I took a few shots yesterday, but by the end of the day I had little that satisfied me.
In Oriental Bay there was a view of the container ship, Olga Maersk easing into her berth assisted by the tugs Tapuhi and Tiaki holding her back against a nasty Northerly wind. On a global scale, she is a modest ship with a capacity of just over 3,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU), she is far short of the largest ships with a capacity of 19,224 TEU. On the other hand, in our small but perfectly formed port, she takes up a lot of the available space. And anyway, that larger ship (MSC Oscar) with its 16 metre draft would run aground in the harbour entrance which has a maximum depth of 11.3 metres at high water. I was intrigued that the Olga Maersk‘s port of registry is Kerteminde in Denmark. Curious I looked at Google maps and noted that this seems to have nothing more than a yacht marina, and there is no way she could ever visit her nominal “home port”.
Swinging around a few degrees, the two Interisland ferries Aratere and Kaiarahi were in port. They are roughly similar in configuration, though the Kaiarahi (formerly Stena Alegra) is equipped for bow loading so she can approach the port directly without having to swing around and back in like her older sister. I note the fluorescent paint panels above the bridge windows. It’s a great visibility aid in the haze of Cook Strait, and the Bluebridge ferries have a similarly garish blue strip.
In Shelly Bay, the old RNZAF Structures are quietly decaying, though I believe that their days are numbered. There is a proposal to develop Shelly Bay after the style of Sausalito near San Francisco. I wonder if I shall live to see it.
On the Eastern side of the peninsula, in Breaker Bay, there is more decay. Three small boatsheds seem never to have recovered from the great storm in June 2013, and though there is evidence that someone designated it a construction site, I have seen no progress.
The wind is even more vicious today.