An unusual view of the wind turbine installation vessel the MPI Resolution, on its way into Ijmuiden. It is now one of many vessels carrying out this task, but when it arrived un UK as the Mayflower Resolution back in 2003 it was unique, and did not have much work. This resulted, I think, in the original owner going broke. The next owner also had trouble finding work for it, and at one time my company was employed to write a safety case for it so that it could be used as an accommodation unit for platform maintenance. Actually stuff needed doing before it could gain approval for the role and before we had finished enthusiasm for windmills had increased. It has been owned by Vroon for years, and this year was purchased by van Oord.

Photo taken on 4th December 2018 by Jan Plug and posted here on 13th December.

 

I have just been to see the film "Kursk" at a cinema in Madrid and thought it was pretty fine. They seemed to get nearly all the nautical bits right - the ones you can see, although there were some buoys flashing away out there which did not seem to fit. But what is now the Atlantic Tonjer stood in for both the Seaway Eagle and the Normand Pioneer, for cinematic reasons, the first of which had the divers on board and the second of which had the British rescue sub on the deck. So here is the Seaway Eagle, built in 1997, and the first to have some particularly sophisticated DP system. I look back and find that the first article I ever wrote for my website was on the predecessor to this site, and so I'm going to revise it and publish it here.

Lerwick North Harbour, may not be the most northerly harbour n the UK but it is probably the most northerly commercial one. It was much used as a sort of staging post when the North Sea offshore construction was taking place in the 1970s, but has the problem of having a very narrow northerly entrance and a pretty shallow southerly one. As a young ship captain I once disobeyed my charterer's instruction to sail from it, because the weather was so bad that I doubted the ship's ability to get to sea. In the photo two of the Maersk L class (Maersk Lancer and Maersk Laser), one of them fitted out for some sort of subsea work.

 
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