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.
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.
The dyneema rope with the buoys attached is dropped into the water, we then pay out this rope as we sail past the berg.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are some icebergs that cannot be towed.
Ones with sharp pointy sides where the rope would just slide off.
And ones shaped like dogs!
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”.
Keeping up my transportation theme, here’s a shot of an AHV (Anchor Handing Vessel) towing a rig into Invergordon. Invergordon is where rig’s go to die. A lot of the rig’s in the North Sea are very old, some around 40 years old, and this is where most of them will end up, stripped, cut up and crushed. See my other post.
These aren’t just big hunk’s of metal, these have been second homes to a lot of good, hard working people, some have been on the same rig for all it’s life.
When we towed the J.W. McLean into Invergordon for the very last time, the death march was played over the loudspeaker system, the shore was lined with people (I might have imagined that bit) It was a sad time.
Here you can see a cruise ship carefully navigating it’s way between the condemned rig’s.
Some get stripped and just the leg’s are left behind.
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.
According to Christian tradition, this is the upper room in which Jesus and his disciples conducted the passover meal the ‘Last Supper’. The name of the hall-Coenaculum- comes from the latin word for dining room. The room of the last Supper was part of the ‘Holy Zion’ Church built in 390 C.E., and the Crusader church constructed on it’s ruins in the 12th Century. The room in it’s current shape was formed in the 14th Century and it preserves architectural and sculptural elements from the Crisader period. During the Ottoman rule it was converted into a mosque. The prayer niche (‘Mihrab’), dedicated to King David, was carved into the wall. (behind the Cat)
I processed this with Silver Efex Pro and also had to remove somebody from the far corner, which I’m not very good at. Hope you enjoy and please leave comments and/or suggestions.