Nearly time to sail

That’s it then, this bit, done.

One carousel loaded with 29km of umbilical and a 200 tonne reel with another 6km of the stuff loaded on to the reel drive. Sorted.

Just waiting for customs clearance to sail now. Being where we are that could take a good bit of time, all day some say. The joys of Africa eh? No wonder thousands of them are willing to take the chance of drowning to escape the place. Poor sods. It seems that just about anyone who wears a uniform is some kind of money extracting criminal. Ghastly carry on.

Anyway, disgruntled European observer twaddle aside, once we do get the OK to go, it’s not long to the field and hopefully the weather will allow us an immediate start. Eleven days of un-interrupted effort should see it done and then the good (but ridiculously overcrowded) vessel NC will depart the area to Cadiz to demob and yours truly will go home to Blighty with a bit of luck.


Empty cable reels prior to removal from the deck and a full one being installed.


Cable being transferred from the transport ship to the installing vessel via the VLS.


Nothing to do with boats. A tiny G10 amp miked up at home prior to being fed into a 200W PA system  through a Behringer 12/02 mixer. For the technophiles out there the microphones are  an AKG C1000 and a Peavey Pv2. Long live ROCK!

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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