Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Yes, that is correct... it is now 18:00hours local time and we have 4.347nm to go until we reach the pilot station at Las Palmas. We are at 33,38S, 52,17W; outside temperature 23C and a wind of 12m/s.

For sure the one or the other thought that crossings are time for relaxation, reading, sleeping for the entire crew... Well, we have to disappoint you. Especially on this crossing everyone is extremely busy- when we are in Las Palmas in the end of the month, we have the Leightship Weight Survey.  This survey takes place every 5 years on a passengers vessel. By "lightship" it means the weight of a fully equipped ship without stores, spare parts, fuel, water etc... It means that every single item has to be weighted! And we mean- (nearly) every item: starting with personal effect, bedding in store and laundry, outside chairs, our Polar Circle boats, landing equipment, products from the shop, provisions, library books, passengers jackets- to only name a few.... We have a few days to count it all- so that is quite a big task...

In the next days, we would like to continiue with the crossing tradition of introducing crew members that are on board with us right now. Lets start today with:

Name: Arild HÃ¥rvik
Position: Captain
How long have you been working for Hurtigruten?
Since 1975
How many times have you crossed the equator with a Hurtigruten ship? Never
What do you like best about equator crossings?
Calm sea and sun
What are your jobs now during hte crossing? Is it a big difference to the normal routine?
First 7 days Lightship weight survey control; next 7 days "decision support system"- some route planning and preparing for ship yard.
Is there something you always bring with you?
My "submarine tie pin"