The journey of an ocean liner is often fraught with challenges, from the weather to the cargo load to the fuel supply.
But the last few weeks have been a bit of a nightmare for the owner of a small sailing boat, who was stuck in the midst of the most recent ice storm in the Gulf of Mexico.
A massive cargo container had come ashore, carrying about 4,000 tonnes of food and water.
“I got a call that the ice storm was coming ashore,” said Michael Johnson, the owner and operator of the Blue Star, which has been sailing the Gulf for more than 10 years.
“We got a very big boat in that ice storm, and it came over in about five minutes.”
“It was the worst of it I’ve ever experienced,” he said.
Mr Johnson said the ice made his boat very slow.
“It’s been a big job to make this boat go fast,” he added.
“The ship is about 100 metres long and 40 metres wide, so the ice has really made it difficult for us to go fast.”
Mr Johnson had been able to get his boat to the nearest port, Houston, but the storm was forcing him to sail in a different direction.
“At this point, I couldn’t go anywhere else,” he explained.
The Blue Star was unable to reach Houston, which means the ship will be stuck in Houston for the rest of the week. “
After about a half-hour and a half, the wind blew and the wind stopped, and the ship was just stuck in that.”
The Blue Star was unable to reach Houston, which means the ship will be stuck in Houston for the rest of the week.
“What we’re doing is waiting for the ice to stop,” Mr Johnson explained.
When the ice cleared, the boat was able to make it to New Orleans, but Mr Johnson and his wife, Heather, had to leave their home in Houston to wait for the ship to get to them.
The boat’s owner has been able a few times before, and he was able do it again this time.
“But this time, the ice stopped so we had to wait another hour and a bit,” Mr Jonsson said.
The crew, who are mostly experienced sailors, were able to move to Houston about 2:00am (AEDT), and then take the ship home to be ferried back to Houston.
The Blue Stars journey has been a nightmare.
The ice has prevented them from making it to Houston, so they will have to make do with being towed out to sea.
“My wife and I have been out of town for about a week,” Mr Henson said.
“She’s been out for two weeks and we’ve been on the phone with the crew, so we’re going to try and get them in here as soon as possible.”
Mr Hensen said that was an ordeal for all involved.
“For the crew and me, we’ve gone through a lot,” he told the ABC.
“When it’s a big ice storm like this, there’s no way you can go anywhere in the middle of that.”
Mr Jonasson said he was also struggling to make ends meet.
“With no other work, we can’t afford to take the boat out and put the fuel tanks on it,” he lamented.
Mr Wilson said the boat had not been the most profitable of his business, but he said it was worth the effort. “
If it doesn’t work out, we’ll just have to go somewhere else.”
Mr Wilson said the boat had not been the most profitable of his business, but he said it was worth the effort.
“A lot of people will just leave when they’re out of money,” he conceded.
“You want to go out there and do it anyway.
But we have a very long life expectancy, so you’ve got to make the best of it.”
“We’re just trying to get out there, and we’re just going to make sure that we get the best out of it,” Mr Wilson added. ABC/AAP