Termination Efficiency Factor (TEF)

As you’ll all know, the termination efficiency factor for a hand-spliced cable-laid sling (the splice used to make an eye in a large diameter sling) has been taken as 0.75 since at least the days of the HSE’s PM20 (1987 revision), subsequently superseded by IMCA’s M179 in 2005.  Other codes have copied this value including ND’s 0027/ND, HMC’s SC-291, Saipem’s ENG-212, and BS EN ISO 19901-6.  Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL), however, think this value is optimistic – the following just received the following response to a query on why they quoted a termination factor of 0.55 in a design brief:


Based on in-house executed tests on hand-spliced cable-laid slings, SHL has concluded that the efficiency factor for hand-spliced cable laid slings of 0.75 appears optimistic. Therefore SHL conservatively uses an efficiency factor for hand-spliced cable load slings of 0.55. 


SHL are outnumbered by the rest of the industry’s codes, and rigging systems have successfully been designed using the larger value for over 25 years.  However, as they say that their opinion is based on test results, we should all be aware of it.

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James Farrar, thoughts about religion

…..I cannot tolerate the blasphemy, which is to create a white image, and place it behind the stars, and call it God. I cannot accept tolerance of turpitude and stupidity, which decimates a generation, saying it is ordained: of a society whose logic is to follow religious inhibition of the body with a denunciation of harlotry: and of an octopus of wealth, rampant over half the world, which can go to worship on a chosen day and grasp its salvation, mouthing ‘The humble and the meek.’

There is no God for me, no idolatry of self-excusal. But I am not blind, nor without wit: I try to walk in the light, speaking truth, truth which is poison to some. At times I perceive clearly a spirit behind the sun; and sometimes the world is no more than earth, and all is illusion.

I do not know whether Christ lived; if he did he was a genius, and as a genius was destroyed by the world of men, to whom such greatness seems distasteful. Now his doctrines are forgotten by the mass of professing followers.

My belief is of old time, being reborn with myself. Herein, and not hereafter, shall I seek salvation.

James Farrar from around 1943

Dad boxer ring

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A Viz classic……………………………thankyou

Capture Viz 001

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That was the week that was

Tommy 2

Tommy McCabe mitt ein reducer

From the Viz book of sexist records, the world of women:=

Talking about Nothing:

Mrs Mary Caterham (GB) and Mrs Marjorie Steele (GB) sat in a kitchen in Blackburn (Lancs.) and talked about nothing whatsoever for four and a half months from 1st MAy to the 17th August 1978, pausing only for coffee, cakes and toilet visits. Throughout the whole time, no information was exchanged and neither woman gained any new knowledge what so ever.

The outdoor record is held by Mrs Vera Etherington (GB) and her neighbour Mrs Dolly Booth (GB) of Ipswich, who between 11th November 1983 and 12th January 1984 chundered on over their fence in an unenlightening dialogue lasting 62 days until Mrs Booth remembered she’d left the bath running.

Fine stuff.

Meanwhile in darkest windiest Westbrook life on the domestic front has turned a tadge more irritating. Mummy allatsea, following a two week stay in hospital and a second new hip operation (costing the UK taxpayer iro £30, 000) returned home on a Wednesday evening and by the following morning had consumed more wine than a rugby first fifteen could swallow during a week long stag do. Dispiriting stuff to be sure but at last, proving to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. No more son pandering and sycophancy. No more shite Christmases. No more nonsense and lies. Byebye mummy allatsea. You’ve dug your hole.

A great, if belated, release.


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Child discipline, the pilot’s version.

Most people today think it improper to discipline children, so I have tried other methods to control  kids when they have had one of ‘those moments.’

Since I’m a pilot, one method that I have found very effective is for me to just take the child for a short flight during which I say nothing and give the child the opportunity to reflect on his or her behaviour.

I don’t know whether it’s the steady vibration from the engines, or just the time away from any distractions such as TV, video games, computer, iPod, etc.

Either way, the kid usually calms down and stops misbehaving after our flight together. I believe that eye to eye contact during these sessions is an important element in achieving the desired results.

I’ve included a photo below of one of my sessions with a child, in case you would like to use the technique.

kid outside cockpit

Should work with grandkids also!

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The pen really is mightier than the sword


The PEN IS indeed mightier than the sword!

A secretary got an expensive pen as a gift from her boss.

She sent him a ‘Thank you note’ by email.

Boss’s wife read the email and filed for divorce.

The email says:

“Your penis wonderful. I enjoyed using it last night. It has extra ordinary smooth flow, and a firm stroke.

Initially its tip had to be licked to bring it to working order. I loved its perfect size and grip.

Felt like I was in heaven when using it. I’ve always desired it and you fulfilled my wish. Thanks a lot”

Moral: A “space” is an essential part in English

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Thialf off Sumburgh


Thialf Sumburgh

If you look carefully you can just see allatsea on the starboard lifeboat sponson, waving. 19th August 2014, SOLAN project.

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