21st December 2008

Stopped and drifting at the ice edge, 66 58s 177 30e. Weather conditions, SE 25-30kts, constant snow showers, very low cloud base, visibility 500m, calm sea with 2m N-NE swell.

Ice condition: open water to the North and 7 to 8/10th pack ice to the South.

During this part of the season we have plenty of down time while waiting for ice to thaw and leads (pathways through the ice pack) to open. Right now the crew are being briefed by the 1st mate and bosuns about SOP’s (Safe Operating Procedures). In the last few days we have modified some of our procedures and further training is required for some of the newer crew to bring them up to speed with safety aspects. We’re also taking the time to update our hazard register and run through, with the crew, some of the potentially dangerous activities throughout the ship during day to day activity.

SOP (Safe Operating Procedures) briefing, Left to right, Tangi ( 1st mate) Shand, Noel, Theo (boson), Aaron, Chevy and Kahu.

SOP (Safe Operating Procedures) briefing, Left to right, Tangi ( 1st mate) Shand, Noel, Theo (boson), Aaron, Chevy and Kahu.

It is also a good chance to recheck the fishing gear, have a clean up or maybe write an e-mail, watch a movie or just chill out and do nothing for a change.

Ren burning rubbish 3 days ago, it was a nice day then

Ren burning rubbish 3 days ago, it was a nice day then

Bull splicing float lines

Bull splicing float lines

To go fishing in Antarctica you have to be patient. The last thing we want is to get into difficulties this far from home.

Rgds: John B.

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2 Responses to “21st December 2008”

  1. 6 Says:

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  2. kiwa Ropiha Says:

    Ohh Chevy !!
    Hii !
    Hes The 1 In The Top Photo ! !
    Hes My Brother ….. (=
    x
    Have A Gud Trip .
    c Yuu Wen yu Get Bak k All The Family Sayz Hi k …..

    xxxxxxx

    Kiwa Ropiha . x O x

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