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Jul 2016

27 July 2016; Qaqortoq, Greenland.

The officers on the bridge are not having an easy time. The nice weather with the relative high temperatures creates prolonged periods of reduced visibility and thus the ships whistle kept going all through the night. Only when entering the bay of Qaqortoq did the curtain suddenly open up and was it clear again. Less cold water enters the bay, the rocks maintaining the warmth overnight and the mountain ridges shelter the area from the cold wind. In the bay it was as clear as a whistle but outside the white wall remained all day long. Greenland has not been much in the picture of the maritime world yet as the area has still not been digitized as far as the sea charts are concerned. We can now sail over most of the globe with the chart on the Radar, so the radar picture overlays the chart (and hopefully merge exactly) but not in Greenland’s waters. To go onto the Radar, the charts have to be digitized and also verified for the correct standard of digitization. Greenland is not there yet and thus for the coming days, we have to pull out the paper charts and do it the old fashioned way with ruler and pencil. But we also had the two local pilots on board who ensured we stayed on the dotted line. We were supposed to see Ice bergs, but as it was a small white world, we did not. Luckily with the modern radars the larger ones do show up on the Radar and also the pilots have the ice forecasts and they know where the big boys are drifting to. We had no big boys and only saw a few smaller ones which had run aground in the bay and were slowly melting away. The more north you go, the more you see them and on occasion they can block off the complete harbor of a town. Some towns have a tugboat available to pull the Bergs that want to get into the harbor, back to open waters again and then hope for the current to […]

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