In the end I was very lucky to be able to get a containership from Chile to New Zealand. It was vey difficult. and at the beginning it looked impossible. It took over two months.
I never gave up hope no matter how bad things were looking.
Unfortunately the news is not very positive from Hamburg, see following:
We are doing fine here in Hamburg.
Regarding your request for another sailing for Adam we have no chance for new bookings.
We would like to assist you, but it is not possible any longer.
We regret not being able to offer another voyage to Adam.
We remain with
Day 1140 It is gut wrenching watching the HamburgSud Container ship leaving Valparaiso every week with out me. Hamburg Sud have done everything to help. The new owners Maersk don’t want to play ball. This is the latest email from Hamburg Sud
This is unfortunately not going well……
Maersk have said that they do not take passengers and as they now manage our vessels then that will be the same for the HSDG ships as well.
Sorry but I don’t think I will be able to help this time .
Wishing you all the very best.
Things started to change soon after a article about my trip was published back in New Zealand and I think the power of social media was working. I kept posting on Facebook.
in New Zealand the media is starting to pick up on my current situation. Absolutely awesome article on Stuff New Zealand about my problem of trying to find a boat back to New Zealand and my experience of travel over the last 7 years. Please share and lets hope Maersk gets to see it.
DAY 1155 Within days things had incredible turned them selves around.
There is a possibility we may be able to get you on this weekends vessel from San Antonio…!!! (my contact at Maersk that is assisting) is checking with the superintendent of the Corneilius Maersk to see if there is space available.
I will keep you informed.
DAY 1155 Then I finally got the good news
Your Passenger File is now created by our crewing team and has been sent over to the vessel, so you are now officially on the crew list. 😊
I have also separately notified our agent in Tauranga and they will assist you upon your arrival into NZ.
Our vessel Master will be happy to help you too so please feel free to speak with him if needed.
You could always contact me as well should you run into problems.BTW, do you carry a workable mobile with you?
DAY 1162 LAST DAY IN VALPARASO. OVER NIGHT BUS TO CONCEPTON
It was looking very doubtful for a while. It looked like my long run of no planes was over and I was going to have to take a flight back to New Zealand. I had already gone out and got a Bike box. Just in case. After my article was published on the stuff New Zealand web site…………things turned around very quick. After requests from New Zealand to Singapore to Denmark. We finial got some good news. It was very short notice. So short in fact. The boat left from San Antonia with out me. This evening I was able to catch up by taking the over night bus to Talcahilano. I was very excited with the prospect of taking the boat, but also extremely sad, having to leave my girlfriend Helen behind………..We finally got down to the last hour and at 9pm we left Helens house for the walk down to the bus station. Couldn’t ride as I still have a cracked rim and will not replace until I make it back to New Zealand. To get my bike on the bus I had to give the driver a extra 10 000 on top of the 13 200 for Carma. I was lucky the bus was not very full and I didn’t end up having anyone sitting next to me.
DAY 1163 CONCEPION
We arrived in Talcahilano at 6:30am. I had to first put my bike back together. I then went into the centre of town till I found a petrol station open and I was able to go in and have a coffee. Then at 8am I started to head out to San Vicente port. Which was about 3km away I was meet at the gate by Maersk agent Aaron, who after getting me signed in took me out to meet the vessel.
I will be traveling directly back to New Zealand on a 12 day crossing of the Pacific on board the Cornelius Maersk. A 350 meter container ship.
The gang way was long and skinny. It was decided to crane my bike on board and I got to walk up the Gang way………..I was meet by Ole the 3rd office from Denmark and the Captain Mircea from Romania.
I have been given the Pilots cabin. Which is quite spaceias and has apart from a bathroom. A couch, coffee table office desk and chair.
The room had two windows. I had a view……….which quickly disappeared with the loading of the containers. I stayed for lunch……..which was a smorgasbord of anything and everything.
I could straight away see I am not going to go hungry while on board. There was 3 different meat dishes, seafood, vegetables, cold salads, cold meats and cold cheese’s.
