Sual Port Pangasinan City (NAPOCOR POWER PLANT)
This year is the 3rd Voyage of my husband. His first voyage was in 2011 and the name of the ship was Mv Luna Spirit. It was a car ship. On the 2nd year 2013, it was Mv Unicorn Ocean (Bulk Carrier) and this year, 2015 is Mv Double Happiness (also a Bulk Carrier).
His contract every year is 9 months, then he goes home for vacation that is about 3-5 months - that also depends in his situation if he will have a training, exams or reviews. Also, sometimes if he will promoted on board their contract will be extended up to 2-3 months. whoa! (pwede bang wag nalang sya ma promote para 9 months lang hehe!)
(Mv Double Happiness but this pic is not in the Sual port hehe I just search this from google lol)
Vessel named "DOUBLE HAPPINESS", registered with IMO number 9336036 and MMSI 371359000 is bulk carrier. Currently sailing under the flag of Panama. She was built in 2005.
On April 29, 2015 my husband departed from the Philippines to China because his joining port was in China. Do you know that one of the hardest things in life is when you say goodbye to someone? Oh yeah! Because when during his first voyage way back 2011, pauwi nalang sya but di pa rin ako maka move-on and I'd always cry every time I miss him, that's true!! However, on his 3rd voyage I already prepared myself emotionally because know that I am a very emotional person. lol! So hindi na namin sya hinatid sa airport to avoid drama heheh! Hinatid lang namin siya sa highway pinasakay ng taxi, so di masyadong malungkot at nakakaiyak, right?
(Zd and me with others Seafarers wives, at Sual Port Waiting Area)
It's about a 5-hr drive by bus from Pasay Bus Terminal to Pangasinan. Then from Pangasinan - Sual Port about 45 mins via tricycle. Our travel is very hard for me because I had a backpack with stuff that weighs about 10 kilos I think, plus zd. hehe! But thanks to my companions, the other seafarer's wives who accompanied and assisted me. ;)
|(NAPOCOR POWER PLANT)|
It was a very tiring night because of our travel was paid off when we get there and see our loving spouses. My husband was very happy to see us (and of course, the feeling was mutual! lol). We slept and stayed at their ship for 4 days and 4 nights.
|(First Dinner @ Mv Double Happiness)|
|(Zd boy having fun singing with his papa)|
( Family Bonding)
After that, my husband toured me to the ship and to their engine. And I witnessed how hard their jobs are there. The engine was very hot, and it's very deep, and if I was there working everyday, I think I would surrender already and give-up the job! They were so messy because of the engine works.
(Zd would rather stay outside than stay inside the ship)
This is my darling and my loving husband (after his duty)
I know that God has a purpose why we for letting us stay in their ship for a few days. It is for us to know how hard it is inside. As a seafarer's wife, after visiting him, I realized a lot of things. First, it is very hard for us now in our communication because in this ship, they don't have emails available, unlike his past voyage that we can have communication everyday. So he needs to wait 'til they reach a port so he can contact me. Second, the status of his work - subrang nakakapagod ang trabaho nya, kulang lagi sa tulog, hindi on time sa pagkain, minsan di pa sila nakakapag snacks kasi sa subra daming trabaho nila at dahil yan sa luma na ang barko nila. I know he needs my prayers, my encouragement and comfort.
I really enjoyed our experience in Mv Double Happiness with my husband. This is also my first in his ship with our son. It is a stress reliever also for him to see his family, even in the very short time. I hope we will see you soon my love, God willing.
That's all and thank you for reading! heheheh :)
I hope this experienced will inspire other seafarer's wives :)