On Friday 15th November 2013, 35 students and HMC staff and teachers made the journey to Halkida, an hour and a half from Piraeus, in a tour bus. Their first stop was at the Halkida Shipyard where the yard’s Safety Manager took the students on a tour of the yard whilst explaining the working of the business with a particular emphasis on the operation of the yard’s two floating docks and on the yard’s activities aboard the ships, in the yard, under repair and maintenance. It was a particularly interesting visit as students saw such a variety of ships including a three-masted private schooner and a huge motor yacht, under conversion, two refrigerated cargo liners, an off shore anchor handling and supply tug, a cable laying ship for laying undersea power cables from North Sea off shore wind mills to the shore power lines, an oil tanker, a bulk carrier, a roro ferry, a passenger cruise ship and even the yard’s floating crane came in for attention. Having done the shipyard they moved on to Halkida port
In the port, our students went aboard the pallet carrying ship ’MICHALIS’ whose master was good enough to take the students aboard his ship in small groups in relays. He took them around the cargo hatches, the bridge, the accommodation and engine room. Thus our students gained a good insight into the reality of a merchant ship in action for she was loading palletised building blocks for an Aegean Island. Whilst in the port they noticed the ships in the adjacent berths – a new feeder container ship from Turkey and a fire fighting tug. Thus our students gained an insight into the activity and variety of operations a port handles on a daily basis.