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    ^ Yeah, I think it's for the best. I actually feel quite healthy when I get off a boat.


    We have a fine Norwegian spring day today...



    Rumours are the temperature may rise above 12 degrees.





    A reflection of the multi-nationality personnel on board. I'm not sure what the third language down is... either Russian or Ukrainian I think? I've been told there are both included amongst the ship's crew.


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    ^ That bottom message if spoken quickly in English is a ripper

    Top one in Polish?

    Third one is definitely Russian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    A reflection of the multi-nationality personnel on board.
    I spent last night in a hotel in Udon Thani which had a similar sign on each landing. The signs didn't help. Maybe they need the Russian.
    I suppose you don't have the same issue with people rolling in drunk and incapable firstly of getting the key into the door and secondly of closing it without falling against it. Then dropping hard stuff all over the tiled floor. Do people actually carry ballbearings in their pockets for this specific purpose?

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    I've actually conducted classes for Senior Egyptian personnel on how to quietly close doors on offshore vessels in areas people are sleeping. Made them line up and do it 5 times in front of each other successfully before class was dismissed. Failed totally of course, they're too fucking stupid to be taught anything so difficult so then it was a matter of putting them all on the same accommodation deck where they could slam doors to their hearts content without waking Expats up who then wanted to punch them in the head.

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    I concur, nothing worse than some ignoramus slamming doors when you are trying to sleep.

    So happy the ex is gone!

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    ^ What was his name... Mohammad?



    The Ula Platform... 36 years old and showing it's age. As am I... I'm way to old for this shit.



    I've fallen on my feet with this job... there's not a lot to do but they want someone onboard for when there is something. I'm sitting in an office with an old mate from south Somerset so we have plenty to talk about.

    But even without much work there's still the daily chores to get on with.

    I dropped off my washing before my shift started. I've become used to bigger vessels and everything feels very compact on this boat with not a square inch wasted. I reckon a lot of apartment architects would benefit from some advice from a ship's architect, they really know how to utilise the available space.

    The laundry is right in the bows of the main deck.



    And just next door... the gym! I'm on a 6am to 6pm shift and didn't bother to put my name on the gym rota as there's not much demand at 4am. Besides, if you put your name down you kind of feel obligated to turn up and I like the freedom of changing my mind and putting the alarm on snooze.



    The gym is wedged into the starboard side of the bows. This picture facing for'ard.



    And facing aft from the treadmill!



    Directly above the laundry and gym is the mess. It's the Norwegian National Day today so I'm hoping for a good lunch.


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    ^

    Gym looks quite well kitted out. I once spent a couple of days on Ula back in around 93/94. A friend of mine had been an OIM on Ula, and moved back to the UK sector. He arranged for me and another department head to visit to look at the differences in organisation.

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    Are there Filipinos in the crew, Mendip?

    How's the food like? Pics of the breakfast spread, please.

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    Are those mess chairs bolted to the floor or do they have really heavy bases Mendip?

    Always made me laugh seeing advertising pics of yachts with their dining room tables set with fine china and crystal, people may not realise the lot of it would be on the floor smashed to pieces in the smallest of beam-on swells at anchor or while steaming along in open water.

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    ^ HW, the chairs are bolted down under those metal plates. The mess in this boat is right up in the bows and there would surely be a lot of movement in bad weather.

    Sometimes we get new office chairs sent out from the office and without exception they always have wheels... the office staff have no clue. The first thing we do is take off the wheels, or if not possible, tape them up with duct tape. Wheels and boats just don't mix.


    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Are there Filipinos in the crew, Mendip?

    How's the food like? Pics of the breakfast spread, please.

    This is a new boat to me Katie and every day I see someone new, but as far as I can tell there is just one Filipino steward. The catering crew and ABs all seem to be Polish or Russian, I think.

    The breakfast spread isn't great but hopefully there'll be some good food out today for National Day. I'll try and get a discreet pic, although I do have my reputation to think of.


    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    Gym looks quite well kitted out. I once spent a couple of days on Ula back in around 93/94. A friend of mine had been an OIM on Ula, and moved back to the UK sector. He arranged for me and another department head to visit to look at the differences in organisation.
    The gym certainly covers my simple requirements PAG.

    Here's a couple more pics for your memories. I've been watching a couple of hawks of some kind flying around the platforms. They are quite big and I think they're Peregrines but my Samsung phone camera will struggle to get a decent picture. We quite often see hawks and owls living on the platforms... I guess they have rich pickings from all the land birds that get stranded at sea during storms.






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    ^ Mendip, can you explain the thinking around the 3 connected rigs?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    ^ Mendip, can you explain the thinking around the 3 connected rigs?

    Thanks
    From the left you have the production/process platform, the centre platform is for drilling (though the derrick has been removed), and on the right is utilities/accommodation. The three chimneys are the turbine exhausts. The turbines will be dual fuel, and mainly run on the gas that is being produced, though can changeover to diesel if there's a production shutdown. The separation is potential risk mitigation between the activities.

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    ^ humm ... you seem to have some knowledge in the area!

    Thanks

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    ^ This is PAG's bag, not mine.

