Happy Holidays!

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Copy, paste & repeat!

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On Sunday on I’ll be doing the same thing again as I did a few months ago: travel to Turkey to start preparations for the delivery voyage of a double-ended ferry from Tuzla to Florø in Norway.
And yes indeed; it’s the sistervessel of the MF “Hornelen”, this is the second & last ferry in the series and is called the MF “Losna”. And as far as I’m aware, it’s exact the same vessel, except that this one has bow & stern visors. I guess I managed to do a satisfactory job last time so I’m acting as captain once again as well.
And then there is the issue of the weather: where the first voyage was pretty good I do expect a bit rougher weather & resulting seas this time of year. I assume we won’t be breaking speed records on this trip.  We probably will not arrive in Norway before the New Year but who knows: I’m happy to be surprised.

And off course this voyage is also done under the competent management of Redwise Maritime Services.

 

ECDIS course & availability

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When re-applying for my dutch CoC I found out that the ECDIS course I did back in 2009 wasn’t valid anymore and I had to renew my certificate. Oops! As not having a valid CoC is a bit of an hindrance in the job I’m doing I looked for & found somewhere to sit the course and get a new shiny certificate.

So off I went to the ROC NOVA College in IJmuiden where in 5 days they told me all I needed to know about ECDISes, the possibilities and the limitations. To be fair: after working with various kinds of ECDISes for the last 6-7 years I already knew a lot but they still told me stuff I didn’t know. New knowledge is always welcome.

Now the application for the new CoC is send away and hopefully I’ll have it soon so I can start applying for the renewals of the various other CoC’s I have.

My present CoC is still valid till the end of the year so that won’t stop me working for now: I’m available again from the 17th of October to assist you, your company & your crew on board of a vessel that is in need of an experienced Master / Chief Officer / SDPO or another role that you think I’m suitable for. I can be very flexible to meet your needs.

Please do contact me via the normal channels, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible so we can discuss what’s possible.

Reflections on a nice trip

The delivery voyage on the double ended ferry “Hornelen” from Turkey to Norway has finished already. It was a nice trip, and very fast as well: the ship made much better speed than expected and we had good weather all the way around except for a bit of rolling in the Bay of Biscay and on the North Sea.

So where I expected to be away for about 4 weeks I was home just after 3. Everybody involved in this delivery voyage was very happy with this outcome.

You can read more about the trip on the Redwise Maritime Services website, unfortunately for most it’s in dutch. Sorry.

And after arrival & handover of the vessel back to the owners we went home……by ferry (only till Bergen from where we took the plane).

One thing did stand out for me, and I knew this from my earlier visits to Norway: Norway is a beautiful, rugged country, really nice. I do love sailing through the Fjords.
It was also very nice to work for Redwise again, a very professional & pleasant company to work for, thanks a lot guys!

So now some R&R, a course and a holiday and then I’ll be ready to go on again for another trip per the 17th of October. Please do get in touch (via here) if you have something interesting for me.

A ferry from Turkey to Norway

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No, this is not a regular ferry service from Turkey to Norway…..it’s a delivery!

After spending the (quite rainy) summer at home it’s time to do some work again. This time I’ll be acting as the master on the MF “Hornelen” (IMO 9771638), a Norwegian flagged double ended ferry which needs to be delivered from the builders in Tuzla, Turkey to it’s working port of Florø in Norway. The trip will take about 4 weeks in total so I should be back home again towards the end of September. This delivery is managed by Redwise Maritime Services, a company I used to work for quite a while ago and for which I’m very happy to do some work again.

See you all at the end of september!

Site Makeover

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During the last weeks I’ve given the site a complete once-over and I’ve renewed the whole look of it all. The old look, although still ok, was showing it’s age so I’ve cut, welded, chipped & painted all kinds of digital stuff together to give you a new refreshed & clean look.

The contents are basically still the same except for some cleaning of superfluous information and some streamlining here & there.

So come over and have a look, feel free to browse around!

In other news: 2 weeks ago I did the BST/AFF/PSCRB Refresher (at the G4S Heerenveen location) so I’m all upto scratch according to the 2010 STCW Manilla Amendments. Now to apply for the various new CoC’s.

Book review: Finding North by George Michelsen Foy

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Reading books is something I love to do, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Fantasy, Biographies, Popular Science, everything that seems interesting to me. I read a lot while traveling, when on board and at home.
And the above pictured book: Finding North by Georg Michelsen Foy definitely seemed to float my boat (pun intended ;-D ): informative, well written, human elements and, last but not least: about navigation.

(Full disclosure: I was asked if I was interested in reviewing the book by the publisher so I received a free electronic copy of the book to do so.)

And when I finished I wasn’t disappointed…not at all. On the contrary.
The writer who comes from a seafaring family and has some nautical experience himself  as well runs through the history of navigation while at the same time describing himself navigating the always difficult process of dealing with the loss of a loved one. And he does so admiringly but, when I say “run through through the history” I do actually mean so. The history of navigation is long & elaborate and goes off in many ways, the author does touch on that and highlights some parts of that history but for me, this book left me wanting more in that aspect.

Still: I’ve learned things from this book that I didn’t know before and at the same time the book touches upon things that worry me as a professional seafarer: the loss of navigational awareness among people. Not only on land but also at sea, and what I didn’t realize: the effects this seem to have on our brains.

I enjoyed the way the author tries to find out what happened in the last day of his grand fathers life and to recreate for himself the way ships were navigated in those (& other) times, the struggle he has with astro-navigation I know well and I admire him for not giving up and going the easy (GPS-led) way.

All in all I spend an enjoyable time reading the book, learned stuff about a few subjects, recognized other things (sometimes too well) but was left wanting more on other aspects. I do feel that a little bit more in depth information here & there would have made the book more interesting for me personally.

I recommend this book to anybody having a bit of interest in navigation, amateurs or professionals; it takes you to places you didn’t expect and at the same time makes you recognize other subjects. And all done in a colorfull and well phrased language. Well done!

While you go look for this book in your favorite online shopping centre I’m off to see what other books the author has written.