The Year of No Flying blog chronicles a couple’s year spent travelling around the world while avoiding airplanes, in order to to reduce their carbon travel footprints. Their trip began in Seattle where they boarded a container ship, the MV Hanjin Madrid, for a September, 2009 crossing to Yokohama. They were the only passengers aboard the Madrid on their 22 day voyage to Japan. They have included a slide show of that segment of their journey that nicely shows the layout of the ship’s mess, engine room, passenger cabin and other areas. Also thoughtfully included are pictures of the food and menus. Clearly the ship bears no resemblance to Churchill’s quip about the British Navy: “Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.”
The MV Hanjin Baltimore on which I will ship has about 30% larger cargo capacity than the Madrid and deployed in 2005, two years after the Madrid. The Baltimore accommodates ten passengers. Hopefully there will be others on my crossing but I won’t be surprised if people aren’t queuing up for a long sea voyage in mid-January.