Tingly hands, sometimes, tingly legs. The system doesn’t seem to like surface pressure of any sort. Even the mildest of weights in the wrong place can produce the tingles. Perhaps it’s the medication? Perhaps it’s all imagined? Perhaps not, more sinister perhaps?
That aside, the cable continues to reel aboard at a rate of around 3km every twelve hours, breakdowns aside. Should get completed tonight. Cable testing and departure preparations to do, then off on the bright green briny.
The industrial North East. Like anywhere there are gloomy bits and bright bits. Where the traditional heavy industry has gone and not been replaced by owt useful, the scars are visible, the gloom tangible, the desperation, frighteningly obvious. I suggested to a co-worker, a chap who is familiar with our locale, that I’d go ashore for a walk after work. He advised me to rub myself in faeces in order to blend in with my surroundings once I cleared the gangway. Kind of sums it up. Actuality, perception and values, all very subjective and arbitrary.
It’s 38 hours to location off the south coast once we leave. Add on a few hours for wet testing the two ROVs once clear of the harbour, best part of two days to get there. Two days then to add on for system trials at location. At this rate, it’ll be Monday before they start laying (installing perhaps a better word) the first of 57 cables for the 2016 campaign. Allatsea will be here for 10% of the campaign. Ten per cent of 57 is a nice round 6. So all being well, the plan is to observe three installations and then, if all is good, go home to Kent. Then a week or two down the line return to observe the new crew (they change out every 4 weeks) install three and then go home again. Should see the summer out offshorewise for yours truly.
What’s that? How long does each cable take to install?
Summed up, around 24 hours each. Eightish hours to pull in the first end, six hours to lay the cable and crop to length, eight hours to pull in the second end and move along ready for the next one. Sounds nice and straightforward does it not? Well, we’ll see eh?