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!)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
In May I was asked by the crewing department from VOS BV, Den Helder if I was available to do a short trip of only 2 weeks as Master / SDPO on the VOS Sweet. Luckily for both parties it fitted nicely in between our own planned things so I was able to say yes to this.
In the second week of june I joined the vessel and, although the VOS Sweet is slightly different than the VOS Shine, it all was very familiar and I felt “at home” soon enough again. There was a nice atmosphere on board and I met some colleagues I worked with before and plenty new ones.
The vessel was actually engaged in a smilar job for the same client as the “VOS Shine” was doing when I left the vessel for the last time in 2014.
The next 2 weeks were good, visited some familiar places and had a very interesting time while working on the River Ems, near Borkum.
Many thanks to VOS BV for this opportunity and maybe we’ll be working together again in the future.