Saturday, 4 September 2010

Move Day...

This past Thursday the vast majority of the Mercy Ships crew headed off-ship to Appelsbosch, about 1 hour 30 minutes drive from the Durban Port. While the ship is in drydock there will only be a crew of around 80 technical and support staff staying onboard, and the rest of us will be based out at Appelsbosch.

When many people move somewhere, there is always bound to be a large amount of boxes - and the Mercy Ships crew is no exception! The Town Square area of the ship was full of boxes, suitcases, sporting equipment, bicycles, folding chairs, and much, much more. And soon all of these possessions were in a couple of large trucks on the dock and around 150 Mercy Shippers were headed out to Appelsbosch in a large convoy of Land Rovers.

I remained onboard for a couple of hours after the crew left, since I was headed to Cape Town later that day for a three-and-a-half week break. As I type this I am now back home in Cape Town, so expect less regular posts for the next few weeks - although if there is something vaguely Mercy Ships-related it'll be here!

The trucks on the dock.

Mercy Ships vehicles await the departure to Appelsbosch.

And off they go!


Hecky Darn said...

Long time reader, first time commenter!

Just out of curiosity, what do the rest of the Mercy Ship crew do in Appelsboch (sp?) while the ship is being worked on?

Murray Tristan Crawford said...

Hi! Thanks for following my blog. :-)
To answer your question, most of the crew who are off-ship will continue to do the roles they did on the ship.
The Academy, our school onboard, will continue now at Appelsbosch, and the Purser department (albeit scaled down) will continue as normal as we deal with immigration and embarking new crew (albeit on land).
We're also hoping to do some medical programmes here in SA, including eyes and dental team.
We're now very much in a transition phase as we focus on what we can do here in South Africa while also planning for Sierra Leone in 2011.
Hope that answers your question!