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01 Sep - A brief update

Date:  Sunday 1st September 2002
Position @ 1200 (UTC): 59°16'N 001°30'E
Wind:  SW'ly x 15kts
Barometric pressure:  1029 mb.
Sea state:. Rough
Air temperature:  14.1°C.
Sea temperature: 15.7°C.
Cloudy and clear,  moderate NW'ly swell

No Ship's Position reports are available during our stay in the N.Sea since we cease doing Met.observations.

image hereClick on map to magnify detail.

The Ernest Shackleton has continued to carry out various General Visual Inspections of subsea pipes and structures during the past week.

On Tuesday a brief call was made into Peterhead, departing in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

On Saturday the vessel arrived in the vicinity of the Harding Platform,  and due to a decrease in weather conditions had to wait on an improvement before the survey work could commence again.

image here The shuttle tanker Futura loading oil from a Submerged Turret Loading point,  adjacent the Harding Platform.

From the Harding Field the vessel will move steadily northwards towards the Magnus Field ,  the most northerly field in the UK Sector,  and upon completion of this work the vessel will return to Aberdeen for a planned demobilisation,  towards the middle of September.

1st September 2002