Rewritten December 2010
M/T Tärnland in Brofjorden
Thanks to Mr Jan Brügge, pilot at Brofjorden for photo
M/T Tärnland is the younger sister to M/T Tärnsjö. Both ship built Kvaerner Kleven Leirvik, Norway.
M/T Tärnland was built 1996 and she is 129,22m long and 18,37m wide.
She's is on 10877 DWT and loads 12149m³ in 14 WT.
M/T Tärnland is a double skin tanker and have a ballast capacity of 4465m³.
She takes 183m³ heavy fuel and consumes 14 ton/ day. Speed 85% MCR 13,5 knots.
She takes 63m³ diesel fuel for the auxiliary engines.
She has 7 Svanehöj electrically driven frequency controlled deep well pumps in each tank section.
Cargo and system remote monitored by computers (SAAB) from cargo control room on bridge. Cargo operation system type Damatic XD. Closed loading system (acc. to SOLAS 74/8 reg. 59) by return vapour lines, high-high level alarms and remote temperature and pressure readout plant on bridge. Edge breaking technology.
M/T Tärnland is a little bit smaller than M/T Tärnsjö.
Wednesday 13th of February 2002 and I joined M/T Tärnland in Brofjorden when we loaded unleaded gasoline and gas oil at Scanraff. They say that Scanraff is the biggest refinery in Scandinavia, but I don't know, they say the same about all refineries.
Well, anyway, we were loading for Karlshamn in the South of Sweden.
Tärnland was delayed for 1 week after waiting at the anchorage outside Amsterdam for a receiver for her cargo. When they arrived to Amsterdam there was no receiver and I had to sit home and wait in Gothenburg. And Gothenburg is not the nicest place in the world in February.
The winter 2002 was very windy. Not only the constant gale warnings (thats no news for Northern Europe at winter times) but also storm and wind reaching hurricane forces this winter so we would be glad with an ordinary gale.
Throw in plenty snow and rain and you wish you where somewhere else. But I had to forget about holiday in Thailand when I sign off!
After just a few days onboard M/T Tärnland they called me from Tärntank. They wanted me to join M/T Tärnvind when I sign off, so now there was no chance for holiday until end of April 2002. But with no chance to spend money there should be plenty on the bank. Well, dream on.
We have crew from Poland, The Philippines, Cap Verde and Sweden and not all of us are very good in English. But we have to do the best so the company can save money with cheap crew. But that's life.
Well, when we came to load Gas Oil in Tallinn the 28th of February 2002 the weather left plenty to wish for. The pictures below are from Tallinn. As you can see the weather left much to wish. Snow, ice and gale.
As the old sailors use to say: “There is no bad weather only bad clothes” and I can't help wondering where they come up with all this bullshit.
Bad weather and I was not sad when it was time to leave Tallinn. 2nd Officer did all the paper work with the Surveyor while I was taking pictures.
When he was finished with the paper work he had to prepare the bridge for departure.
Preparation for departure on the bridge and in the engine room. There are plenty buttons to be pushed and levers to pull before we are ready to leave the port. Everything has to be ship shape and it has to keep Swedish standard.
And when I look at the picture from the bridge I can see that I was in to the oatmeal already back then. I remember back then when I was going between Tärntank's ships. My bag was mostly packed with lintseeds and diet powder.
After discharging the gas oil we got order to load Naphtha in Norway for Stenungsund. No worries, gas oil, a few minutes with hot water and the tanks would be ready. Well, when looked down the tanks after the cleaning I got a shock. The bottom was covered with wax. Oh yeah, I love gas oil from Eastern Europe.
So I had to clean the tanks again, and now we had left Denmark behind and no more lee from the gale from SW. Heavy rolling and I felt on deck. After the tank cleaning I went for a shower. When I came out from the shower I saw my underwear on the floor.
- What? Did I shit my pants?
My underwear was all brown. But I found it was blood and there were also a big hole. I had slipped on deck and a dog for the butterwhort hatches had penetrated my boiler suit and underwear.
Well, most important, the tanks were ready at arrival to Norway and we could load the naphtha for Sweden.
The company wanted me to do one more contract So I signed on M/T Tärnvind directly after signing off M/T Tärnland
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