Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day


Maria Staal

Deadly pirate attacks and a near collision with an oil tanker are just two of the dangers faced by the crews of today’s container ships. Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day, is the story of life on the high seas, where real adventures still exist.

The author recounts her adventures on the container ship ‘MV Serenity River’ in this entertaining narrative travelogue. An unusual trip in a world that is usually hidden from view, and where working and living can become a struggle just because of the constant changing of the clocks. However, lifelong friendships are forged and dolphins play around the ship to the entertainment of everyone on board.

But what happens when a hurricane force wind suddenly comes up in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and starts tossing the ship about like mad?


Review by Linda Elder

Time Zones, Container and Three Square Meals a Day has a good mix of information, characters, politics and atmosphere, thereby making this an absorbing read.

Life on board ship is particularly well described. The reader gets the sense of importance of mealtimes when officers and passengers are able to get together. Details of the scale of the vessel, the vastness of the seas, the fascinating variety of places visited, the dynamics of cargo loading, the frustration of delays in entering ports, the emergency drills and the essential rules for living on a container ship are all excellently described indicating that such a voyage would be a unique experience.

After reading it I really did feel a voyage on a container ship should go on my to-do-one-day-list and I am sure many who read it will feel the same.


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About This Title

  • ISBN: 978-0-9557344-2-7
  • Size: 14 by 21 cm
  • Format: Paperback & Ebook
  • Publication Date: 4 November 2010

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