June 7th 2009 - Name Giving
June 7th 2009
Gas trial, double name giving and a launching - busy week !
Last friday (May 29th) the shipyard handed over ship no. 7 to us, which meant that after 9 months, my work came to its final week-long exam last Sunday. Well - not really my work ... the shipyards work and my tough supervision!! It was the start of the gas trial, where the ships cargo plant is tested with real gas. My job during the gas trial is to assist the gas engineers and crew - I don't really have any specific job during the tests, but am kept busy anyway, getting hold of tools and spares and trying to get the shipyard to rectify the small problems which invariably occur. It's nice to see so much work finally come to an end - especially because it all ran fairly smooth this time.
Paula and the girls got together for lunch at Ballentines on Thursday, to say goodbye or - who knows - auf wiedersehen to Hazian. There was a good turnout and I wasn't really neglected, as I was out on the ship at anchorage the whole day anyway. Below a few photos from the Hazian's goodbye lunch.
The gas trial finished on Friday, so TGE (the design office in charge of the basic ship design and detailed cargo plant design) invited us out for dinner at Outback Steakhouse. TGE had 4 people out here for the gas trial, including Ingo and Jorg.
At the Lotte Hotel and Department store it is always X-mas!!!
Olaf, Ingo, Paula, Joan Pauli, Mr. Oh, Fernando, Johannes, Hans and Bernd at Outback
Eating on a job well done !
Saturday was a day which had been planned long time in advance. Two of our vessels had to have their names officially given to them and the last vessel in the series was planned to be launched in the afternoon. Lots of business partners and people from the Copenhagen and Singapore Lauritzen offices (my company) had taken the trip to Ulsan to join in the festivities. That meant that I had to wear a tie.... always a problem! My colleague Fernando was kind enough to give me a graphical explanation of how to do a Wilson knot. It did the trick in 5th try !!
Check out the tie !
Christian was back - he spent a month with us two years ago - bowling pro!!
Johannes and Mr. Kim from the yard. And our agent Mr. Son on the phone.
We started off in Onsan Harbour where Leonora Kosan was taking a well deserved rest after the gas trial. The guests arrived in a bus from Busan, business cards were swapped, speeches delivered and the champagne bottle broken. After a bit of socializing, the tour of the ship started. It ended with a ribbon shearing ceremony at the bridge and the traditional blowing of the horn. But the horn didn't want to let up again ! It was stuck ......!!
There she is in her finest colours!
... just like me!! Here with jorg and ingo
All the ladies managed to get onboard in their high heels!
Ingo, Paula, me and Jorg
Paula, Carlos and Marilyn
Then back to the shipyard for lunch, more speeches and exchanges of gifts before we continued to the second name giving. This time for Victoria Kosan, which should be delivered in about 6 weeks time. This time the horn worked, but it took about 4 tries to break the bottle of champagne on the hull. Isn't that a bad omen ??? One time the bottle bounced off the hull and came flying back inches from the Godmothers head ....
Mr. Oh and Najib receiving the shipyard appreciation award at the lunch
Third or forth time lucky - the bottle finally broke.
The last item of the day went 100% according to plan. No 30 second salutes and no bottle-attacks! The launching of the last of our vessels was clock-work. Just to explain a little - the ship is build on a slipway on land. The steel blocks which make up the vessel are placed like Lego bricks on top of several wooden supports. When the steel blocks have been welded together and the vessel will be able to float, the supports which are not on top of small railway wagons are removed, so the vessel is resting entirely on a ... small train, you could say! At the word GO, the brakes are removed, the tug boat gives a little pull and the vessel starts to roll into the water. And the shipyard is paid 20% of their money !!!
Notice how much of the ship is unsupported .. and please notice my wife also !!!
There was a little mishap with the propeller shaft last week - hence the chain block!
Here you can better see what is left unsupported. And my wife of course!! (there is no support under the ship in this picture)
Sunday we had auto-invited ourselves for breakfast at Wayne and Teresa's once again. I'm good with auto-invitations! Colin, Jamie, Gokhan and Mari were also there, and we managed to plan out the whole of next week so that we wouldnt spend more than 20 hours without seeing eachother !! A film club was started, yoga sessions and bowling tournaments were organized and next Sunday's breakfast was delegated to ... us!
The breakfast planning committee!
After breakfast I went for a mtb ride with Ingo and in the evening we hooked up with some colleagues for dinner at .... Ballentines!
It's just soo green at the moment
This is when Ingo asked me if I was SURE that we were on the right track!
We were, but it was no easy track.
This week I hardly spoke to Paula, as she was so caught up in her books - printed, audio or as here, on the PC.