Overcast, good visIBILITY, near gale, (WNW force 6), +12 degrees, 1008 mbar
We dropped the anchor for two reasons. Firstly do bunkering and secondly to make a crew change. We will now say goodbye to our ice advisors who have been a good support to the navigation team but also great fellows to keep atmosphere excellent at the ship. I wish we see each other soon again. I didn’t have yet chance to “Shanghai” them permanently to our crew but definitely will do so in the future.
From now on we are on our home waters. The Arctic is our playground but the Baltic Sea surely is our home. Shallow waters and intense traffic with ice navigation time to time will suit me (and for the vessel) perfectly.
Jussi Vaahtikari is Master of m/v Haaga. He has participated to the construction of Viikki and Haaga since the design phase and he was also part of the supervision team in China during the construction phase.
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