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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.

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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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