    The yellow signs say, from left platform to right...

    Production - Drilling - Quarters

    But if any more detail required... go to PAG!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Russian
    Some nice looking Russian girls out there. A bit of variety for you. Although Russian ladies can make the grasping Thai girls look like rank amateurs. According to a friend with experience of the situation.

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    ^ Not out here there aren't. In fact, they're not Russian girls at all... more like Russian blokes.

    We do have David Blaine out here though...



    Either that, or Ula's offloading it's recycling.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    there's not a lot to do but they want someone onboard for when there is something
    What are the rest of your ships workers doing at the platform site while you sit chatting about Somerset?

    What will be your tasks be when there "is something" to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    on the right is utilities/accommodation
    Two of the three seem to have lifeboats, would all three have their own helicopter pad?

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    With the Ukrainian and Russian crew, has there been any problems?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Two of the three seem to have lifeboats, would all three have their own helicopter pad?
    There would only be one helideck. To function, the helideck has to have a trained helideck crew led by a Helicopter Landing Officer. For normal operations, passengers would embark/disembark closest to the accommodation. The accommodation also becomes the 'safe haven' in the event of an emergency. For emergencies, unless involved in a specific response activity, all personnel would muster in a safe location nearest to their assigned lifeboats (i.e. accommodation). Those assigned emergency duties (fire teams, and if a process problem, those on shift) would be able to use the production platform lifeboats rather than get back to their assigned lifeboat stations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    What are the rest of your ships workers doing at the platform site while you sit chatting about Somerset?

    What will be your tasks be when there "is something" to do?

    Two of the three seem to have lifeboats, would all three have their own helicopter pad?
    Here's a picture from above OhOh, from the interweb. As PAG says, only one helideck.



    As for the rest of the ship's workers... the marine crew carry on regardless of the project in the day to day running and operation of the ship. The company I am working for have hired this vessel from a shipping company and then mobilised ROVs along with inspection/survey equipment. This isn't a purpose built vessel for this type of work.

    There are ROV crew to operate the ROVs 24/7. While we are doing platform and other structure inspections there is a team of inspection personnel responsible for guiding the ROV around the structures to ensure all areas are covered and to collect the relevant data. I don't have my 'inspection' hat on for this project, fortunately, as they are very busy. My inspection certification lapsed during Covid and so far I haven't found the need to renew it. We also have CP (cathodoc protection) engineers onboard to collect data concerning corrosion and the status of cathodoc protection of the structures.

    We also have a back deck crew of riggers and deck foremen who keep busy while we lay down protective concrete mattresses and other intervention on subsea infrastructure, where necessary.

    There are two of us who's responsibility concerns the inspection of any horizontal pipelines and umbilicals, of which there are few on this project. So yes, we do indeed spend most of our time chatting about Somerset and the good old days in between sorting out other stuff. Yesterday I booked up flights to the UK in July for the daughter and I, and today I intend to find and book somewhere to stay in the Lyme Regis area for a few days. I may even find time to start my tax return.


    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    With the Ukrainian and Russian crew, has there been any problems?
    I don't think so. There seems to be a lot of shouting in the galley but I think they're just excitable types and being friendly. I can pick out the Polish and just assume anything that sounds different is either Russian or Ukrainian and they seem to be getting along fine. I would think that any guys who have worked offshore together for any length of time would have formed friendships strong enough to override any tensions caused by the war. The few Russians I know are (almost) all horrified by what is going on in Ukraine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    The few Russians I know are (almost) all horrified by what is going on in Ukraine.
    Same here. The general feeling is it's Putin war, not Russian's war.



    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    The accommodation also becomes the 'safe haven' in the event of an emergency. For emergencies, unless involved in a specific response activity, all personnel would muster in a safe location nearest to their assigned lifeboats (i.e. accommodation). Those assigned emergency duties (fire teams, and if a process problem, those on shift) would be able to use the production platform lifeboats rather than get back to their assigned lifeboat stations.
    With H&S being so important in such an operation, are the H&S departments pretty much given free budgets, or are they generally set up to simply pass all legal requirements and anything that surpasses doesn't usually get a lot of funding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Same here. The general feeling is it's Putin war, not Russian's war.





    With H&S being so important in such an operation, are the H&S departments pretty much given free budgets, or are they generally set up to simply pass all legal requirements and anything that surpasses doesn't usually get a lot of funding?
    The safety criteria in the North Sea is very much legislatively driven in all of the sectors. Standards, competencies and training (both initial and refresher) are well defined. The high costs of operating makes the size of safety budgets pretty much immaterial in relation to overall spend. Regular inspections and audits by both Government agencies and Certifyinig Authorities again are mandatory.

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    The view out my office windows this morning. I'm not sure if these should be called port holes since I was looking through rectangular windows today.



    This is a jack-up rig up against a spar. A tanker is loading oil from the spar in the background.



    The ratchets in the legs are how these rigs jack themselves up.



    Good home for the seagulls.




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    Nice sunset…

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    How far can those seagulls fly out to sea, Mendo?

    Do they just chance upon a rig in the middle of the ocean, or by some sort of animal black magic can they find one again if they've already been there?

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