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Good News and Bad News   32 comments

First the good news, I’ve had another photo published in a magazine called Interactions, it’s a photo of Archie (my dog) with xmas socks on, which I had placed on my blog.


Now the bad news, I have been told by my employer that I cannot publish photos of rig’s, platforms, & AHV’s, basically anything to do with the offshore industry without prior consent from the owner, so as we know it is no-more!!!! I was thinking of changing it to or but thats just silly. So in the foreseeable future you will have to settle for photos of the sea and maybe the odd sunset, on which I’m sure you will get bored of very quickly.

I have a link to Interocean on my side bar, this is not the company I work for, Interocean use some of my photos on their web site.

This is very disappointing, as I’m sure I have passed on a little of what goes on out there, I have had some great feed back and I thank you all for that.


P.S. Don’t go to far will be back, in some form or another.

Posted November 8, 2013 by rigmover in My Work

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FPSO, Explained.   22 comments

I thought I would try and explain a bit about this FPSO I’m on. First of all the name FPSO= Floating-it’s a boat, Production-turning oil into usable oil, Storage-capable of storing up to 540,000 barrels of oil, Offloading-once oil has been refined it can then be offloaded to a tanker and taken to shore.
This FPSO is 260m long and 41m wide.

At the moment it is in the process of connecting a complex series of pipes and tubing to the turret which in turn is connected to oil and gas wells on the seabed. This first shot is of my navigation screen which clearly shows the FPSO in red and to the right the Fugro Symphony (FS), the 10 green lines coming from the centre are the anchors and all the other lines are the pipeline we will be connecting too, about 17 in total over 4-5 phases.


In this photo you can see the Symphony alongside with the ROV in the water and the large orange pipe getting lowered over the side, the ROV will connect this to another pipe on the seabed and the other end to us. This takes about 32 hours to complete.


This shot is of the turret, all anchor chains and the various piping, which transports oil to the FPSO, injects gas into reservoirs, or sends controls and signals to and fro, are connected up through the FPSO’s turret.
While the turret always stays facing in the same direction so that the various connections do not get entangled, the FPSO can rotate around it in order to always face into the wind. This ensures the stability of the entire FPSO and the piping system. Since the storm damage on February the 4th 2011 the repairs have cost an estimated 1 Billion dollars.

If anyone has any questions please write them on the back on a 10 pound note and send it to……not really, just ask and if I know it I’ll answer it, if I don’t I’ll find out.

Posted September 18, 2012 by rigmover in North Sea

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Symphony   16 comments

This is the Fugro Symphony, Fugro’s latest, purpose built ROV support vessel, Delivered in May 2011 it has been specifically designed to address the latest demands of the deep water Remote Intervention, Construction & Survey markets.
Powered by 4 x Rolls-Royce Engines. Each driving a Generator.
I also think it looks pretty cool.


It has two ROV’s onboard, here you can see the ROV hanger, the door is open and the ROV has been deployed.


This is of course a working vessel but the staff still need to be looked after, so here’s some of the luxuries onboard,
– 50 Seat Auditorium/Cinema,
– Excellent Leisure facilities with 2 Lounges, 2 Gymnasia, 2 Sauna, 2 Solaria, Internet Café, Network in all cabins
– Comfort & Vibration Class 3 High standard of outfitting in all lounges & public areas.
If only I didn’t get sea sick.

Posted September 10, 2012 by rigmover in North Sea

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Zeus   11 comments

Keeping with the work theme, this is a job I was on in the English Channel, we were installing twin cables from Sheerness in the UK to Rotterdam, these are for wind farms, the idea is when it is windy in the UK we sell our electricity to The Netherlands and when it’s windy in The Netherlands we buy electricity from them, it aint going to happen that way though, we will buy the power from them weather its windy or not!.

Now the boat, this is the Olympic Zeus, it’s a big powerful AHV that has been fitted out with a cable joining workshop, you see the two fun looking water slides over the stern roller, they are cable guilds. What happen’s is, we send down their crane and our ROV and find and connect the cable to the crane, it then pulls up the cable on the port side slide, the cable then goes up the deck on the rollers and around the half circle frame at the top of the deck, then down the starboard side and into the white workshop. You can see we already have the cable in the starboard side slide and up into the workshop. Once the cable is in the workshop the technicians screw on a couple on blocks, wrap some tape around it and chuck it in the water, actually it’s a bit more complicated than that, as it takes 2 to 3 days to join the cables together. If you could see the cables close enough you would notice the markings on them are different, this is so they connect the right ends together.

Big Toys   12 comments

I had a few e-mails about yesterdays post so here is a quick follow up.

This is the vessel that we used to installed the turbine on the sea bed, its 250 ton crane had no problem lifting the turbine into place, with 3 bow thrusters and 4 stern thrusters it can hold us in position using a DP system with ease and its main engine has a bollard pull of 350 tons (anything less than 350 tons and it would just pull it along the ground).

In the sliding door you can see on the starboard side is a in-built Triton XLX work class ROV and a second one on deck. Built to meet future environmental standards, the vessel is fuel efficient and clean class, thus having the capability to work in most of the world’s offshore oil & gas precincts.

Posted June 11, 2012 by rigmover in My Work

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