Aladdin's adventure on board Alpha Ship's MV Pegasus


Aladdin's adventure on board Alpha Ship's MV Pegasus
MV Pegasus
I found the picture on a computer onboard Pegasus
Photographer unknown




Sunday 11th of December 2005 and I had received my flight details from Arrownaut Ship Management yesterday.

11Dec05  LH6261  CPH/MUC  18:05/19:40
11Dec05  LH  638  MUC/DXB  21:35/06:30


I ordered a taxi for 10:40. My train was leaving Kalmar for Copenhagen airport at 11:08. Of course, J was coming with me to the train station to see me off

Kalmar Train station
He was at the train station to see me off

Kalmar Train station
Of course not fun to be left alone in Kalmar

Barometern
Seems like I left Sweden in the nick of time

I arrived to Copenhagen airport at 14:45. I went straight to the ticket office.
- It's an e-ticket and we can check you in here. Then you only have to drop your bag at the luggage drop.
Yes, E-ticket is great, I checked in and I could drop my “portable home” at the “Odd size baggage drop”. No queue and I were soon sitting at a restaurant eating lamb on rack while surfing the internet. I bought a card for 50 Dkr for 2 hours of WI-FI connection to the internet. I could choose between 30 minutes for 30 DKR, 1 hour for 60 DKR and 2 hours for 50 Dkr. The choice was obvious. My flight to Munich was departing at 18:05 so I had some time to kill.

We arrived to Munich around 19:30 and I passed the passport control and I was in the terminal for flights outside EU. I had a sore throat and I went to a drugstore to buy some codeine. That's the only thing helping against a sore throat. You can eat paracetamol and aspirin till you die, but you still have sore throat. I was in a pretty bad shape Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st, but it would have been embarrassing to call in sick the same day I should sign on.

Well, to buy Aspirin with codeine you need a prescription. Well, I understand, but this is an emergency. I wondered for myself: Who brings a prescription to an airport to buy medicine?

The girl sold me some pastille. Hmm, I could as well have bought it in a kiosk. It would probably Scooby Dollarhave been much cheaper as well. But who cares about money? I'm on my way to make Lufthansa flight LH 638 plenty Scooby $ so saving a few ¢ running around (with all my luggage) looking for cheap pastille was the last thing I had on my mind.

I must ask you one thing. Have you noticed that they have abolished the luggage trolleys in the terminals. Well, In Hamburg you can have a trolley if you pay 1€ 50¢ in the slot of the trolley. Oh yeah, I always carry around change when arriving to a new country.

Stockholm, Hamburg, Belgium, Dubai all have a couple of kilometres to walk to the immigration. Hard to do with your arms full of broken plastic bags with tax-free stuff and other necessity. I have to invest some € in cabin luggage and a laptop case on wheels.

I will see what I can find next time signing off. I had it by now. Well, anyway, we started to board our Airbus just after 21:00. Departure time was 21:35.

We were pretty much departing on time. But when we reached the runway we stopped for de-icing.
Winter time Hmm, it's that time of the year.

I can't say that I'm sorry to leave Europe for a few months, returning to Sweden just in time for spring. I changed to shorts on Copenhagen airport and I hope that I don't have to use my “Panta longas until next year”

Lufthansa flight LH 638
Leaving Munich International Airport

Lufthansa flight LH 638
De-icing before leaving Munich International Airport

Lufthansa flight LH 638
De-icing before leaving Munich International Airport

Lufthansa flight LH 638
De-icing before leaving Munich International Airport

Lufthansa flight LH 638
De-icing before leaving Munich International Airport

We took off about 40 minutes after scheduled time and we had a 5 hours flight to Dubai to look forward to. I can't say that I was jumping up and down in joy and excitement. Sitting in monkey class don't have that effect on me. It's more the opposite, especially when I'm sick. My sore throat wasn't getting any better of the pastilles.

