We will be sailing soon. We are preparing to do checks for stowaways and some crew members are being trained to do pirate watch.
We will be going through an interesting point - 0° longitude and 0° latitude. For those of you who may not know, it is the point at which the equator
(0° latitude) and the prime meridian
(0° longitude) intersect. It has no real importance. It is in the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean, about 380 miles (611 kilometers) south of Ghana and 670 miles (1078 km) west of Gabon.
We are headed to the Canaries and dry dock where the bottom of the ship will be cleaned and routine maintenance will be done before departing for Benin. The Africa Mercy was to go to Guinea, but plans were changed because of the Ebola outbreak in that country.
Included here are pictures of the “garden” attached to the bottom of the ship.
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