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mcook 5th August 2005 17:38

Anyone still working at sea?
 
I was showing off the site to someone the other day and he asked if
any members were still working at sea. I replied that this was a good
question and I will ask.

I guess I will start the ball rolling;

I am the ETO (Electro-technical Officer) on a DP2 vessel called the
'Global Explorer' (not part of Global Marine). We are working in the
Mexican oilfield in the Bay of Campeche.

I have tried to upload a couple of pictures of the ship as attachments,
but I am not sure if it worked. If not, I will try again later.

Anyone else still sailing?

malcolm

moaf 5th August 2005 17:58

Isle of Wight ferry, if that counts!!

Rather stay at home until the kids are older at least.

mcook 5th August 2005 18:03

If it floats, it counts!!

moaf 5th August 2005 18:04

I try my best to keep them going!

graham mcglone 6th August 2005 14:21

Dover Harbour Board tugs - can't count. Maths never my strong point!!

Marcus Cardew 6th August 2005 14:27

No I'm not still at sea, but sailed on 18 ships deep sea until 1975, and have worked on 23 since then as supernumary, charterer, surveyor, etc.. and one as skipper for a delivery job.... Can't seem to escape....

John Rogers 6th August 2005 15:09

The only sailing I do now malcolm is as passenger on cruise ships or river boats . My sailing days go back to 1947-1954 where according to my Discharge Book I made 30 voyages on 20 various types of ships (Cargo /Tankers). But before I get much older I would like to make a trip to England from the states in a slow cargo ship as a passenger. I will have to start saving my pennies.
John

mcook 6th August 2005 16:12

I seem to have been unsuccessful in attaching my photos. I tried to
upload into the gallery but that didn't work either. I guess there is
an issue with the satellite link I am using.

I will post some pics of the oilfield and ships when I get home next
month.

Thanks for the replies gents.

malcolm

thunderd 7th August 2005 00:37

The problem with answering this post is that, in our minds, we are all still at sea and always will be LOL

Pat McCardle 23rd August 2005 20:25

I'm still at sea. Started(March '77) as Deck boy with P&O on Somerset, Bo'sun at 22 years old with Stevie Ckarkes, fell down hold 2 years later!Oops!! Got on my feet again, 6.5 years later, back as AB, went for 'Ticket', now Mate on a 'High Tech' offshore supply boat, that's computers for you?

mcook 23rd August 2005 20:38

Thanks for the info Pat. I worked in the North Sea
several years ago on the Rockwater 2 plus a few
others.

Working offshore Mexico now. Apart from the odd
hurricane the weather is MUCH nicer!

cheers
malcolm

Pat McCardle 23rd August 2005 21:36

With Gulfoffshore. Working back out of Aberdeen with Apache in the Forties Field.Apart from the odd 6 mtr swell all is OK Ha!!

James_C 23rd August 2005 23:45

Just noticed this thread from Daves recent reply, yes I'm still at sea (for my sins), and I see Dave has 'outed' me. LOL
Was away for just a month, on the UK coast, and got back last Tuesday. Was on the 'Border Thistle', as her 2nd Mate. I was offered a permanent job on the coast, but the moneys better Deepsea, so I turned it down, so I'm now back to being a 3rd Mate, the sods......
Off again in a few weeks for a 5 month trip Deep Sea. No idea where or when yet (nothing changes, eh?).

John Rogers 24th August 2005 00:32

Thanks for the info on the book Dave and Jim, look at all the money you will save on the 5 month trip. Just stay away from that Bombay Sapphire Gin it will rot your socks.
John

James_C 24th August 2005 01:02

Looks like I won't get the chance to!
Was away all day and found an email in the Inbox, from the Office, they want to know if I can join the 'British Pioneer' in Long Beach, California on the 6th of September.
A VLCC (300,000dwt), so no doubt it'll be a slow steam back to the Gulf, ah the joys.
Intersting to note that she is one of the oldest ships in the fleet now (aside from a couple of Managed LNG Carriers), and yet she's still only 5 years old!

