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Leaving East London a little wiser
We have left East London behind us and are setting sail for Durban, although, there is not a lot of wind to sail with. We left under full sail, blowing horns and waving to the crowd on the shore. But now we are under engine and hope we will pick up a sea breeze somewhere during the day, or a nice land breeze like 2 days ago.
Our cadets presented us with their findings on East London. We told them the best presentation would win tshirts so there was a small competition going on. In the end we could not choose between, the better presentation and neatness or the more detailed information with funny facts, so they all won tshirts!
What we have learned from the presentations is that East London is actually the only river port on the South African coast. Commercial vessels that enter the port need to be self-servicing, so own cranes and a lot of Ro-Ro on the west bank of the river. And due to a lot of sand around her coastline, the harbour is constantly dredged to keep her depth at 10 meters. It is actually a very nice way to learn more about the harbours we visit!