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Where is our friend, Agent's Representative? Everyone miss him! He was sent ashore when they left to pick us up in Singapore. He is back home and he will join us when we come to Map Ta Put, bringing my Yoga mats, Swedish Honey and other stuff. He is also taking a corvid test and he updated me with pictures from the testing adventure.

Corvid test in Bangkok
Corvid test in Bangkok
Our friend taking corvid test in Bangkok

Corvid test in Bangkok
Corvid test in Bangkok
Our friend taking corvid test in Bangkok

Corvid test in Bangkok
Corvid test in Bangkok
Our friend taking corvid test in Bangkok

Corvid test in Bangkok
Corvid test in Bangkok
Our friend taking corvid test in Bangkok

We got a new Cook in Singapore and our Agent's Representative enjoy his cakes. He was in the CCR munching trying to tempt me to break my diet.

Corvid test in Bangkok
Having cake

Corvid test in Bangkok
Having cake

Corvid test in Bangkok
Having cake

He forgot our yoga mats, but we will get them in SriRacha, can't wait to get them on board so we can start yoga. My friend is keeping fit with shadow boxing.


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Monday 12th of July 2021
and we left SriRacha 2 o'clock in the morning and we will be in Bongkot tomorrow morning at 8 o'clock. But we got a distress message on the NAVTEX from Bangkok Radio. Man over board from a fishing boat and our route is straight through the area.

Aladdin's adventure on board m/t Roy Maersk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Man over board NAVTEX message

Aladdin's adventure on board m/t Roy Maersk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Man over board NAVTEX message

We reached the area around 11 thirty and all available hands was on the bridge and the surrounding bridge deck to look out for the missing fisherman. We pass the fishing boats and as the current was setting to the south we searched south of the MOB position.

We drove West to East and then was turned south and continued East to West and our track was soon looking like a ladder on the ECDIS.
Aladdin's adventure on board m/t Roy Maersk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Looking for missing fisherman

Aladdin's adventure on board m/t Roy Maersk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Our track on the ECDIS

Aladdin's adventure on board m/t Roy Maersk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Looking for man over board

We started searching around 11 thirty and we had covered the intended area at 15:00 and we continued our voyage towards the South to Bongkot. And now we will be a few hours late to Bongkot because of the SAR.

I had have our friend the Agent's representative to try to steer the ship. He had never done it before and he was happy to get the chance.

Aladdin's adventure on board m/t Roy Maersk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
First time ever for our friend to steer a ship

Aladdin's adventure on board m/t Roy Maersk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
First time ever for our friend to steer a ship

Aladdin's adventure on board m/t Roy Maersk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
First time ever for our friend to steer a ship

Aladdin's adventure on board m/t Roy Maersk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
First time ever for our friend to steer a ship




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Thursday 15th of July 2021
and we start discharge 20:30 at the SBM buoy in Sriracha and we complete loading just after 4 o'clock in the morning. Our Agent's Representative left with the Surveyors as he have to go home and take the Corvid, yes they call it vaccine. He will be back on Map Ta Put anchorage on the 18th of July.

We left Sriracha and we arrived to IRPC Terminal in Rayong at lunch time. I was dead tired when they called me even though I was fresh out of the shower. Not many hours of sleep the last day. I was updated on the situation in Bangkok from our friend the Agent's Representative.

They had found corvid at Big-C and everything was closed. But he managed to find a cover for my new phone and a couple of “back scratchers” for me.

 Bangkok during the corvid epedemic
Everything is closed down

 Bangkok during the corvid epedemic
Everything is closed down

 Bangkok during the corvid epedemic
Everything is closed down

 Bangkok during the corvid epedemic
Everything is closed down

 Bangkok during the corvid epedemic
Cover for my new phone

 Bangkok during the corvid epedemic
“back scratchers”



PTT had asked us to take some pictures of the terminal, FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot, when coming to load on the 21st of July. I really don't know what they had expected, phone camera and, well, the pictures look good on the phone, but to see them on a computer screen and the poor quality really sticking out.

