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04 Aug - Still inspecting pipelines

Date:  Sunday 04 August  2002.
Position @ 1200 (UTC): 60° 23'N 004° 02'W

Wind:  SE x S x 10 kts
Barometric pressure:  1017.3 mb and steady
Sea state: Moderate, SE x S sea and swell. Dense fog throughout the day.
Air temperature:  14.2°C.
Sea temperature: 13.0°C.

No Position Reports are available during our stay in the North Sea since we cease doing meteorological observations.

Map of North Sea - Click to enlargeClick on map to magnify detail.

Following on from last weeks information on the Magdalena Oldendorff, it now looks as though the ship will be remaining in the Antarctic for the last of the winter months and then attempt to break free in October when it is hoped that ice conditions ease.

A site that offers some interesting articles on all things Antarctic is 70South.

Onboard the Ernest Shackleton it has been a busy week with the Solo ROV in the water for most of the time completing the General Visual Inspection of sub-sea pipelines in the Forties Field on Saturday morning.

With the ROV secured on deck the Ernest Shackleton then steamed to the North West for deeper water and the Schiehallion and Foinaven fields, arriving on station in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Generally the week has been kind to us weather wise, with some fine clear days at the beginning of the week, but clouding over and some fog, mist and rain towards the end. The sea state has also been good with little ship movement.

4th August 2002