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Old 22nd December 2008, 22:35
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Strange tow (now known to be Hutton TLP)

Seen a very strange tow today, appeared to be the 6 legs of a semi-drilling rig.............but no top sides whatever, the legs didnt appear to be joined above the water. it appeared to be going north. was spotted in the northern north sea aprprox 5 miles east of the north west hutton platform(its legs are still there).
does anyone know what it was , or where it was going or even came from?????
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Old 22nd December 2008, 23:15
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Did it look anything like THIS
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Old 23rd December 2008, 00:38
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I doubt it, the "Resolution" is in the Solway Firth installing foundations for Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm.
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Old 23rd December 2008, 01:59
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The Loch Ness monster?
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Old 23rd December 2008, 13:46
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No, it wasnt that it was being towed!!!!

and LOL it would have only been a North sea monster then
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Old 23rd December 2008, 16:03
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Tennents1, the Hutton modules are awaiting scrapping at the Able Yard.
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Old 23rd December 2008, 17:48
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they could easily be.............. but the legs are still in situ.
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Old 23rd December 2008, 18:10
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There is a platform under tow at the moment. It is being de-commisioned and towed to Spain.
BBC says there was an emergency - seems one of the tugs paryted her tow line and they're worried it might foul a sea bed pipe line.
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Old 23rd December 2008, 18:21
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Article in Aberdeen newspaper says that tug President Hubert towing legs of North West Hutton platform to Lerwick, Shetland for decommisioning is having problems with tow. Tow was breaking according to skipper but has been recovered. Russian tug Vladimir Ignatyuk also on standby. Shetland Coastguard are monitoring situation. At 22:00 on 22nd tow was 90 miles NE of Shetland.
This I think is the the "strange tow".
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Old 23rd December 2008, 18:55
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Hutton TLP (Tension Leg Paltform)
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Old 24th December 2008, 09:40
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Hutton TLP (Tension Leg Paltform)
What's that ?
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Old 24th December 2008, 09:55
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Try http://www.offshore247.com/news/art.aspx?id=12196

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Old 24th December 2008, 09:57
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Thanks Barry...
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Old 24th December 2008, 11:08
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Thanks . got this email this morning.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/s...st/7796950.stm.

where i seen must almost have been where it spent its working life
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Old 24th December 2008, 11:59
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The photo in that link shows her minus the deck and so she would have looked odd on tow.
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Old 26th December 2008, 00:49
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ironic thing is....did think it was a wee bit daft going for a tow...considering the weather that was going on. dont imagine that it got to where is seen it in a matter of hours. it may have stopped in norway right enough
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Old 26th December 2008, 00:53
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Tennents1, the Hutton modules are awaiting scrapping at the Able Yard.
I think these are the old N W Hutton modules (the former Amoco platform)

I think the legs are from the old Hutton TLP (formerly Conoco)
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Old 26th December 2008, 04:36
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Hutton TLP

It is the Hutton TLP minus the topsides. I saw a photo of the Vladimir Ignatyuk in the gallery yesterday along with one of her and the tow under way. Apparently her and the President Hubert towed it to Murmansk but for some reason could not enter the port so set off for Cadiz, only to be caught up in the recent severe weather. They slow steamed up the west of Scotland and Shetland, ending up to the NE where the tow got into difficulties and broke, the wire hanging under the water posing a threat to offshore pipelines. A third vessel, Havila Saturn was chartered to assist and she presently has the TLP in tow, lying to the E of Lerwick. Both the Vladimir Ignatyuk and President Hubert are in Lerwick for repairs, bunkers, etc and are expected to return to the tow today. Rumours have it they are possibly heading to Invergordon and the Gulf of Mexico has also been mentioned!
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Old 26th December 2008, 09:01
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Edit to the thread title

It seems logical to make a small edit to the title to reflect the good work that has been put in to identify this interesting subject, and hopefully no one will object to me taking that liberty.
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Old 26th December 2008, 11:32
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absolutly none at all...........but it is the legs of the Hutton TLP that was under tow.

The North West Hutton was a platform (fixed to sea bed) that had its top sides removed this year, although it had been in lighthouse mode for a few years now. Now only the legs are there.
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Old 26th December 2008, 13:18
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Hutton TLP

The title has therefore been tweaked a bit more..
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absolutly none at all...........but it is the legs of the Hutton TLP that was under tow.

The North West Hutton was a platform (fixed to sea bed) that had its top sides removed this year, although it had been in lighthouse mode for a few years now. Now only the legs are there.
The jacket of the NW Hutton is due to be removed (down to about 40m footings) commencing early April 2009. HLCV Hermod will carry out the work, lifting the Module Support Frame off in one section, thereafter cutting the subsea sections into small(ish) sections until they are about 100m below the surface.

The accommodation module from NW Hutton was removed in one lift, and skidded ashore at the Able yard to become office accommodation within the yard - a far better outcome than scrapping completely.

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Old 22nd May 2018, 12:01
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Rumours have it they are possibly heading to Invergordon and the Gulf of Mexico has also been mentioned!
And it was to Invergordon, or at least the Cromarty Firth that the "strange tow" came. It arrived in January 2009, and was connected to an anchor pattern just a mile from the yard at Nigg in which it was constructed by Highlands Fabricators, and where it remains to this day.
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And it was to Invergordon, or at least the Cromarty Firth that the "strange tow" came. It arrived in January 2009, and was connected to an anchor pattern just a mile from the yard at Nigg in which it was constructed by Highlands Fabricators, and where it remains to this day.
The legs were bought for a Russian gas project that was cancelled and they were then stacked in Invergordon.
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