From Taiwan to Denmark on the F/V Alpha

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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

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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!

To Rotterdam & no further….

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And that’s where I left the TSHD “Severnaya Dvina”, not because we broke it but because it was planned this way…
But let’s start from the beginning:
About halfway of April we left Da Nang in Vietnam on the brandnew Damen designed & build TSHD 2000 “Severnaya Dvina”, we called in Singapore for bunkers and some minor repairs, we picked up a security team in Gale, Sri Lanka, we passed the Suez Canal without much trouble and finally arrived in Rotterdam at the end of May. The trip lasted 46 days of which 45 were ranging from beautiful to gorgeous, like this:

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and only the last day was terrible weather: a combination of 24 hours of 45 knots wind, building seas & dense (as in: I can’t see the bow) fog, welcome to the North Sea!

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And in Rotterdam a week of hectic, controlled chaos ensued on the shipyard: fixing all the little nigly bits that popped up during the trip, some stuff that still needed to be done, drydocking  and painting the vessel so it looked tiptop for the client who was anxious to receive the vessel and get it working.

But due to a bit of delay in Vietnam & during the trip I, unfortunately, was no longer able to stay on board as I had earlier made commitments. So a colleague of mine took over command and will bring the vessel to Archangelsk.
So, to quote my wife: “you bring her all the way from Vietnam just to leave her high & dry, typical!  ;-D”

Anyway; I had a good trip, now some time for myself, family & friends, a course here & there and then we’ll see what the next trip will be.