20 avril 2018 - Fairtransport
There is something funny about the question: « when do we leave port, when do we set sail? » which most new crewmembers ask. We, the deckhands, tell them: « Wednesday or Thursday ». Then Thursday awakens and we are not ready, or the cargo did not arrive. Which in the Caribbean countries is quite normal. Tranquilo, you know. So then the new crewmember asks: »when do we leave port, when do we set sail? ». « Tomorrow the cargo will arrive, tomorrow we will go ». Tomorrow awakens, cargo planned at 10 in the morning, 10 in the morning, no cargo. They ask: « Where is the cargo » we answer « tranquilo you know ». Now the evening, no cargo, but beer and rum. The new crewmember asks: « When will we leave? » The drunken sailor smiles and tells him how it is: « We leave when the last mooring rope is cast off from the quay ». Confused they look at me, nothing more to say.
Now we are at sea, the mighty Atlantic ocean, with the waves, stars, sun and the moon. The greenhorn, is amazed by it all. Not in their wildest dreams could they imagine, its power and beauty. We jokingly make a bet, which day we will arrive, it is just a gamble for the crew. Nobody can tell what the wind, waves, stars, sun and the moon have in store for us. A week goes by, two weeks go by, then the new crewmember asks the deckhand the question: « When will we be there? ». « Next Thursday or Friday » I answer. One or two days go by, a few hours of no wind and a flat ocean, time is ticking away. « When will we be there? ». « Friday I am sure, beers and portwine in the bar, I will pay » I tell them with a smile.
Now, Monday awakens, « when will we be there? ». I look at him and say with a smile on my face: « The wind does what the wind wants, nobody can predict the waves, stars, sun and the moon. We will be there when the first mooring line hits the bollard »…
Deckhand, Daniel Jim Eijnthoven,
P.S. of the Captain. I totally see where this story is based upon, and can agree with the message, within its context. On the other hand, I also would like to explain that we are constantly making estimations about what time the ship arrives. And really amongst our Fairtransport shipping department and my fellow Captains we became quite skilled in estimating our voyages. I reckon, the past 10 years in about 90% of the cases the sailing schedule has been not more then 10% off.
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