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Shipping News and information / Re: Ocean Guardian drilling rig on fire
« on: August 14, 2007, 07:25:42 PM »
According to the MCA & RAF at 7.45pm the fire which is serious was NOT under under control, it was reported at 6.45pm.

Helicopters on scene and SAR/Supply vessels are on route to area.
Jigsaw 1 rescue helicopter launched from Aberdeen.
Operations being dealt with from Aberdeen MCA.

AFB Press saying that it may be under control. 8.25pm

Shipping News and information / Ocean Guardian drilling rig on fire
« on: August 14, 2007, 07:23:21 PM »

"Staff airlifted from blazing rig
Offshore workers are being airlifted from a drilling rig in the North Sea following an engine fire.

Helicopters began taking some of the 87 personnel off the installation once the blaze was reported on Tuesday evening.

The Ocean Guardian rig, which is owned by Diamond Offshore and has a potential drilling depth of 25,000ft, is located 120 miles north east of Aberdeen.

It is understood that the evacuees are being taken to other nearby installations."

Shipping News and information / Re: MoD confirms 3.8bn carrier order
« on: July 25, 2007, 09:27:50 PM »
I remember seeing that each or maybe it was between them they would have 36 Navalised F35's. Along with the other aircraft that it would have ie the Merlin etc.

Shipping News and information / Re: MoD confirms 3.8bn carrier order
« on: July 25, 2007, 04:13:23 PM »
:lol:  Ah, But the last prime minister was scottish too.. He didn't do anything to help.

Shipping News and information / MoD confirms 3.8bn carrier order
« on: July 25, 2007, 03:07:34 PM »
"Defence Secretary Des Browne has confirmed orders for two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy."

See The full article here:

Good news for the family of these ship builders.

Just seen on the BBC News that they set off the first of the charges, cracks now seem bigger but no dramatic separation etc.

Where is she traveling to? and do we think it will have AIS or be a boat alongside which does?

Shipping News and information / Re: POLICE FOIL UK FERRY BOMB PLOT
« on: July 12, 2007, 04:14:01 PM »

Shipping News and information / POLICE FOIL UK FERRY BOMB PLOT
« on: July 12, 2007, 11:37:03 AM »
Also reported on Sky/BBC etc.

"Authorities in Spain say they have scuppered a plot by a suspected member of Eta to blow up a ferry carrying thousands of British tourists, it is reported.

Aritz Arginzoniz Zubiarre, believed to be a member of the Basque separatist group, was detained at a bus station in the Spanish port of Santander.

Reports were conflicting about where in Britain the ferry would be headed.

But reports said the suspect had details of at least two potential targets at the time of his arrest.

One was the ferry linking Santander with Portsmouth, which carries up to 2,400 passengers, and another was a court in Santander."

None of the articles i've seen has mentioned the ferry that could have been involved..

Shipping News and information / Re: Bourbon Dolphin is sunk
« on: April 20, 2007, 08:09:12 PM »
Just noticed that a few minutes ago Two tugs the Olympic Hercules and Highland Valour have both left Aberdeen harbour on route to the Transocean Rather. There was another yesterday but cannot remember it's name. I guess this is to deal with what the Dolphin never finished than for any other reason.

Shipping News and information / Re: Bourbon Dolphin is sunk
« on: April 17, 2007, 06:17:32 PM »
I think the Norwegian govt might end up doing it.

Shipping News and information / Re: Bourbon Dolphin is sunk
« on: April 15, 2007, 10:56:00 PM »
If it was this unstable how on earth were they going to tow it to a harbour.. would have been another disaster if this sunk while being attached to a tug(s). 1.1km down could they recover this ship for investigation?

Thoughts are with all the families involved.

Shipping News and information / Re: Scotsman Sea
« on: March 24, 2007, 01:58:29 AM »
She arrived in Aberdeen from Teeside on the 21st at 0600 and left that same day at 1640, my AIS logs didn't state a destination but looked like she was going to the south east. never got an opertunity to photograph her.

Anyone have a ETA for the Blue Marlin in Invergordon, would love to see her come in with this load.

Shipping News and information / New Acergy Boat
« on: January 26, 2007, 02:01:10 PM »
Does anyone know anything about a new boat build / conversion for Acergy thats currently taking place in Singapore. It's not the new chartered boat Proteus and it's not the new build thats currently happening in Norway. Apparently its quite a large boat and will be the flagship when it's completed.

Also as i have not got my AIS up and running yet.

The Acergy Petrel just left Aberdeen today afaik, anyone know where it's heading? I was going to get a pic to add to the collection as it's not listed in the websites ship photos but i missed it.
They are changing thier ship colours from the SCS yellow to Acergy red the Petrel is just out of dry dock, so wanted to see if it had been painted. Think the Falcon in Amsterdam will also be getting painted..

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