7am. Wednesday is 'treat day' where Breakfast is concerned...a full fry up was scoffed! Afterwards, the Captain took me on a stroll along a path which takes in the entire circumference of the vessel. The bow is wonderful. A classic maritime bell hangs at the stem of the birds nest, standing amidst reels of giant rope. The engine is 1/2km away at the stern, its quiet and peaceful, the odd creek from the bending steel interrupts the silence. Peering the head over the front tip of Arthur, you can see the Bulbous protruding from the ship just beneath the surface, soaring through the Icy crystal clear waters of the Bering Sea. Lifting the head all you can see is vast open water...serene and wonderful.
The Captain gave the Thumb a royal tour, talking me through the fine standards Maersk and his fine self endeavour to maintain. Everywhere is spotless, well collected and in perfect order. Every bit of trash is compartmentalised, the only stuff that goes overboard is left over food...even then they ground it up. All very Impressive. Captain Henrik Jensen certainly runs a tight, tight Ship.
Up in the Bridge I was very pleased to learn that Arthurs route pretty much puts the Thumb right back on its intended path. I presumed we would be heading as the crow flies over the Pacific, but no! Arthurs using 'The Great Circle', a technique which uses the curvature of the earth to its benefit, following the arc of land stretching round the northern stretch of the Bering sea. It's not overly important project wise, but from an aesthetic point of view looking at it on the map, a little smile spread across the face.
With Japan to our left, a thick mist joined the calm seas as Arthur carries the Thumb once again toward Arctic conditions.