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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Speaking of fish, has anyone eaten Surstromming? I've seen YT vids of ppl eating it. Is it really as bad as they say?
    I have and love it.
    It is simply fermented fish, let's say that it is not for everyone..

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    ^finally someone answered in the affirmative!

    I'm curious about it... if it's available, I'll probably try just for the heck! Can't be much worse than marmite or durian, methinks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    It is simply fermented fish, let's say that it is not for everyone..
    Like 'pla som'? Vile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Like 'pla som'? Vile.
    no, surstromming is much cleaner and is eaten raw. The smell is initially terrible but it disappears, the taste is delicious.

    Surstromming - Wikipedia

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    That's a gallant first effort, Mendip - you've clearly some muscle memory from previous paddling, so you're on the right path.

    You'll probably want attempt the 2km efforts just once a week, while using the rest of the time in the gym to train for it; mixing endurance sessions on the rower (30 mins plus steady) and interval sessions (minute on minute off etc) with associated weight training (squats, deadlifts, anything to strengthen your quads and shoulders). No extra cardio needed as it all comes from the rower. It's truly a majestic piece of equipment. My favourite in the gym, apart from the stairmill.

    Contrary to what Chang says about the resistance, I'd opt for no more than 7 for training, possibly 8 for the actual effort. 6 is supposed to replicate actual real life rowing the most accurately, and the lower the resistance, yes, the less power you produce, but the more power you save for the latter stages of the effort.

    In honesty, anything under 8 minutes would be an amazing achievement and time well spent to complement the piles of cash you'll be disembarking the boat with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    No extra cardio needed as it all comes from the rower. It's truly a majestic piece of equipment. My favourite in the gym
    Time to get a researchin'. Cheers for the good info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ! Can't be much worse than marmite
    Jesus. Bit rich from a person from a country where balut is a national delicacy.

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    ^I'm with Katie on this one, Marmite is seriously nasty shit. But I'd rather eat it with a spoon straight out if the jar than eat Balut, so I'm with you too

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    Balmite.

    Balut with big dollops of Marmite on top.



    Could work.

    (at opening the gates of hell)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Balmite.

    Balut with big dollops of Marmite on top.
    If I have nightmares I shall hold you personally responsible.

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    ^^now that's a thought.

    I usually eat Balut with salt. Since marmite is salty, Balmite could work. I will report back as soon as I am able to procure a balut (still have some marmite in the fridge).

    Meanwhile, here's a perfectly formed balut for y'all. The chick is in a nice foetal position. If you look closely, you can see the wing & feathers!

    (don't click if you don't wanna see)

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    ^ Aww Katie... what are you doing to my thread!

    And I thought I could eat anything.

    Anyway, I can't leave that image at the foot of the thread. Another of my many duties at home, after rescuing the soi puppies, is rescuing chicks that get stuck in their eggs and can't hatch. All that's needed is a steady hand and a tooth pick.

    So here's a Balut with a happy ending!

    (Take note Katie!)






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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    That's a gallant first effort, Mendip - you've clearly some muscle memory from previous paddling, so you're on the right path.

    You'll probably want attempt the 2km efforts just once a week, while using the rest of the time in the gym to train for it; mixing endurance sessions on the rower (30 mins plus steady) and interval sessions (minute on minute off etc) with associated weight training (squats, deadlifts, anything to strengthen your quads and shoulders). No extra cardio needed as it all comes from the rower. It's truly a majestic piece of equipment. My favourite in the gym, apart from the stairmill.

    Contrary to what Chang says about the resistance, I'd opt for no more than 7 for training, possibly 8 for the actual effort. 6 is supposed to replicate actual real life rowing the most accurately, and the lower the resistance, yes, the less power you produce, but the more power you save for the latter stages of the effort.

    In honesty, anything under 8 minutes would be an amazing achievement and time well spent to complement the piles of cash you'll be disembarking the boat with.
    Today when I awoke my entire upper body had seized up... was I ever glad that the gym was fully booked for my slot and it wasn't an option. But my name's on the list for tomorrow and thereafter, so I have to go. Next week I'll change to a 12 - 12 midnight to mid day shift, the most unpopular shift but that also means that the gym will be empty at 10pm every night... so no excuses. (12 - 12 nights is my favourite shift for keeping in touch with home).

    Your advice is gratefully headed and let's see where another 3 weeks on this boat gets me. Tonight I'll sneak into the gym and study the menus on the Concept 2 as that's been causing me some trouble.

