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Aug 27 - New Crew in the North Sea

Date: Sunday the 27th August 2006
Position @ 1200 Local (GMT-1): 59°25 North, 001°45 West
Next destination: Clair Production Platform West of the Shetland Isles
ETA: 20.00hrs 27.08.06
Distance to go: 355 Miles
Total distance sailed from UK: N/A

Current weather: Part Cloud, Sunny intervals
Wind: Westerly force 4
Sea State: Calm
Barometric pressure: 1003.7
Air temperature: 13.4°C
Sea temperature: 12.0°C

Click on www.sailwx.info for our latest position.

It has been a few weeks since the last web page was produced so please accept our apologies.

During July it was time for a crew change so it was Captain John Harpers crew on at the time and it was their turn to go home on leave, So Captain John Marshall's crew assembled in Aberdeen on the 15th July a couple of days before the ship was due into Peterhead ready to rejoin the Ernest Shackleton after a four month break to start our tour of duty, The last time we saw the Ship it was in the Falkland Islands in late March.

Looking up Union Street in Aberdeen
Looking up Union Street in Aberdeen

Captain John Marshall enjoying a pint outside the 
Thistle Hotel Aberdeen with Peter Brigden ( Chief Engineer) Mally Inch (2nd Engineer) and 
Dave Bailey (Purser)
Captain John Marshall enjoying a pint outside the Thistle Hotel Aberdeen with Peter Brigden ( Chief Engineer) Mally Inch (2nd Engineer) and Dave Bailey (Purser)

The Ernest Shackleton Arriving at Peterhead on the 17th July
The Ernest Shackleton Arriving at Peterhead on the 17th July

Alongside in Peterhead with the Olympic Pegasus
Alongside in Peterhead with the Olympic Pegasus

One of the grey seals that seem to hang about in Peterhead Harbour
One of the grey seals that seem to hang about in Peterhead Harbour

After a brief handover in Peterhead it was back to work for Captain Marshall's Crew and straight out to sea to the North Sea Oil and Gas fields.

On board at the moment the charterers Acergy (formerly known as Stolts Offshore) are conducting inspections and survey work in various locations in the North Sea. So far they have completed surveys and inspections at the following Offshore Platforms - Tabar , Minerva , Amethyst, Val Hall , West Sole , just to name a few.

Minerva Platform in the North Sea
Minerva Platform in the North Sea

Amethyst Platform in the North Sea
Amethyst Platform in the North Sea

During a period of bad weather a life raft was spotted adrift so the ship went to investigate to see if it had anyone aboard who needed assistance, But it turned out to be empty and word has come through that it was washed overboard from a passing ship, It was retrieved and stowed aboard the Ernest Shackleton and will eventually be returned to the ship it belongs to. At least they will know it works and stays afloat.

Life raft adrift in the North Sea
Life raft adrift in the North Sea

Eventually retrieved onto the after deck of the Shackleton
Eventually retrieved onto the after deck of the Shackleton

During the last few weeks the Ernest Shackleton has called into Peterhead and Immingham for survey crew changes and to top up on fuel and stores.

Spurnhead lighthouse on the entrance to the Humber
Spurnhead lighthouse on the entrance to the Humber


A passing Russian Tanker on the approaches to Immingham
A passing Russian Tanker on the approaches to Immingham

The following pictures were taken during our time in the north sea in the last few weeks.

Red Admiral butterfly on the ship
Red Admiral butterfly on the ship

A Helicopter landing on BP/48/6-A, scaring all the sea gulls off that seem to congregate on the rigs
A Helicopter landing on BP/48/6-A, scaring all the sea gulls off that seem to congregate on the rigs

The BP Rig Val Hall
The BP Rig Val Hall

A sunset in the North Sea
A sunset in the North Sea

That's about all for this brief update for the Ernest Shackleton and it will be updated each week from now on.

Forthcoming events include arrival and work around the Clair Platform to the West of the Shetland Islands and then survey work around the Magnus Platform which is the furthest North of the Oil Rigs in the British Sector of the North Sea.

Thanks to Howie Owen (A/B) & Ray Davis ( Bosun's Mate ) for most of the photo's.

All that remains is a big hello to all our family and friends back home.

Dave Bailey