WATCH: Pilot Transfer in Heavy Seas from BP Oil Tanker
BY MIKE SCHULER ON JANUARY 23, 2015 (Thanks for this gCaptain)
Here’s a video showing a pilot transfer in far-from-ideal conditions outside Milford Haven, Wales. The tanker is BP Shipping’s 2003-built Aframax crude oil tankerBritish Robin. As you can see, the pilot makes his way down the ladder as the ship rolls heavily in the wind and waves.
While the video cuts just short of showing the actual transfer, it goes to show the dangers these pilots face just doing their jobs, as well as the skill needed to pull transfers like these off safely. According to the uploader, the pilot boat is the Picton and the video was filmed on January 15, 2015.
Allatsea says, note to the offshore wind industry. While all the crew transfer boats in the UK wind industry would be tied up in port and fretting in the above scenario, skilled mariners and offshore personnel get on with working safely, competently and skilfully in challenging conditions. Limiting transfers to an Hs of 1.5m, using in-appropriate equipment and hiring personnel who are not sufficiently skilled to work in a marine environment is what contributes to extended build periods and un-necessary cost escalation in the windfarm construction malarkey.