Maintaining Ancona

A whole day in port – time for the crew to take a breather and relax in advance of another packed sailing in the evening?

Not so for the crew of the Ancona. Even with her imminent retirement, there were lots of routine maintenance tasks to perform during a stopover in the ship’s namesake port in mid-July. I suspect maybe some of the officers were taking it easy, but plenty of the crew were out in the mid-day sun – washing, painting, brushing or testing lifeboats. Here are some pictures of them hard at work – many taken, I must confess, from the comfort of a table in the shade of the canopy at the old Stazione Marittima‘s restaurant.

Lifeboat drill in the morning.

Lifeboat drill in the morning.

No. 2 in the water, no 4 coming down. In the background is a fellow former North Sea ship: once of Rederi Ab Svea/Svenska Lloyd's big rivals, the ex-Tor Dania is now AGEMAR's Filippos.

No. 2 in the water, no 4 coming down. In the background is a fellow former North Sea ship: once of Rederi Ab Svea/Svenska Lloyd's big rivals, the ex-Tor Dania is now AGEMAR's Filippos.

Splashdown...

Splashdown...

A rusty smear just within stretching distance.

A rusty smear just within stretching distance.

Good as new. Well, sort of.

Good as new. Well, sort of.

Down on Promenade Deck, a colleague is wrapped up against the Summer chill.

Down on Promenade Deck, a colleague is wrapped up against the Summer chill.

The Ancona and the Hellenic Spirit shine together in the afternoon sun.

The Ancona and the Hellenic Spirit shining together in the afternoon sun.

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