Monthly Archives: September 2014

SEAMEN’S MISSIONS

SEAMEN’S MISSIONS

 

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Taking up a new hobby – crocheting

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Most people think that I may get bored while travelling on a container vessel, without the schedule of every day work, like the others members of the crew. For people trapped in the routine of shore life, with all the attractions and distractions which come every step of the way, life at sea may seem very dull and far from interesting.

How the accommodation on board looks like?

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Accommodation on board a port container vessel may not be top notch, but it will offer you exactly what you need to make your stay as pleasant as possible. There are usually two or three cabins on board which are fit to take passengers and one of them is considered to be first class as it can have two rooms.

Can you go anywhere around the vessel?

A voyage on a port container vessel offers you a lot more freedom than one on a cruiser and this can be one of the main reasons for which you chose this kind of travelling. You can go almost anywhere you want around the vessel – as long as you do not interfere with the crew’s work – and the most important thing that you have to take into account is your own safety.

Oliver, passenger on board HS Bach

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Oliver came on board HS Bach in Bremerhaven, in August last year. The minute he arrived in the Ship’s office with his backpack and his blue eyes, a little shy, but very alert and eager to start his adventure, I understood he was for the first time on a vessel. I was a little amazed by his very young age and curious to find out the reasons for which he chose to travel on a container vessel.

Going ashore in Cagliari, Italy

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Cagliari is one of the most beautiful city-ports of the Mediterranean Sea and a very popular destination for cruise vessels, especially between the months of April and October. It is situated in the South of the Italian island of Sardinia, in the Gulf of Cagliari and it is the capital and the principal port of the island.

Fishing

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The greatest fishing parties of my life took place while I was on board the vessel, sailing the oceans and the seas of the world. This must be obvious for many people who think that everything you need for a good fishing is the water. But, this is the least thing you really have on your side because the thing you need most is time. You may have the greatest and most suitable fishing tools, you may be surrounded by thousands of gallons of water from all sides and thousands of hundreds of fishes lurking around, but if you do not have the possibility to stop the vessel – at least for a few hours – and fish, everything may be forgotten. All you have to do is watch and admire the fish jumping around the vessel or some other bigger fish (or mammals) hunting smaller fish in their everyday life routine.

Entering the port of Veracruz, Mexico

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Entering Veracruz

Veracruz (19°12’N   96°07’W), the capital of the state of Veracruz, is situated in the Bay of Campeche, an arm of the Gulf of Mexico and it is the principal port of Mexico. It is a mainly artificial harbor, about one mile in length, which is sheltered by coral reefs and handles port container and cargo vessels.

Is there any fun on board a container vessel?

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There are many things that can be considered ‘fun’ on board a container vessel but the most important thing is what you consider to be fun. Most of the passengers travelling on container vessels choose this way of travelling especially for the peace and quiet it can bring along, allowing them to relax, slow down and enjoy everyday life as it comes along.

Where can you travel with a port container vessel?

Generally speaking, a container vessel can go anywhere, from China to Peru and from New Zealand to Cape North (except Antarctica). The longest non stop passage can last ~ 3 weeks (for example, crossing the Pacific Ocean or from Japan to Brazil) and the shortest distance between two ports can be covered in less than 2 hours (for example, between Trieste – Italy and Koper – Slovenia, or between some small ports in China).