Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Hopefully everyone was well fed and surrounded by family and friends.
Monday starts the beginning of my next course, Bridge Resource Management, at Compass Courses in Edmonds, Wa. This is a short three day course followed by assessments that need to be completed once I return to my ship next year. Not really to sure what is taught in this course, but I’m looking forward to it. I’ll keep you posted.
Earlier this year you may remeber a post I made showing some photos of the Finnish Icebreaker Fennica. She’s been on charter to Shell in Alaska. Aviq was supposed to be there also, but the local paper reported that she’s be here through the end of the year while the USCG concludes thier invesigation but more likely until Shell needs her again.
Anyway, the Fennica did some testing the Port Gardner Bay this summer just before she departed and I strolled around her and sanpped some photos that I’ve been carrying around since. Here they are:
Last week, the Pacific Marine Expo came to Seattle and I attended on Wednesday to check things out. If you like to fish, I mean really fish, with hydraulics, nets, long lines, refrigeration, ice makers, generators, engines, safety gear, and any of the thousands of other cool stuff on display – then you have got to make it to the Expo at least one time. How much money you have and the space onboard is the only thing limiting the possibilities. I would definitely need a bigger boat to add all of the goodies I want. I think it will have to wait a while longer.
In today’s mail were the stickers sent by the USCG that go in my MMC booklet. As soon as the stickers were placed in the book, I officially knocked the RFPNW hurdle off of my list. If you read through my previous blog entries, you will know that this was not an easy rating to get. The biggest problem for me was finding a ship to work on over 200 gross tons that didn’t require me to already have the rating. Kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t scenario. In my case I’m very pleased with my decision to spend the extra money and fly to Houma, LA for the course at Fletcher’s Technical College. That lowered my sea time requirements from 180 days to 60 days. I’d still be working on this rating, if I hadn’t gone that route. Hopefully this information will help someone in the future.
I have some other exciting news to share in the near future. Let’s just say while all of my friends in North America are enduring a cold winter, I won’t be………