My first ship as captain,a relatively small 35000t product tanker,seen here in the locks going through the Panama canal,a really nice ship and unlike the monsters Iam on now we actually went to places where the assistant could go ashore.
Known as the "mules" these rack and pinion locos help drag you through the locks in Panama.
The canal transit can result in some (very) close quarters situation,here a Maersk container boat heads eastbound as we head for the Pacific
despite being 35000 tons it looks so small now!Still we had some good times on this ship and were running between Kittimat/Vancouver and San francisco/Los Angeles
Having let go our lines the mules await there next duty
Rolling into the pilot station at Sullom Voe in the Shetlands,we have now moved on to a 150 000 t tanker
Loading alongside in the Shetlands,bound for the Gulf of Mexico
The escort tug follows us out of Sullom Voe
In 34 years at sea I have only been to the UK a handful of times so I was really chuffed when we got orders to load at Hound point on the Firth of Forth.Coming from Edinburgh this was my home port and I seem to have went to college with all the pilots. Loading here for Canada
Sunset at Corpus Christi in the US Gulf
Discharging in Rotterdam,its such a big port we have nothing like it in the UK
Sunset in Corpus christi,Gulf of Mexico
Loading at Cayo Arcas,Mexico.We are moored to the "buoy" just off our port bow.
Shipping spray in the North Atlantic
We left a ship in the small Caribbean island of St Eustacius and the only way we could get of the Island was to charter a private plane,pity it wasnot a lear jet or something a bit more exotic.
It can get a bit busy going through Singapore!
Dramatic skies in the Gulf of Mexico
Sailing through the fog in the Gibraltar strait
We are moored to the stern of this storage tanker,loading cargo from her,Equatorial Guinea
Taking the pilot prior to mooring offshore Durban