Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Shipping: How To Drive a Boat

It helps if you have a friendly tug nearby but still takes more skill than most folks could ever learn.
From Thrillist: 

Cruise Ship Makes History With an Impossible Squeeze Through Narrow Canal
We know a lot about tight squeezes here at Thrillist. We're writers with deadlines -- and access to YouTube -- after all. But I'm almost positive that nobody here is capable of steering a 22.25-meter-wide cruise liner through a 24 meter-wide canal, though sometimes it feels like that after a few too many cups of coffee.

There are some incredibly cool cruise ships out there; we know, because we ranked them. And Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the company responsible for this tight squeeze miracle, is no exception: they promise to get you "closer to the world’s most remote and picturesque destinations." In this case, as close as possible to the jagged walls of an alarmingly narrow canal.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a Norwegian-owned company with four cruise ships based in the United Kingdom. The company's ship MS Braemar was sailing through the Corinth Canal in Greece, which, as previously mentioned, is just 24 meters wide at its narrowest point. The canal is four miles long and was built to allow for faster travel around the peninsula. Tourist vessels seek it out because the narrow quality of the canal makes it a bit more ~exclusive~....