Wednesday, 24 July 2013

mt Challenge Paradise - Port Hedland

I recently received a last minute request to fly to Port Hedland to perform a pre-purchase inspection of the product tanker mt Challenge Paradise. The ship, though somewhat spartan, was in very good condition and very clean. The Indian officers and crew were very helpful and the Indian food was great. I stayed aboard the ship for two days.
Being the first time I'd been to Port Hedland, I was fascinated to see the constant procession of large bulk ships arriving to load iron-ore, mostly bound for China.
This was a most interesting and enjoyable assignment.

Early morning activity at Perth airport

Approaching Port Hedland

The basic but clean and functional Pilot's cabin
The Officers' mess room

The very clean and tidy engine room

 Other shipping at Port Hedland

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