GREEN­LAND TRICKS

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CLEAR­ING INTO GREEN­LAND

Green­land of­fi­cials are re­fresh­ingly re­laxed about for­mal­i­ties. In Nuuk the har­bor master will call Im­mi­gra­tion. In Man­it­soq and Sisim­iut the po­lice sta­tion will send some­one to do it.

FU­EL­ING

On this stretch of the coast the most con­ve­nient are Po­lar Oil de­pot in Ori­sivik (near Faeringe­havn) and the fu­el­ing float in Nuuk. Man­it­soq also has a fuel wharf with deeper wa­ter. Other ports, even small ones, also have fuel docks. They are very short and of­ten lo­cated in shal­low wa­ter so may re­quire tot­ing jerry jugs by dinghy. When buy­ing large quan­ti­ties, con­tact the fuel com­pany lo­cally and re­quest a truck at the com­mer­cial wharf.

COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS

Sea­man Houses in Nuuk, Man­it­soq, Sisim­iut, and Aasi­aat pro­vide Wi-Fi In­ter­net con­nec­tions at a cost. Most ho­tels as well as large restau­rants will have Wi-Fi, too. Aasi­aat Ra­dio VHF cov­er­ing the coast via re­peaters pro­vides a traf­fic list sev­eral times a day.

WEATHER FORE­CASTS

Green­land is di­vided into 14 fore­cast ar­eas. Nor­mally fore­casts are an­nounced in Dan­ish but one can call Aasi­aat Ra­dio on VHF 16 and ask the op­er­a­tor to trans­late. The wind strength is ex­pressed in meters/sec­ond—dou­ble these num­bers to get a rough equiv­a­lent in knots. It helps to know the name and the num­ber of your area. Use the Faroe, Ice­land, Green­land guide by Willy Ker and pub­lished by Im­ray in the U.K.

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