Category Archives: 2016 Trip

Malta-Dubai; 15 August 2016 – Day 6, Towards Mersin

15 August 11.35 ship-time (GMT + 3). Steaming slowly towards Mersin   I suddenly have access to data and have spent the morning catching up with my emails. It has been a quiet morning as we have been adrift at … Continue reading

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Malta-Dubai; 14 August 2016 – Day 5, Beirut

14 August 2016 08.30 ship time (GMT+3) At Beirut port   The city is under a grey haze and standing on deck outside one is assaulted by the smell of the Burj Hammoud garbage mountain just to the east of … Continue reading

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Malta-Dubai; 13 August 2016 – Day 4, steaming towards Beirut

13 August 06.00 ship time (GMT+2); 07.00 GPS time (my phone) Steaming towards Beirut The ship left Damietta sometime after midnight, having spent only twelve hours there. The officers must be absolutely shattered, since we will be arriving in Beirut … Continue reading

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Malta-Dubai; 12 August 2016 – Day 3, Damietta

Friday 12 August 12.15 (GMT +2) Arriving in Damietta You can tell you are approaching port by a number of signs. First is the arrival of the land creatures: swifts, green flies, storks (or something else long-necked and ungainly). Next, … Continue reading

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Malta-Dubai; 11 August 2016 – Day 2, at sea in the Mediterranean

11 August 2016 10.35 (Ship time. My phone’s GPS says it is actually 11.35) The Mediterranean; steaming towards Damietta The Mediterranean is such a lonely sea. Its vastness is such that one doesn’t really see ships passing except in the … Continue reading

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Malta-Dubai again; 10 August 2016 – Day 1, Setting Off from Malta

In August 2016, I once again boarded a ship in Malta to travel to Jabal Ali.  I had recorded the previous occasion with giddy excitement, all things seeming new and unfamiliar.  Perhaps the familiarity of the trip, or the fact … Continue reading

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