They finished handling the containers in the afternoon and
immediately got underway. Yantian is an easy harbor. The pilot’s English
was not as good as had been the Hong Kong pilot’s. The mates assured me
that such was usually the case, and that the pilots in the People’s Republic of
China could be difficult to work with because of the language barrier.
We received a safety brief from Second Mate Kim Axberg, and off
went the ship. The track went through the Taiwan Strait and meant to pass
north of Okinawa.