Ben’s Blog post September 28, 2015

28th of September heading North We arrived in Fanning island just before nightfall and we only started working cargo the next day. By then the island was covered in rain clouds that prevented us from working at our normal pace. Our agent Tyrone had set up a portable...

Ben’s Blog

23rd of September 2015, Christmas Eve The return trip from Malden Island to Christmas was swift because of a steady ENE breeze. As we approached the jetty the wind died and we found hardly any swell. This situation stayed the same during our three day stay. As we...

Bengineers Blog September 10, 2015

Christmas Island Seemed like an invasion was going on when we reached Christmas Island yesterday morning. Fifteen huge fishing vessels (or converted bulk carriers) were sitting on anchor waiting for their holds to be filled with Kiribati fish. In contrast I witnessed...

Ben’s Blog September 8, 2015

Fanning island I see the blueness of the lagoon reflected in the clouds as we depart from Fanning island. The weather has been very nice while we were working cargo here. Every part of the operation went so smoothly, it’s hard to remember better times. After the...

Ben’s Blog- September 6

I do some reminiscing while I share my night watch with one of our youngest crew members from Christmas Island, his name is Ieie. His name means ‘sail’ as he is the son of one of our old-time crew members Tebitoa. A second generation of sailors is already...

Ben’s Blog Sept 2, 2013

Fanning Island It looked like we were running out of luck looking at the weather when we reached Fanning Island. The whole day a drizzle made our jobs miserable. Not enough rain to close the hold and just enough rain to keep your body soaking wet. The next morning...