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Oct 2014

31 Oct 2014; Corinto, Nicaragua.

Due to the distance from Puntarenas to Corinto, it is not possible to arrive any earlier than 0900 at the pilot station. And so it was done accordingly. The captain kept the pedal to the metal and we nicely arrived on time. From there it is about an hour to the dock as it involves swinging on arrival. Whether that happens depends a little bit on the current, which can really surge though the estuary and river, which together make up the harbor of Corinto. Today everything was according to plan and the Veendam docked sb. side alongside, nose out and ready for departure. While this was going on, we had a major activity going on down stairs. Today was card change day as we are moving to the three alarm system. Some crew will be keeping the same duties but some will be assigned to something else. But everybody had to report in with their lifejacket to get a new instruction card. To prevent any old cards from floating around, the best way to do this is, is old for new, and to check at the same time if there is not another, even older card left in the lifejacket pouch.  When dealing with large numbers of people you have to devise procedures that are fool proof, or at least as much as possible. Mr. Murphy is always on board and enjoys anything out of the ordinary. It must have looked a bit strange for the pilot when he stepped on board as he had to walk straight through the lines of crew – with lifejackets – when going to the bridge. But all crew showed up during their allotted time slots and by 11.30 all 600+ crew had received their new instructions. Now we will have three days of drills, to get everybody marching to the same tune.  Everybody knows what to do, but we want it to go like clockwork and that needs a few rehearsals. When that was done, I had the chance to slip ashore to pay a quick visit to the school which I […]

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