Well I made it, arrived in Israel yesterday afternoon after a long day, both flights were ok, managed to watch a movie on the second flight so that helped pass some time. It’s warm and muggy here, about 30 degree’s. As the normal with working and travelling I don’t know how much time I have onshore so will spend the day walking and seeing the sights but have to stay close to the hotel in case I get the call. So it’s iPhone Friday but I took this photo yesterday at the airport, couldn’t resist seeing all these balloons on the celling, you can imagine the the kids and some adults holding onto these waiting for their returning loved ones and letting them go as they greet them with a big hug.
Archive for June 2012
Well it was bound to happen sooner or later! yes I’ve been called away to work, it’s only been 8 weeks at home, but I think the wife is happy to see the back of me!
I’m flying up to Aberdeen this afternoon, spend the night there and then off to Frankfurt, couple of hours in the bar, unless someone from work is reading this and then it’s a couple of hours reading the procedures, then a 4 hour flight to Israel. One of two things can happen now, either I stagger off the plane after too many G&T’s and it’s straight onto a fast boat or Helicopter to the rig, nether is good with a sore head, or I jump off the plane after a good nights sleep (the good thing about business class) and meet our contact who points out there has been a delay and we’ll be in a hotel for a couple of days. But this never happens the other way around.
Anyway enough of my ramblings, the photo below was taken through a helicopter window as we came in to land on the rig I will be spending the next 10 to 15 days or so on. Last time I was on this rig the internet was really bad so I apologize now if I don’t post, reply to twits, e-mails, and don’t get to look at your blogs.
P.S. I will put travel photo updates on Instagram @rigmover if anyone is interested.
Keeping with the work theme, this is a job I was on in the English Channel, we were installing twin cables from Sheerness in the UK to Rotterdam, these are for wind farms, the idea is when it is windy in the UK we sell our electricity to The Netherlands and when it’s windy in The Netherlands we buy electricity from them, it aint going to happen that way though, we will buy the power from them weather its windy or not!.
Now the boat, this is the Olympic Zeus, it’s a big powerful AHV that has been fitted out with a cable joining workshop, you see the two fun looking water slides over the stern roller, they are cable guilds. What happen’s is, we send down their crane and our ROV and find and connect the cable to the crane, it then pulls up the cable on the port side slide, the cable then goes up the deck on the rollers and around the half circle frame at the top of the deck, then down the starboard side and into the white workshop. You can see we already have the cable in the starboard side slide and up into the workshop. Once the cable is in the workshop the technicians screw on a couple on blocks, wrap some tape around it and chuck it in the water, actually it’s a bit more complicated than that, as it takes 2 to 3 days to join the cables together. If you could see the cables close enough you would notice the markings on them are different, this is so they connect the right ends together.
I had a few e-mails about yesterdays post so here is a quick follow up.
This is the vessel that we used to installed the turbine on the sea bed, its 250 ton crane had no problem lifting the turbine into place, with 3 bow thrusters and 4 stern thrusters it can hold us in position using a DP system with ease and its main engine has a bollard pull of 350 tons (anything less than 350 tons and it would just pull it along the ground).
In the sliding door you can see on the starboard side is a in-built Triton XLX work class ROV and a second one on deck. Built to meet future environmental standards, the vessel is fuel efficient and clean class, thus having the capability to work in most of the world’s offshore oil & gas precincts.
No not my Mum! this thing. Anyone guess what it is before I tell you? No it’s not a(insert your guess here). It is actually an undersea turbine that we installed just off the Island of Eday which is part of the Orkney Islands.
The idea is when the tide goes out it turns one blade and when the tide comes in….you got it, yeah it turns the other end generating electricity.
