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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
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    Could get you into trouble

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
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    ¿qué? Che?. LybSame shit, different ship-img_20230912_093358-jpgter Thermidor

    Same shit, different ship-img_20230912_093358-jpg

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    ^ not everyone can boast they have a set of Che Guevara bathroom scales

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    Just when you start to feel comfortable with a contractor it's a sure sign that things will change.

    I was very settled with the last company I worked for and dared to hope I would see out my working life with them... and then a change in personnel management and ideology, an intake of many trainees, and it's all change.

    Still, no point in grumbling as that's the life of a freelancer. I even left a bag on my last vessel... I should know better by now.

    I need to work for several years more yet, and want to get the daughter through further education before I finally hang up my geological hammer. I like to get settled with a single contractor and get settled and comfortable, rather than jump around between different companies, and I have a small opening. A previous survey manager I had in the 90s is now at board level in a young, expanding Norwegian company... it's a very small world and was worth an email...

    So anyway, I'll be heading west of Shetland in a week or so, and if that job works out, it will hopefully lead to a full season of work in Norway. New company, new boat and new job... it's all a bit daunting at my age. It's also pretty hard to imagine the Atlantic Ocean, west of Shetland in February, while sitting in the 35 degree heat of Isaan.

    I haven't worn PPE for several years but need to at least take it along for the first job with a new contractor... so I dug it out from the cupboard under the stairs and it was smelling pretty musty, so it's having a good airing.

    Yogi knows... he'll miss his master.


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    Bon Voyage , I am sure I can speak for all that we look forward to more picture threads of Mendy madness tossed about with able seaman on the briney, the making of of many a young fella, it nearly made a woman out of me.

    May I just offer a Moravian valediction from the folks who initiated the protestant reforms.

    There was a Bohemian monk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    There's no need for that, Helge!



    How do you tell the difference?

    He was wearing a knitted Christmas jumper with garish-coloured trousers, so I assumed he was Danish.
    Nothing wrong with a bit of Scottish ancestry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Just when you start to feel comfortable with a contractor it's a sure sign that things will change.

    I was very settled with the last company I worked for and dared to hope I would see out my working life with them... and then a change in personnel management and ideology, an intake of many trainees, and it's all change.

    Still, no point in grumbling as that's the life of a freelancer. I even left a bag on my last vessel... I should know better by now.

    I need to work for several years more yet, and want to get the daughter through further education before I finally hang up my geological hammer. I like to get settled with a single contractor and get settled and comfortable, rather than jump around between different companies, and I have a small opening. A previous survey manager I had in the 90s is now at board level in a young, expanding Norwegian company... it's a very small world and was worth an email...

    So anyway, I'll be heading west of Shetland in a week or so, and if that job works out, it will hopefully lead to a full season of work in Norway. New company, new boat and new job... it's all a bit daunting at my age. It's also pretty hard to imagine the Atlantic Ocean, west of Shetland in February, while sitting in the 35 degree heat of Isaan.

    I haven't worn PPE for several years but need to at least take it along for the first job with a new contractor... so I dug it out from the cupboard under the stairs and it was smelling pretty musty, so it's having a good airing.

    Yogi knows... he'll miss his master.

    I hope it all works out well for ya mendy. In all industries things change but by the sounds of it you know your shit and are in demand. For me personally I genuinely don't want to go back to the mining/ exploration gigs quite happy being at home all the time despite a few set backs , crack on, I have a similar situation. Just wanna get the kids through school then think about our needs later

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    One door closes another opens, good luck with your new position.

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    I bet Yogi pissed in your bag.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I bet Yogi pissed in your bag.....
    After dry humping it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    It's also pretty hard to imagine the Atlantic Ocean, west of Shetland in February,
    So hard that I am not even going to try. Good luck out there.
    Did you test fit the PPE? It might have shrunk.

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    ^ I'm only taking the PPE as a token gesture... I'll be pretty pissed off if I'm expected to wear it.


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    After dry humping it.
    Nothing dry about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Shetland
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    Did you test fit the PPE?
    Hopefully he won't have to pony up for a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Hopefully he won't have to pony up for a new one.
    I bet they're expensive. Mendip, why don't you test for watertight integrity in your pond?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I bet they're expensive. Mendip, why don't you test for watertight integrity in your pond?
    I'd pay to see photos of that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I bet they're expensive. Mendip, why don't you test for watertight integrity in your pond?
    They're not supposed to be watertight, I won't be going swimming in the North Atlantic. I think you may be getting confused with a survival suit that may be donned in an emergency.

    PPE is expensive as it has to meet fire retardant criteria, etc. I will always take the opportunity to get extra PPE when working offshore because I have lost plenty by leaving it on a boat which I then haven't returned to. It weighs quite a lot and that is the price I have paid to use my baggage allowance for cheese and sausages.

    Some companies prefer you to use their own PPE rather than that displaying the names of their competitors, which is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post

    Some companies prefer you to use their own PPE rather than that displaying the names of their competitors, which is great.
    So does that mean your new gig has to be with Subsea 7 to get a reuse from your coveralls?

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    ^ It's not Subsea 7, so I am hopeful that the new contractor may offer me a new set of their PPE when I board the vessel.

    I am contracted to arrive at a work site with my own PPE but may get lucky and be offered replacements.

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    Anyway. Whats the itinerary? Are you fling into the UK, Norway or Faroe Is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I won't be going swimming in the North Atlantic. I think you may be getting confused with a survival suit that may be donned in an emergency.
    I did....Why would you need to wear something like that on a boat...in case of a fire or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    Why would you need to wear something like that on a boat...in case of a fire or something?
    Yes...


    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    PPE is expensive as it has to meet fire retardant criteria, etc.

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    ^^ Fire is the sailors worst nightmare, apart from running out of spare socks of course.

    These days you could lose your job by going out onto the back deck without the correct PPE.


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    Anyway. Whats the itinerary? Are you fling into the UK, Norway or Faroe Is
    I don't know yet, but I imagine it will be flying in to Aberdeen, then a short flight up to Lerwick. The boat's already working around Shetland. It will be interesting to see the flight details as different contractors tend to use different carriers. KLM have recently become very expensive so maybe I'll be routed through the Middle East, with the obvious spoon opportunities that will present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    These days you could lose your job by going out onto the back deck without the correct PPE.
    Is that code for "condom"?

    The only time I've seen a sailor wear any kind of PPE is an OBA when firefighting and I've been on a fair few ships...that were painted grey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    KLM have recently become very expensive so maybe I'll be routed through the Middle East, with the obvious spoon opportunities that will present.
    KLM are now shite, i had the misfortune to be booked on them a few years back and was shocked how bad they had become.

    Anyway, good luck with the new company and fingers crossed it works out with them for a while.

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