Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Drill day

Today it was a day for normal routines- but then interupted in the afternoon when we had one of our weekly drills. Suddenly you realize how many crew are actually on board! The alarm sounds, everyone goes to their positions: on the bridge everyone is very concentrated, reception collects information, cabins are checked by the crew to see if maybe passengers are inside (which of course- we did not find a blind passenger today), fire teams go into the pretended smoke/fire areas, the hospital team looks after casulties, all muster at their stations. Today we also had a bigger life boat drill meaning that the entire crew entered one of the boats that fits in case of emergency up to 150 people. The life boats are equipped with a lot of extras like sea sick pills, water bags, water catchers, a small sea anchor etc.

Novi checking the lists on the bridge

To add some "spice" the electricity was put out on deck 5.

Safety Officer Rune goes through all equipment

Wyne checks off his team at the muster station.

Who had a lot of "casulties" to look after today in the drill was:
(you might already guess his profession when you look at his handwriting...):

Name: Alexander Rios
Position: Doctor

How long have you been working for Hurtigruten?Since 2007.
How many times have you crossed the equator with a Hurtigruten ship?
5 times.
What do you like best about equator crossings?
Weather in every sense.
What are your jobs during the crossing? Is it a big difference to the normal routine?
Reports! Location! Drills!
 Is there something you always bring with you on board?
Books, laptop and camera.