Around 3pm I made my way to the front gate by catching a shuttle bus. I was going to meet Oscar and his family who I stayed with last time on the way down. Before meeting Oscar I went and got a haircut and did a supermarket shop of snacks for the voyage. Oscar kindly picked me up at 5:45pm from a nearby train station before taking us back to his house for a nice dinner with him and his mother Teresa and girlfriend Franchisica. I ended up staying the night.
DAY 1164 SAN VICENTE TO PACIFIC OCEAN FRIDAY 11/05/18
Around 8am Oscar dropped me at the local train station. I had to be back on the boat by midday. Two hours before we are due to sail. Oscar had told me the train system was complicated and had offered to take me back to the ship. I had insisted catching the train would be fine. Lets say I made it harder then It should have been. After arriving in the centre I got off the train to make my connection. Got on the wrong train and found I was heading straight back to where I came from. I didn’t panic went up one station and then came back. Got on another train and that too ended up heading in the wrong direction………….4th time lackey I got it right. I made it back to the ship around 11am.
Lunch was again superb. Around 1:30pm customs came on and stamped us out.
At 2pm I was allowed to go on the bridge to watch our departure. It was very slow. A family of seals were playing between the ship and the whaff.
The pilot stayed just 10 minutes before leaving. I left the bridge for dinner. It was just as good as lunch. Straight after dinner I went back to the bridge in time to catch a awesome sunset.
This evening was the most interesting on the bridge……After tomorrow there will be nothing to see………. we could see the lights from the coast of Chile and we passed a number of ships. For the first few days we are heading well south before heading across.
DAY 1165 PACIFIC OCEAN SATURDAY 12/05/18
Had a pretty good first nights sleep. The wind got up to over 50 knots around 3am and we started to roll a little bit. It died down by the morning. I had pretty much a free day up until after lunch when I had to do a firmiluration and safety tour with the 3rd officer ole.
I have been issued with Maresk overalls and hard hat for wearing on deck. In the afternoon the vessel stopped while a piston in the engine was replaced,
Today is Saturday and the Captain has ordered a BBQ for the crew. You just chose what meet you wanted and then you cooked it the way you like. There was so much meat……..I had lamb, steak, chicken, sausages and a couple of zero alcohol beers to go with it..
DAY 1166 PACIIFIC OCEAN SUNDAY 13/05/18
Just about every night now. The clocks will go back 1 hour till we reach New Zealand. I woke up early with the time change………..just as well because at 5am in the morning, with everyone sleeping. The internet was working really well. Can’t believe I have some wifi out in the middle of the ocean. I took the chance to call my parents back in New Zealand as well as a couple of friends. The line was crystal clear.
What better way to start a Sunday with Bacon & eggs for breakfast. Sundays are a day off for those that can. It was pretty quite on-board with not much happening, It was cloudy all day. In the afternoon the ship slowed briefly so as a 3rd turbo could be applied to the engine in a effort to increase speed.
DAY 1167 PACIIFIC OCEAN MONDAY 14/05/18
We are still continuing to sail south. This morning we had a number of drills. I got to participate in the Abandoned ship drill, where we all donned life jackets and got into the lifeboat. I got to start the engine of the lifeboat. Afterwards was a fire fighting drill which I got to watch……….
In the afternoon Casper the 2nd engineer took me on a tour of the whole engine room. It was great to see how it all works.
DAY 1168 PACIIFIC OCEAN TUESDAY 15/05/18
Nothing to see today………visibility was poor………with a lot of fog and mist. Sometimes It was not possible to see the front of the boat from the bridge. I spent the afternoon up on the bridge. They have a couch and I spent my time sitting on the couch and working on my computer. This evening at midnight we went forward one whole day and back 1 hour……….so we are living in the future for a few days.
DAY 1169 PACIIFIC OCEAN THURSDAY 17/05/18
After lunch I took the chance to go out on deck with the 3rd officer Ole and the cadet to check the fire hoses. It was windy and freezing, freezing cold. The cadet had his hard hat blown off his head and over the side of the boat. In the afternoon the sweal started to appear. It was around 5m and wasn’t to bad. It was a lot stronger in the night. I could hear a lot of creaking metal. Yesterday evening for the first time I visited the gym. I spent 25 mins on the running machine. Bit concerned I am turning into a rolly Polly. With all this good food on-board.
