Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Various Princess Cruise Ships - November 2016 - February 2017- Post 1

During my most recent four cruises aboard Princess ships in the Caribbean and South East Asia, I performed magnetic compass adjustments aboard each of them. This is a selection of photos from each.

  Royal Princess - Barbados - 22nd November 2016


Silver Spirit and Royal Princess at Bridgetown, Barbados.


On the bridge with Captain Craig Street
On the compass platform with the Staff Captain (l) and Captain (r).

On the bridge at St. Lucia


Caribbean Princess - Belize - 1st December 2016


Caribbean Princess at Fort Lauderdale.
At anchor off Belize City.
Swinging the ship at anchor.

With Captain Giorgio Pomata,
The Persons On Board status display.
At Cozumel.


Various Princess Cruise Ships - November 2016 - February 2017 - Post 2

Regal Princess - Montego Bay - 8th December 2016


Regal Princess anchored at Grand Caymen.

Sailing from Montego Bay.


Diamond Princess - Laem Chabang - 15th February 2017


  I did this adjustment during a shift-ship at Laem Chabang.

Sailing from Singapore.
On the bridge at the pre-departure meeting.

On the monkey island with the Senior Second Officer.


Monday, 20 March 2017

mv ICS Reliance - 7th January 2017

I performed a compass adjustment aboard the bunker ship mv ICS Reliance on 7th. January 2017, just prior to her refuelling Spirit of Tasmania I and Emerald Princess at Station Pier. The ship's Master very kindly allowed me to bring John Davies, a good friend of mine, along for the day.

Other river traffic while waiting for clearance to leave the berth.
Emerald Princess arriving while I performed the compass swing in the bay.

The ship's Master, Captain Ralph Theseira backing up to SPOT 1

Ralph bringing the ship into position alongside Emerald Princess.

Passing traffic while backing up to the berth at South Wharf.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

mv Astrantia - 14th June 2016

I boarded the wood-chip carrier mv Astrantia at Corio Quay, Geelong, to perform an adjustment after we sailed at 12 noon. The pilot, Captain David Burns, is a good friend of mine and invited me to return to Melbourne with him while he piloted the car carrier mv Poseidon Leader inbound to 2 West Webb Dock. Consequently, we transferred to that ship outside the heads at 1745 and I had the pleasure of watching David's highly skilled ship handling (he's now the longest serving Port Phillip Sea Pilot) as he manouvred the ship into her constricted berth. A most enjoyable day out.

The ship at Corio Quay, Geelong, on 14th. June 2016.
The friendly and hospitable Korean ship's Master.

The ship's Master and the Port Phillip Sea Pilot, Captain David Burns.

This wharf at Corio Quay was where I joined my first ship as a crew member, mv Iron Whyalla, in December 1972.

Other shipping in the South Channel as we approach Port Phillip heads.

The ship we returned to Melbourne aboard.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

mv African Rook - 14th May 2016

I joined this 12 month old ship in Geelong. She is Indian-crewed, very clean and well maintained and has delicious food! We sailed at 1630h and I disembarked with the pilot outside the heads at 2100h. A lovely sunny and mild Saturday afternoon to be on the bay.

Tugs making fast.

Lifting off the berth - the ship's Captain (L) and the Port Phillip Sea Pilot - Captain Ronnie Jones (R).

Oil tankers at the Shell Refinery.

The tugs heading back into Geelong.

Other shipping at Corio Quay.

Sunset in the Geelong channel.