Fourth testimony of Ludovic Gerard on the CMA CGM JULES VERNE. The ship called Malta saturday, the CMA CGM emblematic hub in Mediterranea. The Executive Vice President of CMA Ships share his views on the terminal operations, where the intense port activities contrast with the peaceful atmosphere in the sea.
Saturday 1st June: wake at sea in the rain! There is even a short sharp thunderstorm in the morning!
Final photos and interviews for our journalist passengers, and the island of Malta is already in sight, land ahoy!
Pilot on board, four tugs rigged to assist our CMA CGM Jules Verne to manoeuver. We have to make a U-turn on a sixpence, all is calm for the manoeuver, the captain and pilot remain focused till docking and mooring are completed.
The minute the engine cuts, dockers swarm aboard, gantry cranes, their hoists lowered, are in position. Others are there, ready to board. Dockside various supplies are delivered, while on the sea-side the barge sounds its horn so they can take care of it.
What a contrast after 36 hours at sea, so peaceful. Suddenly, back to civilisation and the noisy hurly-burly of the industrial world, the delicate dance of containers swinging in the air beneath the cranes, and ashore on trailers…
1400 movements are scheduled and then the vessel will set sail again for Marseille during the night.
Without me, bags ashore this evening, who returns to Marseille by plane to take part in the final preparations for the vessel’s inauguration and “homecoming”.