Christmas on board HS Columbia

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. I guess you already know the lyrics of one of the most famous Christmas carols ever written and I really hope you listened More »

Transiting the Panama Canal

Transiting the Panama Canal is one of the most interesting and exciting voyages any seafarer would experience in all his/her sea career. The Canal is one of the most amazing engineering constructions More »

Going ashore in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city and biggest port, situated in the NW part of the country, at the head of the Gulf of Finland, in the Eastern most part of More »

Visiting a sea lion colony in San Antonio Este, Argentina

While entering the port of San Antonio Este, the pilot told me about a sea lion colony living on the beach, only 2 km away from the port. I was very anxious to More »

Whale watching in Argentina (June-August 2012)

The Southern Right Whale can be found in the southern hemisphere, both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific Ocean and it always migrates to warmer waters to breed during the winter. More »


A day adrift (Voyage CV Centaurus)

A day adrift

Today is just an ordinary day of drifting outside the port of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Everything around is calm and silent. The visibility can reach 24 miles. The city lies 15 miles ahead and I can figure out the shapes of its skyline. With the binoculars the image is even clearer. A few miles astern I can see the island of Zanzibar, a tropical paradise for those in search of pristine white beaches, palm trees and underwater marine life. I wouldn’t mind spending a few days ashore on this amazing strip of sand, but today I feel like I have everything I need right here and I am absolutely happy.

Bharat Mumbai Port

Mbharat Mumbai Port

Today, a very interesting and touching ceremony was held on board CV Centaurus and I am very happy I got the chance of witnessing it. I have always wanted to see an official ceremony of baptizing a ship or opening of a new port, but neither of these happened during my sailing time on board Hansa vessels.

A new beginning


After 10 years of happy and safe voyages on board Hansa vessels (which had to come to an end due to the company’s closure) and after 12 months away from the maritime life – partly because of personal reasons and partly due to my husband’s finding a new employer – here I am again, starting a new adventure at sea, on a new vessel and for a new company.

Going ashore in Laem Chabang Pattaya


The fame of Pattaya beach in Thailand has crossed time and space borders and it still represents the most popular attraction among tourists – especially single men – in search of sexual adventures. 

Christmas on board HS Columbia

Christmas on board

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. I guess you already know the lyrics of one of the most famous Christmas carols ever written and I really hope you listened to it during Christmas time – at home, with your family and friends or on board, together with your fellow seafarers.

Entering the port of Qingdao

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Qingdao Gang, the port of Qingdao – also known as Tsingtao – is a port on the Yellow Sea situated on the SE side of Jiaozhou Bay. It is one of China’s principal ports and it can be approached from SW, E and S through a traffic separation scheme which is well marked with a good buoyage system.

Entering the port of Yantian

Entering Yantian

Yantian Harbour is situated in Guangdong Province in the NW part of Mirs Bay, close to the administrative border with the Hong Kong SAR. The harbour is a natural deep-water port and it is approached through Thai Peng Bay (Mirs Bay) and entered from the E. The principal berthing area consists of the Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) in the centre of the harbour along with a basin to the West at Yantian West Wharf.

Entering the port of Ho Chi Minh City

Entering Ho Chi Minh City

The port of Ho Chi Minh City– mostly known by the name of Saigon Port – is Vietnam’s most important port and it is located in the southern part of the country, on the Saigon River (Song Sai Gon). There are two terminals in Ho Chi Minh City – Cat Lai Terminal and SPCT (Saigon Premium Container Terminal) – and our vessel called only Cat Lai Terminal, also known by the name of Saigon New Port.

Going ashore in Panabo Davao


The port of Panabo belongs to the bigger port of Davao and it is situated on the southeastern coast of Mindanao Island and in the north part of the Gulf of Davao. It was opened in the autumn of 2015 and it is located in a very picturesque area, surrounded by coconut and banana plantation.


Up in the gantry

Up in the gantry

My dream has finally come true. I had wanted to go up in the gantry for many years, but I haven’t found the right place, the right moment or the ‘right gantry’ until now.

Whenever I visit a new city I try to find a ‘higher ground’ from where to have a panoramic ‘bird like view’ over the surroundings. A top of a hill, a tall building like a sky scraper or a TV Tower, a gondola or a high bridge are the best opportunities for fulfilling my goal and I always enjoy the feeling of profound freedom I experience when I am on top ‘of the world’, even if ‘my world’ is just a small town or a certain landscape.