Sunday, 22 March 2020

January / February 2020. On Board MV Nolhan Ava

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In January and February I accepted the position as Master on the Nolhan Ava.
We sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Argentia, Newfoundland and St Pierre, France 
on a weekly schedule.
Above & Below:  Nolhan Ava in the French port of St Pierre.
Nolhan Ava (IMO 9208435) is a Ro-Ro Container ship that was built in 2001
 and sails under the flag of Canada.
Good view of the ramp used for loading vehicles.  It is in the stored position.
Its Gross tonnage is 4758, draft about 4.6 meters, length overall 120 metres and beam 18 meters.
Above & Below:
The ship's classification Society noticed that the starboard side draft marks were unpainted.
To fulfill their requirements, despite the winter temperatures, they were painted.
This also fulfilled the monthly requirement of launching the rescue boat.
Where on earth is this St Pierre place?
St Pierre is the capital of the French overseas collectivity of St Pierre and Miquelon, 
off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada.
It was discovered by the Portuguese in 1520.
Archaeological evidence indicates that native peoples, such as the Beothuk, visited St Pierre.
However, it is not thought that they settled on the islands permanently. 
Population about 6,000.
It was an outpost used by Al Capone to transport alcohol from Canada to the USA 
during Prohibition.
More about St Pierre, Click Here.
 Above:  Load of containers ready to be unloaded.
 Wheelhouse photos follow.
Above:  general view. 
Don't worry, there are engine room photos further down.
Above & Below:   Chart table.

 Above:  Part of the navigation suite.
Below:  Central control; telegraphs, wheel, bow thruster, gyro etc.

Above:  Looking aft toward the stairway door and the all important coffee maker.
Below:  Communications area.

 Above & Below:  Portable controls that are plugged in and taken outside
to whichever bridge wing is being used when manoeuvering at the dock.

Above:  The ship's cranes were used by local stevedores in both Halifax and St Pierre.
In Argentia the crew worked the cranes.
Above:  Icing - One of the hazards of sailing in the Atlantic is freezing sea spray.  
This is the most common and most hazardous form of icing.  Spray blown by winds can cause heavy icing on a vessel, producing a heavy list, and may endanger the ship's stability.  It usually occurs when the air temperature is less than -2 Celsius, and the water is less than +5 Celsius.
Safety of Ships in Icing Conditions - Click Here.
2 x MAN B&W, 6 cylinder engines.
5760 kw, 750 rpm, stroke 320 mm.
Above:  Two views of one of the main engines.
Engine room workshop.  
This space was in the process of being radically re-arranged and cleaned.

  Above:  Generator
2 x Controllable pitch propellors turn at 148 rpm.
2 x independently controlled rudders.
Speed 16 knots. 
 Below:  There are two tunnels to allow crew to move the length of the ship without going outside.
This is absolutely necessary in rough seas.

 Above and Below:  Master's 'office'.

Above:  Refuge.
Below:  Washroom fixtures very close together.

Above & Below;
Longshoremen in St Pierre working cargo.
The ramp at the stern is used for Ro-Ro cargo.
Much more on Ro-Ro ships Click Here

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