While Martina and Alexander got a leave of absence to volunteer for three months, Cees and Misha from the North Sea decided to support the team during their summer vacation. With their technical background, they were able to assist in numerous projects.
“We were assigned to complete all kinds of projects in the accommodation of the ship. You should think of replacing the ball bearings of all fans and electric motors of the ventilation system. Also, bigger projects were current, such as maintenance work on the propeller shafts, replacing the entire IT system by a new installation. Even the diesel generators, which we know from our fleet, were completely overhauled.”
Cees de Jong, Chief Engineer from Stena Transit
Misha and Cees were happy to volunteer and every day they felt that the people on board were very grateful that Stena Line has entered into a partnership with Mercy Ships. The mix of cultures and bonds that arose made their experience unforgettable.
“There are about 200 crew members with approximately 40 different nationalities from all over the world which come and go for long or short periods. It’s a fun place, there is a special atmosphere on board with all the volunteers and the great work that is being done.”
Misha Vellinga, electrician from Stena Transit