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I’ve had a hell of a week 21:14 - Aug 19 with 4125 viewsNewcyBlue

Rumours were going round the fleet of no crew available for relieving those of us on board, followed by emails surfacing saying those of us on board won’t be relieved until we are over 60 days past our extended service date.

For me that’s 4 months +60 days. Which means I will miss the birth of the twins. It also means I will be lucky to be home in 2020.

It also means our Filipino ratings will be on board for at least 11 months.

Today MrsN went for a scan. Twin 2 hasn’t grown as well as it should have. We are now looking at 2 scans a week to monitor. It could be that T2 is just smaller, there’s a blood restriction, or downs.

It’s all been a bit stressful, I’ve barely slept.

I’ve smashed a gym session tonight. I feel better for it.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 21:22 - Aug 19 with 2497 viewsunstableblue

Hang in there Newcy, and I hope you're able to get back to the UK to be with the Mrs as soon as possible.

And that the focussed scans shows improvement. Its a stressful concern.

Exercise a great leveller.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 21:28 - Aug 19 with 2468 viewsBanksterDebtSlave

Strewth Newcy. All I can offer you from my own recent experience is to try not to race ahead with medical stuff. Take one step in the process at a time. The seafaring stuff is just mental and I have nothing. All the best fella.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 21:36 - Aug 19 with 2434 viewsmidastouch

No wonder you're feeling stressed with all the uncertainty hanging over you. Sincerely hope it all gets resolved so you can get back in plenty of time for the birth of your twins.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 21:38 - Aug 19 with 2420 viewsWeWereZombies

Whatever troubles we have there is always someone a little more weighed down - and at the moment that someone sounds like it is you. All I can say is that I hope things work out, both for Mrs. Newcy and your upcoming offspring and for you being able to get off the ship at the end of the voyage as initially arranged.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 21:48 - Aug 19 with 2373 viewsCoastalblue

Often as not these things just turn out to be a bump in the road, sh1t at the time, but afterward it's just an experience to draw on.

I hope this year turns out to be one you laugh about in the future over a couple of drinks while you watch twins romping around, and odds are that it will be.

Best wishes to you and yours.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 21:52 - Aug 19 with 2360 viewsjeera

What's the assumed reason for the crew shortage Newcs?

Still covid related or is there a dip in employment in the field or something?

Hopefully the missus will have some more positive news soon.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 21:53 - Aug 19 with 2345 viewsKeno

Fingers crossed on all counts Newcy

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:03 - Aug 19 with 2320 viewsNewcyBlue

I appreciate the kind words. As does MrsN.

My boat is currently in the High Risk Area for West African pirates.

We are heading for Southern Spain and Morocco.

We have a lot of crew that have been over tour because of COVID who are now just getting relieved and going home. They won’t be coming back any time soon.

There are plenty of crew that can’t get out due to lockdowns.

And then there’s us, on board.

Plenty of countries still aren’t allowing crew changes.

MrsN asked about what she does with Seb meeting the twins, wait until I get home or not. I said he should meet them as soon as she feels up to it. She said she feels bad because, inevitably, I won’t be there.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:07 - Aug 19 with 2303 viewsblueblueburleymcgrew

I’ve had a hell of a week on 21:52 - Aug 19 by jeera

What's the assumed reason for the crew shortage Newcs?

Still covid related or is there a dip in employment in the field or something?

Hopefully the missus will have some more positive news soon.


Hope Newcy won’t mind me answering thie crew question. it’s a logistical problem, getting crew out of certain countries and into other countries and ports for change overs is a real issue. Vessels have to deviate and that plays havoc with schedules and insurance arrangements, it’s not really the shipping companies fault it’s all a reaction to lockdowns and quarantining etc. So yeah a Covid isssue.
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I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:13 - Aug 19 with 2280 viewsfactual_blue

Hope all turns out well.

Although when you say there's no crew available to relieve you, I become slightly worried....

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:14 - Aug 19 with 2270 viewshomer_123

All the best Newcy. Hope all turns out well fella.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:16 - Aug 19 with 2261 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Really hope all is OK with twin number 2 and that you somehow get to be there too. Thinking of you all.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:24 - Aug 19 with 2242 viewsghostofescobar

Good luck Newcy, hope it all works out. The crew change situation is dire. I hear some seafarers now on course to serve a total of 17 months at sea. Some seafarers may work eight months beyond the maximum period specified under the MLC? Not right at all. Mental health, boredom, fatigue - as tends to be the way with these things, will it take a serious accident until something changes? Let’s hope not. Fingers crossed for you, Mrs N and the twins.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:24 - Aug 19 with 2239 viewsBanksterDebtSlave

I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:03 - Aug 19 by NewcyBlue

I appreciate the kind words. As does MrsN.