But I have my Canon D5 so I brought it to the bridge coming to the bridge in the morning of the 21st of July. Pilot came on board at 8 o'clock and we started to get closer to the FSO2 Pathumabaha on Greater Bongkot North Field.

Of course, our Agent's Representative is on the bridge approaching Greater Bongkot North Field and FSO2 Pathumabaha. And as he is now proficient with the helm I took the opportunity to train him in the use of our bow thruster.

Aladdin's adventure on board m/t Roy Maersk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Training with the bow thruster

Aladdin's adventure on board m/t Roy Maersk during the Corvid-19 pandemic

Greater Bongkot North Field

PTTEP - Gulf Thailand Greater Bongkot North (GBN) / Bongkot Field (G2/61)

The Bongkot field is in the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 600 km south of Bangkok and 203 km off the coast of Songkhla province.

The Bongkot field produces about 600 MMcf/d of natural gas and 18,000 b/d of condensate, equivalent to 20 per cent of Thailand's national gas consumption.

PTTEP will conduct exploration/appraisal program and develop the discovered structures at Greater Bongkot North (GBN).

From https://www.dmsprojects.net


FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Tug boat picking up the hawser from the FSO that we will pick up to use as tandem mooring

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Tug boat picking up the hawser from the FSO that we will pick up to use as tandem mooring

Hawser

noun a thick rope or cable for mooring or towing a ship.

ORIGIN Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French haucer, from Old French haucier ‘to hoist’, based on Latin altus ‘high’.

From The NEW OXFORD Dictionary OF ENGLISH

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Hawser in the water waiting for for us to pick it up

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Approaching FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Giving the line so we can heave up the hawser

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Giving the line so we can heave up the hawser

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Tug boat take our line to connect to the hawser

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
All fast at the FSO2 Pathumabaha

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic - TONG GARDEN
Peanuts

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic - TONG GARDEN
Peanuts

Me diet reaching its peak and our friend brings peanuts to my room. Suddenly he is just standing in front of me with bags of salted peanuts. I could not care less as I had never had any good peanuts in Thailand. Planter’s cocktail peanuts or it is never mind and comparing to Planters the Thai peanuts is like eating dog shit.

With that said, dog shit or not, I tried a peanut.
- What the Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st
These peanuts was a good as Planters and I made a mental note to remember TONG GARDEN. Excellent peanuts and the peanuts was soon finished. OK, I put 12 bags on our 2 Engineers door as I realised that things would go very bad if I finished all the peanuts by myself.

Mr. Peanut

We gave MAMA an emergency call on the LINE app and I ordered 120 bags of TONG GARDEN peanuts and well, 20 Toblerone. 20 seconds after have hanged up I got second thoughts and I told my friend to keep it in his room, or I will make myself very unhappy.

I buy grocery on line at home since Corvid hit Bangkok and I have been looking for Planter’s cocktail peanuts without any luck. (Or maybe very lucky) Now I’m afraid that I will order tons of the TONG GARDEN peanuts when I am back home.

We completed discharging and we will spent 2 days at the anchorage and we will leave for Bongkot on the 1 August to load on the 2 August. Saturday 31 July and the MAMA boat will bring back equipment that have been ashore for calibration.

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic - TONG GARDEN
MAMA boat been here to deliver Peanuts

I asked him to hide our snacks in his room


He left the office promising to hide it in his room telling me NO every time I asked for Toblerone or Peanuts. And it started good, he only brought his herb tea to my room in the evening, and that Peanutsis some magic stuff.

This is the cure for everything, and it is actually very refreshing and not bad tasting so I enjoyed the herb and quite happy that we had been through the first day without any peanuts.

2 Toblerone, but, well, it is Saturday, and the herb is very healthy....

First time I drank the “HERB” I was very sceptic. Put it was very good and refreshing and now we drink it every day. Arriving to Bongkot in the morning and we always have HERB.

We have two thermoses on the bridge, Captain mix honey in his HERB so I take half a cup and mix it with our friend's herb and it is a perfect mix. and one of the Pilots in Bongkot also drink HERB so we consume a lot of HERB. If I feel any better? Nah, can't say I do.

