Archive for the ‘Icebergs’ Tag
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Under tow, but not moving much.
Here is a guild to test yourself next time you are walking down the high street and see an iceberg.
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.
A couple of my favourites from 2012, both from Greenland.
Thanks for visiting and have a happy New Year.
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.
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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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.
Back to Greenland today and on the hunt for those pesky icebergs. This was one of the icebergs we couldn’t move by towing due to the shape, the tow rope would just slip off the top. In this case what we do is slowly reverse up to the iceberg and when we get nice and close we put the boat on full power using all the 25,000 bhp and use the wash from the propeller to move it, slow going but great photo opportunities. Hope you enjoy, don’t forget to follow me using the box in the top right corner, and feel free to leave a comment or suggestion below.
Finally leaving Aasiaat and out to open water and I spot my first whale, Taken back by the beauty I forget about my camera (you can tell I’m not a pro) but just managed to catch the tail end. (so to speak). I was still very happy about the shot so e-mailed it to my wife, her reply, is that a bird?