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don’t miss the boat

September 1, 2011

I’ve been allowed to go to shore. Just for half an hour as the boat tops up its cargo in Rica Port.

I’m too terrified of missing my boat to write anything of consequence here (though this little journey is the most ‘personal’ cargo ship experience I’ve ever had and I want to write A LOT – I’ve been invited into the captain’s cabin, smoked cigarettes in the engine room, practised English with Thalia – the Russian cook, served pancakes to the Captain’s parents – who happen to be travelling this stretch too, talked at length about the world and all its problems…) — I hope to get all of the crew on camera (so far not happening) and then you’ll be amazed by them too – so kind, so involving, so smart and honest, then also really taking the piss out of me with my camera and fancy laptop and ability to sleep way past the 6.30 breakfast. They’ve been crewing together for three years and they’re a family. Below are some hurriedly edited films of the boat – apologies for quality – but it will at least give you a sense of this cargo ship, the work it does and how close we live together.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jo Kulsdom permalink
    September 1, 2011 4:25 pm

    Thanks TAMSIN, Get avery good insight on your wonderfull journey, very inspiring !

  2. September 1, 2011 5:46 pm

    This is really fascinating stuff. Enjoy the rest of your journey, keep learning and hope you don’t get sea sick!

  3. September 1, 2011 6:53 pm

    Excellent. I am loving your videos. It makes me feel like I am right there. I am feeling inspired again, Thanx, more vids pleeeeeeeese! all my love Angella~Dee x x

  4. September 2, 2011 10:05 am

    Terrific reporting, Tamsin! It gives a real insight into how ships like the Nordvik provide the threads that weave together the small communities that make the country of Norway. What a crazy world where Norwegian fish is shipped to China in refrigerated storage to be filleted before being shipped to consumers! All made possible by an ever diminishing supply of fossil fuel.

    I looked up your three cargo ships on shippingefficiency.org (free but registration required). Among the information is an estimated efficiency rating much like the brightly coloured tags seen on electrical appliances. Here they are:

    Baltic Bright: C (29.692 grams CO2 per tonne nautical mile)
    Nordvik: D (71.204 grams CO2 per tonne nautical mile)
    Green Frost: F (39.881 grams CO2 per tonne nautical mile)

    The ratings take ship size and type into account, not just CO2.

    I have also been following the Greenpeace Arctic sea ice tour:
    http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/arctic
    Their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, has travelled up past Norway to Longyearbyen ahead of you before going on to investigate the sea ice extent.

    Can’t help but feel sorry for your colleagues who take the plane. They have missed out on so much!

    Looking forward to the next instalment.

  5. Nick permalink
    September 7, 2011 6:29 pm

    Great to hear from you Tamsin – people of your old parish SMVPH say “Hi, Bon voyage & Godspeed.” Get in touch when you get back to warmer climes. Nick

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