|Day 0 - Rafting up after 13 days anchored|
|Day 15 - Rafted with 'Samjohn Vision'|
|Day 15 - Vale Rio de Janiero (left) and Berge Everest (right) anchored|
awaiting their turn to discharge with another two Capes to seaward.
|The cargo hold are unpainted at the bottom (the tank top) |
as the first iron ore cargo loading will just shot blast
off any coating
|The completed and painted Engine Room|
|Poop Deck with freefall lifeboat and new mooring lines|
|Ready for departure on Saturday 25th|
|Tug standing by to make fast|
|Kicking the engine ahead and astern|
|Underway for sea|
|HHIC's Dock 6 Director and Contract Director watching|
another of their vessels sailing away
|Ballasting down to sea condition, next stop Singapore|
|RTM Dampier from RTM Cartier|
|RTM Zheng He ahead|
|Pulling off the berth in torrential rain|
|My home for three days. Sleeping with a co-workers was never fun...|
|Work in progress or art?|
|Big ship, small accommodation|
|Departing on the tug so that we made it back to Manila for our flight|
|Sisters RTM Dampier and RTM Zheng He|
|L-R Berge Townsend, Ore Fabrica, Vale Qingdao|
Quick post before we depart early afternoon. Leak on the mechanical seal of a pump required a robbery mission to one of the other ships at the Fitting Out Quay. Last ship in the series will be a real bitzer.
In Subic Bay, Vale Qingdao (in STX colours), Ore Fabrica and Berge Townsend. Pouring down but the local traffic doesn't stop.
It's raining, raining so hard that a sailing jacket and overpants are almost useless. Water is pouring off the decks and the Yard has told us the the Government Maritime Safety Authority has to give permission for us to put to sea in the morning.
We have a full contingent from the Owners, Ship Managers, senior Officers and MAN-B&W, the engine makers. The Captain is an experienced hand and has commanded one of our Post-Panamax bulk carriers. The final pre-trials meeting with the Yard has satisfied us that PN66 is ready for sea. One night ashore and then to sea until Thursday.
At anchor in the Bay, looks like one of the STX ValeMaxs fully loaded, Ore Fabrica and a Bergesen Cape. No cargo being transferred today.
Will keep a daily log and post when we get into wi-fi. Photos of RTM Dampier PN67 behind us and RTM Zheng He ahead.
The AM has been suffering from writers block. Corporate restructure and a review of capital spending has killed the motivation to blog for the past couple of weeks.
At the airport on a Sunday morning, returning to Subic Bay for sea trials of PN66 RTM Cook. The Philipinnes is in the middle of the monsoon season with heavy rain and the odd typhoon forecast. Sea trials are scheduled for Tuesday to Thursday, shorter because the 'first ship' tests were done on PN65 RTM Cook. The site team is reporting that PN66 is better prepared and has a shorter defects list.
The lineup at the Yard now is PN66 ready for sea trials, PN67 and PN68 alongside fitting out and PN69-72 under construction in Dock 6. Will post when Wi-fi is available. Also posting to Instagram, ID antipodean_mariner.