DATE:10-7  GMT: 0808 POS: TSS Terschelling  COG:035  SOG: 3,5

GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES

WIND DIR: SSW

WIND SPD:3

CURRENT DIR:WSW

CLOUDS:3/8

SEA STATE:3

SEA TEMP:15

AIR TEMP:15

AIR PRES:101

The Northsea

Waves are coming along from any direction from North through SW and the light SW wind makes her roll like a nutshell in a wild river. Thanks to the TSS we cannot change our course much but soon we will cross over it and be out of here.

It makes sense, the TSS (traffic separation scheme), the guiding lanes and arrows and regulations, invisible from at the helm but clearly marked on the computer and the charts. All the little arrows, which are the other cargo ships, follow the lines nicely to not attract the attention of the radar or AIS surveillance above these areas. We also do so sometimes, but many times we have to sail optimal according to the wind direction and a responsible ships course, so we look outside and we do not see those lines anymore.

But whats wrong with the TSS, if its so handy for guiding all the ships around. Its all the ships around. Now already, for the thousand ships crossing through the North Sea daily it is necessary, but imagine if there are ten thousand, or more of them. How could they go without guidance?  How many more computers or expensive crew you would need to avoid collisions? Therefore they are good. Also for the rich consignees up in the north it is useful, so they keep the shipping costs down because those also make a part of their import cost, well above 1%!! of the goods costs. You have to save where you can and you can learn it from the rich.

Fuck this shit.

Sailing in zig-zag course in between the oil and gas rigs (they let off a nice sirene when you come to close) and the separation schemes, the only company we see are floating, misformed buildings with no delight and majesty to them at all, just serve the ruler, the cargo owner, the consument in the end. People are on there for months in a row, having nothing to do than check all things on this fabric, eat and watch screens. The ones with the moving arrows and the lines and schemes and the ones which entertain you in your cabin. The interesting thing is that many of us serve under all those rules and necessities and then come aboard a sailing ship and have to work hard all the time and sleep little to be able to relax and have fun.

Are we doing this therefore? Or are we doing this for our cargo owners? It gives us all a way to level up, to balance. Not just for the crew or the cargo owners, also mother nature has her vote on a sailing cargo ship, maybe the biggest one aboard. The crew needs about a tenth of the energy a man would use ashore, the cargo owner pays a fair price for transport which goes directly into preservation of nature. This is what sustainability means at last. Be able to keep going always, with resources growing faster than you can use them up.

 

Here in the north its not even that the population grows, still we need more. How does it come? Where do we throw all the thrash? Does not matter, we regulate it, separate it and recycle it. That gives a good reason to produce and import more shit without a bad feeling. Same with energy. O jeah, here comes my good friend at sea, the windmill! When you have an old chart aboard, setting a convenient course and sailing along smoothly and then they wake you up and ask what are all those hundreds of flickering red lights on the horizon? Its our new way of wasting energy and making money: windmillfarms. About ship, helms a lee! They don´t stink, they make little noise, we can switch off the cole and nuclear stations, they make use of the wind! We make use of the wind! They convert it into thoughtless use of power, meaning it is green energy anyway so the consumption just keeps growing where the population does not. Even introducing led lamps makes the power consumption not decrease because they are switched on all day and night! Look at all the ships in Den Helder harbour which are enlightened like football stadions during a midnight match. And the generators are running, diesel still costs nothing.

We also have those windmills onboard, to keep all the instruments going we are obliged to have switched on 24/7. Sometimes we have so much energy that we make power to charge our phones! This brings us back to reality. You are as sustainable as you want to be yourself. They do not make your live sustainable with windmills, rotor ships, flown in organic produce, recycling and separation schemes, led lights and all those magnific inventions. Give mother earth a vote in your daily life, keep sailing your own way,

Captain
Andreas

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