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Monday 12th of December 2005
and we arrived to Dubai international early morning. I didn't recognize the airport. When I was here last time (10 years ago) we had to sit in a tent. Now it was a huge terminal, but without trolleys for the luggage.

Our agent met me and after passing the immigration and custom I was taken to a hotel. I really needed sleep and some antibiotic for my sore throat. Needless to say, I didn't manage to sleep on the flight.

Dubai
On the way from the airport to the hotel

Dubai
On the way from the airport to the hotel

Dubai
On the way from the airport to the hotel

Dubai
Arriving to the hotel

Arriving to the hotel and my room wasn't ready. I was a wee bit disappointed.
- Go eat while we prepare your room, they told me in the reception.
- Hey, telling me to eat is like giving vodka to an alcoholic.

I had my breakfast in the restaurant and when I was ready 15 minutes later my room was ready. I took a quick shower and I managed to sleep for 3-4 hours until they called me on the phone.
- They will pick you up in 30 minutes.
I had a quick shower and I got dressed. I could see that Astoria Hotel was close by on a map that I found in my room. I had to go see a Doctor and a drugstore for my throat so I decided to pass Astoria, just to see if I recognized it. And I did recognize Astoria Hotel. I also recognized the “Pancho Villas” sign. The famous Pancho Villas where I was banned some 10 years ago.

Astoria Hotel in Dubai
Astoria Hotel

Pancho Villa's at Astoria Hotel in Dubai
Pancho Villa's at Astoria Hotel in Dubai

Pancho Villa's at Astoria Hotel in Dubai
Dubai

I bought my pain relievers and some antibiotic for my throat. If you have a sore throat for more than 2-3 days you need antibiotic to cure it. Well, I dropped a painkiller and Yo!! This was the stuff I wanted, my sore throat was gone in a jiff. Dolgit® 600, Ibuprofen 600, DOLORGIET Germany. Well, now I don't write all this information down for you. It's a note for me so I can buy the stuff next time passing a well stocked drugstore.

I returned to the hotel and I ordered lunch while waiting for the driver to take us to Dubai container terminal, Jebel Ali. While eating one of the guys from the German Law Course in Hamburg walks in to the restaurant. He's together with one more guy.
- Hey! You signing on Pegasus as an Engineer? I asked.
- No, I'm the Chief Officer and this is an IT technician staying onboard for a few days, he said.
- Join me for lunch, I said.
I told him that I thought they were all Engineers on the course in Hamburg. We were babbling away and the times turned quickly. They were soon calling us from the reception.
- Your driver is here.

When I came to the reception to sign the bill the bell boy and the driver were busy with our luggage. They had a little problem with my bag. My bag was in and out from the trunk several times. They turned and twisted my bag and finally they could close the darn lid and we could leave for the ship. Nice to be on the way again.

Dubai
Loading our luggage

Dubai
They had problem with my bag

Dubai
Here come some help

Dubai
It was not easy

Dubai
We're ready to leave

Dubai
On the way to Jebel Ali

Dubai
On the way to Jebel Ali

Dubai
On the way to Jebel Ali

Dubai
Indoor skiing

Jebel Ali
Approaching Jebel Ali container terminal

Jebel Ali
Jebel Ali container terminal

Jebel Ali
We reach the gate

Jebel Ali
They have a van to take us to the ship

Jebel Ali
On the way to the ship

Jebel Ali
On the way to the ship

Jebel Ali
On the way to the ship

Jebel Ali
There we have the ship

It was a 30 minutes ride to Jebel Ali container terminal. I said it before, but I must say it again. I didn't recognize anything in Dubai from last time I was here. We passed a new area of Dubai and I asked our driver how old it was.
- It was built 3-4 years ago.

