Archive for August 2012

Thrusters   8 comments


This is the jackup that was berthed next to us in Amsterdam, it’s a Jackup barge, properly built for wind farm installation, like the one I’m on, this is a DP2 class barge, DP (Dynamic Positioning) users GPS satellites to get a position and large thrusters to stay on that location, it’s accurate to about 10cm. Here is a shot of the complete barge taken from ours, in the shadow of our helideck is their bow (pointy bit on a boat) and you can just make out the bow thrusters.


Here is a closer look at the thrusters, as you can see these are lowered at the moment, in this position they can swivel 360 degrees giving great movability, when in transit the thrusters are raised for less water resistance, but the clever bit is the big holes, this is so when the thrusters are up they can still be used, by switching the large electric motors from forward to reverse the position of the bow can be moved in any direction.


Posted August 13, 2012 by rigmover in Amsterdam

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iPhone Friday   12 comments

For the last couple of days I’ve been having to sit outside on the stairs and connect to the wifi from the rig parked next to us, it was very slow and would not let me view some sites, so sorry if I haven’t been to yours lately. The thing is, I move rigs right, so when I join the rig it’s going to be moving, this normally means it’s going from one client to another, it’s seem really daft but when one client leaves they take everything with them, this includes the wifi, that’s why I sometimes don’t post, because I can’t. Now you know.

This is the thing I’ll be moving tomorrow morning, is it a boat or a rig? Well it sails out to location under its own steam, then once on location it lowers its legs and lifts itself out of the water, cool ah.


This is the one next to us, the one I’ve been stealing the wifi from. There has always been a problem with jackup’s, the legs get in the way of the cranes. But this is really cool, they have built the crane around the leg. (that’s the large round black thing with red and white on the top) I think that is an awesome bit of engineering, but then I’m strange.


Here is the same smoke stack as the Amsterdam post, but first thing this morning, not a breath of wind, you might have seen it on Instagram if you follow me, @rigmover


Posted August 10, 2012 by rigmover in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam   18 comments

Made it to Amsterdam at last, just in time for the sunset, as you can see I’m staying in one of the better hotels with a stunning views. Now most of you will think I’m joking, but no, this is me, I love this sort of view, industry, things happening,toxic fumes. Ok maybe not the toxic fumes, in fact that’s only steam.
On holiday give me the beautiful sunset but when I’m in work mode, I’ll go for this everyday.


Posted August 9, 2012 by rigmover in Amsterdam

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Archie again.   24 comments

Here he is with his ted again, last one I promise, I’m definitely off to Amsterdam tomorrow.

Posted August 7, 2012 by rigmover in London

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Archie   15 comments

Well I’m still here, the job in Amsterdam has been put on hold until Wed’s.

Thought I would share another photo of Archie our Labradoodle, here with his fav toy.

Posted August 6, 2012 by rigmover in London

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More Classic’s   10 comments

Three more classic’s from our weekend at CPOP.

Hope you all have a great weekend, I’m off to Amsterdam early Monday morning for another rig move so not sure when I’ll post again but it shouldn’t be to long.





Posted August 3, 2012 by rigmover in CPOP

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Bike Passion   11 comments

A complete change of subject now, I like to keep you on your toes, This is another passion of mine, Bike’s and Car’s or anything that smells of petrol really, A good mate, Stephen who lives in Nelson, New Zealand loves bikes and is very passionate about them, so Stephen check these out. You may even be able to tell me what they are.

I took these shots at the CPOP last year, a fantastic weekend for the petrol heads.





Posted August 2, 2012 by rigmover in CPOP

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Last of the Basilica   16 comments

This is the lower floor of the Basilica, Inside, the lower level contains the Grotto of the Annunciation, believed by many Christians to be the remains of the original childhood home of Mary.

Quite pleased how this turned out, it was very dark, and no tripod. Camera did a great job.




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