or “relief crew,” I suppose. First, thanks to two of my “taggees” the other day for being good sports. I tagged Seabart the other day, but he gave a host of excuses reasons–like being out on the North Sea at the moment–and sent me this pic of icebreaker Fennica to post on his behalf.
Explanation in Bart’s words: “… action picture of the icebreaker Fennica … next to the K14-FB platform in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.” (It turns out Fennica is Finnish and larger than she seems on this foto: loa 377′ x 82′ x 42′ and almost 27,000 hp. Here’s a Finnish site on Fennica. Also, it turns out that five countries have divvied up North Sea petroleum exploration much as more locally fishermen have areas for weirs, beds, and pots. )
Bart continues: “We [Kamara*] had to be at the platform as well to discharge some cargo and we had to do quit a battle to get in a position so the crane could reach us, wind and current quite strong that day. In the end I had to ask her to move out a bit as the bows of both vessels were coming particularly close but also her thrust was causing me more problems……and after we moved out I had the captain circle the platform so I could get a few nice shots of her.”
Bart, thanks for rising to the occasion. Bonnie, see what you started?
*More Bart and his vessel Kamara from the North Sea soon.