On the way to Jebel Ali terminal we passed a huge indoor ski slope. There was an area where they were building skyscrapers. Not one and not two, but several of these huge condominiums. Sea side and expensive is the name of the game. Hmm, I don't know if I would like to live in Dubai, never mind how much sea side it is. But I have no doubt that the night life is way better in Funky Town

The first thing we had to do at arrival to Jebel Ali container terminal was to pass immigration. Then we continued to the gate were we got a ride with a van to our ship. They have these vans transporting people within the terminal. It's not allowed to drive cars at the terminal. It was nice to finally get in to my cabin with my bag.


MV Pegasus is chartered by Maersk. When I came onboard Pegasus arrived to Jebel Ali fromWorld map South Africa. They used to stop in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Pegasus starts her voyage in Dammam, Saudi Arabia then she goes to Jebel Ali, UAE. Next stop is Algeciras in Spain before going to Brazil. They don't stop in South Africa any more on the way to Jebel Ali.

Now they changed our route and there will not be any stop in South Africa any more. We will stop in Nouakchott (It's the capital of Islamic Republic of Mauritania) on the way to Brazil. They added a stop in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. But on the first trip the stop in Nouakchott and Rio De Janeiro will be omitted. Our new route will be:
Ad Dammam - Jebel Ali - Algeciras - Nouakchott - Rio De Janeiro - Santos - Itajai - Paranagua - Rio Grande - Jebel Ali - Ad Dammam.


I asked my phone company if I could upload my web page with GPRS in Dubai.
-No, you can't do that.
Hmm, I have to wait until we arrive to Spain. Maybe I will get the opportunity to go ashore to some internet cafe and upload my web page. But you can always check Pegasus position list. Here you can see ETA and ETS for Pegasus. And when we have been in Spain you can check for updates. But you can always check for updates. You never know when I have a chance to go ashore to a internet cafe with my USB memory.

Well, this will be a later problem. In order to cut down the downloading time for you I will divide this page after the months. Thus you only have to download the pictures taken in the month your interested of. For example:
You are looking for updates every day on aladdin.st and in March you don't want to download pictures from December and January. My pages tend to get out of proportions and I can as well save a little time uploading my pages. I don't have to upload January and February when I'm uploading in March.

- OK OK! You got the picture already.

December 2005  January 2006  February 2006  March 2006  April 2006  

I signed on 12th of December in Jebel Ali and we did the following voyages before I signed off in Suez 11th of April 2006:
Voy #
Port:
All fast
Departure:
Cargo summary arrival
20'/ 40'
IMDG class at arrival
Cargo summary departure
20'/ 40'
0514
Jebel Ali
Dep:1006 13Dec 05 I was not onboard Class:
Discharge:
Transit:
Total:  228/ 500  15817 MT
0601*
Ad Dammam
Arr: 0618 14Dec05
Dep:0136 16Dec05
Total:       228/ 500 15817 MT
Discharge:226/ 500 15793 MT
Transit:          2/ 0        24 MT
Remarks: 209 Reefers
Class: 2.3 ; 3 ; 4.1 ; 6.1; 8
Discharge:14units,103155 kg
Transit: Nil
Total:  78/ 633  8791 MT
Remarks:
0601
Jebel Ali
Arr: 2148 16Dec05
Dep:0954 17Dec05
Total:          78/633  8803MT
Discharge:  58/295  4311MT
Transit:      20/338   4492MT
Remarks:
Class: 8
Discharge:  2 units  4500kg
Transit: Nil
Loaded: 291/286  11572MT
Total:    311/624  16064MT
Remarks: 1 Reefer
0601
Algeciras
Arr: 0348 30Dec05
Dep:1512 31Dec05
Total:        311/624 16064 MT
Discharge:298/ 352 14737 MT
Transit:       13/272   1327 MT
Remarks:
Class: 3; 4.1; 8
Discharge:  4 units  54195kg
Transit: Nil
Loaded:  105/ 369  6220 MT
Total:    117/ 713  7963 MT
Remarks: 11 Reefer
0601
Nouakchott
Omitted
     
