19 March 2014 – What’s it like to travel on a cargo ship?

[By Jason]

What’s it like to travel on a cargo ship? Well, pretty groovy really.  While I was on the ship, I had the time to do some filming so I put together a little movie to give a flavour of life on board.  Please excuse the quality of the video which I had to unfortunately reduce to upload it to You Tube. We hope you enjoy it.

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The Senegalese wide boys

25 Feb– 13 Mar 2014: Ahoy! Land is in sight…

Eight days in, we dropped anchor to spend the afternoon in Dakar.  The crew instructed us to be back by 20:00 sharp having released us at 15:00.  Past our curfew and the ship would set sail, no questions asked, or search party mounted by the sounds of it.  A local, John, who looked streetwise was on standby and acted as a guide for us.  For a good price, of course – T.I.A. – This is Africa.  Nevertheless, he had something we needed: local knowledge.  We saw very little of Dakar; shame the small bit of the capital we encountered was ramshackled and dirty, frenzied and on the same path as a pickpocket.  I guess we were never going to see the best of Senegal so close to its shipping port.  Nothing was stolen as we left our valuables behind although Ludwig nearly got his camera snatched.

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Our cargo ship 'Grande Amburgo'

17 – 25 February 2014: ‘Roll, roll, roll your boat, gently down the stream..’

In our case, stream translates to the Atlantic ocean and by boat, we’re talking about a 200+ metre long, 30 metre wide freighter weighing in at just shy of 45,000 tons, with all her cargo.  Her engine reached around 25,000 bhp compared to say Pearl, my bike, which has 48 bhp.  Meet our magnificent vessel – the Grande Amburgo!

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