Working on the Bridge in this age of technology, our days are filled with electronics and automation. It is refreshing to know that our deck officers are still able to obtain a position by celestial observations. In fact, it is still a requirement for aspiring deck officers to prove their proficiency before getting their license. In this picture, you see Cadet Officer Ward van der Bruggen doing just that, fixing a noon position by determining the meridian passage of the sun.
Bart Vaartjes is Oosterdam’s staff captain.