Pictures of Ships, Tugs, Off Shore Rigs, Barges, and those who work them

Anyone who sailed deep sea in the 60’s and 70’s had no trouble deciphering the T shirt even if you did come from NZ. One engineer came from the Outer Hebrides and even the wee folk had trouble understanding him.

On The River yesterday:

Small, compact Short Sea ship:

Well equipped for Arctic and Baltic trade:

Not an accident, just a coaster in rough weather in the North Sea:

The JEHAN in turbulent weather in the North Sea.
The photo was taken by Flying Focus.

A bit further north, the longliner Kamaro is seen in the Barents Sea broad side to the weather:

She suffered engine problems near Bear Island:

Now you can see why it is called “Rainbowing”

The AHTS Skandi Iceman for your enjoyment:

One AHTS I sailed in had a TV and we rigged up a system with headphones so we could hear it, this was the only display of any description on board. Ear plugs were needed for sleeping and sign language was required for communication.
The gym equipment was on the back deck consisting of pelican hooks, large hammers, pry-bars and large shackles. On the plus side in the rare times the weather was nice the food was dammed good.

An unnamed VLCC under way in calm seas:
It kind of put it in perspective.

Interior view of the sister ships Normand Drott (1984) and Normand Jarl (1985). UT 712 design AHTS:

Fartøysutvikling på sitt beste! Sigmund Borgungvaag i UT kunne omsette tanker og tilbakemeldinger fra brukere til optimale løsninger, funksjons-og kostnadsmessig

Normand Drott is still active as French Rescue Tug VN Rebel:

Normand Jarl was recently beached in Bangladesh:
M/S Normand Jarl - Sjøhistorie

Modern PSV at work:

PSV”SIEM THIIMA” LNG & BATTERY POWERED, working alongside the FPSO”OKHA” at the West Coast of Australia.
Photo: Max Brunet de Rochebrune (c)

Shipping is feast or famine, but usually not simultaneously for all types of shipping.
When it is feast, everybody build new ships of the same type. Overbuilding makes feast turn to famine.

Here is a picture from a fjord near Ålesund in 1986, during the worst tanker crisis:

“When everyone thinks the same, no one thinks”. The quote is attributed to the American journalist Walt Lippmann. Repeatedly, quite a few have thought quite similarly in our Shipping world.
BTW; Does NOT only apply to Shipping

Some of these tankers came straight from the shipyards and went directly to the breakers yards, without ever having carried a cargo of oil.
No, they were not all Norwegian owned and there were more laying in other fjords in Norway, with even more in other parts of the world, like Brunei Bay etc.

One of those ships would have been ideal for shipping freshwater to the gulf states . The headwaters of our fiords are freshwater so the ship just needed to ballast with cheap bunkers at the other end.


Carnival Pride in Ålesund today, 04.July, 2022.

HAVILA JUPITER working in the North Sea today 3rd July 2022
Photo: Edward Fitzek Principle Surveyor. AFNI, MSOMWS, AVI.(c)

Havila Jupiter is “Spot Vessel of the Year” for Equinor:

Cable ship DECISIVE receiving bunkers off Gibraltar
Photo: Daniel Ferro (c)

The USNS SALVOR navigating the Johor Strait inbound for Semabawang, note the Singapore Airlines Airbus A 350 in the background approaching Changi Airport
Photo: Nathan ©

Hurtigruten’s “ROALD AMUNDSEN” standing off Wrangell, Alaska, on her voyage from Vancouver, B.C. As seen from Windstar’s “STAR BREEZE”
Photo: Paul Stenner (c)

Hurtigruten’s Nordnorge entering Trollfjorden on her regular Coastal Express sailing.
Photo: Hurtigruten

The DIAMANTGRACHT entering the Brunsbuttel lock as seen from the FRISIAN SPRING
Photo: Capt Rudolf Roozendaal, master Frisian Spring ©

Nature popping up with force in unlikely places
Photo : Capt Rudolf Roozendaal, master Frisian Spring ©

The EVER ACE departing from Hamburg navigating the Elbe assisted by Boluda’s RT INNOVATION
Photo: Capt. Robin van de Wind – Master TSHD Pedro Alvares Cabral ©