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For those of you who are eagled eyed and watch Marinetraffic you may have noticed that the JCR was visible Thursday evening,  even though well outside what would be considered VHF range for our AIS to be visible.  Due to some interesting conditions we have been picking up vessels as far away as 384 nautical miles,  normally thirty or forty would be a good range.  This is not uncommon in this part of the world.  HF conditions have also been fairly good.

This morning the James Clark Ross made the approach to Praia,  Cape Verde,  arriving shortly before mid-day.  Contacting the port authorities proved interesting as they did not seem to be answering their radio.  However,  shortly after arriving a tug arrived with a number of port officials on board to carry out the required paperwork and whilst that was taking place all the departing personnel had their belongings lifted onto the tug and then they followed via the pilot ladder.

Graham,  one of the Deck Crew,  keeping a sharp lookout as the ship approached the Cape Verde Islands this morning.  A sharp lookout was required as there were a number of small boats out fishing in the vicinity of where we were going to stop for the pax transfer.

Flags play an important role for ships and so we have the Falkland Islands and Cape Verde flags flying for our visit.

The tug sent out from Praia to carry out the pax transfer this morning.  We did comment on the top section of the mast that looks like it has hit something and is a bit bent.

Twenty six pax on the tug heading ashore.  I think that most are not flying out until Saturday and so they should have a good night ashore.  All the science personnel,  the National Geographic team and those that we picked up from Ascension have disembarked.  This means that there is just the ship's company on board for the passage to Southampton,  which will take about two weeks.

The Cape Verde islands falling behind as the James Clark Ross heads north for the UK.

I was passing through the Rough Workshop this afternoon and the Deck Engineer had a gearbox from a piece of science equipment on the bench.  It seems that there was a slight leak from the gearbox and a new seal needs to be fitted.  This is all part of the regular servicing that is carried out on all the equipment on board.

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Mike Gloistein
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