Being a Seafarer is tough at the best of times, in this COVID-19 times it is much tougher !

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Being a Seafarer is tough at the best of times, in this COVID-19 times it is much tougher !

As most of you will know John Giddens and I along with a bunch of friendly co-investors and a couple of friendly financial institutions have invested in and Own the DP3 DSV Souther Star.

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Along with our Charterers Shelf Subsea and our Ship Managers Thome Offshore we have managed by hard work, coordination and an all round coordinated effort to succeed to keep the Southern Star COVID – 19 free. This has not been an easy task and has been costly in time, effort and cost. In addition to strict compliance to our own, governmental, port and industry rules and guidance we have also have installed on her back deck an isolation ‘cabin’ in the form of a portacabin to quarantine any suspected cases.
The Southern Star departing from Singapore to a project. On the back deck you see the COVID-19 isolation container in case the vessel gets a case and we need to isolate crew prior to evacuation.
The Southern Star departing from Singapore to a project. On the back deck you see the COVID-19 isolation container in case the vessel gets a case and we need to isolate crew prior to evacuation.

I was taken to write this post as despite all of this hardship and uncertainty, morale on the vessel is still high.

At a recent port call we changed out the majority of the marine and projects crews, some who had been onboard for 200 days or more. Yesterday, our Charterers (Shelf Subsea) posted a jolly shot of the dive crew in the control room (below for those who have not seen it);

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This was pleasant to see. I was then prompted to ask the Captain to supplement this by adding some photos of other parts of the ship.

So, Thanks to the OCM Marc Fitzgerald, Captain Simran Gill and the rest of the Southern Star Marine and Projects crews for sharing some happy images of life onboard the Southern Star, Offshore Vietnam;

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Capt. Simran Gill and the bridge crew. The Southern Star has a Kongsberg DP3 setup                                                    and is Classed DPS3 by ABS

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C/E Robert Leitz and his Engine Room crew. The Souther Star is powered by a Diesel Electric Propulsion system with Voith Schenider main propulsion and Rolls Royce Bow Thrusters.

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They say an ‘army marches on its stomach’. It’s no different on a DSV, poor food leads to poor morale. We are fortunate to have excellent food and husbandry onboard the Southern Star from a superb group of catering crew, all from Malaysia.

I am proud to have this crew working for us in these difficult times and from Tasik Subsea we offer a huge thankyou for keeping the vessel fully operational and busy during these trying times.

Article written by Mike Meade, CEO at M3 Marine Group- Singapore