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.


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