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Tangaroa Blog # 2 "I’m on a boat"

In the immersion suits post fire drill 2

Late last night I was notified that my flight from Napier to Wellington was unfortunately cancelled due to the weather so this meant an early morning drive from Napier to Wellington in the rain and in the dark.

I made it aboard, a bit late but there nonetheless. I was welcomed onto the ship by the officer and was taken down a number of flights of stairs to my cabin.

There is a hand rail down each of the stairs but on different stairs its on different sides so you continually have to swap what you have in your hand and I was carrying a few bags…

Luckily for me, I have a cabin to myself and my cabin is also near the bottom of the ship so I won’t feel the swell (as much).

My cabin has a set of bunk beds with drawers underneath, two lockers to put your gear in, a small table with bench seat and chair and ensuite bathroom.

I just had enough time to put all my stuff in the cabin before joining half the science team for the safety induction on the bridge and tour of the ship.

We watched a quick safety video were we learnt about how to stay safe on board the ship and what to do in the event of a fire.

Did you know most boat fires start because the lint in the dryer hasn’t been cleaned out? If I use the dryers I’ll definitely be checking the lint compartment that’s for sure!

We left port that afternoon and while we were still in the nice and calm harbour we had a practice fire drill including putting on our life jackets. I even had a practice getting into full immersion suits – it was a lot more difficult than I expected.

As we started heading north towards Gisborne I started to feel a little sea sick…

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