New Pilot Vessel "SEA MASTER" / Bulk Carrier Ship "TAI HAWK"
published on 27 April 2020 - 126
Found on YouTube. Created by @ultrabarqueros / Barqueros de Ultramar.
New Pilot Vessel "SEA MASTER" / On board Bulk Carrier Ship "TAI HAWK" - Arriving at #Recalada #BoardingStation #KM239_1 #PuntaIndioChannel #RioDeLaPlata #Argentine
Nueva Lancha de Prácticos "SEA MASTER" / A bordo del Buque de Transporte a Granel "TAI HAWK" - Llegando a Recalada #EstaciónDeEmbarque KM 239,1 del Canal Punta Indio, del Río de La Plata #Argentina
This video (original sound) was filmed on board Bulk Carrier Ship "TAI HAWK" (IMO Number: 9284556) and shows the moment when the Pilot Vessel "SEA MASTER" was arriving at #BoardingPoint #Recalada to disembark the Rio de la Plata #Pilots.
Este video (sonido original) fue filmado a bordo del Buque de Transporte a Granel "TAI HAWK" (Número IMO: 9284556) y muestra el momento en que el Buque de Prácticos "SEA MASTER" estaba llegando al Punto de Embarque en #Recalada para desembarcar los Prácticos del Río de la Plata.
You can watch the full video by clicking on the following Link: / Puedes ver el video apretando en el siguiente Enlace: https://youtu.be/CUgm8KcMxr0
Special appreciation to the Master of the Vessel "TAI HAWK", his Officers and the rest of his Crew.
Agradecimiento especial al Capitán del Buque "TAI HAWK", sus Oficiales y el resto de su Tripulación.
Special thanks to the Skipper of the Pilot Vessel "SEA MASTER", Mr. Walter ZOFF and his Bosun Mr. Gabriel BETTI.
Agradecimiento especial al Patrón de la Lancha de Prácticos "SEA MASTER", el Sr. Walter ZOFF y su Contramaestre Sr. Gabriel BETTI.
Special thanks to the Rio de la Plata #Pilot, Mr. Daniel DIAZ ( @capitandanieldiaz ).
Agradecimiento especial al #Práctico del Río de la Plata, Sr. Daniel DIAZ.
Date /Fecha: 23rd. April 2020/ 23 Abril 2020.
Time /Hora: Since: 16:50 Till: 16:55 hours (Local Time) / Desde: 16:50 Hasta: 16:55 horas (Hora Local).
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