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Ice Tow   16 comments

I’ve been asked how we go about towing icebergs, or to post about ‘Ice Age Continental Drift’ the Movie, but as I haven’t got permission to post about the movie, you are stuck with more of my iceberg stories.

So first of all, we either get asked by the rig to checkout a likely suspect they have seen on their radar, or we see one ourselves that is posing a risk to the safety of the rig. Once the ice candidate is confirmed we go in for a closer look.

Here the captain is checking out the berg to make sure it is possible to tow.Ice circle

Once confirmed its go for tow the guys on deck get to work.

This is the end of the rope, we use a dyneema rope which is very strong and designed to float (right of shot) with 3 large buoys attached.Buoys

The dyneema rope with the buoys attached is dropped into the water, we then pay out this rope as we sail past the berg.Paying out

Once far enough past the berg we come back on ourselves. Here we are rounding the berg, you can see the buoys in the distance.ice

Now around the berg we make our way to the buoys, when close enough the guys on deck grapple them and pull them on deck.Grapple

With both ends on deck and secure we now slowly move ahead and tighten the rope around the berg, to fast and the rope may slip right off.Tow

Let the tow begin, we will tow this miles away from the rig to a safe place and release it, sometimes bits of the berg will brake off the bottom as we tow and the berg will become top heavy and roll over, on more then one occasion after coming back from lunch I thought we had replaced on berg with another.towing

There are some icebergs that cannot be towed.

Ones with sharp pointy sides where the rope would just slide off.pointy

And ones shaped like dogs!

dog

Posted December 4, 2013 by rigmover in Greenland

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Ice Scale   22 comments

After the last post I was asked about scale, e.g. How big is that iceberg? It’s very hard to get a scale of anything at sea and more so with icebergs as they are not manmade and come in all sorts of sizers and the birds on the last berg could of been Sparrows or Albatross for all I know.

Now thanks to our friend here we can tell this is a very small iceberg, known as a Growler, the next size after this is a Bergy Bit, then Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.

Greenland Seal

 

This next size is a a Medium, you have to remember 7/8 of the iceberg is under water and we are a couple of miles away from the rig.Iceberg

 

Now this next one is big, you will have to take my world for it as there is nothing in the picture to scale it against, but to give you an idea, we were in a boat with 27,000 horse power and when the tide was against us we moved nowhere, when the tide changed and was in our favour we moved a quarter of a mile, I think we towed this berg for about 3 days.

Iceberg

 

Under tow, but not moving much.

Ice tow

 

Here is a guild to test yourself next time you are walking down the high street and see an iceberg.

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Posted November 26, 2013 by rigmover in Greenland

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Ice Ride   5 comments

While I’m trying to sort out my ‘permission’ statues (see ‘the bad news‘ ) I’ll be posting photos I know I don’t need permission to post and that were taken over two years ago.

Here is a bunch of birds having a rest on an iceberg in Greenland, not sure what type of bird they are but i’m sure they must have cold feet.

Ice Ride

Posted November 21, 2013 by rigmover in Greenland

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Favourites of 2012   9 comments

A couple of my favourites from 2012, both from Greenland.

I was working in Greenland for a month, we were suppose to be installing a sonar array on the sea bed but instead spend the entire time move icebergs away from a rig.

Ice watching.

Watching the ice

Thanks for visiting and have a happy New Year.

Posted December 31, 2012 by rigmover in Greenland

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Der Spiegel   18 comments

Hi all, I’m finally back in London, after what was suppose to be a 10 day rig move ended up taking 27 days, still it could of been worse, it could of been in the North Sea.

So first things first, my beard, no sorry my publication, some of you may remember that I had 6 photo’s published in Greenland Today Magazine, a great mag and well worth checking out and subscribing to, Its run by 2 people who put out a fantastic mag every month. One of my photo’s was spotted by Der Spiegel (“The Mirror”) it’s a German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg. It is one of Europe’s largest publications of its kind, with a weekly circulation of more than one million.(quoted from Wikipedia), so Greenland Today Mag put Der Spiegel in touch with me and they asked for the photo, they paid there standard fee which was very nice.

I typed the caption into Google Translate and this is what i got.

Iceberg in tow

A special ship pulls into the iceberg of vin gronlandischen discounted books away in order to avoid the collision with a Olbohrplattform. From August to the solo Nordwestkuste the island again sought after oil.

Not sure its right but I think you get the idea.

PS I have also been contacted by another publisher who would like to use the same photo in a book and an exhibition, so watch this space.

Inuksuk   24 comments

An inuksuk is a stone landmark or cairn built by humans, used by the Inuit, Inupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region. These structures are found from Greenland to Alaska. This region, above the Arctic Circle, is dominated by the tundra and has areas with few natural landmarks.

The inuksuk may have been used for navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for travel routes, fishing places, camps, hunting grounds, places of veneration, drift fences used in hunting or as a food cache. Varying in shape and size, the inuksuit (plural) have longtime roots in the Inuit culture.

As you can see this one is newish and made of wood, but the same applies, built on a hill top, viewable for miles, you can even see the pub from up here.

Have a great weekend.

Washed Up   9 comments

Back in Aasiaat which is located on an island in the outermost southern part of Disko Bay in a very beautiful archipelago area and it is often referred to as “the land of a thousand islands”. I only counted 984, but may have missed a couple.

I spotted this old fishing boat next to the rusty drums and liked the colours, I don’t know weather the boat is still used but did notice it’s still tied to a mooring, maybe thats just incase there is a very high tide.

 

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Like Ships Passing…………   11 comments

I was going to say “Like Ships Passing in the Night” but this is Greenland, in the middle of summer, so there was no night!

After spending a month on a boat towing icebergs you would think I would of had enough of ships/water anything to do with the sea, but no, I never will. I was brought up with the sea at my door step (well very close) and it was the first thing I would see when I woke, now I live in London and the only time I get to see the sea is when I’m working, thats why I love my job.

Meet the Locals   12 comments

In yesterdays post I mentioned the Inuit people, the locals, the people of Greenland. Friendly and charming folk who live in a very diverse climate, 6 months of hot dry windy summer and then 6 months of dark freezing windy winter takes the toll on them. Their tough bony hands and leathery tanned faces tell a story of these harsh conditions, illustrated by these teenagers waiting to catch a bus to their prom night.

Posted May 25, 2012 by rigmover in Greenland

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Seal of Approval   12 comments

Well it looks like summer is finally here in London and this is my seal of approval. (sorry). I just thought it was a cool photo. (there I go again).

Back in Greenland again, while towing an iceberg on a long (24 hours) summers day this fellow drifted past us. Now we have onboard an environmentalist, he is a local, an Inuit and it’s our duty to report to him whenever we see any wildlife, so I called him, and up to the bridge he came, we stepped out onto the deck and I pointed out the iceberg with the seal on it, he then made some notes. Out of interest I asked him what type of Seal it was and his reply was “dunno but good eating“. I think he was joking, he knew what type of seal it was.

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