Category: MS Varta

Varta – Going to the yard

13th October 2006 – Together with my neighbour we would bring the ship to the yard. Several things went wrong. My neighbour had to unload a cement ship, so we lost some time. During the journey with the Varta, the engine wasn’t functioning as it should. We missed the opening hours of the bridge and had to wait. We were still in time to be dry-docked and had a good party in the evening with all the neighbours.

Varta – Working in the hold

27th May 2004 – The problem of working in a ship is often the space. You are buying tools and materials for the job, but where to store them. We cleaned the hold to get a better view of the current situation.

Varta – Leaving Ostend

26th August 2003 – The plan was to move the Varta to Ghent. The Varta was a spits barge which had been dry-docked at the IDP yard in Ostend.  We left the yard and at the end of the dock, the engine wasn’t cooling. We couldn’t stay since the lock just opened and moved on. While in the harbour, the engine started smelling badly.  We made it through the big lock into the Houtdok.  We started dismantling the cooling system of the engine and figured out the internal cooling unit was blocked by dirt.

At the end of the evening we had to leave the harbour and moved the ship, in the dark, without navigation lights to the canal Ostend-Ghent. The rest of the journey will be for another time.