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The James Clark Ross continues to make good progress in excellent conditions with a near flat calm sea and sunshine once again throughout the day.  Having now moved out of the Bay of Biscay,  with barely any sign of big seas and associated rocking and rolling.  As I write the ship is in the Ushant Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) which forms the South West Approaches to the English Channel.  This means that we are very nearly home!

The view just before dinner this evening (I am still recovering from the sticky toffee pudding and cream!),  and as we are within the TSS there is more shipping about.  The TSS is designed to keep ships travelling in opposite directions (in and out of the Channel) apart from each other and this area is very closely monitored so as to avoid any accidents or incidents.

The past few days there has been on board training in the use of the Breathing Apparatus (BA) equipment and how to correctly search compartments and spaces.   As we don't want to either set fire to a space or fill it with synthetic smoke,  the other option is to wear a pillow case over the head,  which I can confirm does a really good job of restricting one's view.  This morning six of us took part and this is  the first group to go into the Rough Workshop.  I would name those in the photo but with pillow cases over their heads they could be anyone.  The man on the left is the lead BA wearer and he is doing a left hand search.  This means that he always keeps the bulkhead to his left.  The second man remains in contact with the first at all times but can spread out.  Searching is done by hand and foot and the area should,  at the end of the exercise,  have been completely checked.  There was a casualty hiding in a space and I am delighted to say that she was found.

Continuing with the left hand search and lots of obstacles to be avoided but still checked.

All being well a Southampton Pilot will join the James Clark Ross at 06:15 on Wednesday and we should be all fast alongside the National Oceanography Centre by 09:30.

Previous updates from this trip

Noon Position Report

Latitude: 47 56 N
Longitude: 006 20 W
Bearing: 238 T, 10 Nm from Ouessant
Course Made Good 027 T
Destination: Southampton
 ETA at 6.8 knots is 05:15 on 21 June 2017
Distance Travelled: 213
Total Distance Travelled: 2171
Steam Time: 24
Total Steam Time: 238.1
Average Speed: 8.8
Total Average Speed: 9.1
Wind: Direction ENE, Force 3
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 20.8 C Sea Temp: 17.6 C
Pressure: 1013.9 Tendency (3 hrs): Steady


Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com