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Old 29th January 2010, 22:25
timo timo is offline  
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Anyone ever work for BUE (British Underwater Engineering), I did a year on the British Viking and a couple of trips on the British Amethyst, straight supply boats on the Piper/Claymore run, Occidental charter out of Peterhead in the early 80's, they had a few AHTS too, mainly ex Balder Offshore tonnage I think.
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Old 29th January 2010, 23:11
Les Gibson Les Gibson is offline  
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Yes Timo,
Baku 1995-1997. Electrician, Refurbishing anchor crankers, supply boats, pipelay barge on the Caspian etc. Also on seismic survey ships Baki and Geofizik 1. Enjoyed the time out there, 6 weeks on 6 off good crowd. Some of the guys post on here. Would have stayed if asked, but refurb. was finished and everything went operational.
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Old 30th January 2010, 11:58
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Skippers I remember from BUE are Rod Cameron, I think he was out in the Caspian for a while and I also sailed with a skipper Dave Alexander in Swires who was in BUE in the 80's, skipper on the British Amethyst was Ian Mitchell.
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Old 30th January 2010, 22:39
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Yes, Dave and Rod were both there at the same time as me. I think Dave was one of the supers. Rod was OM on one of the AHTS's if I remember correctly.
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Old 23rd November 2013, 12:19
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Ex Balder Offshore Canada UT704's

Greetings: I was Senior Master with Balder Offshore Canada when it went bankrupt in 1986. I spent about 8 months looking after three 704's which were laid up at Shelburne, Nova Scotia. BUE sent a Superintendent whose name was (Stewart?) Upton, to Shelburne, and he hired me to use the "Balder Husum" to tow the "Balder Borkum" and "Balder Kiel" to Leith. I hired a crew of ex-Balder shipmates, and we set off, with Mr. Upton on board. All went well until mid-Atlantic, when the "Balder Borkum" broke adrift. (The triangle-plate had disintegrated). We reconnected the tow, and safely delivered the ships to BUE in Leith. I have the photos of the trans-Atlantic trip. Alan Knight.
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Old 23rd November 2013, 12:27
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"British Viking", ex "Balder Hudson", now "Seahorse Spirit"

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Anyone ever work for BUE (British Underwater Engineering), I did a year on the British Viking and a couple of trips on the British Amethyst, straight supply boats on the Piper/Claymore run, Occidental charter out of Peterhead in the early 80's, they had a few AHTS too, mainly ex Balder Offshore tonnage I think.
Greetings: I was First Mate on "Balder Hudson" when it was delivered from Marystown Shipyard in Newfoundland in 1980. Phil Watts was the Master. I visited the ship at Stoney Point, Victoria, Australia, where it now works for P & O Defence Maritime Services. They had just completed a 2000 metre ROV dive on the wreck of the Hospital ship "Centaur", which was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1943. I presented the present Master with a photo taken from "Balder Hudson" in 1981, when we were trying to connect a liferaft to the "Euro Princess" which had run aground on Sable Island, N.S., in a Force 11. Alan Knight
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Old 23rd November 2013, 12:46
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Greetings: I was Senior Master with Balder Offshore Canada when it went bankrupt in 1986. I spent about 8 months looking after three 704's which were laid up at Shelburne, Nova Scotia. BUE sent a Superintendent whose name was (Stewart?) Upton, to Shelburne, and he hired me to use the "Balder Husum" to tow the "Balder Borkum" and "Balder Kiel" to Leith. I hired a crew of ex-Balder shipmates, and we set off, with Mr. Upton on board. All went well until mid-Atlantic, when the "Balder Borkum" broke adrift. (The triangle-plate had disintegrated). We reconnected the tow, and safely delivered the ships to BUE in Leith. I have the photos of the trans-Atlantic trip. Alan Knight.
I was master of the British Fulmar and the British Heather in 87/88 EX Balder Borkum and Balder Kiel .
It was one of these , can't remember which one that i lost 7 shackles of port anchor chain just before a rig move in the North Sea , tried chasing with home made J hook but never seen again. Was later told that this was possibly due to stress of being towed???