Now this wasn’t the first attempt at this, Rolls Royce built one and tried to install it in the same place, that one is still sitting on the dockside after a number of years, another company tried and failed miserably. The thing is, the tide is so strong, it has to be for this thing to work which of course makes it a challenge to put it on the seabed, you need a very powerful boat with a crane and two ROV’s and you still can only do the job between the tides, thats about two hours max. So after installing the base and counter weights(not pictured) in the exact position and heading it was time for the top, this went as smooth as the rest and the job was complete in just 7 days, that’s 14 ebb tides and that’s a record.
As we leave Bergen and head toward open water we pass a lot of vessels of different shapes and sizes, this one caught my eye, she is a Norwegian vintage steamship SS Stord I and was built as Stord in 1913 and has a bit of a history.
The vessel sailed in regular traffic from 1913 to 1969. Stord I is a typical representative of the local passenger steamers built for operating between Stavanger-Sunnhordland-Hardanger and Bergen.
In 1931, Stord I was rebuilt and modernised.
In 1949 she was again rebuilt as a motorship with the installation of two, 12-cylinder Paxman-Ricardo diesels.
In 1969 she was sold to Oslo Krets av det Blå Kors and renamed MV O T. Moe. She was berthed in Oslo as floating welfare centre for alcoholics.
In 1980 she was sold to Norsk Veteranskibsklub and transferred to Veteranskipslaget Fjordabåten, Bergen with a view to preservation. She was restored to 1931-condition, including the installation of engines from a 1942 steam-driven British vessel. Technical trials were run. Gutted by fire en route from Sunnhordland to Bergen on 20 May 1987.
The ship was again restored by Veteranskipslaget Fjordabåten.
Anyone notice the 3 people outside the house on the left waving at me.
Here is the same ship I managed to photograph over 40 years ago. (or just processed with Snapseed)
I couldn’t leave out the last house. Have a great weekend.
The last in this set of Bergen Buildings, as you can see the further we traveled out of town the more rundown the buildings became, still great colours, but this one is more rust and flaking paint, sits in well with the landscape though.
Follow on from yesterdays post, more of the old style buildings we pass as we head out to sea. The sun was getting low and lit up these two building nicely, I’m so glad the Norwegians like these bright earthy colours, they go so well with the surrounding countryside.
This is a follow on from the Hanseatic Wharf group of photo’s I took in Bergen, Norway. This is the opposite side of the harbour, not as old as Hanseatic wharf but just as colourful and built in the traditional way with overlapping pine weatherboard. I’m surprised so many of them are still standing with the amount of cigarettes these Norwegians smoke. Hope you enjoy, now some facts.
The city of Bergen was traditionally thought to have been founded by King Olav Kyrre, son of Harald Hardråde in 1070 AD, four years after the Viking Age ended. Modern research has, however, discovered that a trading settlement was established already during the 1020s or 1030s. It is considered to have replaced Trondheim as Norway’s capital in 1217, and that Oslo became the de jure capital in 1299. Towards the end of the 13th century, Bergen became one of the Hanseatic League’s most important bureau cities.
The main reason for Bergen’s importance was the trade with dried cod from the northern Norwegian coast, which started around 1100. By the late 14th century, Bergen had established itself as the centre of the trade in Norway. The Hanseatic merchants lived in their own separate quarter of town, where Middle Saxon was used, enjoying exclusive rights to trade with the northern fishermen that each summer sailed to Bergen. Today, Bergen’s old quayside, Bryggenis on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Site.
This is my take on yesterdays Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, grey, dull with a splash of colour. Why? you may ask. Because of the good old British weather. I looked out the window in the morning and said to myself “What a shame the weather has been so nice for the last couple of weeks” and then I watched the celebrations on the telly. What I should of done, like hundreds of thousands of other people was, grabbed my wellies, my coat, my hat and camera and headed down to the Thames and joined in the celebrations, had fun, had a hotdog and got wet. Thats the British spirit, that’s what put the Great in Great Britain. So who had the most fun yesterday, well everyone but me. So next time, don’t be like me, get out there and do it and be proud when you say “I was there”.