The last few voyages led us far up North to Tornio on the Finnish – Swedish border just below the polar circle. During the summer the weather in the Baltic area is usually very calm which has advantages. There it is for instance almost 24 hours a daylight with more sun during the night than in central Europe during daytime! And because the summer starts late up there, the trees have just gone green and the flowers just started showing up.
Heavy weather, literally! The depressions just dont’t stop blowing over the North sea one after the other. We encounter winds seldom less than 8 beaufort. Although the North sea is known for its winter storms, it is just a bit too much to my taste. But is does produce some nice pictures as the one above. Speaking of the weather, for the ones interested in meteorology, I would recommend the computer program zyGrib. It produces weather forecasts based on NOAA data with all kids of options to choose on how…read more
The latest addition to the Anthony Veder fleet are the three LPG carriers Prins Hendrik, Prins Maurits and the Odin previously owned by BW Maritime. Hence the green colour but that should change to orange during the next docking. Did you know that this bright green colour was specially developed by BW after research had proven it to be the most relaxing colour to look at? Soon we will have to live with orange which is also fine as it has its origin in the past when the company started…read more
In general, my experience and my stories on this blog are positive and one might think that a career at sea is the best choice to make. Although I still like my work a lot, days aren’t always positive with the sun shining and the birds singing. In a recent issue of the telegraph, the newspaper from the union, a member expresses his feelings about work at sea. I am afraid I have to agree to some degree with his view as stated below: I would like to put forward…read more
Let me tell you about an evening ashore together with the captain, chief officer and apprentice. As in most ports usual, we had to order a boat to bring us from our quay to the port authority building. After passing the border we changed money and ordered a taxi. Most Koreans don’t speak English too well but we managed to get to a large shopping mall in the city centre. Usually I try to see and experience as much as possible from the foreign culture but with so little time…read more