    As for piles of cash... I'be been home for almost the entire year and there's a hole to fill. But if I get a third consecutive job over here (the second is almost in the bag!) then beers are on me in Bangkok!

    When I get home... (or maybe ciders in Somerset...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    beers on me in Bangkok!
    Noted.

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    ^ That's a long trip down from Udon for a small bottle of Chang!

    But I've said it now, I guess...

    To be honest it was more aimed at Somtamslap... I thought that was a safe offer!

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    Saw this tonight, the first time I've seen one.

    It's a Russian red king crab, and to give some idea of its size, the pipeline is nearly 1m in diameter.



    These crabs are native to the Bering Sea... around the Kamchatka Peninsula and across to Alaska.

    In the 1960s the Soviets introduced them in the Murmansk Fjord in the Barents sea as a food source.

    These crabs have been marching westwards ever since, eating everything in their path. We're working around 500km west of Murmansk, off the northern coast of Norway, but these crabs have travelled maybe another 500km further along the coast and have been found as far south-west as the Lofoten Islands, south of Tromsų. That's 1000km in around 50 odd years.

    The king crabs have no natural predators in Norway so are a big concern. The Norwegian government offer a bounty to fishermen to help reduce their numbers, but they're also very good eating so are much sought after anyway. Ultimately it's looking as though the warmer water to the south has stopped their invasion and saved the native crabs and lobsters.

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    What's the depth there?

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    ^ Around 300m... this was about 20km off the coast.

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    So a bit too deep to just duck out, swim down and pick him up for your supper...

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    Just a quickie re the concept 2 (it's a bit of a game changer so worth mentioning, especially if you're a number cruncher): download an app called Erg Data, it will pair with the rower and record your efforts. You can then upload to Strava and keep an account of your progress.

    I'm actually talking myself into buying myself an early Christmas present here.

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    ^ Will do... once I get some decent wifi.

    These Concept 2 Rowers are about 1000 quid from what I can see... that rubber dinghy I use in the pool was only 1200 Baht and that included an electric air pump... just saying like.

    I'm taking it steady on the rower for the first few days... not quite Lumphini Park steady but I'm not going full on until my shoulders recover. Next week I'll start going for it.

    My view today... not too shabby!


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    Not too shabby at all. But what's the temp like?

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    We've finished up North at Wisting and Snohvit and started heading down south towards Sandnessjoen where we have a crew change on Monday. No... not me again.

    On the way we passed the Goliat FPSO... meaning that it floats and is tethered to the seabed using anchor chains. FPSOs have become more common in recent years as the industry moves into deeper water. No need for expensive jackets that are anchored to the seabed.

    The Goliat FPSO with attendant safety boat (which all platforms are legally required to have).



    The Goliat FPSO is the world's largest cylindrical FPSO at over 100m diameter. It's designed that way to combat the Arctic weather.... I guess if you have no beams you can't get yourself beam-on to the weather.

    It is also the worlds's most northerly production platform. Wisting, where we've been doing seabed surveys, will beat that once developed with FPSO installed. Snohvit is also further north but that field has entirely subsea infrastructure.



    A Norwegian naval vessel of some sort... maybe this is Helge's frigate?



    And on we go... a 30 odd hour steam south into much worse weather. I don't think we'll see a calm sea like this again this trip.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    We sailed out into the bad weather this morning... didn't get a lot of sleep.
    Working only for a few days and then heading far south.. Is the job already done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Goliat FPSO
    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    The Goliat FPSO is the world's largest cylindrical FPSO at over 100m diameter. It's designed that way to combat the Arctic weather.
    Not quite as deep as I imagined it would be.

    Plenty of work for the survey ships it appears. With all those seabed pipes, well heads and anchors to be regularly checked by ROVs.

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    https://img.offshore-mag.com/files/b...ffgoli_p02.png

    "A floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit is a floating vessel used by the offshore oil and gas industry for the production and processing of hydrocarbons, and for the storage of oil."

    When I was a lad FPSO were refurbished tankers. Things have moved on with the tethered tube design.



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    Floating production storage and offloading - Wikipedia

    A video of it's construction in South Korea. Delivered in 63 days to the Barents Sea on a self-propelled, submersible barge via the South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Cape Agulhas (southern tip of Africa) and up the Atlantic Ocean. For delivery to it's position at the field location in the field developer's site.






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