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    A few days offshore Indonesia

    As previously mentioned in another thread

    http://teakdoor.com/travel-the-world...ore-malta.html (A couple of days offshore Malta)

    I work for a company that does some offshore work, particularly ship to ship transfers for tankers. The job in that thread was part of my induction into the job so I could set up the business in Asia. Not particularly easy as I am a one man show.

    After a few months of hard work (mainly the work was hard because of working with Indonesians) we got off to a proper start a couple of weeks back. I won't mention the exact location because we have had enough problems of attempted sabotage of our efforts from various competing companies trying to pay off officials to make things as difficult for us as possible........

    The job was transferring crude soya bean oil from a tanker which had loaded the cargo in Argentina but had developed engine problems and couldnt safely continue her voyage to Korea and China. The second tanker would therefore load the cargo and take it to the destination.

    Apologies for the hazy conditions in the photographs - caused by Indonesians burning their plantations without much thought for the consequences.

    Loading up the fenders etc onto the tugs at our base




    Heading out to sea with our gear





    Transferring the fenders from the tugs to the ship's side






    Next came the berthing. Unlike in Malta, at this location one of the vessels stays at anchor while the other vessel comes alongside, with the assistance of tugs.









    Once the ships were safely tied up together, the hose could be connected and the cargo transfer got underway.



    Transfer of personnel during the operation is by personnel basket. Something I don't really enjoy. The guys in the basket in the pic below are cargo surveyors.



    It took a couple of days to transfer the cargo. Soya bean oil looks like cooking oil, but the residue after a couple of months settling in the ships tanks looked more like pea soup.

    Draining the crap out of our hoses by lifting them up



    And the crap that came out of them



    Then we seperated the ships, took off our gear and went back to base. No pics of most of that as it got dark.......

    The tugs pulling us off (oo-er missus)



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    Why is there barb wire?


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    Piracy!!!

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    Samali pirates

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    interesting pics ,i used to work as a stevodore .. brings back a few memoires ....

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    interesting, thanks

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    Good stuff Slim, very interesting thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Why is there barb wire?
    Wogs on logs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat
    in the basket
    hello ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Why is there barb wire?
    it was razor wire actually.

    FIrst time I have seen it used on a ship, but yes it is supposed to deter pirates.

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    really enjoy these threads , keep them coming please

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    Am Alien Borg? Has Starfleet been notified?

    Nice thread, SBF.

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    Nice thread slimboy, great pics and has the recent volcano eruption made the air quality worse?

    I was supposed to go recently to Johor Baru but was warned off because of the smog from the Indo fires.

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    nice - thanks for sharing

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    Hope you made a pile Slimboy.

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    Interesting, we send people offshore as well but mainly for PTT.

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    Good to see someone earning a living doing something interesting , many times I wish I had worked hard at school so I would,nt have ended up doing boring mundane work all my life.
    Well done I am very envious

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    Them Fender called ''Yokohama's'' ? I do simler work in Oz offshore, but Rig-tender and Oil-Gas supplies,
    I have heard the Indo's sabotage the Air-compressors on Dive Boats if they wont to go Home early, cut the belts etc! Pricks!
    traditionally the Indo s are afraid of the Ocean, all Temples face the Sea [I'm told in Bali at least]
    nice to see your work,

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    Is that the area where the Indonesian pirates rob the freighter ships coming down the Malacca straights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by porno frank View Post
    Is that the area where the Indonesian pirates rob the freighter ships coming down the Malacca straights.
    yep. that kind of area.

    hence the razor wire they had rigged on one of the ships.

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    Hey slim did ya pull up at Batam to get ya oars fixed at Lucy's 'oar' house..?
    Ya must get 'em fixed there mate....


    ...I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smug Farang Bore View Post
    Hey slim did ya pull up at Batam to get ya oars fixed at Lucy's 'oar' house..?
    Ya must get 'em fixed there mate....


    ...I do.
    our mooring master is staying about 10 mins walk away from the place. never been there myself.

    i might have to find a reason to visit there next week

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    No palace mate but there are a good few waterin holes about.

    The lads n I took a few gas cookers back to the boat for a party.

    Lucky for us (and them) all the other boats had left the marina so no one was bothered about the noise.

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    What fenders!

    Then I saw the ships... good pics, Slim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    Good to see someone earning a living doing something interesting , many times I wish I had worked hard at school so I would,nt have ended up doing boring mundane work all my life.
    Well done I am very envious
    I tell my son the same thing, but he is not interested in school at all. I hope he will find something that interests him soon or he will probably end up a taxi driver or something similar here in Singapore.


    I was quite lucky and never really studied hard. I joined the merchant navy at 18 after doing dismally at A levels but had good enough GCSE results to join as a navigational officer trainee. Since leaving the sea 7 years ago I have been employed shore side but always in the maritime industry here in Singapore. Probably lucky as well that I married a Singaporean as there are loads of shoreside jobs here for guys with tanker experience.

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