All week the ship Indian Dawn formed the quay in the Port of Kolding. The ship is now
sailing on to Finland, and then we head to the Far East. JydskeVestkysten were aboard the Ocean 7 Projects co-founder Peter Grau.
She fills not really much in Kolding Harbour, Indian Dawn. So the blue ship, which has been the quay at the port since Monday night. Perhaps it is because there is a large crane beside the ship and the port is generally well filled.
The 112 meter long ship seems suddenly much greater when you walk up on the deck and look down into the nearly empty holds. Here there right now stored 730 tons of steel from Holland, and it is no bigger than a small fraction of the space.But actually working a group of men in reflective vest to any space.
Indian Dawn is located in Kolding, because we need to raise some mellemlægsstationer, so we can make more room in the cargo hold. The ship should be to Finland to pick up some big engines, says Peter Grau, who in 2011 founded the company MLB with his partner, Stefan Nordby Petersen.
Last year broke MLB with their former partner, and since 1 November, the company has been called Ocean 7 Projects – a more or less direct allusion to the seven seas. Office – or base if you will – is located in Kolding, just a stone’s throw from the harbor. Here sits ten men, some of whom make freight agreements, while others try to put the puzzle, that is when you have to fill a ship with cargo.
Ocean 7 Projects are good Danish a shipbroker company. This means that the charterer ships – that takes loads around the world that the ships can ship from one port to another. Unlike other cargo ships sailing Ocean 7 Projects’ ships are not a direct route, but will instead orders along the way to pick up cargo at different ports.
And unlike a ship owner Ocean 7 Projects not even ships. They rent them and their crew who wearing safety vest, from captain to engineer. In addition, the company is an agency, which means that they maintain the ships and load and unload them in Kolding Harbour. However, this happens almost never that one of their big ships that Indian Dawn’ll visit the Port of Kolding.
There are not so many of our cargo coming through the Port of Kolding, so I will be as proud when I see Indian Dawn in the harbor with our company name on the chimney, says Peter Grau, who says that the company name is on the chimney, although the ship hired because they have a close cooperation with the Dutch shipping company Abis Shipping, which owns and built the ship.
She is a young lady, Indian Dawn. It still smells of paint, when you walk around the ship. And take the trip up the stairs, you can see how a modern wheelhouse looks. Here are comfortable leather seats, large GPS displays and other metering ensures that the captain can keep the ship on course. The floors and panels are made of dark wood, and it makes the wheelhouse in a manner reminiscent of a combination of a control tower and a holiday cottage – especially when his eye on the balls that are on the table.
This has been my home for the past two months, and Peter has made sure that there has been plenty to do, laugh the Dutch captain, Adelino Duarte, who tells him, before arriving at the Port of Kolding, sailed over Europe , from Norwegian ports to the southern Mediterranean.
Peter Grau greet Adelino Duarte and calls him consistent “captain”. The joker little about the threat of pirates, but actually there is a real risk.
The ship is equipped with racing-wire (a kind of barbed wire with knives instead of spikes, ed.),reflective tape, And we have two armed guards on the boat, says Peter Grau.
But Indian Dawn can sail 17 knots, and it is faster than the pirates’ small fishing boats, explains the captain.
Back in the office witnesses a shaded area around the Gulf of Aden on a computer screen also about the threat. This field shows up on the screen when a route is planned.
It is quite different than in the old days – there was no danger of pirates, says Peter Grau, who has been in business since 1977th. Still, he looks at the past three years as his greatest achievement. Certainly. It is hard to reach our revenue, and this is no little shop, says Peter Grau with a hint of a proud smile.