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Bloody hell, it's been a very long time since I've did one of these. So what has been going on since? Well as you may not remember I had successfully completed the GMDSS course. Well the following weeks after that I did a load of 'short courses'. They are as follows:
Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats
Efficient Deck Hand
Advanced Fire Fighting (With Oil & Gas fire training)
Advanced Medical First Aid
Bridge Simulator Course

Now these were all good fun to do. Doing personnel transfer between boats at speed, tackling fires, launching lifeboats and learning more about first aid. I learnt alot from these courses. However I failed on the bridge simulator course. I was doing alright throughout the week considering we had not learnt to make a passage plan before but we somehow were expected to know this already. It happened on the last exercise of the week where I was sailing an large oil tanker through the Singapore Strait where on my watch I had a course alteration, radio report, position plot and two vessels either side of me all at the same time. What did I do? Nothing. I suffered from information overload and I stopped working. For that I was failed. That will probably cost me something around £500 to retake to do the 1 and half day resit. So that is still outstanding. So after all those short courses I had resits from my previous college phase back in 2012. I passed two (Stability & Compass) but again fail the Celestial exam, that was due to not enough revision. So that will need to be done again. Then after that it was back to regular lectures for the next few months. Nothing exciting, more ship stability and passage planning. Came the new year and things are stepping up, we had a assignment for Stability which will go towards hopefully getting a Masters & Chief Mates exemptions. Now I'm putting in my Notice of Eligibility (NOE) to the coastguard which means I'm ready to take the final exams. The Coastguard has to check my training record book and my required certificates before accepting my NOE. If that happens then I'm going to be sitting the final written exams which are nasty. They do but in trick questions and the fail rate is high. Those are in 6 weeks time, then after that it's a another few months till around May/June time and it's the big one, the Orals exam. The end is in sight, but there is so much to fail on from now till then. So as you can imagine I'm now a very busy guy. I'll try to update when I can, but for now...     
  • Mood: Anxious
  • Listening to: BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix
  • Reading: Course Notes
  • Drinking: Beer

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:iconroodbaard1958:
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
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Ron
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:iconroodbaard1958:
 Hoi
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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:iconmerchantnavycadet:
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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:iconroodbaard1958:
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 May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!!!
Hope you have a fun one doing what ever you do!
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:iconmerchantnavycadet:
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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:icondragongillian:
dragongillian May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds fun!(I think...) I couldn't live on a ship I hate boats...they scare me....
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thelynxwarrior 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 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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:iconmerchantnavycadet:
I have no idea. But seeing how the US is one of the biggest economies in the world, it is very likely that I will end up in a US port sometime.
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