Saturday, 13 January 2018

ICS Integrity - January 2018

On 13th January I performed a compass adjustment aboard mv ICS Integrity, a newly arrived bunker supply ship chartered from China for three years. Her role is to transport bunker fuel from the Geelong refinery to Sydney and also to fill in as an extra bunker ship there in peak times. We sailed from the Shell refinery pier at 1300 and I disembarked with the pilot outside the heads at 1915 - a slow ship!

Sailing from the refinery pier.

Other shipping in Geelong.

(L-R) Port Phillip Sea Pilot Captain Toby Sheldon, the ship's Master Captain Keith Hagen, the Second Mate and the helmsman.

A storm approaching in the South Channel.

Being overtaken by one of the Bass Strait ferries.

Monday, 18 December 2017

CMA CGM Eiffel - July 2017

On 16th July I performed an  adjustment aboard this ship, sailing from Swanson Dock and disembarking with the Port Phillip Sea pilot outside the heads that evening.

The ship's captain (L) and PPSP pilot Captain John Dicker (R) on the bridge wing.

Heading out of Swanson Dock.

Performing the magnetic compass adjustment, evening, Port Phillip Bay.

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.