3rd of July 2017, Christmas Island (4th of July USA)

Fair winds and a steady course made it possible that we arrived ahead of the BBC Nordland. During the crossing we communicated with this vessel and asked permission to be off loaded first. The request was denied. When we went alongside the jetty in Christmas, early this morning, our competitor wrote emails to the island officials to make us clear the jetty so that they could start their operation. Luckily we have built up so much goodwill over the last decade that we were granted a 24 hour window to finish our (off-) loading.

So there we go… working in two shifts, to get all the cargo for this island off, and fuel and consigned cargo for the next two islands on board. Rain is hampering with our operation, but we’ll get the job done, like always.

Thursday morning (Kiribati time) we will be loading passengers and luggage to sail to Tabueran. This gives us the whole day on anchor tomorrow to bring the vessel back in ship-ship condition.

And then there is the rat… what rat? The rat that is officially not on board, and probably actually not is anymore. For weeks we have tried trapping the beast. We even had it cornered after our mate Michael organized a sweep. Three Kiribati had him cornered in one of the cabins. “Aweh, it is BUBURA (big)”. But it managed to escape. On the high seas our cook Teruia showed me fresh teeth marks on provisions that were stored in the Lazaret. Thus, the plan arose to get this pest out of our world. The Lazaret is a enclosed space on the far aft part of the ship. It has one hatch opening to the deck. A CO2-extinghuisher with a zip-tie around the handle was lowered into the space. This should be enough to suffocate the poor little bugger. Or can someone tell me if a rat can hold its breath longer than 15 minutes? I guess, we will soon find out by a new odor, arising from the Lazaret.