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Great photos & story Bibs, must have been a good days jolly.  Those car carriers are horrible shapeless boxes aren't they. (3rd Photo)   Phil, life at sea isn't all like that last photo - someti

I'll just leave this here...... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mk67joQB7ak Mrs might have been driving......

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Abandon ship!

 

Was the Coast Guard informed?

 

And did someone check the ship's rum supplies?

 

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I do like a boat. That one looks very heavy duty. Is it a lifeboat?

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Pilot boat, and it's epic :D

 

Ian, I'll be back at 0900 (maybe closer to 11 to be fair) on Monday to report for duty :thumbsup:

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How'd you get to do that?

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.

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I love the look of concentration Almost a tongue out moment.  :P

 

If that is Ian's day job then  :respect: Now Ian's Avatar photo makes more sense!!  For me unfortunately small boats at sea = Seasick.   :sick:.  I could never be a fisherman for example.  One of the reasons I bottled a Pilots job for Forth Ports many years ago.  I would spend too much of my life feeling sick and be of no use to the Captain after boarding...... My son's apartment overlooks the Forth Pilot Station at Granton harbour and I watch them going out past the breakwater and start bouncing on the swell and think "Yup, I made the right decision" pass another beer!  

 

However saying that have been out in a couple of RNLI boats and similar for jollies on the right days and great fun.  Can, and do drive our FRC (RIB) in all weathers without problem but inside one of them as Pax in heavy weather & no thanks.  

 

Were you on board for any Pilot boardings or disembarkings?  Does Margate Pilots do the Channel Pilots or just Margate?  Been a long time since transited the Channel and needed one.

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We had a couple of trips out, which totalled 4 pick ups and 2 drop offs, including one trainee Pilot who came straight from one ship to another.

 

There was a bit of wind but the boat was surprisingly stable through the water. The peculiar sensation is when you pull alongside you feel stationary with that massive steel wall next to you but look down beside you and you're still doing 6-7 knots! Very odd! Our Coxon Andy was very skillful to be fair pulling up to them then keeping you almost glued to the side despite the seas. Sod being the pilot though and having to climb up and down all those ladders, I'd not like to fall in! 

 

Ian's the boss, his company are based out of Ramsgate and provide the escort services for Pilots who do their thing up the Thames, into Sheerness and Ramsgate. Lovely thing is, their 2 new boats are an Elite and an Elan :D

 

Here are the waves... https://www.facebook.com/andy.betts.182/videos/10155798030030527/?l=8070234093625483754

 

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I'm with Al...inside as a passenger, at sea in a small boat, and I throw up. On the flybridge, splashing about, as long as I'm on the helm or navigating, I'm fine. Did Calais to Dover in about 40 minutes once.....Sunseeker Camargue with around 1500hp, iirc. A silly day....soggy chart and blunt pencil.....

Hats off to all Pilots, wherever and whenever they practised their trade.

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I like to look down from the big boat thank you as im not nautical I don't know the sharp end from the blunt end that's the pilot boat picking up the pilot from the QM2 and I thought they were sculptures on the front not the actual spare prop blades as I was informed when I asked what turned out to be the captain and was also informed its not a boat its an ocean going liner its all very complicated this nautical stuff oh and the boots that's how you pass the time when your pressure testing its not always a bad job !

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Great photos & story Bibs, must have been a good days jolly.  Those car carriers are horrible shapeless boxes aren't they. (3rd Photo)

 

Phil, life at sea isn't all like that last photo - sometimes we have to wear long trousers.  The ship talk nautical language - that is just to keep landlubbers guessing WTF we are on about.  We don't know half the time ourselves :scared:   and of course when you mix up Port & Starboard you just say "looking aft" straight away and we all know what you meant.  40+ years at sea and I still get caught out  :pirate:   So many special terms, so did you know there is only one rope on a yacht?  (answers on a Postcard to.....)

 

What sort of P.T.'ing do you do? Pipework and pressure vessels etc. i guess?  We obviously do a lot of that with all our special drilling kit.

 

Here is my Tonka toy. 100,000 displacement tonnes, 250m long, 42m beam, 12m draught but with another 6.5m of thruster sticking out below that.  Top of the Derrick is 114m above keel. 63,000Hp from 6 engines and driving 6 thrusters. Sorry for shitty selection of photos but most at home.

 

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By the time you have climbed or taken the lift to the heli-deck you are on level 13 from the keel. (i.e. like a tower block)

 

If Pilot ladders aren't your thing, and choppers don't fly then this is Plan C - a FROG  

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This is a 4 man one being used in a warm environment but they do go up to 16 for the floatels that have high daily numbers transferring to platforms etc.  This is the new way in the last say 20 years to transfer all safe and strapped in with 4 point harness, protected and in a unit that floats.  This is only the 30th 4 man one in the world.  About 500 3 man exist or have been built. The old way was standing on the outside of a rope net between 2 rings and hanging on.  Still used in much of the world still. Google Billy Pugh transfer and I'm sure there will be plenty scary videos. I've no photos with me.

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Great photos, I look after the fridge gear on board and keeping the refrigerant in is half the battle its a central fridge plant with high and low temperature glycol supplied all over the ship even does every Minnie bar in each cabin its a good job every now and then when Cunard guys get stuck I would like to keep a pair of there white overalls very smart I could put them on at special occasions but they always take them back shame. but im booked in as a passenger so get all the perks including champagne in the cabin so I wont complain compared to you I got it easy 

After the party I couldn't deal with the rough sea glad they took my advice and put the stabilisers out

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Now that is more my idea of how life at sea should be like. Just never experienced it!  Sounds a tough life you have.  Unfortunately when I made early career choices the pazzy boats (Nautical term ^_^ ) were the lowest paid as they were having the most fun. The stories about Officers in uniform and Passenger mixing are legend and they are still divorce makers.  I went the other way to highest paid and lowest fun quotient and went on tankers. Still married after 33 years tho!

 

Did you literally mean glycol as the refrigerant being pumped round the ship?  That is one hell off a system if it does every cabin mini bar?  All our main fridges and HVAC plants are R404A and some of the stand alone units elsewhere like crane cabs are R407 or R134.  All the old less green gasses like R22 are now gone these days.

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The gas is also R407c cooling glycol its a massive system, but usually I work on Ammonia (R717) in there wisdom they also decided to use the high temp glycol -12*C to cool the 1 Megawatt motors that drive the boat in the pods underneath I think 2 fixed and 2 swivel if I remember.

On the sea trials me and my mate who were commissioning the system were told to man our stations as the ship was going to do an emergency stop, after chatting to the Rolls Royce engineers it seemed to be a bit more than just throwing the Anker out,and as we had entered the ship in dry dock in ST Nazaire I new we were below the water line anyway Ive never been on anything that shook so bad in an engine room then a load of water came through the roof at that point it was woman and fridge men first we scarperd up to the muster point.

If we had stopped to check it turned out that the water was chlorinated and had come from the swimming pool above when the bottom split that gave them all a good laugh at our expense.

Anyway  the next day they managed to suck one of the keel thruster doors into the thruster that went with a real bang.

On a more sombre note what really stays with me was when we got back to dry dock they had an open day for some of the local engineers families and friends and the scaffolding/staging collapsed down the side into the dry dock and quite a few  were killed

wont ever forget that!     

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Geez. They go, don't they?

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.

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