TANKER DAYS

LAKE MARACAIBO BRIDGE

 

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We were inward bound into Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela on "Ellora" to take on a full cargo of Crude Oil.  We found we had to pass under this very newly constructed bridge across the lake which was not on our charts.  The local Pilot did not speak English and none of us spoke Spanish to find out what height it was above the water level in order for us to pass under safely.  Looking back now the ship in the photograph appears to have plenty of clearance but she was fully loaded and quite a bit smaller than us. I took these photographs just in case we didn't make it!

 

Approaching the Bridge

 

Just about to pass under it

 

Clear and safely through into the Lake

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