OK, so I knew I would be away at work on the tug for Christmas
. Joined the boat on the 19th in Aberdeen, but with the forecast
for the coming few days I thought we'd be either propping up the dock
wall, or at the very least swinging on the hook somewhere up in the Moray Firth.
On the evening of the 19th, got word that the harbour needed my little bit of wall, so on the morning of the 20th, headed out into a SE'ly 8-9, turned hard left and headed up to the Firth, found a nice little spot off the village of Gardenstown, and dropped the hook, and started to plan Xmas day, thinking that no way would anyone want a rig moved during the next week. How wrong can I get. Yesterday at noon, call from a very smug sounding Dane in our chartering department, "Nigel, you'll be happy to know I got you a job", when I says, "NOW".
is SE 9 to 10, great, the rig we need to get to is SE of us, 180 miles away. So off we go, made about 4 kts last night, and this morning received the latest forecast from the Met Office
Shipping Forecast - Issued: 0505 UTC Sun 23 Dec
WindIn northeast, easterly or southeasterly severe gale 9 to violent storm 11, decreasing 6 to gale 8 later. In southwest, southeasterly gale 8 to storm 10, veering southwesterly 6 to gale 8.Sea StateIn northeast, high becoming very rough. in southwest, high becoming rough.WeatherIn northeast, rain or snow. In southwest, rain.VisibilityIn northeast, poor. In southwest, moderate or poor.
Just great, and WTF do we do when we get to the rig,
its a Jack Up rig, needs less than 1.5meters seas before they can be moved.
Just told the crew that Christmas
has been cancelled for the foreseeable future, only got the one turkey
, dont want to see that one being catapulted out of the oven
All I want for Christmas is a stretch of smooth water
and light winds.
Happy Christmas everyone