Category Archives: MY VOYAGES

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.

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.

Dampa Fish Market, Manila

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I have visited many fish markets around the world and I think I will never get tired – nor bored – of visiting more of them each time I arrive into a new city, regardless its size or location. The most beautiful, clean and diversified fish market I have seen so far is Mercado Central from Valencia, but I prefer the colourful, vibrant and picturesque Asian markets where the fresh fish is displayed in huge piles, the vendors are friendly and the prices are always lower than expected.

Panabo Market

Panabo market

I love Philippines and all my friends know this already. I love their white sandy beaches, their amazing waters and all the other small things that can make up a unique and unforgettable vacation. But, most of all, I love the people living in this country. Despite their very difficult life, despite all their struggles and fight, hard work and uncertain future, the Filipinos always wear a big smile on their faces, always welcome foreigners in their communities and try to please them as much as they can.

A special birthday on board HS Onore

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Celebrations of any kind are meant to be shared and enjoyed with the people you love – in the middle of your beloved family or among friends and relatives. Unfortunately, seafarers are not always so lucky.

Easter celebration on board HS Onore

Easter celebration

Religious holidays are to be celebrated at home, among families and friends, in the usual routine which keeps us closer to our beliefs and connected with our community. We can go to church or take part in other outside religious ceremonies, we can have festive meals with our extended families or just enjoy the day in any traditional way we are accustomed to.

Transiting the Panama Canal

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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 in the world – included in the top of ‘seven wonders of the modern world’ – and after 100 years since its opening it still enjoys a great success.

Voyage HS Bach (2015)

Voyage HS Bach

Our voyage on HS Bach started in August 2015 in the port of Rotterdam where we signed on together with two other Romanian officers and very good friends. Although we were all acquainted with the vessel – after having spent more than five months on board in 2013 – we were a little skeptical about its route and future trade due to the uncertainty of charter extension.

Going ashore in Liverpool

Liverpool

The city of Liverpool is situated in the northwestern part of England, on the Liverpool Bay, close to the point where the Mersey River flows into the Irish Sea. It is the second most important port of Great Britain – after London – being a very important centre for exporting grain, food and wood. Liverpool was made famous during the ’60 and ’70 by The Beatles and it still represents a symbol for the music lovers around the world. 

Going ashore in Long Beach

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The Port of Long Beach is one of United States’ largest container ports. The city is situated in Los Angeles County, in the Southwestern part of California, on San Pedro Bay. Although the port is very big and crowded, going out for a visit into the city is not a difficult task which requires no more than 20 minutes.