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Greek adventure Kimolos: Stunning Ferry Docking by 9 Beaufort (video)

The 25th of March 2013 was an incredible adventure for passengers, dock workers, lorry driver and the captain of Adamantios Korais ferry who tried to dock at the port -?- of Kimolos by 9 Beaufort.

Only the handy coordination and the skilled efforts by captain and dock workers managed the impossible: to dock the ferry against all sea odds: by 9 Beaufort. And have all cars sand people safely get in and out of the ferry even if with wet feet.

The amazing video shows in the most stunning way the dangerous conditions under which ships, personnel and passengers try to deal with the most inappropriate ports of some Greek islands, like the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea. Not very far away from the Greek capital – just 87 nautical miles away from Piraeus port.

Video: Bravo to ferry staff and dock workers – and, of course, to footage shooter

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Despite the adverse conditions ships are the oxygen for these islands as they transport food, medicine and other products crucial for the inhabitants survival.

PS I wonder whether no EU Regional Funds ever reached the island of Kimolos for a proper infrastructure – before the economic crisis.

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  1. Dangerous is the word, and abit irresponsible if you asked me.

    • This captain is not irresponsible, and wouldn’t dream of endangering his passengers, crew or ship. He is very obviously also a very, very skilled ship’s captain and knows what he is doing. Kudos too him, he also saved his crew a lot of unpleasant cleaning…

      • Ephilant, I could agree with your comment, but then we would both be wrong.

        I suppose that my ideas of safeguards put into place due to weather conditions and overall safety regulations/guidelines are different than yours. But, to be fair, Greek drivers are not exactly the most careful drivers, so to the uninitiated this could seem like just a skilled boat captain as opposed to recklessness.

        My grandfather says the same thing when he has too much to drink, he says, “I can drive that GD car and no one can tell me I can’t” It’s bravado from too much sauce at the Kapi, but I suppose many others in Greece may feel overconfident and it doesn’t have to be due to alcohol, it could just be due to safety regulations not being enforced or established in the first place.

        You don’t have to agree with me, and me neither with you. Feel free to take boats in 10 bufor, drive head on in the wrong lane around mountain curves to pass someone and save a minute off your drive time, and all the other neat things we see happening in Elladitsa mas.

        Just my two paw prints here tweety bird.

        • keeptalkinggreece

          these captains do this maneuvres all of the time and thus since years and when the ports were even in worse condition. that we see it on video for the first time, it does not mean it happens only March 25.

        • I have spend 17 years of my life doing this kind of stuff, and often in far worse conditions. Bravado is not something that comes into it. There is a big, big difference between the cartoon like perception of the “drunken sailor” and the responsible officer who will ALWAYS put the safety of his crew, passengers and vessel first. It’s a little offensive to base comments on this common, but very wrong perception, and then generalise the attitude of 1 irresponsible grandfather to be the common attitude of a whole nation or group of highly professional, thoroughly trained people.
          I worked in deepsea salvage and resue for years, and have not only seen, but have had to do quite a bit more than this in order to do what we had to do. The only times we came across the kind of irresponsible bravado you are attributing to all Greeks and sailors was when we had to deal with the week-end mariners on their little yachts and not a clue what they were doing. That kind of person does not sail ferries. In 17 years of salvage work, we assisted 2 ferries. One was the “Olau Britannia” which ran into the crippled cargo vessel “Mont Louis” (1984 if I remember well), the other was the “Spirit of Free Enterprise” (1987 if I remember well) on which lives were indeed lost. Both incidents happened of the coast of Zeebrugge in Belgium, in heavy fog. The first one was a pure accident, the second was mechanical failure of the bow gate. No bravado, no drunkeness.

  2. Ephilant, I’m sure you were honorable in your work, and thank you for sharing your story. Fluffy’s comments to me seemed more to focus on the fact that in Greece, there do not appear to be any regulation (or at least enforced) that would not allow a captain to have to do these dangerous moves on a daily basis. No one, including passengers, and crew should have to be exposed to this danger, and there should be safe ports or alternate ports in times of danger. Thank you for your service to the fleet Ephilant.

  3. These “dangerous moves” don’t happen on a daily basis, unless you’re somewhere in the North Atlantic or so. The “dangerous” moves are only dangerous if you have somebody trying to do this without knowing what they are doing. And they’ll only do that once…
    I really can’t see how you would think that some bureaucrat somewhere in a nice, plush, warm, and dry office would be able to make rules that would make this any safer than it is now. You are after all taking weather, which we can only live with, not control. At least now the captain, who is on the spot, in the prevaling conditions, can make an informed decision. Something no bureaucrat anywhere has ever been able to do about anything.
    Let “regulations” be drawn up by people who haven’t an iota about what is going on, and you end up with a complete shambles. You do know the definition of a dromedary? It’s a horse designed by bureacrats. The EU is full of them, both bureaucrats and there designs. That’s exactly what you would end up with if you left situations like this to be decided upon by rules and regulations instead of somebody who knows the strenghts AND limitations of his/her tools and knowledge and uses and applies those accordingly. It’s not a matter of regulation, it’s a matter of knowledge and trust, neither of which can can regulate, no matter how hard you try.

  4. Great job: man almost got hit by the truck; exiting passengers seemed to have been plain lucky they all had made it far enough by the time the big one hit.