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    Help's CUMMNG McPegBuoy from Alloabumma with a Banjo on hs knee

    Same shit, different ship-download-jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLD View Post
    This is a very fascinating insight to the world of offshore and how many moving parts ( skilled people).that it takes to make it all happen.
    Must be some puzzle at times.

    Mendip operates the more simple part..on his own.

    Alarm clock off

    Microwave on

    Monitor on; pipes fino, pipes fino, pipes fino.

    Lunch on

    Pipes fino......for 12 hours

    Monitor off

    Microwave on

    Alarm clock on.


    That's offshore work.


    No wonder that he longs for Roll On-Roll Off relations with some night dressed maiden back home

    (only joking; don't off me)


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    ^ He doesn't need to turn the monitor on and off, it stays on 24/7.

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    Wow

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
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    No problem, I try to be helpful that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Alarm clock off


    Alarm clock on.
    After day 4 everything happens at exactly the same time every day and you don't even need an alarm clock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    ^ He doesn't need to turn the monitor on and off, it stays on 24/7.
    You would have thought so... but we had another power blackout when we left the dry dock and changed from land to ship's power supply. I had to turn on my pc AND enter the password. And here's where experience comes in... when I joined the vessel I wrote down the password, just in case...

    At the new quayside we mobilised the underwater dredging machine and off we went.



    Things take a while to set up...





    ... but we eventually started dredging. I'm hoping this takes a long time as it produces zero geo work.

    Meanwhile, I've been busy trying to secure work for next year. This company continually makes us do online HSE courses including a bribery/corruption course, which I haven't managed to do yet. Not that it would affect me anyway, but since it's no longer possible to bring along a bottle of duty free for the personnel manager I have got into the habit of bringing over bags of dried chillies. A couple of bags always go to the personnel department and onshore geos in the office, a few for my colleagues offshore and another to the Filipino night cook.

    I just look on this as being nice to people.


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    Surely any bribery policy has a limit on gifts. ie less than $50 considered ok.

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    When I worked in South Korea I used to trade LOBO Laab powder for Halloumi.

    I used to get an unhealthy amount of requests for Kamagra and Zithromax too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    Surely any bribery policy has a limit on gifts. ie less than $50 considered ok.
    We are educated, trained and certified on this subject.

    We know our limits!

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    ^^ I almost always travel on Seaman's tickets and get 40kg baggage allowance. I travel light and often think that I must be missing out on some kind of trade between Thailand and Norway, legal of course, but what?


    Is it a bird?



    Is it a plane?



    No, it's an underwater vacuum cleaner!



    The dredging job quickly finished and the machine stowed onboard. Sadly no glacial boulders became wedged in the end of the nozzle this time so I didn't add to my collection. Sometimes my personal wishes don't align with the company's but I've learnt to hide my disappointment when a job goes as quickly and efficiently as this one.



    Incidentally Dirk, these dredging guys will probably have started out as ROV pilots/technicians. Do you help out hoovering at home?

    We go back to shore yet again to demobilise this equipment and mobilise for the next project which is way down south at the Sleipner field. We won't get that project finished before 7m to 10m seas will hit us midweek, according to the forecast. This will stop us dead and everyone's hoping we will run for cover and shelter behind some island or other, rather than sit the storm out at sea. We shall see.

    One of the trainees became queasy and slapped on a sea sickness patch in the virtual flat calm we've been working in today. He's gonna really suffer next week.

    Poor guy...
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    What are the white hoops on the Dyson for ?

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    They contain that thick blue hoover hose. Once full suction is applied the hose becomes rigid and has a tendancy to rise up and needs to be contained, but with some movement allowed to prevent damage.

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    ^Where are the food pics, Mendy? Giant hoovers are well & good, but your thread is now lacking in the food department.

    Is Randy still the Filipino night cook? (or I think that's what his name was)

    And where are the pics of the ship's gym? We care about your physical & mental health too! (note: wholesome pics only, pls!)

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    ^ basically, you are after some sexy pics of Randy at the gym!!! You are naughty, Katie...

    Mendip is a professional, he would never provide these kind of snaps. (Also, he is more fascinated by really boring stuff like hoovers and old stones - very easy to buy him birthday gifts, just pick up a stone on the way then claim it's from the "whateverosaurous" period. )
    Cycling should be banned!!!

