Last week we safely arrived on the RGS “Stoker” in Fremantle (Fleet Base West actually) after an uneventful delivery voyage from Haiphong, Vietnam, managed by IMS pty ltd. It was almost like a mini-cruise, sailing through beautiful surroundings with very nice weather all the way down to Western Australia. I am more than certain I can speak for the whole crew if I said that we thoroughly enjoyed it.
And compliments to the Damen Newbuilding team from CT189-shipyard for delivering a vessel that was properly sorted out, we had no problems at all during the whole trip.
After our initial arrival on Fremantle Roads we picked up a small group of passengers and almost immediately headed out to deeper water again for some remaining DP & other trials that still had to be done before delivery. Due to the wind picking up we had a bit of a challenge during these trials but all went fine anyway.
After mooring the vessel at it’s new homeport, where the sistership EGS “Besant” was moored as well we handed the vessel over to the satisfied owner and we were ready to go home. It was good to see the “Besant” again, now fully operational (it’s not often you get to photograph 2 sistervessels together on both of which you have been captain).
Except that I didn’t go home, I stayed in Fremantle for a week for holiday, had a good time and saw lots of the city and it’s surrounding area’s. Really liked the city and loved the time I spend there, met all kinds of interesting & friendly people.
In this week I also met up with Mark Pointon, the Senior Instructor (DP) – Business Development Manager at the Farstad Shipping Offshore Simulation Centre who gave me a tour through the whole facility in Fremantle….very impressive. I’d really recommend it if you are looking for a DP-course or other offshore training in Western Australia.
And now I’m home again. But hopefully not for long: I’m available for all kinds of maritime and/or offshore things from the 1st of march. So if you need somebody as Captain, Chief Officer, SDPO or for something else: please do get in touch and we’ll see whether we can cooperate in this.