John Rogers 24th August 2005 01:31

There is a long line forming behind me to carry your bags.
John.

thunderd 24th August 2005 08:43

Quote:

Originally Posted by James_C
Looks like I won't get the chance to!
Was away all day and found an email in the Inbox, from the Office, they want to know if I can join the 'British Pioneer' in Long Beach, California on the 6th of September.
A VLCC (300,000dwt), so no doubt it'll be a slow steam back to the Gulf, ah the joys.
Intersting to note that she is one of the oldest ships in the fleet now (aside from a couple of Managed LNG Carriers), and yet she's still only 5 years old!

Jim, if you look remotely like me ie short, tubby and ugly I am prepared to sacrifice myself and stand in for you (*))

Pat McCardle 24th August 2005 11:04

Hi! Jim. BP have a big new ship build programme going on at the moment,or so I hear. 35 on order? Mainly LPG/LNG? Tankers, rather you than me. Enjoy!!

scottie dog 24th August 2005 11:52

still here
 
Hi
Yes still at sea albeit I had a break of two years shore side
Presently 2nd Eng Deep pioneer just finished laying pipe in Newfoundland.
Bit upset at having to pay Canadian tax tho.
Next job could be in Egypt the Egyptians are also going to tax us.
Seems that the only country willing to turn a blind eye at foriegn workers is good old soft touch UK.

James_C 24th August 2005 13:36

The total number of ships in the fleet, and those on order come to 70 ships, or thereabouts, with more orders in the Pipeline.
We've only had 3 new LNG tankers delivered, with another 4 on order, plus 4 LPG, and in the past 3 years or so, we've ordered 20 MCC (about 100k dwt), 6 Products (37k dwt), and another 12 product tankers (all 46k dwt), plus a load of Mediteranian coasters (10 of them), 3 UK coasters, and 4 MCCs for Alaska (US built and crewed).
There are persistent rumours that an order for some Chemical tankers is planned.
LNG/LPG ships are by far the best to sail on, the best accommodation, the best equipment, and the least work!

janbonde 24th August 2005 14:02

To think the origins of the present BP were BTC better known in the trade as Better times coming{WHEN] I was on one of their T2,s when they first stuck the BP shield on the original stack

James_C 24th August 2005 15:07

Been through a few incarnations, first as the BTC, then the BPTC, and now BP Shipping.
It's our 90th anniversary this year.

John_F 24th August 2005 15:27

Jim,
I've been sent an invitation for lunch at the Greenwich RN College to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of BP Shipping. Don't know why I got it as I'm not registered as a pensioner with them & I only served 6 years, boy & man, on their vessels. I believe it will be quite a large gathering. I should think that the chances of meeting anyone that I sailed with will be pretty remote but you never know. I'll let you know how it goes.
Regards,
John.

Pat McCardle 24th August 2005 16:12

Quote:

Originally Posted by James_C
The total number of ships in the fleet, and those on order come to 70 ships, or thereabouts, with more orders in the Pipeline.
We've only had 3 new LNG tankers delivered, with another 4 on order, plus 4 LPG, and in the past 3 years or so, we've ordered 20 MCC (about 100k dwt), 6 Products (37k dwt), and another 12 product tankers (all 46k dwt), plus a load of Mediteranian coasters (10 of them), 3 UK coasters, and 4 MCCs for Alaska (US built and crewed).
There are persistent rumours that an order for some Chemical tankers is planned.
LNG/LPG ships are by far the best to sail on, the best accommodation, the best equipment, and the least work!

Just read a couple of those US built jobs have cracked rudders?

James_C 24th August 2005 16:21

John,
As far as I'm aware, the invitation for that 'do' is open to ALL ex BP men, regardless of when and how long they served.
I hope they haven't put on a free bar, if they have, well, there goes the fleets operating budget!
We know what Tankermen are like...

LOL


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