Port Watching

IMG_2581 IMG_2585 IMG_2587 IMG_2589 IMG_2601More car carrier ships arrive than cruise ships. Can’t imagine who is buying all these vehicles.

IMG_2459These big container ships unloaded SUV and cars.IMG_2456This is the Ecuador Navy’s one active submarine. It was docked off the port for a few days.

IMG_2423 IMG_2420Lake Geneva also docked and unloaded trucks, SUVs and cars.

IMG_2406IMG_2542Several cruise ships also docked this past few weeks.IMG_2522Good thing we brought the binoculars!

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Ecuador Navy Exercising, Manta, Ecuador

While we were out walking early one morning a group of Ecuador Navy guys were taking a run down the beach.  We used to see this all the time when we lived in Salinas. It is nice to see that Ecuador takes physical fitness seriously.  They all looked pretty good to me!

Ship Ahoy!

Many times when we are at the beach we have noticed shrimp boats out in the water. Yesterday I just assumed that the ship in the distance was just that a shrimp boat. Joe disagreed and I just hate when he is right.

Maybe I have been wrong other times as well, Naw, not possible, ha ha  We often saw the Navy ships on the coast in Salinas, you can see pictures in past blog articles if you want to see some pretty sharp ships. The most enjoyable to see is the tall ship the Guayas, what a magnificent boat.

Other posts I have done on the Ecuadorian Navy ships. Just put the title listed below in the search box and these older posts should pop up.

Ahoy Matey! Tall ship off the balcony! posted 7.19.2010

Ecuador Navy Back in Town Yesterday posted 4.14.2011

Also our friends Mary and John McDonald living here in San Clemente saw the same boat yesterday, we spotted John watching and taking photos, to see their article go to:  http://johnandmarylivingitupinecuador.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/ecuadorian-navy-el-oro-cm14/  t

Enjoy your weekend.

Evacuate the beach, Por Favor!

Mid-morning today the police patrols starting announcing the evacuation of the beaches in Salinas. Calling for all crafts, sunbathers, swimmers and vendors to leave the beach due to high tide alerts.  Most folks are now milling around the malecon.

Below is a link to La Nueva for an article that outlines the evacuation.

http://www.lanueva.com/hoy/nota/0b5113ab91/1/104482.html

Tomorrow is the official holiday to celebrate the Independence of Quito and many folks are on their way to Salinas and other beach towns for this long weekend. According to what we have read, the beaches, fishing, boating, sailing and swimming will be prohibited for the next three days. Currently there are police as well as other gentlemen standing guard on the malecon and at the waters edge.

I have never seen the beach this quiet except for census and election days. Strange to be able to see the beach so bare!

High noon Thursday, August 11, 2011

 

High noon Thrusday, August 11, 2011

 

High noon Thrusday, August 11, 2011

 

What do you think these folks are being told?

 

A few of the folks patroling the waters edge.

Ecuador Navy Back in Town Yesterday

Armada del Ecuador

Armada del Ecuador

What an amazing experience living overlooking the water. In my entire life I have never seen so many wonderful sights as we have seen in our last eight months here in Salinas.  Yesterday late afternoon six of the Ecuadorian Navy’s more intimidating vessels anchored in the waters off the yacht club. With my new camera (Thanks to dear Nancy Watson)  I was able to get great shots and even was able to read the ships numbers marked on the bow of the ships.

Info on these ships is included in this recap from Wikipedia:

Guided missile frigates (2 in service)
BAE Morán Valverde (FM-01) United Kingdom Leander-class frigate Condell-class frigate
BAE Presidente Eloy Alfaro (FM-02) United Kingdom Leander-class frigate Condell-class frigate
Guided missile corvettes (6 in service)
BAE Esmeraldas (CM-11) Italy Tipo 550 class corvette Esmeraldas class
BAE Manabí (CM-12) Italy Tipo 550 class corvette Esmeraldas class
BAE Los Rios (CM-13) Italy Tipo 550 class corvette Esmeraldas class
BAE El Oro (CM-14) Italy Tipo 550 class corvette Esmeraldas class
BAE Galápagos (CM-15) Italy Tipo 550 class corvette Esmeraldas class
BAE Loja (CM-16) Italy Tipo 550 class corvette Esmeraldas class

CM 11 Esmeraldas

 

FM 02 Presidente Eloy Alfaro

CM 15 Galapagos

CM 16 Loja

FM 01 Moran Valverde

 

CM 14 El Oro

You can also find more information at this website: http://books.google.com/books?id=TJunjRvplU4C&pg=PA167&dq=ecuadorian+navy+ship+guide&hl=en&ei=wP-mTe_KA8TngQfWlY30BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

Navy ships in town

Late on Monday evening Joe noticed several ships docked off the yacht club. The next morning before my walk I took a few pictures thinking they may move out before I was back. I was right. All but one had sailed before the sun was completely up.  Last evening four of the five returned. They must be doing some sort of training.

Here are some closeup pictures of two of these boats. I would not want to mess with either one of them with the big guns and missile launchers aboard.

We have seen them several times this morning leaving and returning a few hours later.