Joining exactEarth has been an exciting time, not just for me, but for my wife and whole family as it has meant moving from our home deep in rural Wiltshire in the UK to Cambridge, Ontario. For those of you who have, like me, done this before you will know this is a stressful time to say the least! No small part of this is watching all your worldly goods disappear down the road inside a huge sealed container with no more than a promise (and a carefully worded Insurance Certificate) that they’ll safely re-appear at some estimated date in the future across the other side of the world. My sympathetic colleagues here at exactEarth even tried to cheer me up by sending me pictures like the ones below with articles full of helpful statistics like 10,000 containers are lost per year worldwide!!
So I thought I would enlist the help of my new colleagues. My removal company seemed a little surprised when I emailed them and asked for full details of the ship that my container would be travelling on including name, IMO number and MMSI, but they happily obliged. I gave this to the technical team here at exactEarth and before you could say “Satellite AIS” I had a little map-based app on my desktop allowing me to track my precious cargo all the way across the Atlantic from Felixstowe to Antwerp and then to Montreal.
So we watched …………and the rest, as they say, is history and we soon welcomed all our precious belongings to our new home here in Canada (ahead of schedule I might add!). So thank you Robinsons International Removals Limited in the UK, Maersk Line, AMJ Campbell International in Canada, and last but not least exactAIS for the constant reassurance.
Now, where to start on unpacking over 150 ‘cartons’?