Monday, January 7, 2013

9 Degrees of Fire: Fire & Ice

File:Sea of Okhotsk map.png

9 Degrees of Fire: Fire & Ice 
9 days of 42

Another Journey of 42 days that my friend the Jypsy, First Engineer on the APL Philippines Commercial cargo ship, must travel.  It is the same journey as before.  He goes from Oakland, California to China and back again.  

APL Philippines left Oakland California on January 30th, 2012, 5 P.M. and as of today January 7th, 2013  is somewhere in the Sea of Okhotsk.  APL Philippines ETA to Yokohama, Japan is January 10th, 2013. 

2013-01-04T15:08:00 (UTC)

Lat/Lon: 54.29451 / -167.1749
Speed/Course: 19.7 kn / 260°  = (MPH- 22) They traveled across the Bering Sea at 22 mph.  All the while Jypsy maintained an engine room that is five levels or more.  I mean the belly of the beast has a lot of stomachs digesting all sorts of fluids, exhaust and oil, and whatever else your imagination conjures.  If you can think of it they probably got it.  All the equipment is bus size or man size. 

Sea of Okhotsk
The Sea of Okhotsk covers 611,000 sq.mi. (1,583,000 km2), with a mean depth of 2,818 feet (859 metres). Its maximum depth is 11,063 feet (3,372 metres). It is connected to the Sea of Japan on either side of Sakhalin: on the west through the Sakhalin Gulf and the Gulf of Tartary; on the south, through the La Pérouse Strait.
In winter, navigation on the Sea of Okhotsk becomes difficult, or even impossible, due to the formation of large ice floes, because the large amount of freshwater from the Amur River lowers the salinity which results in lowering the freezing point of the sea. The distribution and thickness of ice flows depends on many factors: the location, the time of year, water currents, and the sea temperatures.   (

Daily Vessel's Itineraries:

Time (UTC) Vessel's NamePosition TypePortArea Latitude / Longitude Speed Course AIS Source 
2013-01-07 12:31APL PHILIPPINESMidday positionOkhotsk Sea

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