A first for us...watching the tugs spray water in our honour, the water salute!
"It’s a longstanding maritime tradition that a vessel which makes its very first call – its maiden call – to a port is saluted by other boats as part of its overall ‘inauguration’. Or to put a bit differently: The vessel and its crew are welcomed ‘into the circle’ by other seamen. At sea, this salute used to come from canons about military ships but nowadays, the canon salute has been replaced the spectacular water salute."
A first glimpse of our berth for the next eight months.
(Photo credits above and below photos: Shelly Davies)
The Malagasy flag flying proudly from the forward mast. We had to get a Malagasy flag especially in, as the Africa Mercy has never been to Madagascar and Mercy Ships has not been since1996!
Members of our advance team, several who had been away from the ship for up to six months, enthusiastically wave to friends on board and their floating home.
(Photo credit: Catrice Wulf)
I had to put two of these photos because this moment was so momentous after the change of field service and the dedication, hard work and faith of these dedicated crew!
(Photo credit: Patricia Royston)
Africa Mercy Managing Director, Roland Decorvet and his Malagasy wife Carol accompany their children down the gangway, with their eldest daughter carrying the Malagasy flag.
As the colourful arrival ceremony began, the drums sounded, while local dancers performed a presentation of “Dihy Gasy,” a traditional dance that demonstrates the everyday life and mindset of a Malagasy native.
Prime Minister Roger Kolo addresses the crew watching from the decks above and the crowd on the dock.
Captain Tim, his wife Sharon and HR Director Henry Gwani and lovely wife Mampho join the celebrations.
(Photo credit: Ryan Cardoza)