Zeus   11 comments

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.

11 responses to “Zeus

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  1. A wonderful bit of technology! I’m always amazed at the problem solving skills of the people who design these solutions.

  2. Great color and composition!

  3. Nice shot of this cool ship. You seem to have a pretty interesting job.

  4. That’s amazing.

  5. Hi Mark!
    Great pics and blogs, I will look forward to watching your adventures around your part of the world!

  6. Very cool shot. The lighting is great

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