Docking and Berthing

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Docking and Berthing

Postby jimh » Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:52 pm

If a ship comes to a pier under its own power without assistance, it is docking.

If the ship is brought to the pier with the assistance of tugs, it is berthing.

This same distinction is made with space vehicles. If a spacecraft approaches the International Space Station (ISS) and maneuvers itself into position to connect to the space station, it is said to be docking. If the spacecraft approaches the ISS and is captured by the ISS arm and then moved toward the space station, it is said to be berthing.

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Re: Docking and Berthing

Postby dtmackey » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:33 pm

Not to be confused with birthing, which has nothing to do with boats.


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Re: Docking and Berthing

Postby hauptjm » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:37 am

And a boat/ship/vessel is kept in its Berth at the Dock

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Re: Docking and Berthing

Postby Todd » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:36 am

Thanks for the information, I plan to use it to impress my boating friends next summer. Bet they don't have a clue about the difference.

My wife would tell you that there have been times my docking the boat (the 38' Sea Ray) was nearly as painful as birthing our children...

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Re: Docking and Berthing

Postby mdono » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:14 am

I decided to give this conversation "a wide berth"

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