0601
Rio De Janeiro
Omitted
     
0601*
Itajai
Arr: 1158 10Jan06
Dep:0224 11Jan06
Total:          117/ 713 7963MT
Discharge:    13/ 28    929 MT
Transit:       104/ 685  7034MT
Remarks: 11 Reefers in transit
Class: 3; 5.1; 6.1; 9
Discharge: Nil
Transit: 11 units 18640kg
Loaded:   65/ 78   2787MT
Total:    169/ 434  8422MT
Remarks: 73 Reefers
0602
Santos
Arr: 0030 12Jan06
Dep:0718 12Jan06
Total:        169/ 603 7422 MT
Discharge:   91/ 110  4193 MT
Transit:       78/ 324  4229 MT
Remarks: 11 Reefers in transit
Class: 3; 5.1; 6.1; 9
Discharge: 8 units 151700kg
Transit: 3 units 35040kg
Loaded:   /    MT
Total:   128/ 341  4459 MT
Remarks:
0602
Paranagua
Arr: 2024 12Jan06
Dep:1318 13Jan06
Total:        128/469 4459MT
Discharge:   9/244  1372MT
Transit:       119/97  3087MT
Remarks: 62 Reefers in transit
Class: 3; 9
Discharge: 2 units 30000kg
Transit: 1 units  5040kg
Loaded:   50/ 89   2768MT
Total:    169/ 186  5843MT
Remarks:
0602
Rio Grande
Arr: 1854 14Jan06
Dep:2306 14Jan06
Total:         169/ 186   5843MT
Discharge:     3/ 3          72MT
Transit:       166/ 183  5771MT
Remarks: 131 Reefers transit
Class: 3
Discharge: 1 units 5040kg
Transit:
Loaded:  6/ 69   1956MT
Total:  171/ 251  7736MT
Remarks: 181 live reefers.
0602
Jebel Ali
Arr:  0600 03Feb06
Dep: 2118 04Feb06
Total:         172/251  7739MT
Discharge:  169/183  5737MT
Transit:          3/68    2002MT
Remarks:Disch 115 Reefers
Class: Nil
Discharge: Nil
Transit: Nil
Loaded:  164/446  12839MT
Total:     167/514  14853MT
Remarks: 25 units IMDG & 187 reefers loaded
0603*
Ad Dammam
Arr: 1600 04Feb06
Dep:2048 05Feb06
Total:          166/514  14857MT
Discharge:  166/514  14857MT
Transit: Nil
Remarks: 187 Reefers
Class: 2;2,2;3;4,1;6,1;8;9
Disch: 25 units 39901,1kg
Transit: Nil
Loaded:  115/493  10205MT
Total:      117/495  10231MT
Remarks: 2 units not discharged
due to missing documents
0603
Jebel Ali
Arr: 2142 06Feb06
Dep: 1318 07Feb06
Total:         117/495   10230MT
Discharge:  104/163    6060MT
Transit:        13/332    4170MT
Remarks: 3 Reefers
Class: 3 & 8
Disch: 7 units 164080kg
Transit: 6 units 149000kg
Loaded:  306/327   13658MT
Total:      312/579   17372MT
Remarks: 1 broken container rejected
0603
Algeciras
Arr:  1254 20Feb06
Dep: 1130 21Feb06
Total:         312/579   13372MT
Discharge:  296/415   16180MT
Transit:        16/164     1184MT
Remarks: 2 reefers in transit
Class: 2, 3 & 8
Disch: 11 units 188010kg
Transit: Nil
Loaded:   106/224   4621MT
Total:       121/388   5926MT
Remarks: 3 live reefers onboard.
0603
Nouakchott
Arr:  1000 24Feb06
Dep: 2006 24Feb06
Total:         123/388  5926MT
Discharge:  102/50   3306MT
Transit:       22/338   2620MT
Remarks:
Class: 5,1 6,1 8 154400kg
Disch: 1 unit 5,1 8000kg
Transit: 7 units 6,1 & 8
Loaded: NIL
Total:      22/338   2620MT
Remarks:
