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Firstly, no I'm not dead or missing. I've been busy mostly with full time unemployment for the past few months. Retook the bridge simulator course back in October with no success. Managed to get a weeks work serving food to passengers on P&O Ferries Pride Of Canterbury, then not much since. However today comes great news. I retook my Orals exam at the Cardiff Marine Office and I passed! It's a big hurdle that I've overcome and believe me it wasn't easy. Now only one thing left before I will be qualified as an Officer Of the Watch, that blasted bridge simulator. Well that's it for now, thought I'd share the good news. 
Unfortunately it just wasn't my day. Didn't get it this time. It wasn't a bad effort. Spent over an hour in the exam room covering a lot of topics. I'm a little amazed I did as good as I did. But there were times where I had to admit that I had no clue to the answer on some things and one of those things was a safety related topic. 

But all is not lost, I got positive feedback. While I was told I had gaps in my knowledge and application of that knowledge I was praised for my decision making skills and the fact I clearly thought about what actions I would take and why. 

Not everybody passes their orals first time and this was the first time doing a 1 to 1 session so it was new to me. But saying that as well, a lot to pass the second time round. Don't know when that will be, maybe a month away. 

At least now I know where I stand and what my weak spots are.

If anyone is interested in reading my orals report, PM me and I'll send you a copy. 
That's right, tomorrow I'll be at the Maritime & Coastguard Agencies Head Office in Southampton taking my Orals Exam. The last one and the most important of them all. Everything I've learnt in the last 3 and a half years will be tested tomorrow to determine whether I'm competent enough to be in charge of a ship. Been trying not to make a big deal out of it, but a lot is riding on this. 

Do I think I'll pass? Probably I know all the safety related topics fairly well and I know my 'Rules Of The Road' too. Should know the answers to most of questions that could be asked, or at least know where I can find the answer if I don't know.

So my exam is in the afternoon and just maybe, this time tomorrow, I'll be a newly qualified British Merchant Navy Officer. Hopefully.
Firstly, no I'm not dead or missing. I've been busy mostly with full time unemployment for the past few months. Retook the bridge simulator course back in October with no success. Managed to get a weeks work serving food to passengers on P&O Ferries Pride Of Canterbury, then not much since. However today comes great news. I retook my Orals exam at the Cardiff Marine Office and I passed! It's a big hurdle that I've overcome and believe me it wasn't easy. Now only one thing left before I will be qualified as an Officer Of the Watch, that blasted bridge simulator. Well that's it for now, thought I'd share the good news. 

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mysteriousZ Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey man,

I've been one of your followers for a couple years now. I'm an American art student, currently studying abroad in Singapore, specializing in 2D concept art and 3D scultping. I'm writing this because over course of my study, your photos have been invaluable references to me. Not just as references for varieties of ships or locations on a ship, but for cool examples of camera angles, perspective, lighting, etc. Hell, the sightseeing you do in all these different places has been wonderful material as well.

I've kept up with your journals too, and its been nice to hear now and then how you've been doing. Was bummed to hear about your orals exam by the way, and I hope your second try goes well.

But yeah, I just wanted to say thanks for posting great photos, as well as serving for all this time. If our locations and free time sync up, I'd happily buy you a drink.

Thanks,
Chris
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roodbaard1958 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Made some photo's of the Hyundai Singapore passing Flushing today coming from Antwerp. It was raining cats and dogs most of the day , but the rain stopped for a few minutes. The photo's are not so beautiful if I wanted it, let me know how can I sent some of them to you
regards
Ron
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roodbaard1958 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
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You asked me if I could wacht for the MV Hyundai Singapore when arriving this week at Rotterdam. Hoek van Holland which is the best way to see ships entering the Nieuwe waterweg with as destination Rotterdam/Europoort is at about 2x3 hours travelling from whereI live and you have always to be lucky at Hoek van Holland with the weather for making photographs. The weather conditions in the Netherlands are at the moment quite windy. The whole days we saw just one (sic) ship entering the Schelde with destination Flushing or Antwerp, Belgium. There is a possibility that your ship is going to Antwerp, if so I will make photographs for you
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MerchantNavyCadet Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
That's very much. And when I was on board we were going to Antwerp as well. It was going Europort, Felixstowe, Antwerp then Le Harve. I'm guessing with the winds were so high, Maas Approach were not letting ships come in or out. 
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roodbaard1958 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
She is now lying in Antwerp, Belgium, apparantly she passed in the evening when it was dark. My souse and I are watching when she is going to leave Antwerp and if possible one of us will try to make photographs for you
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dragongillian Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!!!
Hope you have a fun one doing what ever you do!
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MerchantNavyCadet Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Spent the day repainting hatch covers and held a anchor security watch while 20 miles offshore from Shanghai. Was spectacular but certain one I won't forget.
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dragongillian Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds fun!(I think...) I couldn't live on a ship I hate boats...they scare me....
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thelynxwarrior Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hello friend! ^^ I hate to bother you when your probably busy, but I was just wondering if you would like to watch some funny or awesome videos, please check out my youtube x3 [link] Or don't, I'm not going to force you to
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bubblestx Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! i was wondering, will one of your destinations during an upcoming travel be in america?
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