Herb is tha shit

Arriving to Bongkot 2 August 2021 and the HERB drinking Pilot is on board for the first trip this tour. Last pilot is moving the jack-up rig just next to the Bongkot FSU so he see us arriving.

He took a couple of pictures that he sent to me via the LINE app.

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Roy Maersk and FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot

FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot
Roy Maersk and FSO2 Pathumabaha in Bongkot


And the never ending hard work just goes on and on

I gave our friend a Maersk boiler suit so at least he is looking very handsome and he wear the boiler suit with pride.

So he is very happy and I suggested that he should wear it in every port so there will never be any doubt that he is in our TEAM.

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Our friend in new uniform together with Pumpman

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Our friend in new uniform

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Our friend in new uniform


We were down to the PPE store again a couple of days later, our friend wished for a long sleeved boiler suit. And who am I to say no. So we went down in the store to look for a new boiler suit.

I also had him to try our “PIRATE” helmets and wests. Singapore Strait is a marine crime area so we need to keep our eyes out for robbers trying to come on board. Our Agent's Representative is excited and he look forward to come with us to Tanjung Pelepas.

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Our friend ready for the pirates in Singapore Strait

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Our friend ready for the pirates in Singapore Strait

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Our friend ready for the pirates in Singapore Strait

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Our friend ready for the pirates in Singapore Strait

Our friend was very disappointed when he could not come with us. The Agent had told him it was to much trouble to put his name on our port clearance before leaving Thailand so he will have to go home when we discharge in Siracha.

I am also very disappointed, it is very boring when he is not on board and his chair in my room is empty and there is no one to talk to.

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
My friend's chair is empty

I have finally received my telescope ladder for the ballast tanks. We found a Werner (Professional Ladders) at the hardware store in Siracha and I asked our Ship chandler to get one Werner ladder for us. I have been trying to get one since we started with the ballast tanks on board Ribe Maersk back in 2018.

We were eager to get down in the ballast tank to try out the ladder. It is very narrow in the stools so an ordinary ladder is impossible to get in to the stool. But now we can get in to the stool with the new ladder and the crew can do chipping on top of the stool.

Our new ladder for the ballast tanks

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Watchman at the ballast tank entrance

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Our TOP GUNS giving the ladder 3 out of 3 thumbs up

The crew was very happy and the new ladder got 3 out of 3 thumbs up. It had been very easy to move around with the ladder in the ballast tank. And I was happy, now we can do a proper job

Werner ladders

I got an e-mail from Philip Cornwel-Smith and he is writing a column in the online magazine 'Bangkok 101' about the birds that can be seen (and heard) in Bangkok. He asked if he could use Bangkok 101some of my pictures, of course, he can use as many as he want.

You can read the article by clicking HERE! There are some interesting things about birding in Bangkok.

Bangkok 101


Grey Wagtail

8th of September is the date for me spotting a Grey Wagtail at departure from Bongkot. I spotted the bird later on in the afternoon as well. I could not ID the bird so I consulted my book “Birds of Thailand” in the evening. It was a Grey Wagtail and our friend the Agent's Representative tried to imitate the bird.

I am quite happy with the good morning gymnastics, not as good as on the other ships as we have port stay 2 to 3 times per week. But when we are at anchor or in the sea we start the day with Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.stgymnastic. It is a really good start of the day and the guys like it and they are full of enthusiasm when they get on deck to start the work.

Good morning gymnastics in the CCR

Aladdin's adventure in Singapore on board M/T Roy Mærsk during the Corvid-19 pandemic
Drinking tea in my room in the evening

And we are drinking tea trying to avoid eating chocolate in my room in the evening. I still have two bags of the tea I bought in Sweden last time. And our friend, the Agent's Representative loves it. Swedish honeyThe honey from Sweden is finished since a long time ago.

My friend went home during our trip to Tanjung Pelepas and he took 2 jars of Swedish honeySwedish honey in my fridge. But his wife had finished the honey before he came back on board.

I still have Swedish honey in my fridge back home so I will at least have some when I sign off next time. But drinking the tea I bought in Sweden I don't need any honey as it has a very good taste .




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