Back in 2001 the semi-submersible Sovereign Explorer was transported on a heavy lift ship from West Africa to UK where it was to take up a new contract. I had the job of updating its safety case and so when it arrived in Falmouth Bay and was unloaded from the Black Marlin I was waiting to join it. A had actually been asked to join it in Las Palmas but had declined. My job at the time was to assess risks to those on board such craft, and I felt that being on rig which was no more than balanced on the deck of a ship, with a hole cut in one of the pontoons for services, was a risk too far.

Photo taken in July 2001 and posted here on 6th August 2018.


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