Yearly Archives: 2014

Going ashore in Port Everglades, USA

Fort Lauderdale is the closest city to Port Everglades and the favourite destination for the seafarers who arrive in the port and want to have a few hour relax time outside.

Melodie – passenger on board HS Bach

In May 2013, I joined HS Bach for a five month contract which proved to be one of the most amazing voyages of my life so far. Apart from taking me to some unknown territories – like Mexico – this vessel offered me the chance of meeting many interesting people and I am very happy to see that most of them became very good friends of mine. Being chartered by one of the biggest shipping company in the world, CMA CGM, our ship received – during our contract – eight passengers on board, all of them signing on for the Atlantic crossing. Melodie was the first of them.

Visitors in the anchorage (Puerto Madryn)

Visitors at anchorage

Two years ago, I was travelling on HS Liszt in the winter of the South Atlantic Ocean. The ship was calling some Argentinian ports with the southern most point Puerto Deseado, ~ 1000 km North of Ushuaia, ‘el fin de mondo’. Although it was winter time, the weather was not very bad and, with temperatures of 14-15 degrees at midday, I could enjoy few hours outside every day. When the sun was shining up in the sky, the day was even brighter and happier for me and for some very funny creatures which enjoyed the sunny day even more.

Halloween Party on board HS Debussy

Halloween party on board

Halloween is the funniest celebration that can take place on board. Most people may think Halloween is a children’s type of holiday, but when you are on the vessel – away from your family and friends – you are allowed to have your part of fun and a distraction like this can be the best and easiest alternative. Having fun – from time to time – is a way of recharging the batteries after a hard week of work and preparing yourself for a next one. The more people involved in the event, the funnier it could get and even the evenings that follow can be brighten up by the hundreds of photos and videos everybody shares with everybody.

Making new friends in Puerto Madryn, Argentina

The story I am about to tell did not happen at sea, but, as travelling by sea made it possible, I would very much like to include it in the same area. In May 2012, I signed on HS Liszt – together with my husband – for a four month voyage in the South Atlantic Ocean, covering an area between Uruguay and Argentina. This voyage brought out some of the most amazing encounters of my life and revealed to me the beauty of nature as I had never witnessed before.

Unexpected guests on board (Puerto Deseado)

In the winter of 2012, I was on board HS Liszt, sailing between Uruguay and Argentina. In the most Southern Port – Puerto Deseado (Argentina) – we arrived after the departure of Magellan Penguins and we could only see lots of birds and few sea lions. However, here I witnessed the most courageous jump ever performed by a sea lion.

Table Tennis Competition on board

Table tennis competition

During long passages across the oceans of the world, seafarers have the time to enjoy at least 3-4 spare hours every day and do the things they like most. Some of them prefer to spend their evening time watching movies in their cabins or in the common areas while others enjoy different and more exciting activities like video games, chess, backgammon, darts or table tennis. After all, being on a vessel doesn’t mean that you have to work 24/7 because you have a fixed schedule of work and resting hours and everybody is entitled to have a few hours of leisure time every day.

Visiting a sea lion colony in San Antonio Este, Argentina

Sea lion 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 meet the fury creatures and I stepped outside the vessel as soon as we arrived alongside. Since I started my voyages around the world on board port container vessels, I had the privilege of touching land belonging to all continents (except Antarctica) and admiring the immensity of three Oceans and many other smaller seas. These voyages offered me to possibility to discover beautiful and interesting places, meet extraordinary people and live some of the happiest days of my life. Most of all, travelling at sea offered me the great joy of witnessing wonderful encounters with marine animals.

Patagonia ( March – August 2012)

Patagonia is a region of Southern Argentina that occupies the East part of the Andes Mountains and South of Colorado River. In this area there are some small ports where port container vessels can dock and the most important ones are: San Antonio Este, Puerto Madryn, Puerto Deseado, Puerto Santa Cruz, Puerto San Julian, Ushuaia.

Whale watching in Argentina (June-August 2012)

Whale watching

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. The Right Whale is the slowest of all whales – moving with a speed which does not exceed 10 knots – and it got its name from the whalers who found it ‘the right whale’ to hunt, due to the fact that it was easy to approach and had a high economical value.