A new beginning

Centaurus

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.

Our new employer is called Diana Containership , a small Greek Company – based in Athens. We always loved Greece and everything connected with it – food, music and, of course, its islands – and we really hope this new kind of relation – on the working field – will bring us satisfaction on different levels.

For a start, the company policy allows women to join their husbands on board and, the moment we found this out, we were utmost happy.

Secondly, the company even approved my embarkation on a vessel transiting a piracy threatened area (Gulf of Aden, Coast of Somalia) – a thing which was not possible with our previous company. It is true that piracy attacks have become less and less numerous during the last 2 years and these waters are now calm and safe, but I am still very grateful for being allowed to join the vessel under these circumstances.

My new ship is called Centaurus, it was built in Germany in 2010, it has a length overall of 228m and a capacity of ~3500 containers.

Centarurus

Centarurus

Centarurus

Centarurus

Centarurus

Our line starts in Jebel Ali, it goes south of the Equator, to Kenya and Tanzania, then returns to the North Hemisphere, to call 2 ports on the West Coast of India (Nhava Sheva and Mundra) and back to United Arab Emirates to visit Khor Fakkan and Jebel Ali. A complete round lasts 35 days, it covers a total of ~ 8000 miles, north and south of the Equator (from ~25˚ North to ~7 South).

I really don’t know if this company will offer us the same stability and ‘family like feeling’ as the previous one because we don’t know if it is able to do it – due to its small number of owned vessels – but I am determined to make the most of my time on the vessel. I will continue to enjoy my life on board, I will never get tired of sunsets and sunrises, I will always scrutinize the seascape for dolphins and I will always find great pleasure and happiness in watching them jumping and playing with the vessel.

Centaurus

Centaurus

Centaurus

Centaurus

I will continue the regard this ship as my ‘home’ for a few months, even if I will never have the opportunity to join her again, after the completion of my husband’s contract. 2018 is a new beginning for me – on many levels – and I decided I will no longer make long term plans. Whatever will be, will be. I will try to be happy every day, enjoy every moment, be grateful for what I am given and never complain about anything – not even about the weather.

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