DAY 1170 PACIIFIC OCEAN FRIDAY 18/05/18
The gym was short lived,,,,,,,,,, had had full intentions to return today………never made it. The constant changing of the clocks is tough……….I am falling asleep straight after dinner at around 6:30pm- 7pm…………then waking up around 1am………..and then not been able to go back to sleep. I am passing my day sitting on the bridge for a few hours after breakfast and lunch. This afternoon was a lot clearer then it had been, The sun made a half dozen appearances.
DAY 1171 PACIIFIC OCEAN SATURDAY 19/05/
It was mostly a sunny afternoon. It was the clearest it has been in over a week. I went out on deck with Ole on his safety rounds. It was great to get some fresh air.
Late afternoon the crew had some classes on first aid & migrant rescue which I joined and found interesting.
DAY 1172 PACIIFIC OCEAN SUNDAY 20/05/18
Last night we had steak for dinner, This morning we had pancakes for breakfast and tonight we had pizza.
This afternoon when I went up to the bridge after lunch. It was super clear. The sun was out. I saw two whales. I’m glad I finally got to see something. They were 2500km away from New Zealand. They were really out in the middle of no where.
DAY 1173 PACIIFIC OCEAN MONDAY 21/05/18
We are only two days away from New Zealand now. I am having to start getting ready. This afternoon I went out on deck and cleaned the bike.
Hopefully it will be good enough for New Zealand customs. I am still struggling with the time changes….we are now just 1 hour in front of New Zealand. After dinner I just can’t keep my eyes open. 6:30pm I am a sleep. Then I wake up at midnight and can’t get back to sleep again.
DAY 1174 PACIIFIC OCEAN TUESDAY 22/05/18
My time traveling across the pacific has gone quickly. Today I started to pack up all my stuff. Ready for disembarkation tomorrow.
The New Zealand flag came out ready for tomorrows arrival.
After lunch I again went out on deck with Ole for a quick walk around.
DAY 1175 PACIIFIC OCEAN/TAURANGA WEDNESDAY 23/05/18
This is it just a few more hours and we will be arriving in Tauranga. When I woke up. I went straight up to the bridge in the hope I was going to be able to see land for the first time in 10 days. More importantly. My first glimpse of my beloved homeland New Zealand for the first time in over 3 years. Instead when I got to the bridge I found a damp wet cold and cloudy day…………no sign of land. I had to wait till after breakfast when it cleared slightly and I got my first glimpse of the coast. We never saw another ship on the way over. Closer to port there was now 3 or 4. As the morning went on. Things cleared up and soon smoking White Island was clearly visible as we passed.
At about 2pm the polit came on board and we started to enter the channel into Tauranga. By about 3pm and after 9000km we were all tired up. Then it all happened very quickly. Custums came straight on board. I was really nervous about what they were going to say about the bike and all my gear. Weather it was going to be clean enough for them and then I had too take them down to my cabin. They gave the cabin and all my belongs a good serch. I told them they were making me nervous and they told me they were looking for a large quanty of drugs. After that everything was fine and I was free to go. I hardly had time to say good bye to anyone. The crew helped take all my bags to the shore.
I got off the boat looking like a rolly polly.
I loaded up the bike and then had to walk about 300 meters to meet the shulte bus. From there we loaded the bike into the van and I was taken to the whaff gate. It felt very sereal as I left the port. It was about 5:30pm. It was dark cold and raining lightly. I had no lights so I pushed my bike the 1km into the centre of Tauranga to meet my warmshowers host Philip. I’m glad I didn’t have to cycle to his house. Last thing I felt like. Lucky he had brought the car as he normaly cycles the 15km. Philp and his wife Helen are a family that can’t say no. When I arrived. I found they already had a full house with Philips parents staying as well as two other cyclists from Spain and Latvia had all the cyclists bedding down in the lounge.