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1st April, 2017


Sunrise this morning saw us approaching Rijeka, the principal seaport and 3rd largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). It was a beautiful morning with a little chill in the air and a very gentle breeze. This looked like a fairly straight forward arrival with no big turns, or swinging the ship –this was head in straight towards the pier. Experience has taught me these are the manoeuvres that you need to take extra care with, as one could be too relaxed. My team was appropriately briefed to be extra alert and focused. The good news is everything went well.

Shortly after arrival at this new port for me I made my usual arrival broadcast, however I had a very important announcement to make which went something like this

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Please may I have your full attention for this important announcement.

I have been informed that we have just received the fuel report for the oil we loaded in Malta on the 27th March. This report has shown that this heavy fuel is contaminated, which means we may not have enough fuel to get to our next re-fuelling stop in Gibraltar. Having had lengthy discussions with our Chief Engineer and the Engine Manufacturers we have established that a bi-product of Sun Tan Oil can in fact be used temporarily in the Ship's Engines, so I am asking everyone for their help. We will of course be sending some of the crew ashore to purchase some sun tan oil, however if you can spare some as well then please take this to the Reception Desk. I really appreciate your help in this matter.”

As a result of my broadcast we had 4 bottles of sun cream delivered to reception and a call from the Shop to say they would carry out a stock take and see if they had any spare!!!

Happy April Fool’s Day.

I decided to have a short bike ride and look for a local restaurant that our Croatian Staff Captain had recommended. Here is a photo of my lunch of black risotto, fresh calamari, fish soup, salad, and a modest glass of wine –all for 19 Euros. The food was fantastic.

At 1930 we let go our lines and our Staff Captain “drove out”as we head towards Zadar.

Captain Julian Burgess

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