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  1. While this may have been your first experience, changing Cloxs at Noon is used by a number of Masters. While the scope of work doesn't change with Cloxs, moving ahead at Noon rather than 02:00 simplifies compliance with the hours of work requirements of MLC 2006. The majority of the crew on a cruise ship work some form of day work, as opposed to sea watches or graveyards. When Cloxs are moved ahead repeatedly, the majority of the crew loose 1 hour of their time-off, which enhances non-compliance with MLC 2006. If this puts them below the minimum time-off, they must be given additional time off. Officers & Ratings on sea watches are not affected regardless of when the Cloxs move, as Eastbound each watch works 20 mins less on 1 watch and Westbound they work 20 mins extra. Processing the Dateline change at Noon would introduce additional risks in the ship's operation, so I would also have completed that change at 02:00, as it has no affect on the pax and most crew, as it is primarily an administrative change in the logbook.
  2. Looks like she is going to the pax terminal, as she is turning around and docking into the flood tide.
  3. Haven't been into Belfast with a ship and only once into Liverpool - remember that day rather well, as my first ship docked in Gladstone Docks on Dec 24th 1975. At that time, I wouldn't think that underwater surveys were possible, but not sure about now. If scheduling i/w surveys, probably would have been better remaining alongside in Norway. I also haven't been into Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, as we always used the King George V graving dock in Southampton.
  4. You have to consider the context of the Chief's post, he is not discussing a care home/hospital with care givers. He was commenting on the actual process of a marine vessel entering a foreign port and requesting "Free Pratique", which is defacto the ship's approval to enter the port and conduct operations. A ship may be alongside a berth, or at anchor, but is not able to load/discharge cargo or disembark crew/pax until Pratique is granted and the yellow flag is lowered. When a port/government refuses to provide Pratique, they are looking after the health of their citizens, not the health of those onboard the vessel. The officials granting/denying Pratique are not caregivers. BTW, the Chief has extensive experience with marine and port operations, with many years in senior positions on cruise ships, so the information posted is first hand experience.
  5. Affirmative, at present the pilot tender (Petrel) is approaching the Sun, which has reduced speed to 10 kts. She will now follow the buoyed channel under the direction of the pilot.
  6. Viking Sun now about 5 to 6 miles from the Mersey Bar Pilot Station, then it is a long pilotage of 15 to 20 miles into Liverpool. Probably another 90 - 120 mins before we know where she is docking.
  7. Affirmative, as the doc on the Sun gave us a great tour of her facility. They had a couple of ICU/Isolation rooms with +ve pressure. One was a single room and the other had multiple beds, which I believe was 2 beds. She had worked on other Lines and some of the major hospitals in UK, Europe and US, and was very positive on the Viking Medical Centre facilities.
  8. If you cancel a cruise, you receive refunds/credits in accordance with Viking's T&C. Unfortunately, if the cruise is subsequently cancelled by Viking, you do not receive any additional compensation, as at the time of Viking cancelling the cruise you didn't have a valid booking.
  9. There is no regulatory requirement to drydock, as her first docking should be about Spring 2022. However, they could be docking early, when the ship is out of service, to save taking it out of service for a couple of weeks in 2022. Even if not drydocking for the 1st Special Survey, they could be completing wet dock work they couldn't complete alongside the regular berth in Norway.
  10. Could be a definite possibility and reason for the high speed transit to make the high tide. Haven't been into Cammell Laird, but like most of the old docks it is behind an entrance lock and it is a tough arrival for bigger ships.
  11. Thanks for posting the webcam link. Also noted that she is bound for Liverpool at top speed for a 22:00 ETA, navigating the estuary on a flood tide and docking just before High Water Slack. I remember that Liverpool has a huge tidal range. If she is going to the cruise terminal, it is an interesting berth, as it is on the river and not inside one of the locks.
  12. Happy virtual 4th July to all our US pax in the virtual lounge.😀🥂
  13. Affirmative, the FCV's are individual
  14. HaHa - promoting friendly relations must be the current politically correct description😁😁 Jim - things were a little different for us old seadogs. On my first ship, which was a regular visitor to NZ, spending 2 months on the coast, each trip. The day we arrived in Wellington, we had a number of locals on the dock, waiting to come aboard. They remained onboard for the entire time on the coast, disembarking just before our last departure. They were even great seamen, as they often "turned to" on deck in the morning, helping (supervising) the cadets top derricks, open hatches, etc. As cadets, we always knew the location of student nurse residences. All to the benefit of international relations, especially on cargo ships, as we were in port for up to 3 weeks..😁🥂 Just can't imagine that happening today.
  15. After than more than an hour of drifting around the anchorage, she has just updated her status to being again brought up to the anchor.
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