Mike
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Old 23rd November 2013, 17:26
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I was master of the British Fulmar and the British Heather in 87/88 EX Balder Borkum and Balder Kiel .
It was one of these , can't remember which one that i lost 7 shackles of port anchor chain just before a rig move in the North Sea , tried chasing with home made J hook but never seen again. Was later told that this was possibly due to stress of being towed???

Mike
Hi Mike: Sorry to hear about your loss of the anchor and chain. I lost two (stern) anchors from the "Balder Baffin" in the space of 5 minutes, whilst doing a heavy-weather abandonment of a coring site in the shallows at Sable Island. Mobil designed the mooring arrangement, and I was not happy with the installation. Fortunately, I wrote to the Superintendent and Mobil before we sailed, telling them that I could get into the required location, but that the design of the leads would chafe through the anchor wires when we tried to retrieve the stern anchors. Mobil would not agree to the mods which I suggested, with predictable results! Being able to say "I told you this would happen" feels real good! With respect to the 704's, I have looked at the photos of my trans-Atlantic towing arrangements, and I used both anchor chains (of each towed vessel), with the 1st joining shackle "on the windlass", so I hope that I was not the cause of your lost 7 shots. Incidentally, shortly before Balder Offshore Canada collapsed, I did a rig-move as Master of the "British Thistle" offshore NS, but I cannot now remember how she came to be operating for Balder Offshore Canada. Best regards, Alan Knight.
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Old 23rd November 2013, 18:05
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Hi Mike: Sorry to hear about your loss of the anchor and chain. I lost two (stern) anchors from the "Balder Baffin" in the space of 5 minutes, whilst doing a heavy-weather abandonment of a coring site in the shallows at Sable Island. Mobil designed the mooring arrangement, and I was not happy with the installation. Fortunately, I wrote to the Superintendent and Mobil before we sailed, telling them that I could get into the required location, but that the design of the leads would chafe through the anchor wires when we tried to retrieve the stern anchors. Mobil would not agree to the mods which I suggested, with predictable results! Being able to say "I told you this would happen" feels real good! With respect to the 704's, I have looked at the photos of my trans-Atlantic towing arrangements, and I used both anchor chains (of each towed vessel), with the 1st joining shackle "on the windlass", so I hope that I was not the cause of your lost 7 shots. Incidentally, shortly before Balder Offshore Canada collapsed, I did a rig-move as Master of the "British Thistle" offshore NS, but I cannot now remember how she came to be operating for Balder Offshore Canada. Best regards, Alan Knight.
Hi Alan ,
no that wouldnt have caused it, the mate called me up to tell me that we were dragging anchor . When chain pulled in we had lost the anchor and seven shackles , no damage to links just nothing there.

mike
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Old 17th July 2018, 19:12
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Anyone ever work for BUE (British Underwater Engineering), I did a year on the British Viking and a couple of trips on the British Amethyst, straight supply boats on the Piper/Claymore run, Occidental charter out of Peterhead in the early 80's, they had a few AHTS too, mainly ex Balder Offshore tonnage I think.
"British Viking" stayed with B.U.E. for two years, then went to P & O Defence Maritime Services in Australia as "Seahorse Spirit", working out of Crib Point near Melbourne. She stayed with them until 2016, when she was scrapped at Alang Beach, India. I bought the ship's bell ("Balder Hudson") from the scrapyard.
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Old 26th November 2018, 13:20
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Just picked up on this post. When BUE sold off their ships the British Viking and her sister ship Magnus were bought by Dramgate, a company owned I believe by Paul Henry, who I believe was involved with BUE before it's closure. The ships were manged and operated by Vector Offshore working out of Montrose. This would be early 90's. Both ships were sold to the Australians approx 1997/8.
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