I have been surprised to find that I have never featured this fine vessel as Pic of the Day, so here it is, prompted by the information that Tidewater have sold it. It is best known for having been instrumental in the rescue of the survivors of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, using its FRC to advantage, to rescue people who had jumped into the sea, and to tow a liferaft to the ship. The lifeboats that were launched were also taken alongside the ship, until all the rig personnel were on board. The FRC was almost incidentally included in the spec of the ship, since it was designed by Vik Sandvik as a VS 480, and is one of six built at the Quality Shipyard in 2002.

Photo taken by Oddgeir Refvik in 2003 and posted here on 17th July 2018.


Here's the Troms Lyra on its way north from the port of Aberdeen towards the field it's serving. It is a VARD PSV 08, the unusual bow design reflecting their VARD version of the XBow so that the ship will pierce the waves rather than riding over them. The ship is 85 metres long with 7300 bhp available. Troms is originally a Norwegian company but is owned by Tidewater and the ships are register in the Isle of Man, possibly with Polish crew. In the background you might notice the beaches of Aberdeen and the "multis" at Seaton. In Aberdeen council properties get the best sea views.

I take the opportunity of publishing a picture of a GOM craft working in Brazilian waters. Hornbeck Offshore like many American companies have built whole fleets of identical vessels, this one being a representative of the HOSMAX310 fleet, where 310 is the length in feet. This ship is fitted out for ROV work with a moon pool on the main deck, DPII capability and berths for 72 people. Also, like other OSV operators in the Gulf, the company is facing a continued struggle in a depressed market, where overcapacity will see them all either scrapping ships or operating at a loss.

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