Check out this footage of a ro/ro passenger ferry Mediterranean mooring to a dock in heavy seas at the Greek island of Kimolos on March 25, 2013. Long video so watch the first minute or so then skip towards the end.

Update: As pointed out in the comments, a similar maneuver in similar conditions can be seen in this video, although shot from a different angle to give you an idea of what is going on here. Sketchy for sure but apparently just another stormy day in the Aegean Sea.

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      • Michael Kusuplos

        Not fleeing just leaving

        • john david hutsell

          looks like fleeing to me

  • manos christakos

    This is the reality in Greek islands at winter. So many islands with small ports (for fishing boats),not safe in bad weather,and the Captains are called to keep transportation running.And they do it. If you see that…you will respect.

  • Joe T.

    Notice how the skipper kept the ship at an angle, into the seas. If you ever have a chance to tour the Greek Islands, there are many grand homes formerly owned by professional seafarers and ship owners. Syros in particular has some fine homes. Getting around these islands makes the ferry services very important to the residents as well as the touristas.

  • Graham Smith

    Never thought I’d ever say this BUT “Sometimes, this being one, health and safety DOES actually make sense”.

  • Alex

    Impressive seamanship skills but I can’t imagine the liability exposure for all involved. One small incident could have easily snowballed into a big one, and then onwards from there.

  • David Martin

    This is the view from the stern of the vessel. They are doing a Mediterranean Moor, using their anchor to hold the bow into the wind and seas. This appears to be a common event in the Greek Islands. See the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms0XcxHHgEs

  • REB

    Very impressive seamanship Captain!

  • Bob Leslie

    This guy is Good. That’s a difficult operation, you need to know the ferry pretty well, know how fast and how well she responds. I wouldn’t try that. But these people are used to it. Those seas are common in winter.

  • The one who did the same

    And not only a Captain….Most probably both anchors holding the Boat….Deck crew need to be well trained….And you have to trust them as even do be skilfull enough you still depens from their skills….

    • http://www.gcaptain.com Mario Vittone

      The ship handling WAS great. The passenger and auto handling was non-existent mayhem. And maybe build a seawall to keep the knee-deep moving water off the platform?

      • Antonis Tousios

        This is the best sollution but the money for that gone to leaman brothers.. and the situation is difficult to do it. I strongly believe some day they gonna fix it.

    • Nikolaos Syralliotis

      Instead of the tide tables it would be best for you Nora to check whether the PAME (i.e. The Communist Party of Greece’s Syndicate aka “All Workers Militant Front”) sea-workers are on strike or not.

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  • John C. Farmer

    A landing well done Captain. Experience is the key word.
    Long may it continue. If I could only see you in action. JCF

    • “Truth Team”

      What is shameful here Mr. Turrie is your attitude! Some people prefer not to do things “by the book” and they are equally successful with those who do, not to say even more so. You are obviously an Anglo-Saxon, that is why you don’t want to understand how other cultures operate. Well, at least some people can improvise with limited means. something your culture and people are anything but famous for!

  • dave pridmore

    very good boat handling didnt spill a drop

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