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30th August, 2018


After weaving away through the many shallows and off lying islands around the Danish coast we made our approach towards Kalundborg. Pilot was booked for 0630 and I was called 1 hour before as usual. A surprise follow up call from the Chief Officer at 0550, which caught me 1/2 “dressed”, asked if the Pilot could board early as he was already “charging” towards us. After confirmation that the Bridge team were happy I said “yes of course” and then “threw” on the rest of my uniform to head to the Bridge early and ensure I was there to greet the very keen pilot!! A typical Dane – calm and very chilled we carried out our Master/Pilot exchange and 15 mins later our 3rd Officer Chris handed the con to the pilot.

This was my first call at this port do I decided to conduct the docking myself – of course I always enjoy manouevring the ship and in fact is the favourite part of my job. After a swing through 90’ we “backed up” to the berth and were alongside by 0800. After a quick clearance our guests were heading down the gangway with many heading for Copenhagen. We were offering a Copenhagen Transfer and a separate Copenhagen Canal Cruise.

Kalundborg is a Danish city situated on the western edge of the main island Zealand. It is mainly a trading and industrial town, but it is also well known for the beautiful five spired church which is closely associated with King Valdemar I and the famous Archbishop Absalon’s brother Esbern Snare.

I decided to enjoy the ship and instead of my normal cycle ride I headed to the gym and spa for a workout, swim and sauna – some of the many great facilities we have on board.

With everyone on board by we slipped our moorings and Staff Captain Matt took the ship to sea. With the pilot away we set course towards the Great Belts Bridge and passed underneath at 2045. The 18km fixed link cross Storebaelt comprises 2 bridges and a tunnel. We passed under the East Bridge section which is 6,790m long and 65m above the waterline. We had a clearance of approx 20 meters which our guests found hard to appreciate as we passed underneath and they were looking upwards. Once clear of the Belts we set course for Stockholm.

Captain Julian Burgess

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