Wednesday, 19 September 2012

mv Triple Ever - Geelong to Newcastle

In May 2012 I boarded the bulkship mv Triple Ever in Geelong for a compass adjustment. My intention was to disembark with the pilot outside Port Phillip heads but when we got to Queenscliff the heads were closed to the pilot launch because of high winds and very rough seas. Although the pilot disembarked several hours later off Westernport, the seas were still extremely rough with the ship rolling heavily so I stayed aboard, disembarking in Newcastle 4 days later. As always, the Filippino captain, officers and crew were wonderful hosts throughout.

Triple Ever about to sail from Geelong.

(L - R) The Port Phillip Sea Pilot and the ship's captain.

Other shipping in Geelong harbour.

The ship's Second Mate.

Next morning, off Wilson's Prom.

The Newcastle port pilot boards by helicopter.

In the Hunter River.

(L - R) The pilot, Captain Sandra Risk and the ship's captain.

Coal carriers in Newcastle port.

Making fast, aft.

Sandra and me.

Boarding the flight home at Newcastle airport.

mv Torm Antwerp at Portland.

In June 2011 I once again flew to Portland, Victoria to do a compass adjustment aboard a bulk carrier, mv Torm Antwerp. I boarded the ship at anchor off Portland and after the compass swings the ship re-anchored and I flew home.

mv Torm Antwerp at anchor off Portland.

The ship's Filippino captain.

Two of the ship's deck officers and a cadet on the monkey island.

Portland in the distance.

Under way for the compass swings.

Job done, returning to shore.

The Portland pilot launch which took me to and from the ship.

mv CMA CGM Rose to Sydney

In April 2011, Hamburg-Sud hired me to perform a compass adjustment aboard their container ship
CMA CGM Rose en-route Melbourne to Sydney.

Other shipping at Swanson Dock.

(L-R) Port Phillip Sea Pilot Captain Charles Griffiths, the ship's captain, a trainee Port Phillip Sea Pilot (leadsman).


A tanker at Gellibrand Pier.

Approaching Queenscliff and Port Phillip Heads.

Lonsdale lighthouse.

Charles about to disembark.

The pilot launch approaching.

Charles on the pilot ladder.

Underway to Port Botany.

Anti-pirate grating to isolate the accommodation.

The messman in the Officers' Mess.

Muster stations indicated by rank, making it quick and easy to see if anyone is missing.

The pilot's cabin, allocated for my use while aboard.

Some photos from around the ship.

Early morning in Port Botany (Sydney).

Looking into a cellular comtainer hold.