Last updated: Monday 19th March 2018  Time Zone:  GMT -1  

The James Clark Ross,  now far from Antarctic waters,  is also now far from everywhere.  In particular the ship is far from help,  much like a merchant ship trading around the world.  At home one gets used to,  if needs be,  picking up the phone and calling for assistance - whether fire or medical.  Here in the middle of nowhere,  there is no one to call and so the emphasis is for us to be able to cope with any situations that should arise.  With this in mind all the Officers and Crew receive special training on a regular basis at shore side facilities.  This is then enhanced with on board drills.

"EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE - The automatic fire detection system detects a fire in the Prop Motor Room,  all available personnel to investigate and report to the Bridge"  was the announcement made over the public address system shortly after the fire alarm was activated at 10:30 this morning.  Thus begins one of the regular drills,  that I managed to get away from the Bridge (my muster position) and take a few pictures of the action taking place.

The Chief Engineer was one of the casualties this morning,  it being a machinery space exercise.  In order to assist those that arrive on the scene of the incident there are notices to advise what the situation is (as we could not have a real explosion!) and so enable the rescue teams to determine the correct way to proceed.

  Steve,  our Electrician,  looking 'dazed and confused',  with facial burns and symptoms of electrical shock.  This information will be used by the medical team in treating him.

With the fire alarm having sounded and the ship gone to emergency stations,  the Breathing Apparatus (BA) teams will be dress to make a safe entry to the affected space.  In the situation today there was no fire and so these personnel were then stood down to assist in other ways.

Whilst,  for most of the year,  the JCR carries a Doctor,  the medical party also consists of members of the Catering Department who care to the needs of the casualties.  Dazed and confused,  I recommend a nice cup of tea!

Today there were a number of casualties and others were also drafted in to help assist with the workload.

Getting casualties from machinery spaces into the Hospital is not always easy and handling a stretcher around the ship takes a lot of skill,  and is just another of the may tasks that have to be practised.

I am pleased to say that the drill went well,  lessons are always learnt and of course for those that are new to the ship this is a very important aspect of life at sea.

The clocks were advanced last night so we are now on GMT -1 and progress continues to go well on our passage towards Tristan da Cunha and the start of science.

Last night the science team gave a presentation to all on board about not only the work that is to be carried out but to also explain why the work is important.  There are a number of different institutes involved in this work.

Due to a problem with the PC that processes our satellite images I don't have one for today but am hopeful that tomorrow all will be working correctly.

The weather has started to change as the day has progressed and the wind and sea state have been steadily increasing.  This is the edge of a blow that has been forming behind us that we have managed to just keep ahead of,  all being well things will soon start to calm down again.

Noon Position Report Monday 19th March 2018

Latitude: 43 05.8 S
Longitude: 029 34.3 W
Bearing: 246 T, 872 Nm from Edinburgh, Tristan da Cunha
Course Made Good 065 T
 Destination: Edinburgh, Tristan da Cunha
ETA at 11.0 knots is 20:22 on 22 March 2018
Distance Travelled: 274
Total Distance Travelled: 1282
Steam Time: 23
Total Steam Time: 113.6
Average Speed: 11.9
Total Average Speed: 11.3
Wind: Direction N, Force 5
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 17.2 C Sea Temp: 16.6 C
Pressure: 1010.3 Tendency (3 hrs): Falling

Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com