A trip on the Severnaya Dvina to the Severnaya Dvina (eventually)

Picture by Cor van der Leer via http://www.marinetraffic.com

For the coming weeks I’ll be working as master on the brandnew Damen TSHD2000 “Severnaya Dvina” to deliver the vessel from Da Nang in Vietnam to Europe, initially to Rotterdam in the Netherlands and later maybe even further to Archangelsk in Russia. (Severnaya Dvina is a river in Northern Russia, this river ends in Archangelsk, the future working area of the vessel.)
It’s going to be an interesting trip, via Singapore, Suez-canal & Gibraltar Strait (and all connecting waters of course) to the North Sea, gonna take about 8 weeks. Our progress can be followed through the services of Marinetraffic.com but I’m not sure if it will work while we are passing the high risk piracy area’s, the AIS transmitter might be switched off then (no worries, we’ll get protected by a highly professional security team o/b).

When we are underway I’ll have very limited access to the internet, especially while in Asia. Once we are in Europe I might pick up a bit more GSM-networks. So if you want to contact me: please send an email and be patient, I promise I’ll come back to you at some point. Normal service should resume by the end of may.


Back home again from Down Under.


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.

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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.

Many thanks to International Maritime Services, Damen Shipyards & DMS for the pleasant cooperation during this trip.


A week in Vietnam

This weekend I returned home again from a week in Vietnam where I joined the Damen Shipyard team as Master/SDPO on the seatrials of the MV “Stoker”.
The weather wasn’t as good as the previous trips on the “Besant” & the “Stoker” but it was still good enough to finish the seatrials, the customer acceptance trials and the DP-FMEA trials as planned.
Just like the previous trips to Vietnam I had a good time again, had fun as well and enjoyed cooperating with all parties on board to make the trials to a succes.
Thanks to all and hopefully we’ll be able to work together again sometime in the future.

Back on the Northern Hemisphere

After 2 months o/b of the RDV “Joides Resolution”, 4 weeks of holiday in Australia and a short job of about one week in Vietnam I’m back again in Europe.

And I’m looking for a new, fresh & challenging opportunity for 2016.

But first things first:
The trip on the JR was very interesting, from various points of view. The vessel, although not the youngest anymore, is in a very good shape for its age and the work it’s doing is indeed very interesting, I learned a lot about drilling & the science behind coring, the stuff that went on in the laboratories o/b and various other aspects of the vessel. I met a lot of nice people: the crew was excellent and the scientists had a lot of things to tell.
And besides the above: the weather was fantastic for the whole duration of the trip, we saw loads of whales, sharks, turtles and lots more sea wildlife, very very impressive!! I loved every bit of it.
But: the job I was planned to do turned out to be not for me, due to several reasons, some personal, some outside of my influence. So I did a lot of thinking and in the end decided that it was for the best to not continue with this job and look for another one.

My wife & I already had planned to go on holiday in Australia after I disembarked from the vessel in Darwin and that went ahead so we had a 4 week blast touring the East Coast and visiting Uluru. It was great & we’ll be back for sure some day, hopefully sooner than later.
After this holiday my wife went home and I traveled to Vietnam.

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In Vietnam I joined the Damen Shipyard crew as Master / SDPO for the yard-trials of the RSG “Stoker” and spend about a week over there of which 4 days were at sea doing yard trials. These trials went smooth and without any unforeseen problems and all were happy when we moored again at the shipyard in Hai Phong.
In about 2 weeks time I’ll be traveling to Vietnam again for the official sea & client acceptance trials.

But as said: I’m looking for a new challenge for 2016 so if you know of something: please do get in touch!


MV “Besant” trips

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A little bit late but due to some busy times I didn’t really have the opportunity to make a post about it.
For TOS I made 3 trips in April & May to Vietnam to act as Master / SDPO during the yard, client acceptance & DP-FMEA trials on the EGS “Besant”.
I had never been to Vietnam, which was an experience on its own, love to go back there on day again and have some proper time to do sight-seeing & other touristy stuff. Very beautiful country and nice people there!
The trials itself were very interesting, very busy as well. Learned some stuff again and got to do things that you normally not get to do with a vessel (rudder trials, crash-stops etc). That was actually quite fun!

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Many thanks to TOS & Damen Shipyards for given me the opportunity (and being very flexible) to do this job and hopefully we’ll be able to cooperate again in the future.

A short job in Vietnam

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 13.14.28Today I’m flying to Hai Phong in Vietnam for a small job of a 2-3 weeks assisting the building team of the local Damen shipyard and to act as the master of the EGS Bresant during the Yard & DP-FMEA trails.

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I’m really looking forward to what looks like an interesting & fun job and, as I’ve never been to Vietnam before, I’m hoping that we might have a bit of time to enjoy the local sights.

For this job I’m employed by TOS for Damen Shipyards.