Friday, May 9, 2008

Daily Life Aboard the Car Carrier Fidelio

From aboard the car ship Fidelio - Life at Sea Weblog written by the Wallenius Wilhelmsen's Fidelio’s second officer, Ellinor Arvidsson. From the "About" section:
This blog started out as a four day report on my views, returning back onto a vessel for the first time in over a decade. It was an attempt to explore modern life on board a technologically sophisticated merchant vessel.

From the photos the wheelhouse looks state of the art. The post Arriving in the Solvent
"the pilot has a quick familiarisation and happy with everything, settles into one of the cockpit chairs for the journey"
One of the chairs? Sounds nice, my envy is assuaged somewhat to learn the alarms can be a nuisance:
The continual buzz of alarms, from the integrated bridge system, add distractions. “Wonders of modern science,” said the pilot. “All this automation and you have to stand there with your finger on the button the whole time.”
The "About" section explains:
As an industry, shipping is generally ignored by the general public, and life on-board vessels often misunderstood or dismissed by those who should know better.
This blog started out as a four day report on my views, returning back onto a vessel for the first time in over a decade. It was an attempt to explore modern life on board a technologically sophisticated merchant vessel. Having now left the vessel ( I sailed from Göteborg to Southampton, via Zeebrugge), I asked the Fidelio’s second officer, Ellinor Arvidsson, if she would like to continue the blog going, writing her thoughts and observations as the vessel goes across the Atlantic to the East coast of North America, visits a number of ports before returning to Europe.


As of 7 May the ship was in Halifax N.S. Canada

4 comments:

tugster said...

interesting post. i look forward to reading more of that blog.
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gCaptain.com said...

Wow, great find! I'm always excited to find new maritime bloggers.

gCaptain.com said...

Hmmm, I knew that ship sounded familiar... Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty in ´Magic Pipe´ Case

Kennebec Captain said...

-gcaptain, the ship involved in that case is the Patriot (ex Fidelio). The new Fidelio is operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen - The Patriot was also I believe but at the time of the case it was American flag I believe. - Did you learn anything about opera during your research?