My boat is currently in the High Risk Area for West African pirates.

We are heading for Southern Spain and Morocco.

We have a lot of crew that have been over tour because of COVID who are now just getting relieved and going home. They won’t be coming back any time soon.

There are plenty of crew that can’t get out due to lockdowns.

And then there’s us, on board.

Plenty of countries still aren’t allowing crew changes.

MrsN asked about what she does with Seb meeting the twins, wait until I get home or not. I said he should meet them as soon as she feels up to it. She said she feels bad because, inevitably, I won’t be there.


So if another captain Newcy was available the company wouldn't fly him in under the circumstances?
I feel a strongly worded letter coming on!

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:27 - Aug 19 with 2223 viewsNthsuffolkblue

I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:24 - Aug 19 by BanksterDebtSlave

So if another captain Newcy was available the company wouldn't fly him in under the circumstances?
I feel a strongly worded letter coming on!


I would like to think both company and country could look at the exceptional circumstances here and somehow help you out.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:31 - Aug 19 with 2214 viewsNewcyBlue

I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:24 - Aug 19 by BanksterDebtSlave

So if another captain Newcy was available the company wouldn't fly him in under the circumstances?
I feel a strongly worded letter coming on!


To be honest I fully understand not being able to get off. It’s a Seamans life.

I just needed to vent. It’s not going to be an easy trip at all. But getting home, whenever that is, is going to be so sweet. Home to a bigger family.

There are seafarers out there having worse conditions than me. I’m one of the lucky ones.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:33 - Aug 19 with 2206 viewsNewcyBlue

I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:24 - Aug 19 by ghostofescobar

Good luck Newcy, hope it all works out. The crew change situation is dire. I hear some seafarers now on course to serve a total of 17 months at sea. Some seafarers may work eight months beyond the maximum period specified under the MLC? Not right at all. Mental health, boredom, fatigue - as tends to be the way with these things, will it take a serious accident until something changes? Let’s hope not. Fingers crossed for you, Mrs N and the twins.


Yeah I think it was Panama that said seafarers could go up to 17 months on their flagged ships.

MLC states a maximum of 12 months.

Seafarers, the forgotten lifeline of the world.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:35 - Aug 19 with 2169 viewsdavblue

All the very best for you and your wife at this time must be difficult.

I know you don’t know me from Adam, but when corona hit earlier this year and I was struggling to get things for our baby you reached out and offered me support.

If there’s anything I can do to help, please reach out to me.
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I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:38 - Aug 19 with 2169 viewsNewcyBlue

I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:35 - Aug 19 by davblue

All the very best for you and your wife at this time must be difficult.

I know you don’t know me from Adam, but when corona hit earlier this year and I was struggling to get things for our baby you reached out and offered me support.

If there’s anything I can do to help, please reach out to me.


How is the bairn? I hope everything settled down?

Hope all is well there mate.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 23:23 - Aug 19 with 2099 viewscatch74

Hope it all sorts out as best it can - thoughts with you Newcy.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 07:43 - Aug 20 with 1908 viewsBlueAlex

As others have said, thoughts are with you. I've seen your posts before and meant to say hello, particularly as I live in Newcastle too (there can't be many of us!). I'm a psychologist and more importantly a new dad myself so what you shared really resonated. I can only imagine how you feel but if there's anything I can do to help then add my name to the list of those who have offered already.
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I’ve had a hell of a week on 07:51 - Aug 20 with 1887 viewsGlasgowBlue

Really sorry to hear that mate. I know how much you want to be back home the birth of the twins. Hoping things work out and you it’s just rumours.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 08:01 - Aug 20 with 1854 viewsHerbivore

Blimey, that sounds incredibly tough mate. Thinking of you and will keep everything crossed that you can be gone in time for the arrival of your twins. I hope the little one starts getting bigger, it's good they are closely monitoring things and hopefully it is nothing untoward.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 08:07 - Aug 20 with 1842 viewsSteve_M

When are you supposed to be back home? Hopefully rumours are just that.

Best wishes to Mrs N with the twins too.

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I’ve had a hell of a week on 08:15 - Aug 20 with 1807 viewsdavblue

I’ve had a hell of a week on 22:38 - Aug 19 by NewcyBlue

How is the bairn? I hope everything settled down?

Hope all is well there mate.


yeah she's done really well, Baby Gaviscon helped no end, which we has to source from Skelmersdale as Boots couldn't get it for us on prescription she settled down and didn't need to be held all the time. She only needed it for 5 to 6 weeks and the silent reflux stopped thankfully. She's now nearly 6 months old and starting to have some proper food and been sleeping through for a fair while.
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