I have two bits of great news, the first is I’ve had another photo published in the ‘2014 Supplement to OE in partnership with NCE Subsea‘ magazine, it’s this photo.
The other great news is Viking Supply Ships have given me permission to publish on my blog, photos of their vessels, and what great vessels they are, take this one for example, this is the Balder Viking, it’s class DNV 1A1 ICE-10 ICEBREAKER with a 202 tonne bollard pull, yeah an icebreaker, that is so cool. Not only does the paint job make them stand out so does their professionalism, from the Master down they work like a well oiled machine, watching the deck crew work from above is like watching ants, and each ant knows exactly what they are suppose to do and when they are to do it, it can be a dangerous place on the deck of an AHV but safety always comes first.
Here the Balder Viking is circling an iceberg getting ready to tow it out of harms way, the vessel I was on was not an icebreaker and boy was I glad the Balder was around.
This is the Magne Viking, it is 85m in length with a 225 tonne bollard pull, it’s 11 year newer than the Balder, again great crew all round with safety top priority.
Thanks again to Viking Supply Ships.
Just got back from another successful rig move, this one was a Jack-up out from Norwich, it first tried to move early January but could not due to the weather, after another two attempts failed due to weather again we finally got the weather window we needed, once the legs were up and water tight integrity confirmed we were on our way, a two day tow and we were at the standby location, a couple of days WOW (Waiting On Weather) here until another weather window saw us move to final location, we used sonar and GPS to locate our exact position and pinned the legs onto the three pre-installed gravel mats, three days of pre-load, this is filling the hull with water when it is a couple of feet out of the water so we get maximum weight on each leg, once happy we lift the rig to its working height, jump on a helicopter and are home for tea and biscuits.
Now I suppose you want some photos of it, sorry but due to restrictions imposed by my employer I can’t, but I am working on it.
However here are some from the British Virgin Islands, a wildlife theme this time.