Still cable laying off the south coast. The actual cable length is only 15.6 km (beach to sub-station) but the installation was protracted by the added complications of cropping out a dodgy length, laying it on the bottom (wet storage), sealing the ends, relaunching the plough and burying the last few km before finally recovering the dodgy bit into the carousel and laying the good end down with an abandonment head. Coo, I’m fatigued just thinking about it. The weather on this occasion has been wonderfully cooperative throughout, unusual for this time of year. Not a minute lost to it since plough launch. What are the odds on that Mr Ladbroke?

The Polish chief cook left to go on leave last Wednesday and was replaced by a Dutch lad. The replacement seems to spend more time goggling at his smartphone than he does thinking up interesting menus or experimenting with an alternative cooking method to deep frying. I thought that lacklustre and idle way of doing things in the galley had long gone from our industry. Seemingly not. Pity. Most of the Dutch run construction vessels set a very high bar when it comes to feeding crews, this one did until last Wednesday. There’s a message there, somewhere.

That said, any ship that ensures there’s oodles of fresh fruit available  AND keeps a ready use 500 litre freezer in the messroom stuffed full of Magnums and Cornettos can’t be all bad :o) It’s a vitamin C rich ice-cream enthusiasts dream! You’re just a bit cattle trucked if you enjoy green vegetables.

With a bit of luck allatsea will be returning to the bosom of his family in the next day or two. It’s good to get away for a while and smell the briny again but come the 10th or 11th day and the call of The Towers becomes very tangible, difficult to ignore. Dental and knee (orthopaedic clinic) appointments next week, got to sort renewal of the BOSIET and dreaded HUET too. Allatsea’s expires in January and that’ll soon come round. Not all the colleges offer the renewal courses in December or early January, don’t want to get caught out. Expensive business if you do. Four days playing silly buggers instead of one.

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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