My new pride and joy.Sitting offshore Galvestone lightering area after our first discharge.
Yours truly at the christening in Korea.
How do you build the biggest ships in the world......in blocks then weld them together.This is a midships section of a Very large crude carrier (VLCC)
Man,bike and VLCC
A funnel section looking for a new home
Testing systems during our week long sea trial
Container ships are now massive.I remember when 3000 teu was big,latest ones are 14 000 teu and are even longer (400m) than we are
Spare main engine liners
Bow section of a container ship
Heading back to the yard after the sea trial.The deck is still in its primer coat and will shortly be painted green
24 hours before we take over the ship and we move onboard we will probably never look this good again
12 hours in to company service,we have left the yard and are at anchor loading bunker fuel oil
Sailing through sea mist of Korea
About to do our first official lifeboat drill
Shipping spray in the south china sea.salt/wind sun spells bad news for our pristine paint
taking a helicopter in Galvestone
Transhipping our cargo offshore (90 miles) Galvestone,USA.The ship on the right is around 105 000t.
Time to go home for some lucky people.
Helo about to touchdown on deck
The helo pilot kindly gave me a lift for a couple of passes around the ship
Departing for his run back ashore
Another lightering,it will take 4 to empty us
Navigation bridge,I remember when all there would be was a sextant and a pair of binnoculars
Making way through the Gulf of mexico
With the lightering complete the two ships part.
See you soon,we depart in Venezuela and are on the launch ashore