Tuesday, 20 December 2005

Shore based employment - Pandaw cruises

08.08.2005 - 20.12.2005

r/v Tonle Pandaw on Tonle Lake

r/v Tonle Pandaw, r/v Mekong Pandaw, r/v Pandaw 4, r/v Pandaw 2

Position: Marine Superintendent

GT: 553, 600, 550, 550
LOA: 55, 60, 55, 55

Class: River cruise vessel

Flag: Cambodian and Myanmarese

Sailed up and down Vietnam & Cambodia on Mekong river and Myanmar on the Irrawaddy river.

Was contracted to write ISM manual and completed task. Also required to take care of many other technical matters. Recommendation of safety improvements for existing ships and implementing planned maintenance which was hard to explain as crew was not used to preventative maintenance. They rather waited for things to break and then they dealt with matter at hand. 

In Cambodia sailed down to Ho Chi Minh City with stops in between depending on cruise. In Cambodia sailed once up to Kratie and Angkor Wat. Cruises took from 3 to 9 days.

In Burma joined a cruise from Bhamo down to Mandalay. Pretty awesome countryside that not many gets to see. The staff in Burma was very professional. We also visited the Katha village of George Orwell where he was stationed during the English colonial years. The area was totally dry now as the riverbed had moved quite far from the houses he writes about but the buildings still stood and were inhabited by locals.

Most memorable experience was when we had a weeks stop (a charter was cancelled) in Kampong Cham and one evening the Vietnamese Captain and Chief Engineer invited me ashore to come for dinner. They had found a Vietnamese lady who lived there and ran a restaurant. In fact there are plenty of Vietnamese refugees or immigrants in Cambodia, so they are not that hard to find. The highlight of the dinner was a 6kg python that was cooked to a curry. We ate snake and drank some kind of local liquor to wash it down. It was not that strong but we emptied several bottles in the course of the evening and were in a merry mood when coming back onboard.

Employed several qualified staff to the technical side, it was difficult to find personnel. 

Planned new building projects in Vietnam and Myanmar. Mostly gave insights of design matters at hand. 

Budgeting area of responsibility.

Owner/ Operator: Pandaw Cambodia Ltd.
Phnom Penh Center, Rm. no 229, St.Sihanouk 274 Blvd. Sothearos 3, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.