The Lodycke served as a survey vessel in the waterways of Zeeland, is 23 metres long and not built for the open sea. Our crew was commissioned to take the Lodycke from Stellendam to Lagos in Nigeria!! In other words, a true TOS job. In Lagos, the Lodycke would have a new life as a relief boat for dredging activities.
The bridge cum mess room was our work and living area for a period of five weeks. Below deck there was a galley and two broom cupboards that would have to serve as sleeping accommodation.
Snow in the Bay of Douanenez in France. ’Holiday trip’? You must be joking! On the rear deck, there were 6 tanks of 1000 litres for the vital extra fuel.
“MY LODYCKE” in the marina of Las Palmas on the Canary islands.
The daily chores. With neither a washing machine nor freshwater, we washed our clothes in a bucket of seawater.
And for the same reason we sprayed the crew down daily with warm seawater. Since the air conditioning had stopped working, this was the only way to keep yourself feeling reasonably fresh (as long as you were standing under the hosepipe). Because the temperature was around 40 degrees.
Despite every effort on our part, not a single fish materialized. However, fishing tackle worth a couple of hundred euros was donated to Neptune.
On the last day, we were hit by a tropical storm.
The job is complete. On board a stone dumper vessel, awaiting our flight home while enjoying a cold beer and air conditioning.
Mission: Ship delivery to Lagos, Nigeria
Deck Officer: Peter