Seatrials on the MT “Linda”

Last week I spend some time in Shanghai to do the seatrails of the Damen DT8000 SD tanker “Linda”.
The seatrials were a bit a hampered by the reduced visibility due to smog but in the end they were successfully completed, without any problems, in about 36 hours.

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Back home after a long trip

Picture courtesy of crew Joides Resolution IODP Expedition 368

And I’m back home again!

Last week, after a longer than expected trip of about 3 months we’ve handed over the vessel to the very satisfied owners in Skagen, Denmark and we flew home quite quickly after that.

It’s good to be home, hopefully I get to enjoy the summer in Europe a bit until the next job comes along.

From Taiwan to Denmark on the F/V Alpha

Picture by Burks via http://www.shipspotting.com

After quite some time at home a new trip has presented itself: a delivery voyage from Taiwan to Norway Denmark. So from today I’ll be a bit busy again as master on the F/V Alpha. Hopefully the weather will cooperate but I have good hope it will be a nice trip which I estimate will be about 7-8 weeks.

This trip is managed by Redwise Maritime Services BV and I’m happy to report I have a semi-permanent contract with them from this voyage on. (Check out their website: it’s new!)

Back home after a challenging trip

Picture by fabianv via www.shipspotting.com
Picture by fabianv via http://www.shipspotting.com

On Tuesday I came home again after a bit of a challenging trip on the MF “Ionas” from Ventspils to Piraeus.  The ship itself was already almost 30 years old and as you can imagine not everything was in the same condition anymore as when it was upon newbuilding. But with a bit of elbow grease & some ingenuity we kept everything working OK. Also the weather proved to be a bit of a hand full, several times we had to shelter or to heave to to keep things comfortable.
We did go somewhere where I hadn’t been yet and which was on my bucketlist: the Corinth Canal, pretty impressive and it’s a bit of a shame I had to steer the vessel but I got to see quite a bit of it anyway. It’s not often you get the chance for an experience like this and I’m pretty chuffed we got to do it.

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So after handing the vessel over after a challenging but successful trip I’m home again for some R&R but not for long: end of next week my wife & I are going to New Zealand for a few weeks. Really looking forward to that!

And that’s why I’m also not available until the beginning of April. See you then, I’ll be in touch!

 

Home, holidays & on board again.

Picture by det via www.shipspotting.com
Picture by det via http://www.shipspotting.com

We had a very good trip on the MF “Losna“, if you had told me before departure that we would have wind in the stern for about 80% of the trip I wouldn’t have believed you but that’s what happened anyway. Due to this we made a very good average speed and we arrived in Floro in the week before Christmas so we were all home nicely in time for the festive days.
Since my arrival at home it has been very busy: the holidays off course, some family matters and my wife & I managed to spend a few days in the sun as well.

But duty called sooner than expected and I was asked, once again by Redwise Maritime Services BV, to do another delivery. And it’s a ferry once again!
This time it’s the MF “Ionas“, departing from Ventspils in Latvia to Piraeus in Greece (via the Nord-Ostsee Kanal). Almost exactly the same route but in the opposite direction of the last 2 trips I made. It’s really starting to look like a ferry service this way.

So I’ll be busy again for the next coming weeks, a nice way to start New Year. We’re going from the cold to a warmer climate so what’s not to like. Hopefully the weather cooperates the same as it did on the previous 2 trips and we’ll be home sooner than expected once again.