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    ^ Katie, I haven't seen Randy this trip. We have a new guy who I chat to most nights but haven't learnt his name yet, much to my shame. Yesterday I gave him a bag of my dried Thai chillies and tonight he had made a lovely spicy chicken soup which I had for breakfast with a big spoonful of peas, would ya believe. It was the first time I've seen peas this trip and my first portion since leaving home three weeks ago. I made the most of it.

    I am now kicking myself for not getting a photo. I was going to but all the dredging guys were also eating and I was too embarrassed to take a food pic.

    Gym pics incoming tomorrow night, no problem!


    ^^ Stones are things that kids throw through windows. I deal in rocks.

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    My apologies, Mendip; rocks it is.


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    ^ Nice formation.


    A clear back deck and we're off to Sleipner. The picture doesn't give the true feeling of how windy and cold it is right now... I'll be back in Isaan in less than two weeks and am looking forward to feeling warmth again, but know that after three days of sweating my bollocks off I'll wish I was back in the cold.



    A topside and FPSO being refurbished by the looks of things. I couldn't make out their ID but are doubtless operated by Equinor.



    We're heading south, hugging the coast and taking shelter behind islands but soon will have to head out into open water... beam on to 6 metre seas. It's another 14 hour transit to our next location at Sleipner, right through my off-shift time and I'm not expecting much sleep. I'll be in a pretty shitty mood by the time I start my next shift at mid-night.


    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^Where are the food pics,
    I have my reputation to think of Katie and try to be discreet when taking food pics for fear of having the piss ripped out of me. But, here is one meal from last week that my oppo kindly plated up for me.

    Saithe in a spinach sauce with a carrot salad started. It was also the first time that he'd plated up a pudding for me and I was a bit pissed off about it because the last thing I need is to get in the habit of eating puddings... but I ate it anyway. Creamed rice pudding with strawberry sauce is one of my favourites.



    I later admonished my opposite number for plating up and thus forcing me to eat a pudding... of which he had no knowledge. It transpired that I had scoffed someone else's carefully saved rice pudding. I never did discover who's it was but must admit that I didn't try too hard to find out.


    And while I'm on the subject of food... a couple of Sundays ago the daughter Whatsapped me to say that her mother had been 'delayed' at the temple and she had no dinner to eat. I mean... I'm trying to work a 12 hour shift in the North Sea and still seem to be responsible for this stuff... and I know exactly what being 'delayed' at the temple means. The daughter didn't fancy the gardener's Isaan offerings and had found my pack of Greggs sausage, bean and cheese melts in the freezer and wanted to know how to cook them up.

    Not easy from the other side of the world by Whatsapp, in the middle of my shift, but we got there!





    I've missed several milestones in my young daughter's life due to work... her birth, her first word, her first steps and now I've missed her first ever solo cooked meal, but I'm a proud dad nonetheless!




    Before I left for work I cooked up a batch of steak and kidney pies so that my absence wouldn't disrupt the daughter's diet overmuch. She loves a pie once or twice a week and there's no chance of the wife making one, but I thought she could at least heat one up from the freezer without too much difficulty. Apparently not... the daughter's been keeping me updated.

    The first attempt... I mean WTF, she served it upside down! The wife really has lost all that Aussie knowledge and has become 100% Isaan daft.



    The second attempt... after a few Line messages to my lovely wife there was a vast improvement. At least it was the right way up.



    And then today's attempt... my work is done! I'm in danger of becoming obsolete.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    we're off to Sleipner.
    Who ?

    Bring carrots

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    Only credible reply

    Does she deliver

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    "
    And while I'm on the subject of food... a couple of Sundays ago the daughter Whatsapped me to say that her mother had been 'delayed' at the temple and she had no dinner to eat. I mean... I'm trying to work a 12 hour shift in the North Sea and still seem to be responsible for this stuff... and I know exactly what being 'delayed' at the temple means. "

    that's pretty shitty.

    But about time your daughter learned to cook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
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    Hmm.....

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    Thanks for the food pics, Mendy! I liked the 2nd plate in the pie/peas trilogy. The arrangement of items made me imagine a clown or a cartoon character.

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    You didn't miss your daughter's first self cooked meal....if you'd been there, you'd have done it, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    A topside and FPSO being refurbished by the looks of things. I couldn't make out their ID but are doubtless operated by Equinor.
    Is the equipment loaded on the ship and the operators employed for the contract proposed work packages?

    Or do the ships always carry a large range of equipment?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    'delayed' at the temple means
    My darling was similar, not so much nowadays.

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