electric - Two propeller shafts - two fixed pitch propellers - 40 Mw total propulsion power
Bow thruster: 3 (total power: 5160 Kw)
Stern Thruster: 3 (total power: 5160 Kw)
The Independence of the Seas approaching the nº3 berth of Pontinha in a rainy Saturday morning. Photo by Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3.