0604*
Rio De Janeiro
Arr:  1136 03Mar06
Dep: 1730 03Feb06
Total:        21/388   2620MT
Discharge:   2/0         35MT
Transit:      19/338   2585MT
Remarks:
Class: 6,1 8 146400kg
Disch: Nil
Transit: 7 units 6,1 & 8
Loaded: NIL
Total:      22/338   2620MT
Remarks: No cargo operation due to lack of cargo. Only anchored for health inspection.
0604
Santos
Arr:  1236 06Mar06
Dep: 0012 07Mar06
Total:         21/388   2620MT
Discharge:   9/170   1388MT
Transit:      12/218   1232MT
Remarks:
Tot: 7 units class 6,1 & 8
Disch: 5 units 6,1
Transit: 2 units 6,1 & 8
Loaded:   20/130  2560MT
Total:      31/195   3740MT
Remarks: 67 reefers loaded
0604
Itajai
Arr:  1436 7Mar06
Dep: 0525 08Mar06
Total:        31/295  3830MT
Discharge:  6/213  1035MT
Transit:      25/82   2795MT
Remarks:
Tot: 2 units class 6,1 & 8
Disch: Nil
Transit: 2 units
Loaded:  46/97   4129MT
Total:    70/179   6836MT
Remarks: 73 reefers loaded, total 140 onboard.
0604
Paranagua
Arr:  1318 08Mar06
Dep: 1754 08Mar06
Total:         70/176   6743MT
Discharge:   4/2        130MT
Transit:      66/174   6613MT
Remarks:
Tot: 2 units class 6,1 & 8
Disch: 1 unit class 6,1
Transit: 1 unit class 8
Loaded:       2/30      968MT
Total:        68/204   7589MT
Remarks: 29 reefers loaded, total 169 onboard.
0604
Rio Grande
Arr:  2154 09Mar06
Dep: 0624 10Mar06
Total:          69/204    7591MT
Discharge:    6/10        249MT
Transit:       63/194    7342MT
Remarks:
Tot: 1 unit class 8
Disch: 1 unit class 8
Transit: Nil
Loaded:  18/88      2882MT
Total:      81/282  10238MT
Remarks: Most of the containers canceled
0604
Jebel Ali
Arr: 1218 29Mar06
Dep:1748 30Mar06
Total:          81/282   10238MT
Discharge:   78/237    8853MT
Transit:         3/45      1385MT
Remarks: Discharge 154 reefers and 38 in transit
Tot: Nil
Disch: Nil
Transit: Nil
Loaded:  333/455  16164MT
Total:     336/500  17549MT
Remarks: 198 reefers onboard
0605*
Ad Dammam
Arr: 1730 01Apr06
Dep:1836 02Apr06
Total:        336/500   17549MT
Discharge: 335/500  17542MT
Transit:         1/0             2MT
Remarks: 198 reefers to be discharged
Class: 2, 3, 4.1, 6.1, 8, 9
Discharge: 15 Units
Transit: Nil
Loaded: 237/565   11358MT
Total:    238/565   11360MT
Remarks:
0605
Jebel Ali
Arr: 1300 03Apr06
Dep:0942 04Apr06
Total:          238/565  11360MT
Discharge:  209/202    9110MT
Transit:         29/363    2250MT
Remarks:
Class: 26 Units class 8
Discharge: 12 Units
Transit: 14 Units
Loaded: 420/278  14091MT
Total:    449/561  15866MT
Remarks: 1 reefer loaded
* Voyage numbers are changing in Ad Dammam and first port in Brazil
As you see the numbers doesn't always add up. Loaded and transit can differ by a few containers. Sometimes containers are cancelled or added after we received our loading plan.





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