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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 28, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 28 April 2014

Mika Tan, Middlebury College


We were aided by a pilot to steer in through that narrow channel to St. Georges Harbour, it’s only about 50 meters wide (half the length of a football field)!

Ship's Log

Docked in St. George’s, Bermuda
A few clouds, 21°C, winds west Force 4

Today began our weeklong series of tours in Bermuda, starting with the organization that helped coordinate our safe entry into St. George’s harbor: Bermuda Radio.

Bermuda Radio operates 24/7, 365 days a year to coordinate all ship traffic, respond to maritime emergencies, and update weather/seas conditions for the waters in and around Bermuda. At any one time, a cruise ship might be on its way into or leaving or just passing by Bermuda; a small emergency might need to be dealt with: for instance- somebody is 10 miles offshore and ran out of fuel, or a larger emergency is in need of immediate response – a boat is on fire 150 miles off; a storm system might be building close by; the U.S. Coast Guard might require certain information; or a Bermuda registered ship anywhere in the world might have just set off an emergency signal. Anything from the most mundane task of filling out information forms to the most pressing maritime emergencies can happen at any time, and it is up to the staff on watch at Bermuda Radio to respond to all of these situations and prioritize actions.

What impressed and surprised me the most is that all of this is handled by just one (very, very experienced) mariner on watch. One person! But don’’t be fooled - the staff we met during the tour are more than capable of doing all of those tasks, and doing them well. They are highly trained professional mariners with years of experience under their belts, and I felt really secure knowing that these are the people who ensure our safety in Bermudian waters. We were in constant communication with them well before we could even see Bermuda on our horizon, and our entrance to the harbor went really smoothly thanks to their work.

As I left their office, I was still in shock and awe about how one person can be so good at what they do to be able to handle all the things that need to be done at Bermuda Radio. They say you need to spend 10,000 hours to become an expert in something, and I wouldn’‘t be surprised if the staff there had spent ten times that number to become the best in what they do. And this seems like a trait I also see in the staff here on board the Cramer– they are all so passionate about what they do, that they would spend hours working on the ship to perfect their skills, and I couldn’’t ask for any more incredible people to be shipmates with. You’’re awesome, guys!!

- Mika

PS: To my family and friends, I’’m still very much alive and doing everything that a Mika does! I have so many more stories of our adventures than can fit in this post, and I can’’t wait to see you all again to share some of the things I’’ve learned.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c252  port stops  bermuda. • (0) Comments


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