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    Quote Originally Posted by docmartin View Post
    Totally agree.
    Having worked for Groinpus many many years ago I can say that they're probably a little deficient in down-to-earth reality checks even now.
    Inner-city vegan organic chai-sipping folks and all that.
    Seconded, or thirded. There are cleaned up vessels being deliberately sunk to create artificial reefs. Those are mainly for recreational divers who can enjoy the wildlife they attract. No reason at all not to do the same thing on a larger scale and provide some safe havens in the North Sea. Otherwise the trawlermen will trawl until there is nothing left.

    There is a very good book "Cod" by Mark Kurlansky, the title says it all, which is a fascinating read. One of the things that stays with me from his book is the way that Newfoundland fishermen and politicians simply kept the fishing alive until there were no fish left to fish. The lesson being that the oceans do not belong to a small number of self-interested fishermen, they belong to everyone and everyone should have a say. It is a lesson that has not been learnt.

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    Having a suspicion here that the good intentions, the hopes, half studied knowledge and 100 billion good, saved cleanup money has taken over.

    If something sound simple, it probably isn't, and the bill to correct these mistakes could be huge.

    Read some reports, manuals on how and where to play with nature, and where not to do it.

    (and remember that 100 billion can buy a lot of pre concluded reports)

    Sorry about the tone

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    ^ I think a pessimistic tone is very apt Helge... money and politics will win over the environment every time, Greenpeace should forget politics and remember why they started. (by the way Helge... if my office work in Haugesund (Norway) falls through next week I've had a back-up offer of work in Gothenburg... you got any decent beer in Sweden?)

    To make the point... an example of the seabed off the remote northern coast of Norway... a country who has always been a fishing nation but who has also managed their fish stocks extremely well. Cod are abundant throughout the Norwegian Sea.

    Each of those furrows on the seabed has been made by a trawl board... the whole area is riddled with trawling activity... and this is well managed.



    Imagine the amount of trawling in the southern North Sea where every bordering country is hell bent on catching every last fish. The seabed is dead and barren from constantly being dredged up by trawling. It would be like a farmer ploughing his fields every week.

    But anyway, nothing will change.

    We left Oseberg today and I was hoping to get a pic this morning in daylight as it's an impressive structure, but at 7am it was still dark. Quite a change from when I joined this boat two months ago when it never got dark... now it doesn't want to get light.



    Not my pic, but Oseberg field centre. Around 20 years ago I once had a basket transfer from the helideck on Oseberg A down to the back deck of a survey vessel... and very nearly shit myself. It wouldn't be allowed these days, and I certainly wouldn't do it again, even if it was.


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    Brilliant pics, Mendip. Cheers.

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    The trip's coming to an end and we started the last project today... hopefully just a day's work at Visund.

    It's a busy part of the world...



    We finished up at Gullfaks and departed early this morning...



    With Statfjord and Snorre off to the port side...



    Heading for Visund to the northeast... with dawn just breaking.



    And up this afternoon for my last full shift (hopefully!) working at the Visund semi-sub FPU (Floating Production Unit). It's deep water here and the platform doesn't reach down to the seabed... instead the anchorage system comprises chains to suction anchors in the seabed.

    There's still the old 'Statoil' sign and logo on Visund... Equinor need to get that sorted.



    The weather has again come up this afternoon... a real bugger. My Norwegian office work has already fallen though due to delays on this job... but I've secured a month of so's office work with this company in Gothenburg, Sweden, the next part of my commute.

    But in the interim I've got flights on Saturday from Bergen back to Bristol to see me mum! I've got three days to drink as much cider and eat as many steak and kidney pies as I can fit in... then fly to Gothenburg on Tuesday morning.

    I don't want any more delays. Just three days to eat and drink all my favourites... it's gonna be a difficult choice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I've got three days to drink as much cider and eat as many steak and kidney pies as I can fit in


    The anticipation.....

    You've earned it.

    A pic to wet your whistle, should still be warm at the weekend..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    've got three days to drink as much cider and eat as many steak and kidney pies as I can fit in...
    And put on everyitng you lost over the past 3 months.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    then fly to Gothenburg on Tuesday morning.
    Do they have a weight limit?


    Anyway, will be good to see you mom!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    But in the interim I've got flights on Saturday from Bergen back to Bristol to see me mum! I've got three days to drink as much cider and eat as many steak and kidney pies as I can fit in... then fly to Gothenburg on Tuesday morning.

    I don't want any more delays. Just three days to eat and drink all my favourites... it's gonna be a difficult choice!
    No quarantines or self-isolation to worry about?

    Have a wonderful trip. Remember: tea and, if you must, Spam.

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