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    Thanks for the pics & stories, Mendip.

    Have just read/ watched a news clip from a local news agency here about a ship which sank off the coast of Japan. It was a cargo ship carrying cattle & etc, and there was a strong storm. In the latest news, 3 ppl were recovered (2 alive). Most of the crew were Filipinos. Accdg to the news report (and the video), the ship was already tilting during the storm, then water started coming in. Since it was a local news report, they interviewed the family members of the lost crew members, who are hoping that their loved ones are still alive. Just shows the fragility of life & the unpredictability of nature. Stay safe out there, Mendip.

    Bbc news article:
    Gulf Livestock 1: Japan finds second survivor from capsized ship - BBC News

    News clip from 24 oras of GMA news (a PI network. It's in Taglish, but if anyone is interested in the vid - they have clips sent by the mariners to their relatives prior to the sinking - tilting of the ship, water coming in, pics of crew, etc). It's a Panamanian-flagged vessel.



    Sorry for the derail - but yeah, life on a ship can be unpredictable. Stay safe.

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    ^ Thanks for the thought Katie!

    The oil and gas industry is very heavily regulated... I would say the most dangerous part of my work is the taxi ride from Korat to Suvarnabhumi and back again.

    Unless of course I'm making new friends in a bar on Sukhumvit... then a few porkie pies may have been told!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post

    Boulders along the shoulders of an iceberg ploughmark in a 3D digital terrain model from multibeam data. Engineers like this kind of presentation because it's so easy to visualise the seabed.



    Random offshore pics
    Off course we like this type of presentation as you need to keep things simple for us Engineers.
    Just remember a picture is worth a 1000 words especially if those words are from he mouth of a Geologist.

    As Katie said "stay safe".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Unless of course I'm making new friends in a bar on Sukhumvit... then a few porkie pies may have been told!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    It's not from the West Country though is it, any more than Yorkshire tea is from Yorkshire.
    Well, that's burst my bubble. There I was, imagining the tea terraces across the Yorkshire moors and amidst the apple orchards of Somerset.

    You'll be telling us next that Mars bars are secretly made on planet earth.

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    Yes, I did realise that was not headline news for any of our posters with something between their ears.

    In other words, I was talking to Chitty.

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    Found myself on Google Maps and was pretty amazed at well they show the ocean floor mapped nowadays.






    And all thanks to Spend Every Working Hour Pissing About On The Net champions like Mendy.

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    Sir Mendip, would the river valley looking thing at the top of my second pic have been formed by a river while above ground millennia ago? Or have been formed by some under water geological process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Sir Mendip, would the river valley looking thing at the top of my second pic have been formed by a river while above ground millennia ago? Or have been formed by some under water geological process?
    He mentioned before that's been carved by icebergs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    would the river valley looking thing at the top of my second pic have been formed by a river while above ground millennia ago? Or have been formed by some under water geological process?



    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    He mentioned before that's been carved by icebergs.

    If that's been carved by icebergs my name's Donkey Kong Willy King.


    So hopefully it hasn't.

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    I think we might be referring to different pictures.

    You're safe. Probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Sir Mendip, would the river valley looking thing at the top of my second pic have been formed by a river while above ground millennia ago? Or have been formed by some under water geological process?
    Donkey Kong Willy King, those are classic iceberg features.

    But I won't call you that if you stop calling me 'Sir', it makes me uncomfortable. Only the wife calls me 'Sir', or was it 'wanker', I can't remember now.


    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    He mentioned before that's been carved by icebergs.
    No, sadly not carved by icebergs. The water's too deep and I reckon it's too far south. They look like canyons formed by submarine landslides at the edge of the continental shelf to me, they form turbidite deposits.





    If you're interested in this, then Google the Storegga Slide... a huge submarine land slide off Norway around 8000 years ago that was supposed to have triggered a mega tsunami across the southern North Sea area. Many years ago I worked on pipeline routes up the slide escarpment (which has around a 30 degree slope) for the Ormen Lange gas field... which provides 20% of the UK's gas needs.


    ^^^^^

    The top pic shows the Mid Atlantic Ridge... where new ocean floor is being created. America and Europe are diverging by about 1 inch a year, which many may think is a good thing.

