I’m reporting live from a cargo ship– I’ve lucked out by ending up on a vessel with wireless connection! This time, I have the chance to learn about a whole different kind of ship– a RO-RO… or, “Roll On, Roll Off.” These ships transport just about anything with wheels…cars, trucks, tractors, construction vehicles. They’re basically gigantic floating parking decks.
I boarded M/V AutoBank in Oslo as they unloaded their shipment of cars. Then we sailed to Bremerhaven, Germany to load again. Here’s a short video I made with photos and sound from our 24-hour journey:
The sound is from a recording I made as we were pulling up the ramps, winding up the mooring lines, and setting sail from Oslo. The beautiful progression of tone changes is exactly as it happened– I just abridged it a bunch, taking it from 13 minutes down to 2 minutes.
In Bremerhaven, I disembarked to wait for my next ship. I’m now on board M/V Baltic Breeze, another car carrier. Right now we are approaching the coast of Belgium. Destination: Zebrugge. We’ll arrive at the pilot station around 2100 this evening and we should be “alongside” a little after midnight. In sailing terms, that means we’ll be tied up at our loading spot, ready to start at 0600 tomorrow a.m.–that’s the earliest the stevedores in Zebrugge will begin.
I’ll be on board the Breeze all month, stopping in UK, Spain, Italy and Greece to arrive in Turkey. You can track our ship using AIS and google maps at marinetraffic.com. Click on this link to see the vessel specs, and then underneath Last Position Received, click “Current Vessel’s Track” and voila!
Stay tuned for more sound, photos, and stories from the trade routes here on Transom.org.