Boats, drivel and other stuff.

MV Robin

Pictured in Lowestoft circa 2009 or possibly 2010. The good but terribly uninteresting ship, ‘Robin’. The beneficiary of lorry loads of public and legacy cash to restore this boring old un-miraculous hull and tow it to somewhere as a museum piece which will dull the senses of any maritime enthusiast and singularly un-inspire  the layman. A complete waste of money in our ‘umble opinion guvnor.



An ex MCA ‘fast cat’ and proposed for use on the Thanet Windfarm Project. The smallest boat allatsea has ever ‘audited’. It wasn’t used. Far too small to be of use to man or beast on anything other than the smoothest of inshore waters.


Ballast panel 541

The ballast control panel on a large launch barge. Can’t remember which one, probably one of HMC’s.



Another ballast control panel on a launch barge. After 10 years of looking at these things the memory starts to merge, sadly. Probably another of HMC’s but possibly one of the big Saipem units.


Pipe-laying on Apache 2.


Where you bolt  a blade to a wind turbine nacelle.


Looking along the insides of a turbine blade, in this case for a 3.0MW Vestas unit.


Racks of WTG blades on a self elevating installation vessel.Fully loaded the vessel had 27 blades, 9 nacelles and 9 WTG towers. In good weather and if the ship’s engineers weren’t being girly precious about their jacking routines, 9 WTGs could be installed in 5-6 days. It rarely happened of course. Lessons learned? Insist that the SEIV has more than one person capable of operating the jack up equipment. Most of them do of course, some, who should know better, don’t.


Rows of Nacelles at Dunkirk, bound for Blighty windfarms.


Lay barge UR101, Pegwell Bay, Kent, export cable pull in. The cable installation company ‘Subocean’, went bankrupt shortly after this picture was taken. I think they were absorbed into Technip. Their nick-name was ‘Pubocean’. Truth be told, we never met anyone from ‘Subocean’ who impressed. They were all nice and charming  though, so can be forgiven anything and everything.

About allatsea

Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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