Posts Tagged ‘ship’

21st December 2008

December 22, 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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The Antarctic Chieftain

December 5, 2008
The Antarctic Chieftain in port

The Antarctic Chieftain in port

Captain John Bennett at the helm

Captain John Bennett at the helm

 

John and Sue Bennett in the Captain's cabin

John and Sue Bennett in the Captain's cabin

Outward bound for Antarctica and toothfish!

Outward bound for Antarctica and toothfish!

27th November 2008

December 4, 2008

The Antarctic Chieftain is:

  • 62.8m long
  • She weighs 1136 metric ton.
  • Can hold 615,000ltrs of winter grade diesel fuel.
  • Her top speed is 13kts but her most economic cruising speed 9.8kts.

Today the crew are making up fishing gear and generally getting the ship ready for Antarctic working conditions. At noon we had a ship muster with our 4 new crew members trying on their survival suits for the first time. By the time we reach the ice edge everyone will have been fully trained in survival techniques in freezing conditions. The rest of the crew were organized into fire fighting and emergency response teams.

Weather conditions for traveling are great, W-SW 15-25kts, mod sea.
We are hoping that within the next few days, if the sky is clear, we’ll start seeing signs of the southern lights as we head deeper into the Southern Ocean.

Rgds: John B.

Pearau & Adam making up fishing gear

Pearau & Adam making up fishing gear