    I've never worked in that area but it's regularly surveyed to find cable routes across the Atlantic.

    About 60 million years ago when Pangea broke up and America first separated from Europe, the north west of Scotland very nearly joined The States and if it had, would now be across the other side of the Atlantic. I guess many people will have their views on that as well!

    I didn't really expect to delve into Plate Tectonics in this thread... the original aim was just a few pictures while I was travelling to work...

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    Men something new every dip.


    Cheers Mendy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    If that's been carved by icebergs my name's Donkey Kong Willy King
    melting icebergs when the sea level was lower

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    Tonight... waiting on weather at the Oseberg field... about mid-way between Norway and The Shetlands.

    Six weeks down, two to go... I could do without any more delays.


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    More bad weather...

    Off the bows past my helideck...



    And astern...



    I'm starting to get worried now about my next job the more this one gets delayed. It's my own fault mind for trying to be clever... should have known better at this time of year.

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    A lot of things you landlubbers take for granted change when working offshore in bad weather.

    You can't put a cup of coffee on a table without a grippy mat... or you'll be wearing it.

    Meal times can be carnage if the skipper turns the boat around in bad weather.



    Every corridor has railings, not just the stairways (that's my cabin on the right).



    And the most dangerous part of the day... the morning shower. You wouldn't risk that without a handle on the wall to grab hold of. More accidents happen in the shower than anywhere else.



    And even taking a leak is a risk. Remember the old adage... one hand for the boat, one for yourself!

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    ^ I'm gonna wish I never asked..... what's the squeegee down there for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'm starting to get worried now about my next job the more this one gets delayed. It's my own fault mind for trying to be clever... should have known better at this time of year.
    bugger. good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    ^ I'm gonna wish I never asked..... what's the squeegee down there for?
    Cleaning up spilled water or other liquids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    We finished the project up north at the Åsgard field and spent nearly two days transiting southwards through bad weather. Now we're alongside at the CCB offshore base, just north of Bergen.

    There's more bad weather forecast, which is bad for me because I've had enough of this work and have another job to go to, starting 21st September.

    Meanwhile we're mobilising for the next couple of weeks work.

    Those huge metal cylinders on the quayside are suction anchors, used for the anchoring systems of FPSOs and the like.



    And that yellow thing on the flatbed is a boulder grabber. An upcoming project for us requires the identification and removal of seabed boulders prior to template installations.



    Never a nice sight... these drill rigs should be out working. Hopefully they're just in for some refurb. There's the leg of a jack-up just visible at the left of the picture as well, left of the crane.



    The COSLinnovator (yellow) and the Transocean Arctic behind are designed for deep water harsh environments.



    And another drill rig and jack-up across the bay... it's unusual to see so many rigs not working at this time of the season in what was set to be a very busy year. Not a good sign, and hopefully not a long term consequence of Covid.

    COSLinnovator (yellow) the life boat chutes seem to be awfully high above the water. Appears to me would need motorcycle type crash helmet and pretty extensive restraning harnes to prevent injuries when life boat impacts sea.

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    perhaps they extend downwards?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    ^ I'm gonna wish I never asked..... what's the squeegee down there for?
    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Cleaning up spilled water or other liquids.
    Yeah... lets just leave it at that!

    If they're using the big crane on the back deck, for instance, the boat will take on a heavy list and maybe the shower water won't drain away... same goes for other 'liquids' I'd imagine.

    Cal, these are known as free fall life boats, designed to get you away from trouble as quickly as possible. The traditional life boats are cranked down to sea using a handle and pulleys, but that can take a long time. The free fall life boats may have been a recommendation after Piper Alpha, when guys were jumping off the helideck to escape the fire. I've never been in one... thankfully.

    KW, those are called escape chutes and practise of their use is part of the the Norwegian safety course. I've never been in one 81m tall... I think maybe 10m max for the survival courses.



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    phaaark me.

    I get sweaty just watching those videos.

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    ^You get a lot sweatier if you decided to stay aboard something with a raging fire coming your way! There's video out there of one of them dropping from a much lower height that goes in nose first then rebounds back out of the water before doing a full turn in the air then going back into the water. That would have been scary.

    Edit Found it.
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